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!


Night & Day – Planetary Sect in Astrology


night and day

Published in 1995 by Arhat Publications, this 68 pages booklet is trying to determine the differences when interpreting a diurnal or nocturnal chart.

First we should see the table from page 5 with the diurnal and nocturnal planets. The most diurnal planet is the Sun, then Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury is in the middle, he is not strongly influenced by sect. The nocturnal planets begin with Venus, after that is Mars and the last, the most nocturnal planet is the Moon.


To see the influence of sect we must look at 3 aspects:

  1. If the chart is diurnal or nocturnal and what planets corresponds.
  2. The sect of signs (signs can also be diurnal or nocturnal) and the planets that correspond.
  3. The nature of placement. For example, a planet is placed diurnally when is above the horizon in the daytime or below at night.



Chronology of the Astrology of the Middle East and the West by Period


Chronology_of_astrology.jpgChronology of the Astrology of the Middle East and the West by Period is a booklet of 38 pages wrote by Robert Hand and published by A.R.H.A.T. in 1998.


In the Preamble the author reveals that the purpose of this booklet is to:


"give a rough idea of the times and order of major developments in the history of astrology, a list of major astrologers, and events in the historical background."


The book is divided in 2 parts: the first one is a chronological list with the most important events for astrology (from 15000 B.C.E. to 1770 C.E.) associated with brief descriptions and the second part is an extended version of an essay about astrology history.


There the author presents his point of view about the origins of horoscopic astrology:


"astrology as we know it came into being only once in time and in one place; the place is Mesopotamia (roughly modern Iraq)"


The first birthcharts were created by Chaldeans (late Babylonians) and the oldest one, written in cuneiform, dates from April 29, 410 B.C.E. Then, astrology developed very fast in Egypt and Mesopotamia and, until 1 century C.E., quite possibly several centuries earlier, the entire apparatus of horoscopic astrology was in place. In the final part of the essay the author presents his opinions about the origin of Hindu astrology and the improvements brought by Arab astrology




Conclusion. It is a very useful book for those who want to read about the most important events in the early history of astrology. You will understand where astrology first appeared, how it started, what happened in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece or Persia. It is not a complete, comprehensive history, it is for those who want to get in touch with the subject and to understand the main ideas, events. If you want to learn the history of astrology this booklet is a very good place to start with. My evaluation is 7,95.




Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living


planets_in_transit.JPGRobert Hand, the author of some well-known books like Horoscope Symbols, here, Planets in Composite, Planets in Youth, Whole Sign Houses or Night&Day: Planetary Sect in Astrology, published Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living for the first time in 1976.


In 2001 he published a revised and expanded second edition which covers a period of 25 years of astrological practice and makes us happy. Happy because it is a joy to read a book where a vast practical experience, a profound understanding of astrology and an impressive capacity to express ideas and thoughts clear and bright are harmoniously blending producing a classic book of astrology and, in the same time, a standard for the upcoming astrologers. 


It is a book divided in two parts: the first one filled with theory has only 44 pages (3 chapters), the second one covering the interpretations of transits has 482 pages.


In the 1st chapter Interpreting Transits the author presents a list with the difficult and easy transits and explains the significance of aspects by numerology, assigning for each aspect a number (ex. square = 4 because 90 = 360/4).


In the 2nd chapter Timing Transits Robert Hand gives 6 rules to help us find more precise the time when the events generated by transits happen. I think Rule 3 is quite interesting:


"When a number a transits describe an event, the time of the event will be closest to the time when the average orb of all the transiting planets approaches to zero."


Also note that the effect of an outer-planet transit will be timed by an inner planet (Rule 1) and transits on midpoints are very important (Rule 4). Hand is an astrologer who uses midpoints extensively and is happy with the results.


After those valuable advices the author proposes another innovative aspect: the precession correction of the natal planets. The idea is that we should treat natal planets like fixed stars and make the proper correction due to the precession of the equinox. Even is not more than 1 degree for a planet in 70 years, this can help in timing transits. But the most important difference will be on Solar Returns where the position of planets in houses and even the Moon position will change dramatically. The question is: if we use the Tropical zodiac why to see natal planets like fixed stars? I mean that in the natal chart I place natal planets not on the sidereal signs based on the morphomaton (the constellations formed by fixed stars which can be seen on the sky), but on the tropical zodiac, in relation with the vernal point. Why not to keep the relation (longitude) with the vernal point if I used it at first? My opinion is that the correction of the natal planets due the precession is not sustained by good arguments. The tropical zodiac means the relation with the vernal point and we can’t change that relation for the planets of our solar system when the time passes.


In chapter 3 Case Study: Nixon and Watergate the author uses transits to analyze the events happened in 1972-1973.


In chapter 4-13 you can find the interpretations for the planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) transit through houses and in aspects with the other planets, the Midheaven and the Ascendant.

The aspects made by planets in transit are analyzed in a dual manner, taking in account what planet is in transit, for example Mercury transit square Venus natal has some interpretations and Venus transit square Mercury natal has different interpretations. It is a very good approach which we don’t find in every book on transits.



Conclusion. It is probably the best book on transits ever written. It is comprehensive, clear and… real! The explanations for every aspect are fitting with the reality and the author practical experience gives results. Also, you can notice the psychological approach because every transit delineation contains the feelings you may experience and your possibilities to act. It is not a fatalistic approach, he supposes you have free-will and tries to guide you in making the best choice and being aware of what is happening. My evaluation is 9,6

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.