Category Archives: Astrology

Pushing management, power and nature in horary

A fellow astrologer recently asked me a question about a horary (Chart 51) in my 1998 text. The question was asked by my editor Tom about an advertisement he was writing. Tom wanted to know whether his superiors at the … Continue reading

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The surprising resignation of Pablo Iglesias Turrión

In breaking news from Spain on 4 May 2021, The Guardian reported the surprising news that Pablo Iglesias was leaving Spanish politics: “One of the more remarkable and once-unthinkable trajectories in modern Spanish politics came to an end a little … Continue reading

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When do Planets finally grow up?

In the book Light on Life (1996), the authors, Hart de Fouw and Robert Svoboda, note that Hindu astrologers believe that each planet ripens or reaches “maturation” at a certain age, specifically: the sun at year 22 (I believe these … Continue reading

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Struck by lightning on the way to the wedding

In the last post I presented the aphorisms of Nicholas Culpeper regarding horary astrology. In reading about Culpeper’s life, I came across an odd bit of history which seemed worth astrological investigation. Culpeper was born on 18 October 1616 (OS), … Continue reading

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Culpeper’s 100 Aphorisms on Horary Astrology

The British astrologer and herbalist Nicholas Culpeper published a book of aphorisms in 1654 which he revised in 1648. His Opus astrologicum contains hundreds of aphorisms regarding horary, electional and predictive astrology, which Culpeper culled from the astrological literature. For … Continue reading

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The Birth Chart of Agatha Christie, the “Duchess of Death”

Recently I read some comments an astrologer made about Agatha Christie’s birth chart, so I looked it up on astro.com. It turns out that the comments were based on an older, now discredited version of the birth chart, so I … Continue reading

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An interesting rectification

Rectifying charts is not an easy task. Recently I’ve been re-reading some old books by Robert DeLuce from the 1930s. In his text on rectifying natal charts, DeLuce gives a case example which I thought would be worth looking at. … Continue reading

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A blast from the past — Robert DeLuce and Primary Directions

A colleague recently asked my opinion of Robert DeLuce’s 1935 book on prediction in astrology. I responded that I couldn’t recall the book and could therefore not offer an opinion. A few days later I realized that I actually had … Continue reading

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When is a planet in a sign? The strange ideas of Abu Ma’shar.

Recently I’ve been reading Ben Dykes translation of Abu Ma’shar’s Great Introduction to the Science of the Judgements of the Stars (Cazimi Press, 2020). Many of Ma’shar’s ideas have caused me to re-evaluate my own understanding of some basic concepts. … Continue reading

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The use of “modern” planets in traditional astrology

Many contemporary astrologers got their start in traditional astrology through the writings and teaching of Robert Zoller. I first met Robert in the 1980s at a conference in NYC. He mentioned how he was spending time in the NY Public … Continue reading

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