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Musings on Days and Sidereal Time

I like to review periodically some basic concepts of astronomy to get a better perspective on what we do as astrologers. Perhaps the most basic idea of all is the length of a day, which is based on the rotation … Continue reading

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Fast and Easy Primary Directions

Primary directions are one of the oldest predictive techniques in Western astrology.  Although they were widely used in classical and traditional astrology, they fell out of popularity in modern times because they were considered rather difficult to calculate in comparison … Continue reading

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Primary directions as a time-lord system

In his book on Primary Directions Morinus makes clear that an event predicted by a primary direction rarely takes place on the date that the direction becomes exact.  Instead it may well occur within the several months before or after … Continue reading

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Morinus falls ill, and the Ptolemy-Naibod midpoint in primary directions

In his book on primary directions (Book 22 of Astrologia Gallica, pp.56-59 of the Holden translation), Morinus describes a serious illness which he contracted in 1652 while observing a solar eclipse.  He fell ill with a fever and catarrh on … Continue reading

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Primary Directions and the Crisis in Venezuela

Recently I’ve been experimenting with the Hellenistic technique of “distributions” which involves looking at the planetary ruler of the bound (or term) which the directed Ascendant is traversing as you advance a chart using primary directions.  You also consider any … Continue reading

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The Passing of Julian Bond

I woke this morning (16 Aug 2015) to the news that the civil rights leader Julian Bond had died yesterday and it occurred to me to look at his natal chart to see if this event had been foreshadowed in … Continue reading

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A Progressive Politician

Recently I was listening to a news broadcast about Bill de Blasio, the Mayor elect of New York City.  The journalist must have used the word ‘progressive’ at least a dozen times in describing the new mayor’s views.  It occurred … Continue reading

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