Ascensional Times: Theory and Practice
This lecture explains the meaning and uses of ascensional times (measuring how fast the signs rise), from their philosophical meaning to their use in elections, map-making and climes, distributions (a kind of primary direction), judging sect in a chart, personality types across the world, symbolic predictions with triplicity lords of the sect light, and calculating solar return Ascendants.The download includes PDF slides and a handout. Length 1:13:31, 48MB.
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.
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. See longer description below. Contains: MP3 and slides. Length: 2:50:00, 78MB.
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.
Astrological Magic: Basic Rituals & Meditations
Astrological Magic: Basic Rituals & Meditations is designed for both beginning and experienced ritualists. Written by two veteran ritualists with twenty years of experience apiece, it describes magic in terms of spiritual healing, and is especially written for contemporary astrologers (both traditionalists and modernists) who want a more hands-on, ritualized, and astrologically-based spirituality to complement their chart-reading practices.
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.
Astrology of the World I: The Ptolemaic Inheritance
Astrology of the World I: The Ptolemaic Inheritance presents numerous selections by Arabic and Latin authors on areas of mundane astrology inspired by Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos. Many texts have been translated directly from Arabic by Benjamin Dykes. Authors include al-Kindi, ‘Umar al-Tabari, al-Rijal, Masha’allah, Abu Ma’shar, ibn Labban, Dorotheus, and ibn Ezra.