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.
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.
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.
AFA 2011 Traditional Astrology Conference
In September 2011, the oldest American astrological association, the American Federation of Astrologers, hosted a three-day traditional astrology conference. Held in honor of James Holden's research into and historic translations of traditional texts, Benjamin Dykes, Demetra George, and Chris Brennan gave extensive presentations on numerous traditional concepts and techniques. Running at 13 hours of audio (375 MB), this audio download contains MP3 recordings of the proceedings, plus many PDF slides and study aids. See list of lectures below.
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.