A Brief History of Ancient Astrology by Roger Beck

By Roger Beck

A quick historical past of old Astrology explores the idea and perform of astrology from Babylon to old Greece and Rome and its cultural and political impression on historic societies.
* Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, unlike the trendy dichotomy among technology and superstition.
* Explains the traditional realizing of the zodiac and its twelve symptoms, the seven planets, and the mounted circle of 'places' opposed to which the indicators and planets revolve.
* Demonstrates the way to build and interpret a horoscope within the old demeanour, utilizing unique historic horoscopes and handbooks.
* Considers the relevance of historic astrology this present day.

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The two little words ‘‘is in’’ carry a good deal of freight, but fortunately you and I agree about their intent (or we would not be having this conversation). We agree that we are talking about the current position (‘‘in Taurus’’) of a certain point source of light (Venus). Technically, we mean that Venus (so intended) is – or is not – somewhere between longitude 308 (the beginning of Taurus) and longitude 608 (the end of Taurus and the beginning of Gemini). Note that our ‘‘truths’’ are the truths of appearances.

8 The metaphor of a life rising at birth and setting at death can be pressed only so far, for it cannot convincingly accommodate the underground places which, strictly speaking, would have to precede birth and follow death (nos. 2–6). Here a different metaphor or, rather, a different set of associations comes into play. The underground in ancient thought is not only the place of the dead but also the source of new life, especially of vegetation which literally rises from the ground.

2). As part of the same metaphor, midheaven, the place (no. 10) in which celestial bodies are at or reaching culmination, indicates the summit of a career and the native’s accomplishments. It is the place of ‘‘Honors,’’ of mature activities, of one’s profession and skills. On the west or setting side of the circle we find the place of ‘‘Death,’’ not indeed in the descendant itself (no. 7), but in the place occupied by celestial bodies which will be the ‘‘next to set’’ (no. 9). Note, however, that in the early system of Hermes, Thrasyllus, and Antiochus, quoted above, the descendant itself is ‘‘indicative of the last age and end of life,’’ while the preceding place (no.

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