This is to announce the publication of my e-book about primary directions. It will be available on amazon.com on September 10, 2013. The book is intended to be an introduction to primary directions for astrologers who have little familiarity with this ancient technique. Clicking on the amazon.com link at the beginning of this paragraph will take you to the amazon site where you can download a sample of the book in the section on the right-hand side labeled “TRY IT FREE.” Here is what the cover looks like:
In this e-book I review the basic astronomy needed to understand the technique and give several case examples. One such example is the case of the Texas Tower Massacre of August 1, 1966 in which Charles Joseph Whitman shot and killed a number of people from his position as a sniper atop a tower at the University of Texas in Austin.
Here is an example (not included in the e-book) which illustrates the usefulness of primary directions. A young man consulted me at the beginning of 2013 about finding a job in his field. He was well educated with a Master’s Degree but had trouble finding suitable employment because of the sad state of the economy in the Northeast. A horary chart suggested that he would find his desired employment around late July of 2013. Transiting Saturn would cross his MC on June 30, 2013, which was consistent with the horary. Here is his natal chart (data withheld for privacy):
His MC lies in Scorpio, ruled by Mars. The Moon and Uranus occupy his 10th house.
His ASC lies in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn. Mercury, the Sun and Venus lie in his 1st house.
I looked at all his direct primary directions, mundane and zodiacal, in 2013, using the method of Placidus semi-arc and allowing for latitude. (These ideas are explained in the e-book.) Here is the list:
It turned out that 2013 was the only year within a long time-span during which a primary direction involving the MC occurred. Furthermore, this direction involved a sextile with the Moon, which occupied the 10th and it occurred in the summer of 2013. Thus, I was fairly confident that he would find a job in his field in mid-summer of 2013 (since the horary chart and the transit of Saturn to the natal MC also indicated it). In fact, he was offered a job that he wanted during the second week in July and began the new job during the first week in August of 2013. Saturn, ruler of the ASC, being directed to the trines of Uranus and the Moon, both 10th house planets, between late April and late July of 2013 were also good indicators of his securing a job in his chosen profession.
Fundamental to understanding primary directions is the model of the celestial sphere, which forms the basis for the astrological calculations. Here is a beautiful version of the sphere from Andreas Cellarius Harmonia Macrocosmica, 1660/61.
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