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The Rational Idealist Esotericist

Musings in Life and Insights as I study Traditional-Hellenistic Astrology and everything Esoteric.

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April 2017

On the Existence of Fate

Let's admit it, we shiver when we hear the word "Fate". Many of us like to see ourselves controlling our own destinies, the captain of our own ship, the maker of our own fortune yet most often, we are surprised... Continue Reading →

Modern muddleheadedness about ‘natural’ rulers of the astrological houses

Anthony Louis - Astrology & Tarot Blog

I have a few pet peeves about astrology that center mostly on the sloppy use of language rooted in a lack of awareness of the history of the art.  Pick up almost any modern text and you will likely read distortions and misunderstandings of the historical traditions of astrology, as if our past was irrelevant in the present.  One glaring example is the inaccurate use of the term ‘peregrine’ by the Tyl school of modern astrology, as if two thousand years of history and tradition do not matter.

Even  more egregious than the misuse of ‘peregrine’ is such incessantly repeated nonsense as “Mars is the ‘natural’ ruler of the 1st house, Venus of the 2nd, Mercury of the 3rd, Moon of the 4th,” and so on around the wheel — the so-called ’12 letter alphabet’ of astrology popularized by the late Zip Dobbins.  This oversimplified approach equates houses, signs and…

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