A Traditional Approach to Lots
This 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. See longer description below. Contains: MP3 and slides. Length: 2:50:00, 78MB.
AFA 2011 Traditional Astrology Conference
In September 2011, the oldest American astrological association, the American Federation of Astrologers, hosted a three-day traditional astrology conference. Held in honor of James Holden's research into and historic translations of traditional texts, Benjamin Dykes, Demetra George, and Chris Brennan gave extensive presentations on numerous traditional concepts and techniques. Running at 13 hours of audio (375 MB), this audio download contains MP3 recordings of the proceedings, plus many PDF slides and study aids. See list of lectures below.
Astrological Magic: Basic Rituals & Meditations
Astrological Magic: Basic Rituals & Meditations is designed for both beginning and experienced ritualists. Written by two veteran ritualists with twenty years of experience apiece, it describes magic in terms of spiritual healing, and is especially written for contemporary astrologers (both traditionalists and modernists) who want a more hands-on, ritualized, and astrologically-based spirituality to complement their chart-reading practices.
Astrological Prediction: A Handbook of Techniques
This new work by popular Turkish astrologer Öner Döşer embodies an important new trend in astrology: the harmonizing of traditional and modern techniques for contemporary astrologers. The traditional techniques here include: Ptolemy’s Ages of Man, triplicity periods, distributions or directions through the bounds, primary directions, profections, and firdaria. Contemporary techniques include secondary progressions, solar arcs, and transits. Click here for a PDF excerpt.
Astrology of the World I: The Ptolemaic Inheritance
Astrology of the World I: The Ptolemaic Inheritance presents numerous selections by Arabic and Latin authors on areas of mundane astrology inspired by Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos. Many texts have been translated directly from Arabic by Benjamin Dykes. Authors include al-Kindi, ‘Umar al-Tabari, al-Rijal, Masha’allah, Abu Ma’shar, ibn Labban, Dorotheus, and ibn Ezra.
Astrology of the World II: Revolutions & History
Ingresses and conjunctional theory from the Persians
Astrology of the World II: Revolutions & History is the second in a trilogy of writings from medieval astrologers, focusing on astrological theories of history, mundane time lords and predictive techniques, Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions, and annual ingresses. Many texts have been translated directly from Arabic, and authors include Masha’allah, Abu Ma’shar, Sahl, ‘Umar al-Tabari and Kankah, al-Qabisi, and al-Rijal (Haly Abenragel).
Bonatti on Elections
A long treatise on elections, often drawing on ‘Ali al-‘Imrani, starting with a thorough discussion on how elections work and how to design them! Elections from all 12 houses, from when to elect surgery to when to make a journey (180 pp). Click here for a PDF excerpt.
Bonatti on Horary
One of the most thorough treatments of horary, drawing especially on the medieval masters Sahl b. Bishr and Masha’allah. Surprising predictive techniques combine elections, solar revolutions, and horary charts. Includes two charts from Bonatti’s own career. Learn whether your horse will win the race, your husband is cheating on you, or the king will fall from grace (278 pp)! Click here for a PDF excerpt.
Bonatti on Lots
This volume is a detailed treatment of Parts or Lots, including the 7 Hermetic Lots, the Lots of the houses, using Lots in commodities speculation and political upheaval and regime changes. Over 100 Lots that cover all branches of astrology, drawing largely on Abu Ma’shar.
Bonatti on Mundane Astrology
A large work on mundane astrology: discovering the Lord of the Year and the significator of the king, the condition of the people, assigning zodiacal degrees to regions of the world, weather and natural disasters, war, comets, eclipses, fixed stars, the Head and Tail of the Dragon. Click here for a PDF excerpt .
Bonatti on Nativities
A treasure of natal astrology, drawing on Abu 'Ali, 'Umar al-Tabari, Ptolemy, and al-Ridwan's commentary on the Tetrabiblos, among others. A detailed treatment of longevity calculations is followed by sections on physiognomy and personal character, and then all matters pertaining to the houses: prosperity and wealth, siblings, parents and their longevity, children, servants and illnesses, marriage and enemies, death, spirituality and travel, reputation and profession, friends, secret enemies. Lastly, Bonatti provides information on primary directions, profections, and other predictive techniques (309 pp). Click here for a PDF excerpt.
Choices & Inceptions: Traditional Electional Astrology
Medieval electional astrology in the tradition of Dorotheus
Choices & Inceptions presents numerous works on choosing auspicious times for actions, drawn from the most well-known medieval Persian and Arabic-language authors and compilers: al-Kindi, Sahl bin Bishr, Bethen, al-‘Imrani (Haly Embrany), and al-Rijal (Haly Abenragel). It is the largest collection of traditional electional texts available in modern languages.
FAA 2010 Lecture: Introduction to Solar Revolutions
This short lecture introduces several solar revolution techniques, part of the Persian suite of annual predictive techniques: profections, the solar revolution chart, and transits. Length 1:08:57, 31MB.
Hermann of Carinthia: The Search of the Heart
“Every question of astronomy… is either in thought or in speech.”
In the 1140s AD, Hermann of Carinthia assembled instructions from medieval Arabic-speaking authorities on interpreting the unstated thoughts of clients (now called “consultation charts”), often using a “victor” or mubtazz or almuten for topics or the chart. Hermann also offered his own reflections on the proper balancing of dignities, house rank, and planetary strength.