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 Astrology
This lecture covers eight major differences in technique, attitude, and approach which distinguish traditional astrology from modern types. (Length 38:20, 18MB).
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.
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)
Logos & Light 1: Introductions
Volume 1 of the Logos & Light series introduces the series with introductions to traditional astrology, philosophy, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. See longer description below. Length: 6.5 hours, 388MB.
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.
Persian Nativities I: Masha’allah & Abu ‘Ali
This first volume of the Persian Nativities series contains a translation of The Book of Aristotle (thought to be by Masha’llah) and On the Judgments of Nativities by his follower, Abu ‘Ali al-Khayyat.
Preview the introduction here.
Preview The Book of Aristotle here.
Persian Nativities II: ‘Umar al-Tabari & Abu Bakr
This second volume of the Persian Nativities series contains two books, a translation of Three Books of Nativities by ‘Umar al-Tabari and On Nativities by Abu Bakr.
Preview the introduction here.
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.
Persian Nativities IV: On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities
The complete translation of Abu Ma’shar’s book on natal predictive techniques, from the original Arabic.
This volume is a required text for Benjamin Dykes’s traditional natal astrology course.
Professional Significators in Traditional Astrology
As part of a new series published by The Cazimi Press, this release by leading Turkish astrologer Öner Döşer explains how to assess professional skills and career in the birth chart, using planetary significators, houses and their lords, and Lots.
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 Art of Horary Astrology
As part of a new series published by The Cazimi Press, this release by leading Turkish astrologer Öner Döşer explains the powerful art of horary astrology: casting a chart in order to answer pressing questions of the moment.
The Astrology of Sahl b. Bishr
This volume contains numerous works by the famous medieval astrologer Sahl b. Bishr, newly translated from Arabic. This volume is a required text for Benjamin Dykes’s traditional natal astrology course.
For a short list of errata, click or save here.
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.
The Great Introduction to the Science of the Judgments of the Stars
The complete translation of Abu Ma’shar’s famous Great Introduction to the Science of the Judgments of the Stars.
The Traditional Astrology Natal Course
Enrollments for Part 1 are closed, all spaces are filled.
Part 1 begins March 25, ends approximately January 6, 2024.
Another Part 1 will probably begin in Autumn 2023.
Essential facts and requirements
Traditional Astrology for Today: An Introduction
Traditional Astrology for Today is a clear and approachable set of short chapters answering important questions for the contemporary astrologer about many traditional techniques, attitudes, concepts of counseling, and answers modern objections to traditional practice.
Two Special Configurations: Aversion and Decimation
This downloadable audio lecture describes two important configurations in traditional astrology, illustrating them with chart examples. See longer description below. Contains MP3 audio, slides, and a handout. (Length: 1:12:00, 33MB.)
Works of Sahl & Masha’allah
Sahl bin Bishr (Zahel) and Masha’allah were two of the most influential medieval astrologers from the Arabic period. In a new work of 618 pages, Dr. Benjamin Dykes translates 16 of their most important works–many of them for the first time in any modern language! This essential work in medieval astrology includes many charts and lengthy introductory remarks and explanations by the translator.