This December, I published a new book from Taigensha Co.,Ltd. This is the first book to explain traditional astrological prediction methods in Japan. It guides modern astrology enthusiasts with at least two years of experience and those beginning to learn traditional astrology. The purpose of this book is two-fold: to reread one’s birth chart while learning the four predictive techniques. It also shows the discrepancies between modern and traditional astrology and rearranges them as two different divination techniques.
In this book, I take the position of traditional astrology, which was based on classical science, and modern astrology, which is entirely free from it. For example, as far as I know, traditional astrology books written in modern never mention the difference in the fundamental assumptions that separate the two. It is also true of the teachers and courses I have studied. And this is one of the reasons for the confusion of beginning students. What has happened is clear. Astrology developed along with astronomy and mathematics on the premise that it was a discipline and lost that premise entirely in the 17th century. It is the historical incident that separated the two. And while the basic hierarchy dealing with divination and the unknowable realm remained the same, a new divination system, modern astrology, was reconstructed in the upper hierarchy in the late 19th century. So, modern astrology does not need traditional techniques, even if I deduct my familiarity with modern astrology from my favoritism. Because the premise is different, on the other hand, traditional astrology needs inheriting techniques because they developed with them as one of science.
I introduce four traditional astrological techniques: Profections, Solar Revolutions (Solar Returns), Primary Directions, and Secondary Progressions. All of them are traditional techniques inherited from the time of Vetius Valens (2CE). In the first half of the section, I compare and differentiate between traditional and modern astrology, mainly how to deal with benefic and malefic planets and think about fortune and infortune. The middle half deals with the use of the four techniques. Finally, in the last part, I explain how to put predictive astrology into practice, using the career paths of five artists as examples.
The words “classical” and “traditional” have an image of difficulty. In fact, my own first impression of traditional astrology was that it was fatalistic, dark, and heavy when I started with it. This article describes the appeal of traditional astrology compared to modern astrology. Continue reading “Astrology, modern and traditional aspects”
If we keep looking at the sky, we will find things not written in the old astrology books. It may be that ancient astrologers took it for granted to look at the sky and didn’t dare write anything down.
I have chosen five things about color, light, and movement that are easy for everyone to imagine. Continue reading “Five things astronomical observation can help astrology”
The frequency of appearance in the Sun-Mars opposition is one-seventh of conjunction. The same result would occur on the collected charts from all over the world. Why? This is not an astrological anomaly, but an astronomical phenomenon.
I took the picture above when Jupiter, the brightest one in the photo, was approaching to MC. Many astrologers believe MC is the highest place in the ecliptic. Yes, it is. But, not always. Often, the planet appears higher than MC. And it isn’t easy to notice on the horoscope charts because the chart draws 2-dimensional coordinates of the planets. The following are some examples of the images and footage. Continue reading “Is MC not always the highest place?”
This short article describes whole sign house system from the skywatcher’s view.
“Horoscope” came from the Greek word “ωροσκόπος, Horoskopos,” which means “observer of the hour,” denoting the ascendant and the 1st house as we know today. This word is originated in ancient Egypt. At that time, the priests observed the eastern and western sky with measuring hour and observing stars. They used to be called “imy-wnw.t”, hour-watcher, astronomer, or one who is in the hour.