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When do Planets finally grow up?

In the book Light on Life (1996), the authors, Hart de Fouw and Robert Svoboda, note that Hindu astrologers believe that each planet ripens or reaches “maturation” at a certain age, specifically: the sun at year 22 (I believe these … Continue reading

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An interesting rectification

Rectifying charts is not an easy task. Recently I’ve been re-reading some old books by Robert DeLuce from the 1930s. In his text on rectifying natal charts, DeLuce gives a case example which I thought would be worth looking at. … Continue reading

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A blast from the past — Robert DeLuce and Primary Directions

A colleague recently asked my opinion of Robert DeLuce’s 1935 book on prediction in astrology. I responded that I couldn’t recall the book and could therefore not offer an opinion. A few days later I realized that I actually had … Continue reading

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Hypsicles and ascensional times in astrology

According to wikepedia, Hypsicles (Greek: Ὑψικλῆς; c. 190 – c. 120 BCE) was an ancient Greek mathematician and astronomer in Alexandria, known for authoring On Ascensions (Ἀναφορικός) and the Book XIV of Euclid’s Elements. In his book On Ascensions (On … Continue reading

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William Lilly’s “True” Birth Chart

The previous post about Lilly’s view of eclipses got me thinking about his birth chart. There has been controversy in the literature about the true natal chart of the famous 17th century astrologer William Lilly. A widely accepted birth chart … Continue reading

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The Power of Primary Directions

Primary directions are one of the most venerable techniques in Western astrology. They are based on the idea that in the hours after birth, as the sky continues to rise in the east and set in the west, the natal … Continue reading

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The Day Susan Fell Off Her Horse

Cyril Fagan, an Irish astrologer (22 May 1896 – 5 January 1970), wrote extensively on sidereal astrology after discovering that the ancient Babylonian astrologers used a sidereal rather than a tropical zodiac. He is one of the authors of the the … Continue reading

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Recent video interviews about astrology

Recently I’ve done a couple of interviews about astrology, one with Belgian astrologer Levi Cosijn on finding lost objects with horary and the other with Indian astrologer Aswin Balaji on primary directions and the Morinus astrology freeware program.  Below are … Continue reading

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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. In many ways they are like the dashas of Indian astrology in that they identify periods during which certain the planets involved tend to be active in the … Continue reading

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