Monthly Archives: August 2018

Hellenistic Time Lords and Epigenetics

When I lecture about time lords to groups of astrologers, I use the analogy that the natal chart is like our DNA and the time lords are among the factors that determine how and when our “astrological DNA” will manifest. … Continue reading

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Writer Irvine Welsh: Placidus vs Whole Sign Houses

Recently I watched a video by astrologer Patrick Watson in which he discussed the birth chart of Scottish writer Irvine Welsh from both a Whole Sign and a Placidus house perspective.  After presenting Welsh’s birth chart, Patrick maintained that his … Continue reading

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When Planets Enter a New Sign

Back in the 1960s when I was first learning astrology I decided to keep a log of the transit of planets through my natal chart and corresponding occurrences in my life.  One thing that stood out was that an event … Continue reading

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Primary Directions and the Crisis in Venezuela

Recently I’ve been experimenting with the Hellenistic technique of “distributions” which involves looking at the planetary ruler of the bound (or term) which the directed Ascendant is traversing as you advance a chart using primary directions.  You also consider any … Continue reading

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Average Daily Motion of Planets in Horary

There is a discrepancy in the horary literature about the average daily motion of the planets, specifically with regard to Mercury and Venus.  The problem arises because from a geocentric viewpoint, Mercury and Venus travel in “epicycles” around the Sun.  … Continue reading

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Bonatti looks at a horary by Sahl

In his Treatise 6 Bonatti discusses a classic horary by Sahl.  On July 5, 824 OS in the wee hours of the morning someone asked Sahl whether he would acquire a kingdom — a 10th house horary question.  To approximate … Continue reading

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Will the article be published?

This is an interesting horary from June of 2018. Because I initially found the chart puzzling, I discussed it with some experienced colleagues and decided to summarize the discussion here so that we all could learn something about technique. For … Continue reading

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Abu Ma’shar discovers astrology

In the previous post I presented a reconstruction of Abu Ma’shar’s birth chart calculated by modern computer by adjusting the start of the zodiac to give almost exactly the same natal chart which Ma’shar uses in his writings. To check … Continue reading

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The Birth Chart of Abu Ma’Shar

Abu Ma’Shar (full name Abū Maʿshar Jaʿfar ibn Muḥammad ibn ʿUmar al-Balkhī أبو معشر جعفر بن محمد بن عمر البلخي) was a 9th century Persian Muslim astrologer whose books greatly influenced the development of astrology in Europe when they were translated in … Continue reading

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Solar Returns – when does the Sun really get there?

Last weekend I gave a talk on Solar Returns to the Mid-Hudson NCGR group in New York state. We had a lively discussion, and the meeting left me wondering about several aspects of solar returns which seemed worth investigating further. … Continue reading

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