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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.

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The Forty Chapters was used extensively by later medieval and Renaissance astrologers such as ‘Ali al-Rijal (Haly Abenragel) and the great William Lilly. Beginning with an introduction to astrological principles and types of perfection (how planets indicate success or failure), al-Kindi addresses how to interpret and cast charts pertaining to legal conflicts, missing objects, thefts and fugitives, travel, attaining honors, treason and sieges, war and peace, wealth, real estate, ships and commerce, marriage and pregnancy, friendships, medicine, weather, and more.

Al-Kindi also provides valuable general information on designing elections and chart interpretation. With commentary and a detailed Introduction by the translator, Dr. Benjamin Dykes, it is essential for traditional astrologers.