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Written in August 2015
I want to make it clear from the start that there is no uniform name for the type of authentic Astrology I mean.
Basically by Ancient Astrology I mean parts of Babylonian, which are applicable to the natal branch, the Hellenistic tradition, the Perso-Arabic tradition, above all till the year 1000 AD and selected teachings of some European authors which I have found to be useful in practice. Some people would call that “Traditional Astrology”, which is wrong from my perspective, as what is come to be known as Traditional Astrology increasingly excludes Babylonian and Hellenistic Astrology, not to say that it only includes 2 Arabic authors, a Jewish one and European copyists all the way to the 17th century. Moreover, even though I use some teachings from the 2nd millennium they are subordinated in a way which no author has done.
One can call this type of Astrology “Classical” which would be closest to the truth, but this name often excludes some crucial authors or techniques.
Also, I don’t often write “Ancient Western Astrology” in my articles because I divide Astrology in 3 types: Ancient (Babylonian, Hellenistic, Perso-Arabic), Indian (called Jyotish) and Chinese (of which there are smaller Asian branches, but they all use the same fundamental apparatus).
So by Ancient Astrology I mean several things: the most ancient and powerful techniques, just a tiny bit of which survived past the 2nd century AD. I also mean a synthesis not found in any other branch. For instance, Babylonian Astrology contains Knowledge which the Hellenistic practitioners did not have, as they lacked these keys for the most part. Here is something concrete: the vast, vast majority of those Astrology practitioners today who practice Hellenistic or Traditional Astrology use the approximation of 15 degrees around the Sun for planetary visibility. Not only is that completely wrong, but they do not even know that it is wrong! From what I know only in Bulgaria, thanks to Rumen Kolev, and in Italy is the fact about the true/astronomical visibility of the planets known.
Also, if one carefully reads the survived Hellenistic delineations of actual charts and compares them to the survived delineations of Medieval charts, they will notice significant differences. Thus, if one practices either Hellenistic or Medieval Astrology on its own, and follows the textbooks, they will be at a disadvantage compared to one who has synthesized these two because they are getting only a partial picture.
Thus Ancient Astrology is the name I have chosen.
One last thing: the ancient textbooks/classics were written for students by a teacher, who only sketched the fundamentals. They are not meant to be a complete guide and they also contain errors, some of which I say are deliberate.
Astrology is infinite: there are many exceptions some of which are just hinted, others are mentioned in a cryptic manner or are simply not listed because the author did not know about them, and if someone follows the rules blindly they will continually face dead ends because the texts do not say or exemplify what to do when this happens.
Also, by Ancient Astrology I do not mean the textbooks themselves, but the knowledge they contain and hint at, the spirit of the Eternal. I need to clarify this because there are rigid practitioners who take these as gospels and I don’t do that. I have tremendous respect for these people but Astrology lives on and one must exercise discretion with these texts.
Ancient Astrology continues and as long as I stay true to the fundamental principles, which are eternal and do NOT change, what I am practising in the 21st century is just as ancient as those practitioners. The astrological axioms were discovered long ago and there is need for one to try and be creative by reinventing the wheel. One only needs to unlearn and open their hearts and minds to this timeless Knowledge.
Published on the 26th of August 2015, day of Hermes, hour of Zeus