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Bonatti: Will I occupy the besieged castle?

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In his Treatise 6: On Questions Bonatti discusses a horary chart whose outcome is not obvious on first glance (Dykes translation, p. 515).  Apparently Count Guido Novello was besieging the castle of his enemy, the Luccans, and he asked Bonatti whether he would be able to capture it. The data for the chart is 11 October 1261 (Julian) at 9:36 AM LMT in Lucca, Italy. Here is the chart with Alcabitius houses.


It is a Mars day during a Mercury hour. Mars rules war and is in detriment in Libra. Mars is also conjunct the South Node. Mercury rules the 7th of open enemies and occupies the unfortunate 12th house. Thus, the general astrological ambiance at the time of the question is rather negative, so the Count is probably worried about failure. The chart has an early Ascendant, so the situation is in its early stages and it may be…

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Saturn Liberates the Sun

The Enquirer

Those who know the rituals to the Pitṛ know that a child, especially a son, is required to perform the rituals which will liberate the parents, especially the father, from the wrath of Yama and the Pitṛ.

Those who know the Indian planetary mythos know that Śani (Saturn) is the son of Sūrya (the Sun).

Those who know the astrological symbolism of the planets see that Saturn indeed liberates the Sun.

The Sun represents ātmā – the fundamental consciousness itself, the core of who and what we are. The Moon represents manas – a reflection of the light of consciousness into the dark night of insentient, external, material things. Mercury further extends the light so that it can interact with these insentient things, via buddhi (intellect, the i/o bridge between mind and matter). Venus grants five actual senses of perception to the intellect. Mars grants five actual senses of action.

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Horary Technique 11: Considerations Before Judgment

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Typically a major stumbling block and almost obsession with many beginners to horary are the so-called “strictures against judgment”.  These are particular placements within horary charts that are meant to warn the astrologer that something may not be quite right with the situation.  The “strictures against judgment” are something of a modern exaggeration of the classical “considerations before judgment” and while the semantics involved may seem silly, one phrase is definitely more severe than the other.  Classically, if a placement befitting a consideration appeared in a chart (let’s say a late Ascendant), then it required the astrologer to ask more questions to clarify the intention. However, nowadays it is not uncommon to see beginners assert that a horary chart cannot or should not be read if that placement occurs.

The classical considerations appear to have their start with Guido Bonatti in the 13th century.  He tells us to make sure…

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Ishtar & Aphrodite – Part I

The Classical Astrologer

It seems particularly apr to begin this article with a reference to Gustav Klimt’s “The Die Jungfrauen” (The Virgins) 1913  shown above because it celebrates the stages of a woman’s life and the intertwining rhythms and themes which I would like to explore in reference to the understanding of Venus.  This work isn’t to read as a single moment in time, but as depicting the evolution into womanhood. The curator at the Klimt Museum notes that there ” are six women in the painting (or one woman with four sides to her persona) and all of them seem to be intertwined. The lines are clear and the human themes of love, sexuality, and regeneration are obvious in the circular cyclical shape of the work. In painting The Virgins the different life stages are represented by the same woman. Dislocated body parts in outrageous poses move as if underwater. The empty shell…

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The Astrology of Typhoon Vinta

The Bi-wheel chart says it all. The transiting waxing Moon in Aquarius (Air sign) of the Capricorn Ingress chart squaring Mars in Scorpio and Jupiter in Scorpio (Water sign) of both the New Moon in Sagittarius Chart and Capricorn Ingress... Continue Reading →

The curious case of “not-reception”

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Astrologers love to talk about how one planet receives another in one of its dignities, including the wonderful situation of mutual reception in which each planet occupies a major dignity of the other, for example, Venus in Cancer (ruled by the Moon) and the Moon in Taurus (ruled by Venus).

Curiously, the 9th century astrologer Sahl ibn Bishr al-Israili, often known as Zahel or Zael, utilized what he called “not-receptions” in his work. Lilly studied Sahl and incorporated many of his horary principles into Christian Astrology (1647).

What did Sahl mean by a not-reception? In his translation of Sahl’s text (Introduct. §5.9), Ben Dykes cites the following example.  Suppose the Moon lies in Aries, which is the sign of “fall” or “descension” of Saturn, and furthermore that the Moon is applying to an aspect with Saturn but Saturn is not receiving the Moon in any of Saturn’s…

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On Saturn Return in Capricorn

Impending Saturn Return Saturn stationed direct last August 25 at 21 degrees Sagittarius and it is on it way to enter Capricorn this December. The Great Malefic, the Stern Taskmaster, the Grim Reaper, and the Hermit is at home in... Continue Reading →

Astrological Musings on why is Mother’s Day in May and Father’s day in June

Mother’s day as celebrated in May Mother’s day is celebrated when the Sun is transiting the Feminine Tropical sign of Taurus. During this period, it is mid-spring in the Northern Hemisphere; the weather generally is nurturing for life to thrive... Continue Reading →

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 →

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