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Lilly’s misleading oversimplification of triplicity rulers

Recently I posted a discussion of “Should I?” questions in horary astrology. One astrologer commented that she was puzzled by my statement that one of Lilly’s charts (“if she should marry the elderly man”) with Mercury ruling the Ascendant and … Continue reading

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Bonatti: Will I occupy the besieged castle?

In his Treatise 6: On Questions Bonatti discusses a horary chart whose outcome is not obvious on first glance (Dykes translation, p. 515).  Apparently Count Guido Novello was besieging the castle of his enemy, the Luccans, and he asked Bonatti … Continue reading

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The logic behind triplicity rulers

Recently I’ve been thinking about triplicity rulers and wondering about the logic behind the different systems.  I first learned triplicity rulers from William Lilly’s Christian Astrology (1647) and later learned the Dorothean system from Dorotheus’ 1st century work Carmen Astrologicum. … Continue reading

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Chris Brennan’s discovery about Triplicities and the Joys of the Planets

I had the pleasure of attending Chris Brennan’s webinar on 18 May 2013 about the joys of the planets.  The issue of the various systems of triplicities has long been puzzling to astrologers.  Chris has done a great service in … Continue reading

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Did William Lilly Understand Ptolemy Correctly?

This is a follow-up to my previous post about triplicity rulers. In the 1940 Robbins/Loeb translation of Tetrabiblos Ptolemy discusses triplicities on pages 83 to 87, “Of the Triangles.”  Ptolemy begins by saying that the zodiac is divided into four … Continue reading

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Triplicity: The Third Essential Dignity

Triplicities: Ptolemy, Lilly, Dorotheus, Morinus My first contact with triplicities came when I was learning horary astrology some 30 odd years ago.  I obtained a copy of William Lilly’s Christian Astrology (1647) and read it cover to cover.  Lilly presents … Continue reading

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