In the traditional astrology blog of Dorothy Kovach there is an interesting and as usually well written article about the year of the Ox and some notes about Chinese calendar.
Still practioners of traditional astrology would remember some lines from the famous book of Franz Boll, Wilhelm Gundel, Carl Bezold, Sternglaube Und Sterndeutung Die Geschichte Und Das Wesen Der Astrologie,, 3° ed. (Leipzig ;Berlin: B.G. Teubner, 1926).
Boll was the “inventor” of Teucer of Babylon, published Teucer’s text quoted by Rhetorius in CCAG VII, and noticed that Albumasar text about paranatellonta came directly from Teucer’s text.
Gundel was the author of the very famous essay about decans Dekane und Dekansternbilder, and the publisher of the hellenistic astrological florilegium known as Liber Hermetis, which contains another famous chapter about paranatellonta (the XXV), beyond another version of the list of 30 beibenia stars (the III).
Bezold was an orientalist with some interest in Chinese culture.
I had my copy of the translation of Sternglaube from someone I believed a dear friend, and now just makes me very confused and unhappy – anyway even astrologers could be wrong in their judgements 😦
In the book Boll explains how the Chinese calendar with 12 animals – the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and boar – it‘s not a peculiar tract of Chinese culture, but it’s in our Western astrological tradition, in the so-called dodekaoros.
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