After some years from the first edition, the Decans of Albumasar comes back in a paper edition with a detailed preface about the use of decans and the story of this book.
The Decans of Albumasar is a must-read book for astrologers and occultists. It offers the original images of 36 decans, copied in Picatrix, in De Philosophia Occulta, and in tons of other ancient or modern books.
In addition the book gives the properties and the meaning of the fixed stars arising with each decan, with quotes from other significant texts on fixed stars and beibenie.
A very quick look to David Bowie’s chart in the day of his death. The chart is cast for 9:00 am, the birth time given by parents and the former wife (1), but we like a lot because of Venus culminating at MC.
Seeing on TV the twice Academy award winner The miracle worker from Helen Keller’s autobiography I decided to give a look to her chart, as collected in Rodden datababank (I rectified the hour some minutes earlier) .
For those who don’t know the story Helen Keller was a deaf/blind/dumb baby- unable to communicate with the external world who – tutored by a 20 years old half blind teacher, Anne Sullivan – conquered her way to the world and then eventually graduated (she was the first deaf/blind to earn a Bachelor in Arts, being able to read in Braille French, English, Latin and Greek!) and became a writer, a lecturer, a suffragette, an activist and a socialist.
The following text was written by Franz Boll in 1917 and has been translated from Italian from a collection of chosen essays. (( Franz Boll, Astronomia e astrologia nel mondo antico, Nino Aragno Editore 2008 )). The original version is published in the Neue Jahrbucher, XXXIX, 1917, page 19 et ff, as Astronomische Beobachtungen im Altertum.
It is especially dedicated to lovers of fixed stars, of which Boll is surely the unsurpassed reference.
In traditional astrology Moon and Mercury and their ruler give the mores, morality as a set of mores (( Wikipedia )), what Ptolemy and the rest of ancient astrologers call “the quality of the soul”, which we should not mix with the temperament- which is more innate, “physical.”