The Outer Planets and Their Cycles


outer_planets.jpg"The Outer Planets and Their Cycles – The Astrology of the Collective", written by Liz Greene, was originally published in 1983 and revised in 2005. The book is based on a series of lectures given by the author in 1980. As Liz Greene wrote in the preface to the 2005 edition, this book "contains probably the first published prediction of the fall of the Soviet Union".

Lecture One: An introduction to the outer planets    

In this first part the author presents the meaning of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. She wrotes that the creative ideas symbolised by Uranus are taken in the world, in a conscious way, mostly, by people with a Saturn conjunct Uranus.

Pluto is linked with a certain vision of the Universe and with the Hermetic world – view.


Lecture Two: Aspects to the outer planets    

The author wrote about Pluto in Libra, Chiron, the aspects between Uranus and Pluto, Sun and Neptune, Saturn and Uranus, Saturn and Neptune, Saturn and Pluto, the periods when Uranus, Pluto, Neptune were discovered and the synchronic events. For example:

"Neptune materialises as the alcoholic or the deceitful partner, and Uranus dresses as the partner who leaves you, and Pluto disguises himself as the partner who has power over you or has some pretty complicated sexual and emotional patterns. […] A person with strong outer planet contacts may have a disruptive effect in the group, because the outer planets tend to feel threatening to more Saturnian values."


Lecture Three: The outer planets in individual horoscopes    

The author writes about the chart of Adolf Hitler (Pluto – Neptune conjunction, Uranus on the Ascendent), Karl Marx (Uranus – Neptune conjunction square Saturn and Pluto), Lenin (Uranus square Neptune), Freud (Sun with Uranus), Jung (Sun with Uranus square Neptune), the Uranus – Pluto conjunction of 1960.    


Lecture Four: Outer planets rulership of signs and houses    

The author writes about Uranus, Neptune and Pluto as co-rulers of Aquarius, Pisces and Scorpio. Also about Saturn and Pluto in the 12th house.


Lecture Five: The USSR and the Uranus – Neptune conjunction    

In this chapter the author wrote about the transit of Pluto on the URSS Sun and predicted the disintegration of the Soviet Union around 1989.


Lecture Six: Outer planets in everyday life    

The author presents many examples of outer planets in aspects with personal planets, especially with Venus, and of outer planets placed in angles, especially in the 7th and 10th house.


Lecture Seven: The outer planets and the Astrological Ages    

The author wrote about the Piscean Age, the religions and myths associated, the transition to the Aquarian Age.


The book has 2 appendixes, one is "The Generation Gap", an interesting article about the astrological links between generations, the second is "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the Chiron – Pluto cycle", an article about the cycle of Chiron and Pluto.





Conclusion. "The Outer Planets and Their Cycles – The Astrology of the Collective" is a very good book of mundane astrology, written in 1983, when there wasn’t many written material on this subject. It treats different themes of mundane astrology, it’s diverse and interesting to read. It isn’t so detailed and comprehensive as Mundane Astrology, but still is one of the best books on mundane astrology, a book where the reader will meat the accuracy and clarity of Liz Greene’s vision of astrology. My evaluation is 8,79.


The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope


uranus.jpgThe Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a book published first time in 1996, based on the CPA (Centre for Psychological Astrology) seminars held by Liz Greene in the same year. The book’s topics are centered around the planets Uranus and Saturn.

Part One: Uranus in the natal chart  

The author presents the mythology of Uranus and his association with Prometheus and Ouranos. Also is presented the influence of Uranus in houses:


"In the area of life ruled by the house in which Uranus is placed, we all long, consciously or unconsciously, to be Prometheus and offer the world the gift of fire."


Then, the author writes about the aspects of Uranus with the personal planets: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Sun. For example, about the Moon – Uranus aspect:


"Because the Moon’s nature is fundamentally alien to Uranian vision, such aspects – whether "hard" or "soft" – are liable to be very difficult, especially in the early part of life. The Moon keeps saying, "What’s going on? Why can’t I have any stability? I don’t want to be separate. I don’t want to be yanked out of my nice home and torn away from my family. I don’t want to know about any of this ‘cosmos’ nonsense. I’m terrified."


or about the Mars – Uranus aspect:


"Uranus tends to make Mars more intellectual, and less instinctual in its expression; and while that may make a person more civilised and socialised, it can also create difficulties on the sexual level, and in the sphere of expressing anger and aggression. […] There is a strenuousness, a rigorousness about Mars – Uranus which can result in enormous feats of courage and stamina, but which can equally generate a kind of blind stupidity about danger and risk." 


