The Stars of Orion

In Hinduism, Orion is associated with Prajapati “lord of creatures” presiding over procreation, and protector of life. Vedic commentators also identify him with the creator referred to in the Nasadiya Sukta. In Egypt he is the god Osiris. In Turkic and several other cultures, he retains this role of protector of the heavens as a […]

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Rohini Rising – Vernal Equinox 2021

The annual chart for the Vernal Equinox is among the most important considerations in Mundane astrology. Quite simply, it’s the horoscope of the New Year and it provides us with insights into all elements of life for the year to come. The Lord of the Year in this case is Saturn. The chart is importantly […]

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The 48 Ptolemæic constellations found in the Almagest (Al-Majisṭī)

A The twelve ecliptic constellations 1 Aries ‒ al-ḥamal, “the Lamb” 2 Taurus ‒ aṯ-ṯawr, “the Bull” 3 Gemini ‒ al-jawzāʾ, “the Middle One” (originally the name for Orion, “the middle one” probably referring to the three stars in the belt) 4 Cancer ‒ as-saraṭān, “the Crab” 5 Leo ‒ al-asad, “the Lion” 6 Virgo […]

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SIRIUS – HELIACAL RISING & SETTING – 800 BC – 2000 AD

[The first part of this article was first published in 2003 as a page in a previous incarnation of The Classical Astrologer. The present article contains some very minor refinements and an  Addendum, intended as a brief expansion on the significance of the annual event.] Sirius is a first magnitude star (HR 2491 HD 48915 […]

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Aldebaran (Tascheter) the Watcher of the East.

The constellation of Taurus holds the red eye of Aldebaran (Tascheter) the Watcher of the East. He is almost universally considered to the be the Watcher of the Pleiades. The association is with the Spring Equinox when the system was conceived. The Pleiades are associated with rain and even tears. To suffer a dry Spring was considered […]

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The Magi & The Star-Child

Let me begin by stating clearly that I make no pretence to have finally solved the riddle of the Magi. I do hope that this short piece will contribute in a positive way to the ongoing study of the subject. In writing articles of this type, one needs to study the most recent scholarship as […]

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The Magi & the Flame Part I

  The Nativity story is powerfully evocative, even for those who do not profess to be Christian, despite the fact that it is almost or entirely apocryphal. For centuries the festival of Christmas, allegedly marking the birth of the Messiah, has almost seamlessly blended with parallel traditions and folklore, such as Santa Claus and Christmas […]

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Stellar Iconography of the Black Madonna

  I’ve been  drawn to all things Polish of late and any fascination with Poland will soon lead you to the Black Madonna. The word icon has been disrespectfully assigned to graphic links in computer technology or we use the wo5d iconic to refer to a famous building and even to the owner of Virgin Airlines. […]

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Arabic Star Names

  No. Proper Name Arabic Name Meaning Star 01 Acamar Akhir an-Nahr End of the river Theta Eri 02 Achernar Akhir an-Nahr End of the river Alpha Eri 03 Acrab Al-‘Aqrab The scorpion Beta Sco 04 Acubens Az-Zubana The claw Alpha Cnc 05 Adhafera Ad-Dafirah The curl Zeta Leo 06 Adhara Al-‘Adhara The maidens Epsilon […]

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