Via Combusta

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Via Combusta is known as Burnt Path, Fiery Path, or Fiery Road, the last 15 degrees of Libra to the first 15 degrees of Scorpio, although not all astrologers agree on the exact distance as shown in late part of this page. It is believed to be an area of misfortune. Also, it’s said when the Moon is found in this position the astrologer must be cautious when giving judgment.


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The following is the Google Calendar data of Via Combusta. You can import it into your Google Calendar.


Via Combusta Term: September 2018 – January 2020
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The references below show some of the quotes and definitions.


Al Biruni(11th cent.)

The combust way is the last part of Libra and the first of Scorpio. These two signs are not congenial to the Sun and the Moon on account of the obscurity and ill-luck connected with them and because each of them is the fall of one of the luminaries. They also contain the two malefics, the one by exaltation (Libra, Saturn) the other by house (Scorpio, Mars). (p.89, 514)

– The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology

“燃える道(Combust Way)”はてんびん座の後半からさそり座の前半にある。太陽と月はこの場所でフォールとなり不快な状態、好ましくない状況を指す。また、このサインには二つの凶星が関わっている。つまり、土星がエグザルテーション(高揚)となる「てんびん座」、火星のドミサイル「さそり座」だ。

– アル・ビルーニ - The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (p.89, 514)

William Lilly (17th cent.)

It’s not safe to judge when the Moon is in the later degrees of a Sign, especially in Gemini, Scorpio or Capricorn; or as some say, when she is in Via Combusta, which is, when she is in the last 15 degrees of Libra, or the first 15 degrees of Scorpio. (p.122)

– Christian Astrology Book1


– ウィリアム・リリー - Christian Astrology Book1 (p.122)

Olivia Barclay (1919-2001)

When the Moon is in the Via Combusta. This, you may remember, is from 15 degrees Libra to 15 degrees Scorpio. Discard these charts. The Ascendant in the Via Combusta is not a stricture at all, although some past astrologers have distrusted it, Henry Coley, for instance. Such a chart may be judged. (p.124)

*Henry Coley (1633 – 1704)

– Horary Astrology Rediscovered


– オリヴィア・バークレイ Horary Astrology Rediscovered (p.124)

Barbara Dunn (Present)

When the Moon is in a Combusta, the Combust way, or void of Course, the matter propounded goes unluckily on; therefore at such times, let the Artist defer his judgment. I would suggest that this is a consideration which can sometimes be waived, especially if the Querent has a planet in the same sign and degree in the Nativity. However, in other instances, the chart can be unreliable and the matter may not work out in the way expected. I have not seen enough evidence to confirm that the Moon in the via combusta necessarily produces a chart which is not radical. The Moon close to the fixed star Spica (around twenty-three degrees and fifty minutes of Libra) is certainly an exception and in this position, the Moon can be fortunate. Lilly gives a planet in conjunction with Spica FIVE points in his scoring system. (p.235)

– Horary Astrology Re-Examined


– バーバラ・ダン – Horary Astrology Re-Examined(p.235)

John Frawley (Present)

It affects only the Moon, which does not like being there at all. Being here does not make the Moon any weaker, but does distress it. This is primarily of significance in questions where the querent’s emotions are important: the Moons passage through the via combusta shows a period of unpleasant emotional turbulence. (p.78)

– The Horary Textbook Revised Edition


– ジョン・フロウリー – The Horary Textbook Revised Edition(p.78)

Positions and Degrees


The location “15 Libra to 15 Scorpio” is generally recognized as Via Combusta at present. However, in Kim Farnell’s book, The Fiery Travels: Via Combusta, we can find the various locations which were defined by prominent astrologers as below.


– キム・ファーネル著 The Fiery Travels: Via Combusta

Abu Ma’shar – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – c. 850 CE
Alcabitius – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 10th c.
Picatrix – 18 Libra to 3 Scorpio – 10th c.
Ibn Ezra – 19 Libra to 3 Scorpio – 1147
Cairo almanacs – 19 Libra to 3 Scorpio – 12th c.
Bonatus – 19 Libra to 5 Scorpio – 13th c.
Ficino – 28 Libra to 3 Scorpio – 15th c.
Cardan – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 16th c.
Auger Ferrier – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1550
Nicholas Guyer – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1592
Dariot – 13 Libra to 3 Scorpio – 1598
John Fage – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1606
William Lilly – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1647
William Ramesey – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1653
John Gadbury – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1658
Joseph Blagrave – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1671
Joseph Moxon – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1679
John Partridge – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1679
Jean Jacques Manget – 12 Libra to 9 Scorpio – 1704
John Kersey – 15 Libra to 30 Scorpio – 1706
Nathan Bailey – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1737
John Ash – 15 Libra to 30 Scorpio – 1754
Francis Barrett – 14 Libra to 14 Scorpio – 1801
John Mason Good – 0 Libra to 13 Scorpio – 1813
Johannes Vehlow – 25 Libra to 6 Scorpio – 1890
WJ Simmonite – 15 Libra to 30 Capricorn – 1890
W Becker – 13 Libra to 9 Scorpio – 1930s
Henri Gouchon – 13 Libra to 9 Scorpio – 1937
Nicholas de Vore – 15 Libra to 15 Scorpio – 1947
Pavel Globa – 22 Libra to 30 Scorpio
E Kolesova – 13 Libra to 3 Scorpio

– The Fiery Travels: Via Combusta

Visual References


1) The below is the area in which the zodiac 15 degrees of Libra and 15 degrees of Scorpio positioned.

1) チャート上のてんびん座15°〜さそり座15°の範囲を示した図

2) The following pictures are the visualized range, of which it is between Libra 15 degrees (an ecliptic longitude:195) and Scorpio 15 (an ecliptic longitude:225), that you can observe from the northern hemisphere at present and 500BCE.

2) 現在と紀元前500年前の北半球から観測する、てんびん座15°(黄経195°)〜さそり座15°(黄経225°)の範囲

These two pictures were generated on Stellarium.

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The Origin of the Via Combusta (Burned Path)? by Anthony Louis


  1. Wright, R. Ramsey, translator. The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology by Al Biruni. The Astrology Center of America, 2006, pp. 89-90.
  2. Lilly, William. Christian Astrology Book 1. The Astrology Center of America, 2004, p. 122.
  3. Barclay, Olivia. Horary Astrology Rediscovered. Whitford Press, 1990, p. 124.
  4. Dunn, Barbara. Horary Astrology Re-Examined. The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, 2009, p. 235.
  5. Frawley, John. The Horary Text Book Revised Edition. Apprentice Books, 2006, p. 78.
  6. Farnell, Kim. The Fiery Travels. My Spirit Books. Kindle Version, 2012, Location 76-88/1962

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