Part 2. The Transits of Saturn and Uranus

In part 2, the author writes about the transits of Saturn and Uranus, from the perspective of planetary cycles:


"All transits are part of a cycle, and all planetary cycles connect with other planetary cycles and create repeating patterns in the birth chart. Nothing in a chart is isolated and nothing is really a "one – off".


In The meaning of the Saturn cycle is presented the cycle of Saturn from a very modern and, in the same time, profound perspective:


"The Saturn cycle makes us separate people. That is its meaning – its teleology, if you like. The cycle of Saturn builds, stone by stone and brick by brick, a defined, incarnate being."


After this passage, are presented the planetary aspects between Saturn – Neptune, Saturn – Sun and Saturn – Venus, also like cycles.


In The meaning of the Uranus cycle the author presents the cycle of Uranus, starting with a nice analogy between Saturn and Uranus:

"While Saturn is busily putting bits of cement into the cracks and underpinning the foundations of the ego’s walls, Uranus comes along and says, "There is no window in the wall. You can’t see out. How are you going to know there is a whole cosmos out there? That wall interferes with the progress of the group, and stands as a barrier to collective evolution. Sorry, but it has to come down. I might let you have a wall, but you will have to make it more flexible. Put in a couple of extra doors. Put in some windows. Use wood instead of bricks. Better yet, use lightweight prefabricated panels, and then it can be dismantled and moved when necessary."


Then, it is written a lot about the blended influences of the cycles of Uranus and Saturn at the 20-22 years, 38-42 years and 56-60 years. In the final part of the book are presented some case studies. 





Conclusion. The Art of Stealing Fire: Uranus in the Horoscope is a modern book of astrology in which we can find issues of psychology, mythology and planetary cycles in an exceptional blending.

The author explains very well what Uranus, Saturn and their cycles symbolize. The interpretation of Saturn, in my opinion, it’s better than in Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil, a book of the same author, and the interpretation of Uranus is one of the best available. 

The reader will be impressed by the smooth and clear discussions from the book, which emerges from such a profound understanding o
f the astrological symbolism. The author capacity to explain in such a clear text some very difficult issues like Uranus, Saturn, their psychological influence on the individual, the relation between present events and their childhood roots, the interrelated cycles of the two planets, proves such a masterful skill in understanding and explaining astrology, psychology, people and their life. M
y evaluation is 9,4

Brady's Book of Fixed Stars

fixed_stars.jpgBernadette Brady is an Australian astrologer who lives in Bristol, UK. She wrote Star and Planet Combinations (2008), Astrology – a Place of Chaos (2006), Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars (1998), Predictive Astrology (1992, 1999) and received  the Charles Harvey Award (2006).

Part 1. In the beginning    

In the beginning the author wrote about fixed stars from a philosophical point of view, seeing them as the fixed center of our world, the axis which never moves, an attribute which gives fixed stars great importance and make us to study them with more attention. She also wrote about precession, mythology and history.


It is presented the historical evolution of our knowledge in working with fixed stars which revealed an interesting discovery: before Ptolemy fixed stars were studied in a system similar with parans used today by some astrologers, but Ptolemy changed the method using a much simpler one, respectively a simple projection to the ecliptic which was good for astronomy, but bad for astrology. Unfortunately, astrologers took the new system as a good one, and we lost some valuable information.  


Parans is presented in detail and also some advices for working with parans.


Part 2. The Constellations

In this chapter are presented the constellations and more than 60 fixed stars.

The constellations presented here are: Andromeda, Aquila, Ara, Argo, Auriga, Bootes, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Canes Venetici, Cassiopeia, Centaurus, Cepheus, Cetus, Coma Berenices, Corona Australis, Corona Borealis, Corvus, The Crater, Crux, Cygnus, Delphinus, Draco, Equuleus, Eridanus, Hercules, Hydra, Lepus, Lupus, Lyra, Ophiucus, Orion, Pegasus, Perseus, Piscis Australis, Sagitta, Triangulum, Triangulum Australe, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor. 


