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Thank you, David, for bringing my blog post about the upcoming solar eclipse to the attention of your readers.Having only just discovered your web log myself, I have now included a link to it in the blogroll of my web log.
Thank you so much Peter. My humble blog is a bit obscure, but I'm hoping to shift the focus a little and make the content more accessible. I've been thinking a lot about the pro's and con's of prediction. The modern approach is that astrology is archetypally predictive, but not concretely predictive. And I would ideally, like to find some middle ground between the modern and traditional approach. I'll add a link to your blog here. Cheers.
I can understand your approach, David, and it is probably a good thing to try and redifine the boundaries. Astrology has always been in flux and I suppose this is how it needs to be. You might have seen it on Dorothy's AM list anyway but I have just finished translating one of the early astrological textbooks in the German vernacular, dating from 1545. It is very interesting as one can clearly see how parts are taken straigth from the Arab sources (or the 12th century translations, to be precise) but other parts are already adapted for Western Europen use. This ongoing flux shaped astrology into what we have come to call Traditional or Early Modern astrology. It was used by Lilly, Gadbury and Coley, to name only a few, and is, of course, the basis of modern astrology, too.I wish you all the best of luck wit hyour efforts and am looking forward to see the results on your blog.
I would like to interject something here. For those of us who don't have in depth experience with the natal chart but are either just in the beginning stages of learning or at an early intermediate point of learning, wouldn't it be more beneficial to more people if what the author said be put into an example that most of us trying to understand could utilize and turn into a teaching tool?I understand the decanate, I understand the planet that would dispose, but Lilly is hard to incorporate when you are dealing with Western astrology techniques.You can't throw someone like William Lilly into the mix unless the readers have a comfortable working knowledge of his use of the language and the meanings of the words that he uses.The article was incomplete and did not follow through with enough examples to paint a clear picture of what the author was trying to say.Just my personal opinion.
Hello Nick,I can't speak for Peter, but I think I know what you are saying. Lilly lived in a different astrological era, and it can be difficult to follow his train of thought unless you have a made a serious study. But since he was a great astrologer, it is worth the effort to try and grasp the foundational principles he employed.As you probably know, there's a relatively new movement to reclaim lost knowledge and principles(i.e. Project Hindsight, etc.) that have somehow been forgotten. We need a new synthesis, imho, of traditional techniques, and modern ones that have arisen along with computers and technology.Personally, I believe we would all benefit from such a synthesis.Peter has a new blog post about the June 15 total lunar eclipse, that seems a bit more complete.Cheers,David
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