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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Sirius – Heliacal Rising & Setting – 800 BC – 2000 AD

  Sirius is a first magnitude star (HR 2491 HD 48915 Flamsteed Number: 9 Bayer Letter: Alpha) in the constellation of Canis Major, with a visual magnitude of -1.46. Sirius is also known as Canicula; the Dog Star and Aschere. Sirius is 2.01 times the size of the Sun and the brightest star in our […]

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PARAPEGMA – STELLAR, PLANETARY & LUMINARY PHASES

Some form of time-keeping has been essential to humanity from the earliest times. Most fundamental to this is the recognition of seasons and the phases of the Moon. The ability to predict the occurrence associated with much larger cycles required reference to the movement of the planets and their various phases and stations. The conjunction […]

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The Zodiacal Riddle of Vettius Valens

The works of major Hellenistic astrologers have become available over the last few decades. Of course, Claudius Ptolemy has been part of the canon for centuries. His works have been helpful in many ways, but we can’t say he is the last word. Indeed, the reading of Ptolemy has lead to many preconceptions, particularly with […]

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Reading Māshā’allāh : Sassanian Ayanamsa

Before we begin, I would like to make it abundantly clear that it is not my intention to replace the chart we have for the foundation of Baghdad  The data, but not the chart, came down to us from a venerable source  What I would like to do, however, is to explore what happens when […]

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The Horoscope of the World in the Greater Bundahishn – Part I

This is but a cursory introduction to the Greater Bundahishn which will be followed by articles with a sharper focus.  The work contains a concise narrative of the Zoroastrian creation myth, including the first conflicts between Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu for the hegemony of the world. In the process, the Bundahishn recites an exhaustive […]

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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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The Magi & the Flame Part II

The identity of the Magi, the nature of the star they followed and when it all took place has been subject to debate for centuries. We cannot even be certain that the event took place at all in the historical sense. Personally, I doubt that it did. That doesn’t take anything way from the power of […]

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The Bull of Heaven II

I make no pretense of being an expert in Egyptology, but there are some fundamental elements of that culture which allow us to see Taurus in a different way, in part by the relationship of the Bull of Heaven to Osiris The region of the heavens occupied by the constellation Taurus is home to several […]

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Hesiod: Works And Days

Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White 1914 (ll. 1-10) Muses of Pieria who give glory through song, come hither, tell of Zeus your father and chant his praise. Through him mortal men are famed or un-famed, sung or unsung alike, as great Zeus wills. For easily he makes strong, and easily he brings the strong man […]

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