Part 3. Zodiac, the ring of life

In this chapter are presented the constellations placed on the ecliptic and their most important fixed stars.

The constellations presented are: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.


Part 4. Star phases

In this chapter the author presents the phases of stars:


"its rising with the Sun on a particular calendar date, its period of visibility in the night sky and its period of invisibility when it was not present in the night sky".


There are detailed examples about star phases where is explained the meaning of a curtailed passage, heliacal rising or setting,  acronychal rising or setting, arising and lying hidden, the period of a passage etc.


Part 5. Fixed stars and the natal chart

In this chapter the author gives a set of examples for how to work with fixed stars on a natal chart:

1. Create a list with the fixed stars which have a paran relationship to your chart.

2. Sort this into rising stars, culminating stars, setting stars and stars on the Nadir. The first three corresponds to the life periods (25 years for each), the fourth is after life.

3. Look what stars from the list are heliacal rising or have passage because those are the most important. Stars that never rises for your location should not be used at all.





Conclusion. The book is a comprehensive material on fixed stars, more that 350 pages written, but it doesn’t seem Bernadette Brady had a big experience in working with fixed stars, or at least in the book presents a lot of what was written by others, and not so much her experience with fixed stars.

Her personal examples on fixed stars are generally when working with parans and not so convincing in my opinion. 

The parans technique is a central issue in the book, it is presented in detail and also used in all the examples, but this method has not a solid position in the astrologers world, some accepts it, some not.

Anyway, with her pluses and minuses, I can say that Brady’s Book of Fixed Stars is the best book on fixed stars until 1998, especially because it collects almost all what was written on fixed stars until that year. My evaluation is 8,3.   

Les Astres et l'Histoire

astres_histoire.jpgAndre Barbault is a French astrologer born in Champignelles, in 1921, a prolific author who wrote  "L’astrologie mondiale (1979)", "De la psychanalyse à l’astrologie (1961)", "La Prévision astrologique. Les transits (1982)", "La crise mondiale de 1965 (1963)" and many other books.  "Les astres et l’histoire" is a book published in 1967 in which he analyses the planetary cycles and the corresponding historical events. 


In the chapter L’unite rytmique: le cycle planetaire, the author presents his main ideas and philosophy about the astrological cycles, like:

"We can apply the Hegelian dialectic to the planetary cycles: the initial conjunction corresponds to a thesis, the opposition to a antithesis and the final conjunction to a synthesis. […] The planetary cycles in which Uranus is involved are equated with movements of right-wing, while the planetary cycles in which Neptune is involved are equated with movements of left-wing."


In the chapter Coup d’œil general, the author presents what is known like Andre Barbault’s Cyclic Index –"Indice de concentration planetaire", a chart which shows when many planets conjunctions are happening. Generally is associated with important events, the most astonishing prove being the evidence of this index on the two world war periods. 


In the chapter Les series cycliques, the author presents the main cycles and the characteristic events happened for each conjunction from 18th century to the 20th century.  He highlights the fact that a cycle must be understood in relation with his previous cycle, with the series of cycles from which he is a part. 


In the chapter L’evolution interne des cycles, the author writes that linking a cycle with the events from the time of the conjunction (beginning) it is not enough to describe it well and to be sure that we identified his meaning right. So, one of the methods to understand better the meaning of cycles and to verify our assumptions is to analyze the internal evolution of cycles. The main phases after the conjunction are the semi square (first difficulties), sextile (first success), square (problems, crisis, transformation), trine (expansion, good evolution), opposition (full manifestation, most productive period) and the same aspects on the reverse.  He presents detailed descriptions of the cycles Jupiter – Saturn, Saturn – Uranus, Saturn – Neptun, Jupiter – Neptun, Jupiter – Uranus, Uranus – Pluto, Saturn – Pluto and Jupiter – Pluto.


In the chapter L’evolution du processus cyclique, the author writes about the aspects of semi-square, sextile, square, trine, sesqui-square , opposition and their meaning in the evolution of cycles.  It is not very detailed, just a few pages, but has also some practical examples.


In the chapter Les cycles annuels, the author writes about the short cycles between the personal planets: Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. These can be seen as points where the energy generated by the greater cycles is released.


