Displaying items by tag: Medieval astrology http://kepler.edu Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:12:07 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb The Medievel Astrologer's Traveling Tables http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/news/item/444-the-mideavel-astrologers-traveling-tables http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/news/item/444-the-mideavel-astrologers-traveling-tables The Traveling Astrologer's Almanac

Today you may carry a smart phone to help you calculate astrological charts while traveling. “For medieval physicians, the mnemic apparatus of choice was what is sometimes today known as a folding almanac or a belt book. There are thought to be just 29 such almanacs that have survived to the present day.”

The almanac was made using vellum, a tough paper made from an animal skin. It was folded, strung on a cord and hung from the belt. It was particularly useful for doctors as they made house calls.  Read More from The Atlantic.

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    kepler@kepler.edu (Kepler) News Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:34:15 +0000
    The Burning Way http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/component/k2/item/431-via-combusta http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/component/k2/item/431-via-combusta The Burning Way

    By Walter Cambra, MA (LAMAFA)

    According to the ancients "Via Combusta" exerted a malefic influence, particularly for the Moon in one's natal chart.[1] Via Combusta is Latin for "the burning way" and generally refers to the first fifteen degrees of the sign of Scorpio.[2] Other astrologers have extended Via Combusta to include the last fifteen degrees of the sign of Libra and/or the entire sign of Scorpio.[3]

    Modern astrologers have speculated that the negative influence of the signs of Libra and Scorpio, specified as Via Combusta, had its origins in antiquity when many of the malefic fixed stars were located in those two signs.[4]

    A more insightful explanation used by the ancients considering the influence of Libra and Scorpio as malefic is suggested by Al Biruni: Libra is the Fall of the Sun while Scorpio is the Fall of the Moon. Furthermore, these two signs contain the two malefics. Libra is the Exaltation of Saturn (Greater Malefic); Scorpio (by classical ruler, contains Mars (Lesser Malefic).[5]

    The ascription of "Via Combusta" is still used in Horary Astrology where its importance is amplified by the Ascendant having two rulers. The Moon is the primary ruler and the secondary ruler is the planet ruling the sign of the Ascendant.[6] Modern astrology no longer uses the Via Combusta to delineate natal charts.

    However ostensibly antiquated, Via Combusta is insightful in delineating the natal chart of the master of horror and terror literature, namely, Edgar Allan Poe.[7]

    Edgar Allen Poe 1 am ChartExamining the natal chart for Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809; 1:00 a.m., Boston, Massachusetts, USA, Rodden Rating C), if his time of birth is indeed 1:00 a.m, we notice his rising sign at the Ascendant to be 3 degrees 33 minutes in Scorpio, within the Via Combusta zone. This would make Pluto (god of death and hidden forces) not only the modern sign ruler, but ruler of the first decanate of Scorpio as well as overall chart ruler. [Pluto is in Pisces, conjunct Poe's Moon.]

    Poe's first house has Mars as its classical ruler. Mars in the 1:00 a.m. chart is located in the twelfth house in the sign of Libra. In modern astrology, Mars is also considered the natural co-ruler of the eighth house.

    Poe's first house is concerned with his physical self and inner psyche.

    • The North-Node in Scorpio indicates a soul journey, to be taken alone, into the unconscious.[8]
    • Uranus (planet of sudden upheavals and horrible extremes) is located at 9 degrees 23 minutes of Scorpio.
    • Saturn (Greater Malefic) is in the first house on the cusp of Sagittarius at 1 degree 33 minutes.
    • Mars (Lesser·Malefic) is in Detriment in the twelfth house at 18 degrees 36 minutes of Libra.

    edgarallenpoePoe's natal chart exhibits another astrological notion, namely, "Combust" and more particularly "Cazimi", where Mercury (planet of the mind') is partile (in the same degree) and within 17 minutes of the Sun (ego-centricity). This close Mercury-Sun conjunction gives the native unusual mental intensity. Unfortunately for Poe, his Mercury-Sun is afflicted by a wide square with Uranus in the Via Combusta zone near the power point of the Ascendant.

    The preponderance of planets in Poe's natal chart are located in the Northern Hemisphere, indicating an introspective nature. This is further reinforced by the preponderance of planets in the first quadrant, which is indicative of self­-absorption.

    The placement of Uranus in the first house indicates that Poe was a risk taker and pursued an unconventional life­style. Uranus, within the Via Combusta zone, is trine Poe's natal Venus, Moon, Pluto and Jupiter in the fourth house of home! Many modern astrologers consider Uranus to be Exalted in Scorpio, indicating that its disruptive influence is greatly enhanced.

