By Roger Beck
A short heritage of historical Astrology explores the idea and perform of astrology from Babylon to historic Greece and Rome and its cultural and political effect on old societies.Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, not like the fashionable dichotomy among technology and superstition.Explains the traditional realizing of the zodiac and its twelve symptoms, the seven planets, and the mounted circle of 'places' opposed to which the symptoms and planets revolve.Demonstrates tips on how to build and interpret a horoscope within the historical demeanour, utilizing unique old horoscopes and handbooks.Considers the relevance of historical astrology this day.
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The only time when the two arcs are precisely equal is when the equinoctial points are the ascendant and the descendant. As with any other pair of opposite points on the ecliptic this happens twice a day. Since this is a brief history of ancient astrology, I do not want to linger over this complication – and be assured, it is the most complicated piece of celestial kinematics I shall inflict on you. Nevertheless, it cannot be ignored. It is an important factor in genethlialogy at any level above the most basic, and in discussing it we can appreciate how Greek 30 how to construct a simple horoscope, ancient style astrology was an expression – a regrettable expression, if you will – of the astronomy of its times.
I have selected a relatively early specimen from Neugebauer and Van Hoesen’s collection (hereafter N&VH), No. 7 In its simple presentation of the data No. 8 However, it does have one unusual feature. After presenting the astronomical data, it issues a warning: ‘‘There are dangers. ’’ We shall return to advice and predictions for the future in a later chapter. They are part – the most important part from a client’s point of view – of the meaning and significance imputed to horoscopal data. Below is the rest of our horoscope (trans.
The ascendant, then, is whatever sign or degree happens to reach that point at the moment of birth. 5 To cast a horoscope one stops the clock, as it were, and reads off the positions. Note that one can determine not just the sign or degree at each of the four centers but also the positions of each of the planets relative to the centers. The position of the Sun can be determined directly from the time of day, and vice versa. If it was midday, then by definition the Sun was at midheaven; if it was midnight, the Sun was at lower midheaven.
A Brief History of Ancient Astrology (Brief Histories of the Ancient World) by Roger Beck