Traditional Astrology Lectures
These downloadable MP3 lectures cover many areas of traditional astrology, from introductory material to specialized techniques. They are best purchased via PayPal, and you will receive a download link for the ZIP files containing the audio lectures and any handouts or PowerPoint slides.
Introduction to Traditional AstrologyThis lecture is the Logos & Light version of Dr. Dykes's presentation to the FAA (Federation of Australian Astrologers) in January 2010, as part of his all-day seminar. Due to recording issues, this version is more complete. It covers eight major differences in technique, attitude, and approach which distinguish traditional astrology from modern types. After describing them in some detail, Dr. Dykes applies some traditional principles of delineation to two charts (length 38:20, 18MB). $4.99
Workshop: A Traditional Approach to LotsThis workshop presents rules and numerous example charts for 6 Lots ("Arabic Parts") useful in natal interpretation: the Lots of the father, mother, children, marriage, friends, and work/action. No previous knowledge of Lots or allegiance to traditional methods is assumed. After explaining some terminology and a theory of how Lots work and what they mean, Benjamin Dykes presents some standardized rules for intepreting them, and multiples charts for each Lot that vividly illustrate the surprising information that can be gotten from them. The use of Lots will greatly enrich your practice! Length: 2:50:00, 78MB. $30.00
Lecture: Introduction to Traditional Mundane AstrologyThis presentation from 2013 introduces traditional mundane astrology, in two parts. The first part describes Ptolemy's approach to eclipses and climes, and how his lunation charts were adapted to predicting prices and commodities markets by the medievla Persians and Arabs. The second part describes historial astrology: framing history into larger and smaller periods using Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions and other timing devices, including Aries ingresses. In the slides and handout, Benjamin Dykes uses numerous historical charts to illustrate these techniques: prices, eclipses, climes and other terrestrial regions, mean conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter and their triplicity changes, and ingress charts from the WWII era, showing how the direction of the Ascendant of the ingress to Mars identifies key dates of treaties and attacks. Length 1:16:09, 36MB. $15.00
Workshop: Elements of Solar RevolutionsThis 2.5-hour workshop shows in great detail how to understand and combine several traditional techniques for analyzing a native's chart from year to year. It complements the workshop on Distributions, and is more in-depth than the 2010 talk on Solar Revolutions (below). In it, Benjamin Dykes shows how to combine several techniques in the annual analysis of a natal chart, beginning with rules and examples for comparing the solar revolution or return (SR) to the natal chart, identifying major themes for the year and how natal topics will manifest. Then, Dykes discusses profections and the use of transits. Finally, Dykes shows how to use the direction of the SR Ascendant in the SR chart, directing it to special signs and to the lord of the year. Students of traditional techniques will find this workshop extremely valuable for turning theory and texts into working procedures for themselves and clients. Length 2:34:55, 71MB. $30.00
Full-Day Workshop: Traditional Distributions through the Bounds
This special, hands-on workshop will teach you how to use "distributions," an ancient and powerful predictive technique, in both natal and solar return charts. Distributions (sometimes called directing through the bounds/terms) divide the life up into chapters, in which various issues will arise in life. Special rules govern when these affairs will be more intensified. When applied in a solar return, they can yield a year-long story with events that are accurately predicted to within a week or a day. We will focus on distributions of the Ascendant, for general themes in life. Few contemporary astrologers have learned how to use this technique or been exposed to its application to solar revolutions.
After a brief review of some basic concepts in traditional astrology (such as basic delineation of planets, whole-sign houses and angles, and profections), Benjamin Dykes will cover both the theory and practice of natal distributions and their application to solar returns. At various points, listeners are encouraged to turn off the recording and apply the methods to their own charts. Because the workshop is lecture-only (with practical work taking place offline), the recording is able to add extra material on Ptolemy and primary directions, while being shorter than a full day experience.Length 3:03:00, 84MB. $40.00