Category Archives: Astrology

What is the “Thema” in Thema Mundi?

The popularization of Hellenistic astrology over the past few decades has introduced the term “Thema Mundi” into modern astrological discourse. Most authors on the topic explain that “thema” means “theme” and is a synonym for “sky map” or “horoscope chart” … Continue reading

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Primary Directions: Placidus vs Regiomontanus

Primary directions are one of the oldest and most venerated predictive techniques in astrology. Their origin dates back to Hellenistic times during which direction of the natal Ascendant through the terms (bounds) of the signs utilizing the ascensional times of … Continue reading

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Birth Time Rectification — A Book Review

Recently I’ve watched a number of videos on birth time rectification by Vedic astrologers. I was particularly interested in the work of V.P. Goel whose books on Yogini Dasha and Divisional Charts are especially instructive. Unfortunately, Mr. Goel does not … Continue reading

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The Tithi Pravesh and its Monthly and Daily Iterations

A common method of astrological forecasting the the annual solar return, which is cast for the moment that the Sun returns each year to its precise position in the birth chart. Notable astrologers like William Lilly and Morin de Villefranche … Continue reading

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Storks, Symmetry and the Concept of Argala in Jaimini Astrology

The Jaimini Sutras, aka Upadesa Sutras, is an ancient Sanskrit text of Hindu astrology, attributed to the sage Jaimini. According to astrologer Gary Gomes, whose lectures I have been fortunate to attend periodically over the years, “I believe that Jaimini … Continue reading

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The Primum Mobile in Astrology

Recently I had a conversation with an astrological colleague about Ptolemy’s geocentric model of the universe, which consists of a series of nested spheres whose motion depends upon the movement of an outermost sphere called the “primum mobile” or prime … Continue reading

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Temporal “Aspects” in Ancient Astrology

Recently I watched a Webinar by Kenneth Bowser on “in mundo aspects” which he had given at the 2022 ISAR conference. In it, he revisits a theme which he wrote about in The Mountain Astrologer in 1996 in which he … Continue reading

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The time of the Queen’s passing

As I write this, we still do not have official word of the exact moment of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September 2022. According to an article in the Washington Post, “At 6:41 p.m. London time, more … Continue reading

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The Birth Chart of Abraham Lincoln

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is one of the most notable figures in American history. Unfortunately for astrologers, we do not know his exact birth time, although from historical sources we may be able to narrow it to within a couple … Continue reading

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Dr. J. Heber Smith gets robbed

Dr. J. Heber Smith, professor of medicine at Boston University, is the person who introduced Evangeline Adams to astrology in the late 1800s. We know from Dr. Smith’s obituary that he was born on 5 December 1842 in Bucksport, Maine. … Continue reading

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