August 2019 Elections, the 10th Lunar Mansion, and Interview with Ryhan Butler Like the fourth horseperson of the Apocalypse, here comes the fourth episode of the Magical Elections Podcast! As always, the podcast comes out simultaneously with the monthly Magical Elections newsletter, which is now available for August, 2019. Episode 4 Contents: 1. Introduction. Who […]
July 2019 Elections, the 10th Lunar Mansion, and Unintended Talismanic Consequences Behold the third episode of the Magical Elections Podcast! As always, the podcast comes out on the heels of the monthly Magical Elections newsletter, which is now available for July, 2019. Episode 3 Contents: 1. Introduction. Who is Nina Gryphon and what is this […]
June 2019 Elections, the 11th Lunar Mansion, and Benefic vs Malefic Talismans The second episode of the Magical Elections Podcast (in which we look forward to June, and back upon a past election) is upon us! The first episode received some positive attention, as did the monthly Magical Elections newsletter. Episode 2 Contents: Introduction. Who […]
A prince in love came to Sadan, Abu Ma’shar’s student, with a horary question. The horoscope had Mars in Capricorn on the Ascendant and Venus in Scorpio. Saturn and Jupiter were in Sagittarius; Jupiter near the ascending degree and Saturn near the end of Sagittarius. Abu Ma’shar was busy and told Sadan to judge the […]
Welcome to Astrological Magic: The Podcast The Magical Elections Podcast is a way for me to build on and enrich the monthly Magical Elections newsletter. The newsletter has been receiving some love and attention recently, and this is my way of giving back to the newsletter’s fans. Episode 1 Contents: Introduction. Who is Nina Gryphon […]
The April Magical Elections issue kicked off with two elections that both fell on April 7; one for a Venus talisman, the other a house-based talisman for promotion. It’s not uncommon to find more than one good magical election on the same day; sometimes nice planetary alignments really do seem to travel in packs! The […]
Do you ever wish you could distinguish the truth from lies in a horoscope? An astrologer does just that using an event horoscope. A story was told to the famed astrologer, Abu Ma’shar, about another skilled astrologer at Baghdad’s royal court who unmasked a purported miracle worker as a charlatan. A self-styled magus had told […]
These three Considerations represent some of the key themes to which Bonatti will return multiple times in the Considerations – the meaning of malefic planets as significators, the speed with which events occur (hence the sloth), and the meaning of lunar aspects.
The Moon in Aquarius will shortly square Mars in Taurus, and I am reminded of a Moon-square-Mars-in-Taurus story. This is part of a larger list of astrological precepts of Abu Ma’shar that I am compiling from Lynn Thorndike’s 1954 translation of *Albumasar in Sadan.* Here is the story: A group of travelers, including Abu Ma’shar, […]
Bonatti’s Considerations 24, 25, and 26 all describe the consequences and meaning of debilitated planetary significators. They are illustrated by those Saturnian reptiles – crocodiles and alligators. My favorite is the Gavialis gangeticus – the Ganges-dwelling gharial.