In the chapter Les interferences cycliques, the author writes about periods when multiple cycles come to one of their important phase and combine their influence, resulting in outstanding events.  For example in 1930-1931 Saturn was in opposition with Pluto and Jupiter, Jupiter conjunct with Pluto, Uranus in square with Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter. So, many cycles can interact in the same time and it is of uttermost importance to understand the meaning of their relationship. The author analyses the cycles of Uranus – Neptune (1821 – 1992) and Neptune – Pluto from the perspective of the interaction with Jupiter and Saturn.


In the chapter Le processus du deroulement historique, the author analys
es several historical events from the perspective of astrological cycles timed by the inferior planets Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. He presents in detail the following events: the French crisis of 1946, the First Moroccan Crisis (1905 – 1906), the Bosnian Crisis of 1908–1909, the Second Moroccan Crisis (Agadir crisis – 1911), The First Balkan War (1912), the Crisis of July 1914, the World War I, the World War II and the Cold War.


In the chapter La paix et les armistices, the author presents an list of 61 treaties and armistices in order to emphasize the influence of Venus and Jupiter for those moments, especially the conjunctions Jupiter – Sun and Venus – Sun, but also Mercury – Jupiter, Venus – Jupiter and Mercury – Venus.


In the chapter Les declarations de guerre, the author presents an list of 60 declarations of wars in order to emphasize the influence of Mars for those moments.


In the chapter Quelques moments historiques, the author analyses in detail several historical events from the perspective of astrological cycles: the European Revolutions of 1848 (from the perspective of the cycle Saturn – Neptune, but in my opinion the cycle Uranus – Pluto, at a conjunction in Aries in that year, symbolises better the events), the Russian Revolution of 1917 etc. It is similar with the chapter Le processus du deroulement historique.


In the chapter Perpectives mondiales jusqu’a l’an 2000, the author presents the most important planetary aspects until 2000 year and tries to predict the events.  He is very inspired to write:


„Indubitablement, le grand rendez-vous de notre histoire tend donc a se presenter a ce triple croisement lineaire qui va de 1988 a 1992…”.



Conclusion"Les astres et l’histoire" is a fundamental book of mundane astrology, where one can find a lot about the astrological cycles and a real database with historical events and their astrological configurations. It is the only book which treats the subject of astrological cycles in such a detailed manner, presenting so many events associated with every cyclical phase. The fact that astrological literature lacks in books on this subject, makes "Les astres et l’histoire" an even more valuable asset. My evaluation is 8,75.     

Harmonics in Astrology


harmonics.jpgJohn Addey (1920-1982) was an English astrologer who wrote Harmonics in Astrology (first edition in 1976), a book which represented his vision in astrology: "All astrological effects can be understood in terms of the harmonics of cosmic periods". Charles Harvey see the book as "the single most important contribution to astrological theory and practice since the emergence of astrology in the ancient world".


 Part One – The General Theory

The idea with which the book starts is that we don’t have a strong basis in astrology, an obvious fact if we think why we are dealing with problems like: which is the best system (Eastern or Western) in astrology, what is the correct house system, where is the cusp of a house, the delineations in "good" and "bad" aspects or "good" and "bad" signs. The fact that we can’t solve those questions shows that we don’t have good, reliable principles at the foundation of the astrology we use. The author propose a solution:


"What is needed is a vision of the underlying realities of our science in the light of which astrological concepts can be co-ordinated, simplified and unified. […] The picture that has so emerged is one of the harmonics, that is, the rhythms and sub-rhytms of cosmic periods, which can be demonstrated to provide the basis of all astrological doctrine both ancient and modern."


Then, in chapters 2 and 3, the author presents the basic elements of the theory of harmonics: a wave is a determined by length, amplitude and phase, which shows where the peak is. In astrology, the period where waves are measured is the Zodiac circle (ecliptic) which has 360 degrees, so this is the maximum length of a wave, or the fundamental wave. The length of other waves is given by the number of the harmonic which divides the basic period, for example a wave of 180 degrees (half of the circle) corresponds to harmonic 2, a wave of 90 degrees to harmonic 4 and so on.  


After the theory, the author presents a first application of harmonics 3 and 4 using Michel Gauquelin study about the planet Saturn on the charts of scientists and physicians – see Cosmic Influences in Human Behaviour.

