Tag Archives: Firmicus Maternus

Volguine and the 7 Planetary Periods of Junctinus

This is a follow-up to my previous post about the errors in Junctinus’ table of planetary periods, which he used in analyzing solar returns. In Chapter 14 of The Technique of Solar Returns, Volguine discusses Junctinus’s method in which the … Continue reading

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An Error in Junctinus’ methodology on Solar Returns?

Junctinus was an Italian astrologer, medical doctor, theologian, mathematician and the author of the influential 16th century astrological text Speculum Astrologiae (1583) which contained the data and charts of the figures of his day, including his own birth chart. Lacking … Continue reading

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Saturn as the “Sun of the Night”

Back in the 1980s, while reading about the history of astrology, I came across the description of Saturn as the “Sun of the night,” which was apparently how the Babylonians viewed the ringed planet. This idea of Saturn playing the … Continue reading

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Antiscions in the chart of Consul Ceionius Rufius Albinus

In his book the Mathesis (aka Matheseos Libri), the 4th century astrologer Julius Firmicus Maternus discusses the chart of a Roman Consul from the point of view of antiscions.  I used the James Holden translation of Maternus. The word antiscion derives … Continue reading

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Dodekatemoria

For those who may be interested I just wrote a brief article on dodekatemoria for the Spanish website Campus Astrología: The article is based on the following passage from page  157 of the book In the Path of the Moon:Babylonian Celestial Divination … Continue reading

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