By Roger Beck
A short heritage of historic Astrology explores the speculation and perform of astrology from Babylon to historical Greece and Rome and its cultural and political effect on old societies.Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, unlike the fashionable dichotomy among technology and superstition.Explains the traditional realizing of the zodiac and its twelve indicators, the seven planets, and the fastened circle of 'places' opposed to which the indicators and planets revolve.Demonstrates the best way to build and interpret a horoscope within the historical demeanour, utilizing unique historic horoscopes and handbooks.Considers the relevance of historical astrology this present day.
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So the womb is a potent underground, and that is why the underground places are the sites of the human family as it constantly regenerates itself. Appropriately, this is the sector of the circle concerned with children, parents, and siblings, as also with the family’s human and animal livestock. We can now also appreciate why the ‘‘Gates of Dis,’’ the door to the underworld, are set in the second place, the place of ‘‘Gain’’ (lucrum in Latin). In both Greek and Latin the words for rich/riches are virtually the same as the names of the god of the underworld and lord of the dead, Pluto in Greek and Dis in Latin.
Imagine the circle of the zodiac as the circle of hours on a clock-face: twelve signs, twelve hours. Now imagine that the clock has not two but seven hands, each of which by its movements indicates the changing positions of its planet as it passes from sign to sign. 1 as our clock-face, we must imagine these seven planetary hands sweeping round in a counter-clockwise direction (with occasional reversals to be mentioned below). The Moon completes her circuit in a month, though the month in question, the ‘‘tropical’’ month,1 is about two days shorter than what we usually think of as a month, that is the period of time between one ‘‘new moon’’ and the next.
In order to represent a horoscope on piece of paper, you must compensate for the loss of the third dimension (depth of the clock from front to back) by imagining that the markers for midheaven and lower midheaven at the top and bottom of the frame oscillate in tandem. When the summer solstice is the ascendant, the midheaven and lower midheaven reach the furthest points of their clockwise swing; and when the winter solstice is the ascendant, they reach the furthest points of their counter-clockwise swing.