Using Astrology

Using Astrology

The articles in this section are focused on techniques for interpretation and how those techniques are applied. This includes approaches from different types of astrological practice. It also includes questions that astrologers find themselves confronted with when they select a particular technique.

We’ve seen this before and we’re seeing it now. Based on current scientific studies, a well-known public figure or group of specialists inform the American public about environmental impacts and health hazards of some feature of our standard “American way of life”. Environmentalism, Yesterday and Today Is the quote above about fossil fuels and climate change? tobacco? the diminishing ozone layer? processed food? global warming? No - it's none of the above. Back in the early 1960’s it was our use of pesticides. What happened next is predictable: books fly off the shelf and in this case the book’s author…
On a recent trip to the Caribbean, and while staying on the beautiful island of Nevis, I learned that Alexander Hamilton was born there – a surprise to me and perhaps to many people. So we had to visit his birthplace and the museum there. Coincidentally, upon our return to the U.S., Public television was showing a documentary film on the Broadway musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He in turn was inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton, first published April 26, 2004. The musical Hamilton had its World premiere on Jan. 20, 2015 at the Public Theater, New York…
Several terms in contemporary use are huddled under the umbrella of aspects in mundo: mundane conjunctions, squares and oppositions, parans, paranatellontai, mundane aspects and aspects in the mundane sphere. They all refer to that category of aspects which takes the Earth's equator as the point of reference, hence the Latin word mundo from mundus, that is, "the world." Accordingly, instead of celestial longitude, which is the argument for aspects in zodiaco, aspects in mundo are generally reckoned in right ascension expressed in time, or less often in degrees of arc without a zodiacal sign attached. Mundane aspects have fallen out…
Ingmar Bergman, the celebrated Swedish film and stage director/writer was one of the most influential auteurs of our age. His artistic explorations of death, illness, faith, betrayal and insanity reflected his own preoccupations. This hyper-sensitive and volatile man also led a tempestuous love life and fathered many children while seeking seclusion. How is all this reflected in his nativity?
In this essay I want to demonstrate how the traditional system of essential dignites can be used to add quite a bit of detail and nuance to the interpretation of a chart. Traditional astrology uses five different essential dignities. There are the major dignities, rulership and exaltation, and their corresponding debilities, detriment and fall. Modern astrology still has these dignities, although they are often not widely recognized or used. In addition, there are three minor dignities, named triplicity, term and face. Each has a different meaning and different level of control. For our example, I want to look at the…
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