Persian Nativities: Available Now!

Dr. Benjamin Dykes and The Cazimi Press proudly announce Persian Nativities, five valuable translations of early medieval astrology by Persian authors.

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"In your introduction a lot of questions and ambiguities in delineation have been resolved for me. That's so valuable!"

--Birgit Gohr (Germany) on PN III

Persian Nativities I

  • Lost work of Masha'allah: available now after 900 years
  • New material from Dorotheus
  • Improved translation of Abu 'Ali
  • Numerous diagrams
  • Historical and analytical Introduction
  • Arabic and Persian terms explained
  • Updated information on sect, cosmology, astrological history
  • Appendices on Lots, longevity, directive methods, comparison of Masha’allah and Abu 'Ali, fixed stars, and material on friendship.

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The Book of Aristotle

The Book of Aristotle is perhaps a lost work by Masha'allah, rediscovered by David Pingree and now available after 900 years of neglect. Found deep in the Muslim libraries of medieval Spain and translated into Latin in the 12th Century by Hugo of Santalla, it was immediately forgotten. The only two surviving copies were saved by the astrologer-magician John Dee. Now available in translation for the first time in any modern language, the Book of Aristotle presents a full treatment of nativities drawing extensively on Valens, Rhetorius, Masha'allah's more complete version of Dorotheus, and a lost work by al-Andarzaghar which presents a complete method of annual predictions: solar revolutions, profections, transits, and more. It has previously unknown material from Dorotheus on Lots, friendship, and travel. Masha'allah's carefully organized work breaks the delineation material into digestible chunks.

Masha'allah was a central figure in early Arabic/Medieval astrology. His life and work spanned the Persian, Jewish and Muslim cultures, and he bequeathed important works to the medieval West. The Book of Aristotle is a sophisticated work of Hellenistic-Persian natal astrology, and will be a standard text in the traditional astrologer's library for years to come. Learning level: intermediate-advanced. (230 pages)

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Abu 'Ali's On the Judgments of Nativities

A student of Masha'allah, Abu 'Ali al-Khayyat produced this slim and handy guide to natal interpretation. It is especially suitable for beginners, and can be used side-by-side with the Book of Aristotle. This translation supersedes all previous ones, and Dr. Dykes's Introduction explains in details some misunderstandings about the text, offering a new theory on its origin. Learning level: beginner. (106 pages)

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Persian Nativities II

  • Reorganized, easy to read translation of 'Umar
  • First English translation of Abu Bakr
  • Extensive character delineation
  • Dozens of professional delineations
  • Medical astrology--numerous ailments
  • New origins for the weighted mubtazz

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'Umar al-Tabari's Three Books of Nativities

'Umar was a contemporary of Masha'allah's, and his shorter introduction to nativities was drawn on extensively by Guido Bonatti. This new translation supersedes the earlier Project Hindsight edition, using the Book of Aristotle and Abu Bakr to reorganize the first two books into a seamless, coherent approach to rearing, profections and annual directions. Delineation material on topics has also been compared and occasionally numbered for easier comprehension. Learning level: beginner-intermediate. (77 pages)

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Abu Bakr's On Nativities

This is the first English translation of Abu Bakr's (Albubater's) famous and lengthy work from the 9th Century. Highlights include a treatment of transits during pregnancy, dozens of delineations for character and behavior, medical issues, and numerous professions. Learning level: intermediate. (226 pages)

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Persian Nativities III

  • Most complete translation available
  • Extensive Introduction explaining predictive methods
  • Profections, transits, distributions, firdariyyat, solar revolutions, ninth-parts, and more

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Abu Ma'shar's On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities

Abu Ma'shar (787-886 AD) was among the most famous of the medieval astrologers, both in the Arabic East and the Latin West. His On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities is among the lengthiest discussions of the annual predictive techniques among the Persians and Arabs, with comprehensive treatments of profections, transits, directions through the bounds, planetary periods (firdariyyat), the "Indian" ninth-parts, and the chart of the solar revolution itself.

This translation draws on the surviving medieval Latin and Greek versions of the more complete Arabic text, accompanied by over 50 pages of introductory notes and explanations by the translator, Dr. Benjamin Dykes. Along with Book IV of the Book of Aristotle by Masha'allah (in Persian Nativities I), this work is indispensible for traditional predictive techniques in natal astrology.

Appendices include additional texts by pseudo-Ptolemy, a guide to natal topics across all volumes of Persian Nativities, and a preview of the new Essential Medieval Astrology translation cycle. (238 pages)

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