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.   

The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology


fixed_stars.JPGVivian Robson (1890-1942) was a librarian who become an astrologer and wrote The Fixed Stars & Constellations in Astrology in 1923.


In the Preface the author explains very well what the book represents: a systematized mass of information about fixed stars and constellations compiled from more than 200 books. It is "neither a critical nor an originative one", he wrote. So, he just gathered all the information and centralized them in the book. He has no opinions, no arguments. The characteristics of the stars come from bibliography, not from his experience.


Chapter 1. The Fixed Stars in Astronomy presents some astronomical notions like the precession of the equinoxes, the proper notion of stars, the classification of stars.


In Chapter 2. Influence of Constellations the author presents 108 constellations described by two types of information: history and astrological influence. Their names are:

Antinous , Antlia Pneumatica, Apus, Aquarius, Aquila, Ara, Argo, Aries, Auriga, Bootes, Caelum, Camelopardalis, Cancer, Canes Venatici, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Capricornus, Cassiopeia, Centaurus, Cepheus, Cerberus, Cetus, Chamaeleon, Circinus, Columba Noae, Coma Berenices, Corona Australis, Corona Borealis, Corvus, Crater, Crux, Custos Messium, Cygnus, Delphinus, Dorado, Draco, Equuleus, Equuleus Pictoris, Eridanus, Felis, Fornax Chemica, Frederici Honores, Gemini, Globus Aerostaticus, Grus, Hercules, Horologium Oscillatorium, Hydra, Hydrus, Indus, Lacerta, Leo, Leo Minor, Lepus, Libra, Lupus, Lynx, Lyra, Machina Electrica, Microscopium, Monoceros, Mons Maenalus, Mons Mensae, Musca Australis, Musca Borealis, Noctua, Norma et Regula, Nubecula Major, Nubecula Minor, Octans Hadleianus, Officina Typographica,  Ophiucus, Pavo, Pegasus, Perseus, Phoenix, Pisces, Pisces Australis, Piscis Volans, Psalterium Giorgianum, Pyxis Nautica, Quadrans Muralis, Reticulum Rhomdoidalis, Robur Carolinum, Sagitta, Sagittarius, Sceptrum Brandemburgicum, Scorpio, Sculptor, Scutum Sobiescianum, Serpens, Sextans Uraniae, Tarandus, Taurus, Taurus Poniatovii, Telescopium, Telescopium Herschelii, Triangulum, Triangulum Minor, Triangulum Australe, Tucana, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Via Lactea, Virgo, Vulpecula et Anser. Andromeda ,


Chapter 3. The Lunar Mansions has 3 kinds of Mansion: Arabic, Hindus and Chinese. Lunar Mansions are much older than constellations and represent the distance travelled by the Moon on one day.


In Chapter 4.The Fixed Stars in Natal Astrology the author gives us some advices for using fixed stars. We should give attention to the apparent size (magnitude), the celestial position (more close to the ecliptic means more power), the nature of the planet through she operates, the general nature of the horoscope. All these factors are very important.


In Chapter 5. The Influences of Fixed Stars, Nebule and Clusters are presented 111 fixed stars and their influence in the most important points of the chart. The stars analyzed are:

Achernar, Acrux, Acubens, Aculeus, Acumen, Adhafera, Agena, Albireo, Alcyone, Aldebaran, Algenir, Algenubi, Algol, Algorab, Al Hecka, Alchena, Al Jabhah, Almach, Alnilam, Alphard, Alphecca, Alpheratz, Al Pherg, Altair, Antares, Arcturus, Armus, Ascella, Aselli, Baten Kaitos, Bellatrix, Betelgeuze, Bos, Bungula, Canopus, Capella, Caphir, Capulus, Castor, Castra, Cingula Orionis, Copula, Dabih, Deneb, Deneb Adige, Deneb Algedi, Denebola, Difda, Dirah, Dorsum, El Nath, Ensies, Facies, Fomalhaut, Foramen, Giedi, Graffias, Hamal, Han, Isidis, Khambalia, Labrum, Lesath, Manubrium, Markab, Markeb, Menkalinan, Menkar, Mintaka, Mirach, Nashira, Pelagus, Phact, Pleiades, Polaris, Polis, Pollux, Praesaepe, Prima Hyadum, Princeps, Procyon, Propus, Rasalhague, Rastaban, Regulus, Rigel, Sabik, Sadalmelik, Sadalsuud, Scale North, Scale South, Scheat, Seginus, Sharatan, Sinistra, Sirius, Skat, Spica, Spiculum, Tejat, Terebellum, Unukalhai, Vertex, Vindemiatrix, Wasat, Wega, Yed Prior, Zaniah, Zavijava, Zosma.




Conclusion. It represents a classic astrology book, a reference point for fixed stars in astrology. It is the book which summarize in the best manner what was written about fixed stars in astrology until 1923. My objection to the material presented in the book is that the interpretations for stars are too somber, talking too much about violence, death, accidents, poverty and illness. Maybe the influences of stars are not so evil and the future researches will prove it. My evaluation is 8.