Tag Archives: Ben Dykes

Some thoughts about “prohibition” in horary astrology

Recently a colleague asked a question about “prohibition” in horary, which prompted me to look up Lilly’s definition (CA 110): “Prohibition is when two Planets that signify the effecting or bringing to conclusion anything demanded, are applying to an Aspect; … 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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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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The Centre of the World in Ancient Astrology

Recently I was reading an article by Shlomo Sela about A Newly Discovered Treatise by Abraham Ibn Ezra (c.1089–c.1161) in which Sela discussed some of the astrological work done by Ibn Ezra during his stay in England. Among the many … Continue reading

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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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In horary, can a planet in a house signify the quesited?

There is disagreement in the literature about whether a planet in the house of the quesited can signify the quesisted if it is not also the ruler of the sign on the cusp. John Frawley, for instance, on page 34 … Continue reading

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A travel horary

Recently Indian astrologer Ashwin Balaji  invited me to participate with him in a video discussion about horary astrology.  In preparation I went through my files to find a representative horary chart. The following question has to do with a planned … Continue reading

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The Moon’s Nodes – Review of an Article by Pepa Sanchis

In this blog I’d like to briefly review an article about the moon’s nodes, written by Spanish astrologer Pepa Sanchis and published on 29 July 2018 on the site http://primaluce.es. My approach will be to summarize and paraphrase her ideas and … Continue reading

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