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, […]
Success in astrological magic depends on the devotional relationship of the magician to the planetary deities. If there is a particular planet whose goodwill you want, regular devotions – conversations in a sacred environment, prayers – can be just the thing to help you create a long-term relationship with the planet. Astrological magic devotions have […]
Saturn will be in his own sign for the next several years as he passes through Capricorn and Aquarius, granting astrological mages the opportunity to create talismans and craft petitions specific to the kinds of boons that Saturn bestows. Saturn and astrological magic together usually evoke dark and destructive rituals, and it’s true – […]
I created a new one hour horary lecture entitled “Horary of Current Events,” and it’s a unique enough lecture topic that it merits an article of its own. One of the challenges that horary astrologers often face is that they try to use the techniques of personal horary questions on charts asking about current events, […]
Sometimes we are asked to interpret horaries to determine if an ill person will live or die. I am reading Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Book of Interrogations (Sefer Ha-She’elot), and here is what he has to say: If the querent poses a question about an ailing person—whether he will die from his illness or recover—observe: if […]
Keep an eye out on the fixed star Castor this summer. It’s at 20 Cancer, and represents the mortal half of the Castor-Pollux twins. Castor was the tamer of horses, while his immortal brother, Pollux, was a skilled boxer. Upon his death, Castor was to dwell among the dead, while Pollux would be elevated to […]
I created this infographic to help you navigate reception and aspects in horary charts, based on an excerpt from Bonatti’s Book of Astronomy. This is for those of you asking questions like: “Nina, what if the sextile is without reception? WHAT THEN?” You can also visit Skyscript for another chart by Deborah Houlding that presents the […]
A few days ago, I realized I had forgotten my master password, with no recovery mechanism. After a few hours of trying to remember it and failing, I asked the horary question: “Will I recover my password?” This is a photo of my horary journal to explain the situation, my analysis, and the outcome.
“As for the one who performs his magical spells, they go into him.” Papyrus Spiegelberg (Petubast), column 11/21-22, in The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice by Robert Kriech Ritner, p. 20. Published by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1993.
[I first posted this article on Blogger in early 2006, and found it again while organizing my files. I reworked it a bit for clarity, but the substance is the same. Enjoy this blast from the past!] Princess Kiko was born into a middle-class Japanese family and married Prince Fumihito, who is second in line […]