Freedom, Ethics, Metaphysics: Philosophical Issues in Traditional Astrology
This lecture explores several views on what astrology is, what the universe could be like, and freedom of the will and determinism. Length 1:21:00, 37MB.
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.
Introduction to Traditional Mundane Part 1
This presentation introduces traditional mundane astrology, beginning with Ptolemy’s method for interpreting and timing eclipses, prices and weather, and historical astrology: framing history into larger and smaller periods, especially using Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions. Length 1:16:09, 36MB.
Introduction to Traditional Mundane Part 2
This audio lecture download discusses numerous techniques in traditional mundane, including eclipses, Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions, triplicity shifts, mundane profections, and Aries ingresses (see full description below). The download includes: MP3 audio, a handout, and slides.Length: 1:55:00, 54MB.
Introductions to Traditional Astrology: Abu Ma’shar & al-Qabisi
Introductions to Traditional Astrology (ITA) is a joint translation of two classic introductory works: Abu Ma’shar’s Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology, and al-Qabisi’s Introduction to Astrology. It also includes numerous passages from Abu Ma’shar’s Great Introduction (never before published in English) and other medieval astrologers on interpretating traditional concepts. (425 pages)
Leopold of Austria: Compilation on the Science of the Stars
Leopold of Austria’s Compilation is a handy 13th Century guide to all branches of astrology, written around 1271. Sometimes called a “shorter Bonatti,” Leopold draws on many of the same Arabic astrologers as Bonatti does, but often from different Latin translators. These include Sahl b. Bishr, Abu Ma’shar, ‘Umar al-Tabari, ‘Ali al-‘Imrani, al-Kindi, and others.
Life Purpose and Spirituality in Traditional Astrology
This lecture introduces three basic techniques for looking at a native’s sense of purpose and spirituality: personal happiness or prime motivation, religion or law, and the Victor of the chart (sometimes called the mubtazz or almuten) Length 1:11:55, 33MB.
Logos & Light 2: The Presocratics
Volume 2 of the Logos & Light series introduces the “Presocratics,” Greek philosophers prior to Socrates who taught many things important for later astrology, religion, and philosophy, including Pythagoras, Heraclitus, and sacred geometry. See longer description below. Length: 11 hours, 606MB.
Logos & Light 3: Plato
Volume 3 of the Logos & Light series presents the philosophy of Plato, which was so important to later philosophy and astronomy. Special emphasis is given to the Platonic Forms and how Platonism relates to traditional astrology and magic. See longer description below. Length: 13 hours, 383MB.
Logos & Light 34: Introduction to Aristotle and his ethics
This lecture introduces the life and main themes of Aristotle, and begins to introduce his ethics (30 MB).
Nights: Ambient Music by miKroNaught
Nights is a special, 2-disc remastering by MjDawn of the album GAMMA, and is a deep and powerful set of 2 full-disc soundtracks suitable for meditation or ritual work, especially those in Astrological Magic: Basic Rituals & Meditations. We have used these tracks in practice, and they are among the best we have heard. (2 discs, 47min / 56 min)
Persian Nativities I: Masha’allah & Abu ‘Ali
Persian Nativities II: ‘Umar al-Tabari & Abu Bakr
Persian Nativities III: On Solar Revolutions
This third volume of the Persian Nativities series is a translation of the surviving Latin version of Abu Ma’shar’s On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities. It covers all of the primary predictive techniques: profections, solar revolutions, distributions, transits, and firdaria.
Primary Directions Without Tears
This audio download discusses how primary directions differ from other techniques like progressions, and completely explains how to calculate traditional directions using your astrology program’s animation function, illustrated with several chart example. Contains: MP3 and slides. Length: 1:45:00, 49MB.
Saturn in Traditional Mundane Astrology
This special lecture for RubiCon Astrology looks at the role of Saturn in traditional mundane astrology, beginning with Abu Ma’shar’s planetary hierarchy and Saturn’s role as the king and lawgiver, then moving to Saturn-Jupiter mean conjunctions, transits of and/or to Saturn, and Saturn-Mars conjunctions in Cancer. Approx. 1 hour, with audio and slides. $20
Signs and Houses – AFA 2011 Lecture
This lecture from the highly successful AFA 2011 Conference in Arizona combines material on signs, dignities, house classifications, aversions, and interpretation. Much of this will be new to purchasers of other lectures, but it is valuable to beginners in traditional astrology. Length 1:15:00, 36MB.
The Book of the Nine Judges
The great medieval compendium of Persian and Arabic masters
The Book of the Nine Judges is the largest traditional compilation of horary astrology, drawn from nine Persian and Arabic astrologers. Translated from Arabic sources chiefly by the 12th-Century Latin translator Hugo of Santalla, it achieved legendary status but has never before been translated into any modern language. It includes material by Masha’allah, ‘Umar al-Tabari, Abu Ma’shar, Sahl bin Bishr, al-Kindi, Abu ‘Ali al-Khayyat, “Dorotheus,” “Aristotle,” and Jirjis. Click here for a PDF excerpt.
The Forty Chapters of al-Kindi
The famous, “first” Arab philosopher, al-Kindi (ca. 801-870 AD) wrote many instructional letters and works on astrology and the universe. The Forty Chapters is on horary and electional astrology: answering questions and choosing auspicious times to act. It is the second volume in the horary trilogy, preceded by The Search of the Heart and followed by The Book of the Nine Judges.
Thought-interpretation, or The Search of the Heart
This lecture describes “thought interpretation” or the practice of finding what is in a client’s “heart,” in traditional astrology. (Length: 1:00:00, 28MB.)