Beginning with a primer on questions by Benjamin Dykes, Judges opens with introductions by Masha’allah, ‘Umar al-Tabari, and Sahl on choosing significators and victors, and identifying modes of perfection. Well-known and lesser-known manuals on questions are then collated by house topic, ranging from matters of wealth, marriage, war, theft, positions of honor and rulership, travel, and horse racing. Notable mundane sections offer methods of predicting weather and prices.
Throughout, Benjamin Dykes provides numerous comments, helpful footnotes, and diagrams. Appendices include Sahl’s Fifty Judgments, advice on questions from Bonatti’s Book of Astronomy, and helpful instructions from Masha’allah’s On Reception. Containing a study guide for astrological basics, a reference table of questions, and the most extensive glossary of traditional astrological terms to date, The Book of the Nine Judges is essential for traditional astrologers. (734 pages)