Tag Archives: Abu Ma’Shar

Planetary hours and the 12-letter alphabet of astrology

Back in the 1970s astrologer Zipporah Dobyns popularized the “12-letter alphabet” of astrology, which consisted of equating the 1st house with the first sign, Aries, and its ruler Mars. Each subsequent house was paired with its sign in the same … Continue reading

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Ben Dykes has blown my mind

Yesterday Ben Dykes’ new version of Abu Ma’shar’s Great Introduction translated from the Greek original arrived in the mail. I had ordered it a few weeks ago, but it must have sold out in the first printing and there was … Continue reading

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Lilly’s definition of the Void of Course Moon

Recently Chris Brennan did a podcast on the various definitions of the void of course Moon. I thought it would be useful to clarify how Lilly used the concept because it is not widely understood in the astrological community. As … Continue reading

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Lord of the Orb in Annual Revolutions

Ben Dykes in his translation of Abu Ma’Shar on the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities (2019) discusses the concept of “lord of the orb.” Dr. Dykes notes that it appears unclear, in the text which he translated, exactly how … Continue reading

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Mother or Father in the 4th House?

Astrologers often disagree about parental assignments related to the 4th House. Some insist that the mother belongs in the 4th, others that the father belongs there. Many of the classical texts refer to the 4th as the house of the … Continue reading

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An Amazing Discovery of an Asteroid that hit the Earth in 3123 BCE

I saw this online* and am reposting it here. Researchers believe that this clay tablet tracks the trajectory of the asteroid which collided with the Austrian Alps in Kovels in June of 3123 BCE, causing a catastrophic impact that killed … Continue reading

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Mars/Saturn Conjunctions in Cancer in Mundane Astrology

Recently I’ve been reading some modern and classic texts on mundane astrology. One of the more obscure facets of historical astrology is the role of the Mars/Saturn conjunction in Cancer which repeats about every 30 years. One of the earliest … Continue reading

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My two cents on the recent protests and riots in the USA

May 25th of 2020 was an eventful day for race relations in the United States. In NYC a white woman in Central Park threatened to call the police on a black man, who was bird-watching, because she was unhappy that … Continue reading

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Birthplace versus current location for the Solar Return?

Aswin Balaji invited me to participate in a discussion about solar returns. His recording of our talk can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onq1QHpQyfw

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Tropical vs Sidereal Years in Calculating Solar Returns

There is a disagreement in the literature about the best way to calculate solar returns. Should we have the Sun return to its birth position with respect to the vernal point or with respect to the fixed stars? Should charts … Continue reading

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