Traditional Astrology Lectures

These downloadable MP3 lectures cover many areas of traditional astrology, from introductory material to specialized techniques. They are best purchased via PayPal, and you will receive a download link for the ZIP files containing the audio lectures and any handouts or PowerPoint slides.

Note (November 23, 2015): Due to server upgrades, download links will be delayed somewhat, and will be sent out in batches throughout the day as the problem is fixed.

Introduction to Traditional Astrology

This lecture is the Logos & Light version of Dr. Dykes's presentation to the FAA (Federation of Australian Astrologers) in January 2010, as part of his all-day seminar. Due to recording issues, this version is more complete. It covers eight major differences in technique, attitude, and approach which distinguish traditional astrology from modern types. After describing them in some detail, Dr. Dykes applies some traditional principles of delineation to two charts (Length 38:20, 18MB). $4.99

Lecture: Saturn in Traditional Mundane Astrology

This special lecture for RubiCon 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. It is illustrated by historical charts and timelines, particularly focusing on World War I. (Length: about an hour, with audio and slides.) $20

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Lecture: Two Special Configurations: Aversion and Decimation

The lecture decribes two important and common sign-based configurations: aversion and decimation. Aversion is the dark partner of aspects, and occurs when two signs are not related by aspect, so that planets in them cannot see each other, and when a planet in a sign cannot see its own sign. Aversion also helps explain the negative meanings of four traditional houses: the twelfth, second, sixth, and eighth. If you use aspects, you must pay attention to aversion! Decimation occurs when one planet is in the tenth sign from another, and so has a dominating and stressful relationship to the other planet. This lecture includes basic chart examples from both Ben Dykes and the audience, and includes the MP3 audio, slides, and a handout. (Length: 1:12:00, 33MB.) $15

Lecture: Introduction to Traditional Mundane Part II

This lecture builds mainly upon the mundane material in Astrology of the World II: Revolutions & History, and begins to apply techniques to World War I. After reviewing a bit about the difference between Ptolemaic or "episodic" mundane astrology and "historical" astrology, Ben Dykes discusses Ptolemy's theory of eclipses, showing how the eclipse of April 1912 foreshadows (and comes to a peak during) the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of World War I. Then, we look at the Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions in the earthy triplicity (1802-2000 AD), interpreting the meaning of the period and showing how the mean conjunctions of 1802 and 1901 relate to Franz Ferdinand's nativity and the 1901 ingress at Sarajevo (where he was assassinated). Finally, we do some mundane profections for Serbia, using the ingress of the 1901 conjunction, covering the assassination of their king (1903), the Balkan Wars (1912), and World War I (1914). The download includes: MP3 audio, a handout, and slides.(Length: 1:55:00, 54MB.) $20

Lecture: Primary Directions Without Tears

Primary directions have a tremendous reputation as a predictive technique that goes back to antiquity, but many people are intimidated by lists of elaborate equations and confusing instructions. Frequently, people are unclear as to what they even are. In this lecture, Ben Dykes shows how to calculate all three basic types of directions with virtually no math, using your astrology program's animation or election function to do most of the calculations. This lecture emphasizes how primary directions actually work and differ from secondary progressions, solar arcs, and similar methods, with instructions on how to interpret directions, and examples taken from actual charts. By the end of this lecture, you will be able to calculate any basic primary direction! (Length: 1:45:00, 49MB.) $20

Lecture: Thought Interpretation, or the Search of the Heart

This 1-hour lecture describes "thought interpretation" or the practice of finding what is in a client's "heart," in traditional astrology. For many centuries, astrologers used thought interpretation along with questions (horary), although the two practices had different terminology and techniques. Thought interpretation also included identifying objects hidden in a client's hand. Using translations of medieval material and authentic charts by people like Abu Ma'shar, see how traditional astrologers tried to identify topics, direct discussions, and refine questions with their clients. Finally, Ben Dykes uses one technique (twelfth-parts) within actual horary charts to highlight topics that might have gotten lost in the "noise," in a chart about living with a sister, and finding some lost money. (Length: 1:00:00, 28MB.) $10

Workshop: Victors, Almutens, and the Holy Guardian Angel

Confused about "victors," "almutens," "predominators," "hylegs," and other weird traditional terms? This workshop explains and explores the meaning and use of these "victors," planets or places considered most powerful or authoritative for a certain topic. Victors are used in nativities, questions (horary), thought-interpretation, and other charts, and one of the more intriguing and unusual types is the victor over the nativity, which later authors associated with one's personal Angel or daimon.

