register-blueSaturday Nov 1, 2014
From 1:00-2:30 pm Pacific / 4:00-5:30 pm Eastern
Western sidereal astrology is based on the Babylonian sidereal zodiac, the original zodiac. Sidereal, from the Latin, sidus, (star) is the type of astrology that reckons celestial longitude from the stars, rather than the vernal equinox. Western sidereal astrology is both new in the West and the revival of an ancient art. Babylonian astrology was introduced to the West in 1944 by Cyril Fagan, an Irish astrological scholar, after he had studied the translations of the ancient Babylonian astronomical and astrological texts excavated from the Near and Middle East.

Kenneth Bowser This lecture will provide an overview of the history and practice of western sidereal astrology. The differences between the tropical and sidereal zodiacs will be explained. The talk will also include the rationale and use of the dignities and debilities. Originally sidereal, these powerful positions provide important information when examined in their original context. Examples of the power of these positions in the natal chart and a comparison of tropical and sidereal solar returns will also be included.

Kenneth Bowser, author of An Introduction to Western Sidereal Astrology and Primary Directions and the U.S. Chart (November 2014), has studied both astrology and ancient history for over forty years. Known for his careful scholarship in the field of ancient astrology, Ken lectures at astrological conferences in the US and Europe and regularly teaches classes on a variety of astrological subjects. His articles have appeared in American Astrology Magazine, The Mountain Astrologer, The Siderealist, The Traditional Astrologer, and other publications. He can be reached at