Book review: The Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology
Vivian 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.
MY EVALUATION: 8
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.