This workshop is suitable for beginners in traditional astrology, with plenty of explanations of dignities and sect. After going through numerous examples of victors "over" places and "among" places, Benjamin Dykes describes several methods for identifying, naming, and crafting a personal image of one's Angel using techniques from the Middle Ages and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. (Length: 2:53:00, 83MB.) $30.00

Workshop: 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. After explaining some terminology and a theory of how Lots work and what they mean, Benjamin Dykes presents some standardized rules for intepreting them, and multiples charts for each Lot that vividly illustrate the surprising information that can be gotten from them. The use of Lots will greatly enrich your practice! Length: 2:50:00, 78MB. $20

Lecture: Introduction to Traditional Mundane Astrology

This presentation from 2013 introduces traditional mundane astrology, in two parts. The first part describes Ptolemy's approach to eclipses and climes, and how his lunation charts were adapted to predicting prices and commodities markets by the medievla Persians and Arabs. The second part describes historial astrology: framing history into larger and smaller periods using Saturn-Jupiter conjunctions and other timing devices, including Aries ingresses. In the slides and handout, Benjamin Dykes uses numerous historical charts to illustrate these techniques: prices, eclipses, climes and other terrestrial regions, mean conjunctions of Saturn and Jupiter and their triplicity changes, and ingress charts from the WWII era, showing how the direction of the Ascendant of the ingress to Mars identifies key dates of treaties and attacks. Length 1:16:09, 36MB. $15.00

Workshop: Elements of Solar Revolutions

This 2.5-hour workshop shows in great detail how to understand and combine several traditional techniques for analyzing a native's chart from year to year. It complements the workshop on Distributions, and is more in-depth than the 2010 talk on Solar Revolutions (below). In it, Benjamin Dykes shows how to combine several techniques in the annual analysis of a natal chart, beginning with rules and examples for comparing the solar revolution or return (SR) to the natal chart, identifying major themes for the year and how natal topics will manifest. Then, Dykes discusses profections and the use of transits. Finally, Dykes shows how to use the direction of the SR Ascendant in the SR chart, directing it to special signs and to the lord of the year. Students of traditional techniques will find this workshop extremely valuable for turning theory and texts into working procedures for themselves and clients. Length 2:34:55, 71MB. $30.00

Full-Day Workshop: Traditional Distributions through the Bounds

This special, hands-on workshop will teach you how to use "distributions," an ancient and powerful predictive technique, in both natal and solar return charts. Distributions (sometimes called directing through the bounds/terms) divide the life up into chapters, in which various issues will arise in life. Special rules govern when these affairs will be more intensified. When applied in a solar return, they can yield a year-long story with events that are accurately predicted to within a week or a day. We will focus on distributions of the Ascendant, for general themes in life. Few contemporary astrologers have learned how to use this technique or been exposed to its application to solar revolutions.

After a brief review of some basic concepts in traditional astrology (such as basic delineation of planets, whole-sign houses and angles, and profections), Benjamin Dykes will cover both the theory and practice of natal distributions and their application to solar returns. At various points, listeners are encouraged to turn off the recording and apply the methods to their own charts. Because the workshop is lecture-only (with practical work taking place offline), the recording is able to add extra material on Ptolemy and primary directions, while being shorter than a full day experience.

Length 3:03:00, 84MB. $30.00

FAA 2012 Lecture: Freedom, Ethics, Metaphysics: Philosophical Issues in Astrology

This lecture explores several views on what astrology is, what the universe could be like, and freedom of the will and determinism. Benjamin Dykes discusses the difference between metaphysics and epistemology, astrology as a technology of knowledge and whether astrology itself can tell us what astrology is, the views of Ptolemy on astrology, the metaphysics of Plato and Aristotle, and a signification theory of the Stoics. Some problems with Ptolemy's astrology are discussed as well as astrology's advantage in being able to interpret Fortune. Dykes then addresses what "free will" originally meant, and poses some problems that suggests freedom of the will (in this original sense) is not as moral or praiseworthy as we might think. The lecture concludes with suggestions for how we might embrace an astrological view of a "determinism of types" (developed in his Traditional Astrology for Today, choice rather than free will, and a tiered metaphysics. Length 1:21:00, 37MB. $14.99

FAA 2012 Lecture: Eminence and Status in Traditional Astrology

This lecture from FAA 2012 Conference in Melbourne describes numerous traditional techniques for evaluating eminence and status in a natal chart. The material is drawn from works by the most illustrious ancient and traditional astrologers and writers, such as Valens, Firmicus Maternus, Masha'allah, and others. These techniques are rarely presented and have only recently been organized together by Benjamin Dykes, including triplicity lords of the sect light, bodyguarding (dusturiyyah), Lot of Fortune houses, fixed stars, and more. All of the techniques are applied to two charts of famous individuals, Michael Jackson and Bill Gates. Length 2:33:00, 70MB. $30.00

AFA 2011 Lecture: "Signs, Dignities, Houses, Interpretation"

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. $14.99

FAA 2010 Interview: "Translating the Tradition"

In this interview by Brian Clark, Dr. Dykes explains a bit about his background, what is important about traditional astrology, and its future. Length 38:10, 17MB. $4.99

FAA 2010 Lecture: 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. $14.99

FAA 2010 Lecture: Sexuality and Relationships

This lecture introduces traditional techniques for delineating sexuality and relationships in the chart, from the 7th House to Venus, to predictive techniques using the Lot of Marriage. Length 1:15:46, 35MB. $14.99

FAA 2010 Lecture: Solar Revolutions

This 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. $14.99

FAA 2010 All-Day Seminar: Special Topics in Traditional Astrology

This advanced workshop takes a tour through five special topics in traditional delineation and prediction: Detriment and Fall (length 52:15), Aversions (length 31:50), Bounds (length 1:16:15), Stakes/angles and Overcoming (length 19:07), and Profession (length 33:24). Whole-sign houses and profections are heavily emphasized. Total length: 3:32:51, 48MB. $30

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