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. 

Angles and Prediction


Angles and Prediction

Published in 2007 by Treehouse Mountain, this book represents a lifetime work and has an enormous amount of information, reflected in her size (550 pages). What you will find inside? It is simple! The interpretation of the aspects made by asteroids together and with planets.


How many asteroids are analyzed? No more, no less, than 68! And, the good part is that, when I tested those interpretations seemed to work! Not all, but that is not important. If just a half are working it is a wonderful job by Martha Lang-Wescott. I think this original and impressive work can be a start for us to study the asteroids influence. Martha Lang-Wescott chose an unexplored path and put some solid and valuable basis for our future research. The understanding of asteroids can make our astrological interpretations more precise and accurate. I think this kind of study can make astrology evolve, so I made a section on this site with asteroids, named Asteroids Testimony, where we can post our experience with this subject.



A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology

joseph crane

Published by Arhat Publications, first time in 1997 and then in 2007 (second edition), this book presents some astrological techniques from the late Hellenistic and Medieval periods. Joseph Crane, the co-founder of the Astrological Institute, also wrote Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy, a book which treats the same subject, but in a more detailed and comprehensive manner.


Chapter 1. Traditional Planetary Dignity and Disposition

You will find here explanations for different aspects that appear when dealing with planetary dignities, such as every important planetary disposition (domicile rulers, exaltation, fall, triplicities, terms and faces), the meanings for dignity and disposition or the planetary sect influence (more about that here). There are two tables, at pages 2 and 10 with all dignities, very clear.


Essays on Astrology

essays on astrology

Published by Whitford Press in 1982, the book contains 13 essays who are, in fact, former published articles, some among his first writings.


1. The Moon, the Four Phases of the Feminine

Here is some theory about the Moon symbolism. Among many ideas I would like to point out that the Moon does not represent necessarily the women but the archetypal feminine, yin, in Chinese philosophy. And this energies can be found in men too.

Then he writes about one of his theories (presented also in Horoscope Symbols) who tells that nowadays the feminine archetypal is repressed and some functions like moods, feelings, unconscious drives are underestimated.


Horoscope Symbols Book

horoscope symbolsPublished in 1981 by Whitford Press, it is one of his first books, but this does not mean it is obsolete. More, I would say it is the first book that should be studied when someone starts to learn astrology. That’s why I chose this book to be the first reviewed.




Here Robert Hand explains what he wants to achieve with this book: a deep understanding of the astrological symbols, their relation and also an interesting idea that everything is happening to us (even it seems an exterior event) has his roots in our actions, in our behavior.  I agree with this point and we can think that in Hinduism and Buddhism it’s a basic notion named “karma”. This signify our future but, attention!, is produced by our past actions. So, basically, it is the same idea. We generate what is happening to us, even it seems exterior. And a lot of people (at least Hindus and Buddhists) are pretty comfortable with this idea.