Chapter 5 is about the astrological symbolism which can be better understood with harmonics, as the author explains:


"the limits of the conventional houses do not correspond to the realities of situation"houses in the traditional system don’t fit well on harmonics for many reasons (for example phase positions in harmonics can be at every 45 degrees);


"we are always dealing with a circle of potential relationships; the symbolic significance of the relationship is based on the number by which the circle must by divided to yield a relationship."


"the traditional emphasis on number twelve (twelve signs of the Zodiac, twelve houses of the horoscope, twelve main aspect points) is shown to be one of extreme poverty. Once the harmonic principle is grasped it can be seen that all numbers play their part in the symbolism of astrological relationships"


Why don’t divide the Zodiac in 36 or 4 parts, for example? Why 12? Indeed, this observation should be like a red flag for astrologers, because if those divisions of houses or signs in 12 are not the most important, not only that don’t help us, but more they put obstacles to a better understanding. It gives to the chart reader additional distorting information which will distract attention from the important points of the chart.


In Chapter 6 the author shows how to calculate a harmonic (4th in his example) and her sub-harmonics (12th in his example). Another very good observation can be found:


"If we divide any circle into a number of sectors of equal length (say four sectors of 90 degrees or nine of 40 degrees) and set down our totals for each sector in order then this will have the effect of revealing more clearly the harmonics which will fit in that sector length, because it also has the effect of eliminating, in the result, all harmonics of the whole circle which will not fit into that sector length." 


In Chapters 7 and 8 – "Harmonics in the Ecliptic Circle", the author shows another time that the division of the Zodiac in the well known 12 signs is limited because the signs distinct boundaries from which the influence should change radically and between which the influence should be equally the same don’t reflect the reality because every small group of degrees has a different symbolism, a fact emphasized with harmonics. 

Cosmic Loom


cosmic_loom.jpgDennis Elwell (born 1930 in Stourbridge, England) is a British astrologer who began lecturing astrology worldwide in 1963, gaining a reputation as an original thinker who was an advocate for the rehabilitation of astrology. He wrote Cosmic Loom – The new science of astrology and published it for the first time in 1987. As he wrote in the preface, it is a book recommended to the "intelligent inquirer", a book about the philosophy of astrology, about the principles which lies behind astrology. The book starts with a great statement: "the greatest truth in the world is also the most neglected", in fact a synthesis of the situation in which astrology is and was in the last centuries. 


Sabian Symbols in Astrology Book


sabian_symbolsMarc Edmund Jones (b.1888 Missouri – 1980) was a Presbyterian clergyman, a philosopher and an astrologer. Interested by the astrological symbolism he searched for a set of symbols able to accurately describe the meaning of each degree. For a while he used the symbols obtained from Charubel (John Thomas), but he was not satisfied with them because were “too grooved in a single mood […] good or bad”.

The Story

The story of the Sabian Symbols as we know them began in 1923 when he met Elise Wheeler. She was a psychic suffering from arthritis and confined to a wheelchair. Despite her health problems she wanted to do something significant and, fortunately, Marc E. Jones knew exactly how it would be:



“I had to find a place where the conditions would be proper for Elsie Wheeler, through whose consciousness the laya center in each of the three hundred and sixty cases could get in a picture or situation with meaning in modern and common everyday life,


for that one of the Brothers who had the age-old and particular saturation in the true Memphite (earlier Egyptian) schematism from which the zodiac was derived originally, and myself, supplying the especially refined cabalistic training needed for the critical interpretation or rationalization of the relationships at the threshold of a new or atomic age, and so I located a section of Balboa Park, in San Diego, California, where a park lane with little traffic was within feet through a fringe of trees of one of the city’s busiest intersections. The whole task had to be completed without any breaking in of any other living entity or the intrusion of any sort of life situation, but here we could sit in a parked car attracting no attention, and yet we were meeting the requirement of natural law itself that this highest of spiritual tasks be framed in a milieu of the most complete possible intensity or turmoil of normal human living or business and personal affairs in the broadest possible intermeshing or superficial conflict.”


So, in one day of the year 1925, Marc went with Elise in the Balboa Park and, in multiple sessions during that day, she found the images for all the 360 degrees of the zodiac. The result is what we know nowadays as the Sabian Symbols.

