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What location?


You've accepted the question (modified if necessary) and you're ready to proceed. The next step is to do the chart, using astro.com or Morinus (or your own software). The date and time of the question are the date and time when the question was finally settled and you understand the finished question. If you've had to discuss the question with the querent and sort out any modifications, it's the point where those modifications are agreed and you are satisfied that you understand the finished question. Do not cast the chart before that point, as it may then refer to a question which has since changed or which you didn't fully understand. That means that it is not the date and time when the querent first asked the question, even if they've included that data in their email or post. If your're discussing the question live with the querent, via phone or in person it's still the time when you understood the question.

When you cast the chart you have to enter a location for the chart, just as you have to do with a natal chart. The usual entry here is the place where you were when the question was finalised and understood by you. If you and the querent were physically in the same place at that time - you were doing a live consultation, then that's the end of the matter. However if the querent is somewhere else you might wonder if you should use their location or yours. The answer is ALWAYS that it is the time and place where the Astrologer understands the question - it is your location. Lee Lehman says that if you are curious about the querent's state of mind when they asked the question then you can cast a chart relating to that, using their time and place but the horary proper is when you understand the question and your location at that time.

The only teensy exception to this might be if you suggest a modification to the question (so that you understand it and it avoids any of the pitfalls over acceptance) and they then agree through an email or phone call where the date and time is clear. In this case you understood the question but you are really asking the querent to confirm that is what they want to ask. Use this very sparingly. I will still wait for the confirmation.

Using Aeclectic for timing is a bad idea anyway as after an hour the time posted is quoted in hours, and there's no minutes for you to work out the exact time of the post.

OK we have our chart the next question is:

Is this chart valid for this question?
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