De Magnis Coniunctionibus: Tropical Aquarius – Sidereal Capricorn

The Winter Solstice this year is like no other that any of us have experienced,  I would like to begin by stating in simple terms what the attending Grand Conjunction is and isn’t. One of the central questions explored here is how the conjunction may be interpreted depending on which method is used. Be advised that […]

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Yuletide 2020

Marsilio Ficino wrote in a letter to Rinaldo Orsini: “… I recalled what the ancient sages say, not without very good reason, in their fables about Saturn and Jupiter, Mars and Venus; they say that Mars is bound by Venus, and Saturn by Jupiter. Thus simply means that the benignity of Jupiter and Venus holds […]

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Total Solar Eclipse 14 December 2020

The only total Solar Eclipse of 2020 occurs on 14 December.  It will commence at 1 p.m. local time on the west coast of Chile and end at 1:24 p.m. local time on the east coast of Argentina. The point of maximum eclipse corresponds to St Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. The tradition is clear that […]

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Autumnal Equinox 2020

George Mason – The Harvest Moon Exhibited 1872. Tate Gallery The Autumnal Equinox is one of the four Ingress charts at the core of Mundane astrological consideration. Using the Tropical zodiac, they line up to the four Cardinal points that mark the beginning of each season. The Autumn begins in the element of Air. At […]

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PURUṢĀRTHA – LES QUATRE PILIERS

[This is a French translation of the original article published in English April 2, 2019.] Le terme astrologie classique est souvent utilisé de manière assez étroite. Le fait est que nous découvrons vraiment la convergence de différentes cultures, de l’helléniste au persan et les deux à l’indien. Babylonien et égyptien. Il n’y a pas de […]

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2020 Virgo Ingress of the Sun

I rarely post on ingress charts other than the four cardinal Ingresses – the solstice and equinox events. Bot this is no ordinary year, by anyone’s standards and I’m there for watching the unfolding patterns that precede the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius, an event that will have repercussions not only until […]

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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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Musings on Comet Neowise

I employ the title of this piece advisedly. It consists of musings, a simple series of notes and observations on an extraordinary event. This is the brightest and most significant comet in 25 years. At that time, Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp discovered Comet Hale–Bopp separately on July 23, 1995, before it became visible to […]

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New Moon in Cancer

This a simple heads up to a rather significant lunation as the Sun is about to leave Cancer. For many people, a New Moon refers to when it becomes visible again. However, with the Sun conjoining with the Moon, this is also the Dark of the Moon because it cannot be seen. This conjunction is […]

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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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