Ristoro d'Arezzo was a monk who studied the birth charts of his horses. This story attempts to create an illustration of how astrology actually works.
The University of Cambridge has provided online, samples of thousands of charts with notes from the practices of two astrologers working in the time of Shakespeare: Richard Napier and Simon Forman. The charts and their notations make for a month's worth of interesting reading if you have any inclination toward morbidly obscure history (come on, I know that you do).
With a powerful Venus-Uranus combination he was unconventional and impulsive and had moments of beautiful revelation, perhaps even periods of real epiphany. Culpeper would die young, but first he would write 79 books and translations that catalogued hundreds of plants and their medicinal properties.
Four gates in the zodiac are called Divine Avatar Gates and their history is sort of murky, but they provide a portal for stellar drama. You find them at 15 degrees of the fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius (often called the fixed cross).
Copies are now available for this light-hearted tale, written for anyone with an interest in the history of astrology. You do not need to know the mechanics of astrology to enjoy this story of train travel through Italy. Join a dragon and a monkey as they discuss ancient texts and planetary symbolism. A short … Continue reading Copies Available
The Earth is a sphere of 360 degrees, and the zodiac is a belt around that sphere which can be compared to 360 notes on a universal piano. At the moment we are born, each planet resides in one of those degrees and plays a particular ‘note’ which signifies something about us.