By Roger Beck

A quick historical past of historical Astrology explores the speculation and perform of astrology from Babylon to historic Greece and Rome and its cultural and political impression on old societies.
* Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, unlike the trendy dichotomy among technology and superstition.
* Explains the traditional figuring out of the zodiac and its twelve indicators, the seven planets, and the mounted circle of 'places' opposed to which the symptoms and planets revolve.
* Demonstrates the way to build and interpret a horoscope within the historical demeanour, utilizing unique historic horoscopes and handbooks.
* Considers the relevance of historical astrology this day.

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It all depends on the terrestrial latitude of the horoscope; in other words, on how far north – or in principle south – of the earth’s equator the native is born. The further north, the greater the oscillation. So every horoscope is geographically latitudespecific as well as longitude-specific. To express terrestrial latitude Greek astronomers and geographers did not use the degree scale from zero at the equator to ninety at the pole as we do (and as they did for ecliptic-based celestial latitude).

It is therefore the most in need of an appropriate analogy 46 structure and meaning in the horoscope, 1 from the earthly and human world to endow it with the aura of naturalness. ’’ But the doˆdekatropos is a circle, and a circle has neither a beginning nor an end. So on what criteria do we choose one place or another as the first? Surely the proper starting point is the place where celestial bodies rise to birth (note how the master metaphor is slipped into place), namely the ascendant. Like the apparent Sun during the course of a day, a human life rises to birth, reaches the high noon of its maturity, then declines towards ‘‘sunset’’ and death.

I then tell you that you have made a smart career choice and your prospects are excellent. Why? Because the system tells me (1) that Mercury is associated with commerce, (2) that Virgo is both the ‘‘house’’ and the ‘‘exaltation’’ of Mercury, and (3) that Mercury, in terms of daily revolution, was then in the second ‘‘place,’’ the place of ‘‘gain’’ (lucrum). Our general questions, then, are – first, does the system as a whole enable me to generate answer after answer like this one on the same general grounds but for different configurations, and, second, does the system enable me to do so expeditiously?

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