The Sabian Symbols presented below are the original ones, presented in the book, but the most keywords are my interpretation. The keywords may represent the symbol in a positive or negative way, as the person may live the good or bad part of the same image.

To see the Sabian Symbols go here:


Apart from the Sabian Symbols presented, the book has another thirteen chapters which mainly present the basic concepts in astrology and spirituality in the author’s view, which I don’t consider to be relevant to astrology, so I won’t present those chapters in this review.




Conclusion. There is a debate between astrologers about the Sabian Symbols, some sustain that are not working, some believe that are the result of a great state of spiritual inspiration and are perfect. It is difficult to appreciate who’s right. I think that, theoretically, every degree of the zodiac, which represent a specific kind of energy, can be represented by an image. The image can describe the type of energy represented by the degree with a certain kind of accuracy. We can have images which represent the degree very well, and images which are not very well suited to the symbolism of the degree. In my personal experience with the Sabian Symbols I found certain degrees to work very well and other degrees to be less representative. Probably every astrologer will judge the Sabian Symbols after working with them. Anyway, if the Sabian Symbols have acquired such a great recognition there must be more that a bunch of images invented by a psychic. There is no smoke without fire, no? My evaluation is 7,2.


Classical Astrology


astrologyThis book, published in 1996 by Whitford Press, presents a wide range of classical astrology techniques with the aim to “radically improve Astrology”. At least this is wrote on the cover…


The first 4 chapters (1.Introduction: Why Classical?, 2.Have you forgotten what the Sky looks at night? The Babylonian Captivity, 3. Elements, Qualities and Triplicities, 4. Historical Context: From the Fall of Rome to the End of Renaissance) are really boring. You can find here some history, definitions, generalities bit won’t take long and you will think something like “Are there any more pages until this chapter will end?”. I don’t say it is not good to know what is in that book but, it is not easy to read, a lot of pages are not relevant for the subject and the book is not coming with something new, useful, something that will bring an important improvement to your practical astrology.


Let us go back to the book. After the introductory chapters comes Chapter 5 – Essential Dignities and Chapter 6 – Accidental Dignities.  I believe these are the best chapters from the book (she wrote a whole book about dignities: Essential Dignities). One can find here tables with both Egyptian and Chaldean terms and the almuten for every degree. I think that’s useful. Also, some examples: the charts of Nicholas II, Mary Godwin Wollstonecraft Shelley and Prince Charles.


In chapter 6 the accidental dignities are very well grouped after the House placement (angular, succedent, cadent), motion (swift, slow, direct, retrograde), oriental and accidental (for superior planets is better to be oriental, for inferior planets occidental), closeness to the Sun (cazimi, combust, under the Sun`s beams), the Moon increasing or decreasing in light, aspects to malefic and benefic planets and conjunctions to fixed stars. I like this chapter.


Chapter 7: Everything you ever wanted to know about sect… is not “everything” about sect, not even close. But, you will find here some general theory that will help to use sect. For something closer to this “everything about sect” read “Night and Day: Planetary Sect in Astrology” by Robert Hand.


Chapter 8 is about the Part of Fortune and chapter 9 is called “When a quincunx is not inconjunct”. Not interesting…


Chapter 10. The Nodal Cycle: from Ptolemy to Rudhyar presents the relation between the Lunar Nodes and the Moon. This is a very nice chapter where you will find the interpretation for the conjunction, opposition, square of the Moon with the Nodes. For example:


“When the Moon is conjunct South Node, the hero is the dictator for the collective. […] Lenin, like Hitler (another South Node type) was supremely confident in his own vision.”


Basically, the idea is that the Moon at Node North begins a new cycle, creates a “new system”, then in the journey to the South Node it is systematizing and building it and, at the South Node, reach a stage of successful development and supremely confidence. After this, from the South to the North Node are the processes of elimination and restructuring.


Then it comes Chapter 11: What is Mutual Reception, anyway?, Chapter 12: The Ancient Medical Model, Chapter 13: How to Read a House, Chapter 14: Profections and Chaper 15: Changes. About profections, I must say that seems awkward. The idea is that every house gives predictions for a year of life (house 1 – age 0, house 2 – age 1, …., house 12 – age 11, house 1 – age 12 and so on) but I don’t think it really works. We don’t even know what is the best house system… I don’t see the philosophical explanation for this system and, you know, that almost everything must have an explanation! Though, I accept there are things we can not yet understand I think this is not the case.