    Poe never had a stable family/home environment. His parents were wandering actors living. in financial poverty. His mother died when he was only three. His foster mother died when he was about twenty. Poe married a thirteen-year-old girl (cousin) who died eighteen years later. He had a couple of marriage engagements that were broken off.[9]


    [1] The Astrology Encyclopedia.(p. 521). James R. Lewis. Visible Ink Press, Detroit, MI. 1994.
    [2] The Astrology Encyclopedia (p. 521)
    [3] The Astrology Encyclopedia (p. 521)
    [4] The Astrology Encyclopedia (p. 521)
    [5] The Book of Instruction in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (p 317). [Al Birurii, circa 1029 a.d.] The Wessex Astrologer [http://www.skyscript.co.uk/gl/via_combusta.html]
    [6] The Astrology Encyclopedia (p. 284)
    [7] Today's Astrologer (pp. 14-15, 17). American Federation of Astrologers, Inc. Vol. 69 No. 12; December 9, 2007.
    [8] The Complete Node Book (pp. 73,74). Kevin Burk. Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN; 1st ed. 2004

    [9] Today's Astrologer (pp. 14-15, 1·7). December 9, 2007.

    Source Notes from Astrodatank at http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Poe,_Edgar_Allen

    • LMR quotes a handwritten list by Andre Barbault in hand that gives "three hours after .. mother left the theater" from a biography by Mary Philipps, Chicago, 1926; same in L'Astrologue 6, same from de Lescaut.
    • Formerly Ruth Dewey gave 1:00 AM "allegedly from family records."
    • Joan McEvers quoted Margaret Latvala for 3:38 AM.
    • Penfield Collection quoted Louis MacNiece for 1:30 AM and Barbault for 2:00 AM.
    • Alan Leo gave a spec time of 7:57 AM in Modern Astrology 1/1932.

    Note that Scorpio would be Poe's rising sign if he was born anytime between 12:42 am and 3:16 am. At the 2:00 AM time, it would be 15 degrees Scorpio.

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      Working with the Chart Tue, 30 Oct 2012 19:20:41 +0000
      What killed Tycho Brahe? http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/news/item/376-tycho-brahe-news http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/news-mainmenu-139/news/item/376-tycho-brahe-news What killed Tycho Brahe?

      Murder Mystery? In 2010, Tycho Brahe was dug up and reburied yet again in another attempt to discover whether he died from natural causes or was murdered. Among the many articles about this last search for answers, The crazy life and crazier death of Tycho Brahe, history's strangest astronomer is one of the more colorful.  After samples were obtained, they re-buried Brahe on Nov. 18, 2010.  Stuart Clark's website also includes an excerpt  from the novel in which German mathematician Johannes Kepler learns a little more about Tycho's astronomical achievements.

      After two years of study, in November 2012 they concluded that Tycho Brahe was not murdered, but most likely died of a burst bladder. An interesting article on the results of the study can be found at the UK's Guardian newspaper.  As the article notes:

      Brahe's death in 1601 at the age of 54 was long believed to have been due to a bladder infection. Legend said it was the result of his reluctance to breach court etiquette during a reception by leaving for a toilet. Kidney disease was another suspect. But some speculated that he might have been poisoned with mercury even at the hands of a king or a rival astronomer.

      "Brahe's famous assistant [astronomer] Johannes Kepler has been identified as a possible murder suspect, and other candidates have been singled out for suspicion throughout the years," said Jens Vellev, a professor of medieval archaeology at Aarhus University, Denmark, who heads the Czech-Danish team of scientists that conducted the research.

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        enewberg@kepler.edu (Enid Newberg) News Tue, 07 Dec 2010 00:44:33 +0000
        3-minute Vocabulary: Sect http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/component/k2/item/360-3-minute-vocabulary-sect http://kepler.edu/home/index.php/component/k2/item/360-3-minute-vocabulary-sect 3-minute Vocabulary: Sect

        The concept of Sect comes to us from Hellenistic times. It is a concept that fell out of use for many years, but is being rediscovered as more and more astrologers are re-examining ancient techniques. Sect can help you determine the the qualities of a planet, whether for good or ill, and its effect in the chart.

        Depending on whether it is a daytime or nighttime chart, sect tells you which of the classical planets (Sun and Moon, and the planets Mercury through Saturn) have the upper hand. It also provides clues as to which planets will be more helpful or more problematic in the chart.


        As with any technique, there are nuances. But the basic process for using sect is simple. First, find the sect of the chart. This is easy - where's the Sun?  If it is above the horizon (the ascendant/descendant axis), it is a diurnal chart that emphasizes the Sun, Jupiter and Saturn. If the Sun is below the horizon, it is a nocturnal chart that emphasizes the Moon, Venus and Mars. Mercury's sect is determined by whether it rises before (oriental) or after (occidental) the Sun.

        Next, determine whether or not the planets are in their natural sect. For example, Saturn is a diurnal planet. If it is above the horizon in a diurnal chart, it is matched with its natural sect. This gives Saturn an even extra boost as it delights in its placement. Third, consider whether the planet is in a masculine (diurnal) or feminine (nocturnal) sign.

        Planets that are in their natural sect by hemisphere and in a sign which matches their natural sect are in hayz. In Medieval astrology, this was considered a particularly beneficial and powerful condition. If a planet is out of sect by hemisphere, sign or both (a condition Robert Hand calls ex conditione), it will have difficulty expressing positively in the chart.

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          enewberg@kepler.edu (Enid Newberg) Working with the Chart Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:00:00 +0000