By Roger Beck
A short background of historic Astrology explores the idea and perform of astrology from Babylon to historic Greece and Rome and its cultural and political effect on historic societies.Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, unlike the trendy dichotomy among technological know-how and superstition.Explains the traditional realizing of the zodiac and its twelve indicators, the seven planets, and the mounted circle of 'places' opposed to which the indicators and planets revolve.Demonstrates the best way to build and interpret a horoscope within the old demeanour, utilizing unique old horoscopes and handbooks.Considers the relevance of historical astrology at the present time.
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3). How large is the oscillation? It all depends on the terrestrial latitude of the horoscope; in other words, on how far north – or in principle south – of the earth’s equator the native is born. The further north, the greater the oscillation. So every horoscope is geographically latitudespecific as well as longitude-specific. To express terrestrial latitude Greek astronomers and geographers did not use the degree scale from zero at the equator to ninety at the pole as we do (and as they did for ecliptic-based celestial latitude).
When in opposition to the Sun, they are always in retrograde motion. The periods of the superior planets, roughly speaking, are two years for Mars, twelve for Jupiter, and thirty for Saturn. The positions of the planets in the signs are facts. Accordingly one can make verifiably true statements about them. Thus, if today I say that Venus is in Taurus I am making a claim which you can verify by observation or by reference to an ephemeris or to a table of planetary motions. My claim is true if and only if Venus actually is in Taurus; otherwise it is false.
6 Since power flows from the ascendant, we find it not only in the other three cardinal places but also in those places in trine and sextile aspects to the first place. 1 Place no. e. e. the Sun) Honors (and activities) Friends; Good Daemon Enemies; Bad Daemon and eleventh places, and it leaves the second, sixth, eighth, and twelfth places as relatively unimportant. Hence Antiochus’ characterization of the eighth place as ‘‘futile’’ in the passage quoted above. Here is what another early Greek astrologer, Dorotheus of Sidon (mid-first century ce), has to say about the ordering of the places in both importance and desirability:7 The following are the good places in their order of importance: the first is the ascendant [place no.