Conclusion. It is a big book! Has 350 pages…and you will find here many techniques and many explanations. But after you read it I don’t think you’ll have more than 2 or 3 ideas to apply to your practical astrology. If you should buy it? I don’t know… Probably, if you are a person that reads a lot of astrology you should buy it, but, if you don’t have much time for astrology you should not waste your money. I think 6,5 is a proper evaluation for this book. 

Arabic Parts in Astrology: A Lost Key to Prediction


arabic_parts.jpgRobert Zoller is an astrologer specialized on predictive astrology with studies on Latin and history (Medieval and Renaissance periods). He wrote The Arabic Parts in Astrology – A Lost Key to Prediction in 1980 and revised it in 1989.


Part 1 – Background

In Chapter 1. How the parts were lost the author presents a brief history of the astrological charts. Interesting, the origin of the parts is not at the Arabs, but, far more ancient, from the time of the Babylonians. Still, it is true that the Arabs invented more and more parts and used them extensively. In Europe the Renaissance was the period when the parts lost their importance and, even faster than astrology, began to decay.


Chapter 2. The metaphysical basis of the parts is a real lesson of numerology blended with philosophical ideas. In the first part the author emphasize on the idea that the man is a Microcosm and present some quotas from Henry Cornelius Agripa, Giordano Bruno, Hermes Trismegistus and Pico della Mirandola to sustain his arguments. I think the main idea is true, but not very well explained and presented in a rather unclear manner. Robert Zoller should have been invested more energy and efforts to present such an important and beautiful idea. Then, begins the "numerology course" and are presented the first ten numbers with their meanings and the numerical basis for the planets exaltations.


Part 2 – The doctrine of the parts

Chapter 3. How to use the Parts means a few pages with several simple advices for calculating and analyzing the astrological parts.


Chapter 4. Bonatti’s treatise on the parts is a translation made by Robert Zoller to a portion of Bonatti’s book Liber Astronomiae. Has 50 pages and is divided in 9 sections. Are presented the astrological parts of the planets, the parts for houses and even some parts which will help you to judge the cheapness of some vegetables in a certain period. Hmm… If those last parts would work some astrologers would made a lot of money at the stock exchange! But is not the case!   


Part 3 – Practical Illustrations

In Chapter 6 Natal Figures the author tries to prove by practical examples that the parts are working. He analyzes the part of religion and honesty of women on 4 charts, the part of fortune on 1 chart, the part of the Sun on 2 charts, the part of the Hyleg on 2 charts and the part of the eight house on 2 charts. Of course that by those examples, he shows the efficiency of the astrological parts. But, the question is: do those parts really work on every chart?


I made an exercise and tested the Part of Honesty of women (distance from Moon to Venus projected from the Ascendant) on 3 examples. Zoller quotes Bonatti:


"if this part is in a fixed sign or in the aspect of any of the lords of the dignities of the sign in which it is placed or any benefic, the women will be honest and religious even if she may be longing for coitus. But if the malefics aspect it without reception and it is in a mobile (cardinal) sign, the women will be excessive in her desire for coitus, giving herself to men… for a cheap price and she will be in every way a fornicatrix"


Whole Sign Houses

whole sign houses

Published by Arhat Publications in 2000, this 48 pages booklet is, in fact, a former material appeared in The Mountain Astrologer, who is trying to prove why the author uses the Whole Sign Houses system and to convince us about his usefulness.


The Whole Sign Houses is a system where the first house is the whole sign where the Ascendant is rising. Then every next sign is a house. For example, if your Ascendant is rising at 27 degrees in Virgo, the first house is from 0 to 30 degrees in Virgo, the second house from 0 to 30 degrees in Libra, the tenth house from 0 to 30 degrees in Gemini and so on. But, attention, the Ascendant and Midheaven keeps their position, so the Midheaven may not fall in the tenth house! Back to our example, if you used Placidus house system and the Midheaven was at 28 degrees in Taurus, now, using the Whole Sign Houses you will have the tenth house in Gemini but the Midheaven will still be at 28 degrees in Taurus, so, in the ninth house!