Thursday, 27 August 2009

An Explanation of Horary

I've uploaded to my web site another video presentation entitled An Explanation of Horary: How it Works. It is a brief, introductory view of the subject, but I hope that you'll find it helpful.

Monday, 24 August 2009

The Primary Problem with Venus

I want to present a few thoughts on the nature of Venus, but I don't pretend that they are definitive. These ideas are supplemental to my lecture, God, the Universe and Everything which can be found at my web site as a video presentation.

The problem is that the nature of Venus is variously described as cold and moist, and/or hot and moist; Lilly states in Christian Astrology that Venus is both of Air and Water, both phlegmatic and sanguine (p73). (For a discussion of the humours, please refer to the Traditional Horary Course materials and Luis Ribeiro's article in The Tradition journal, both of which also refer to the application of the humours.) However, taking Lilly's statement that Venus has two pairs of primary qualities, and because this is difficult to apply in practice, I'll address the question of why or how this situation arises. I will not go into great detail here, and so interested readers are referred to my other articles and lectures for more information, but perhaps most appropriately the presentation mentioned above.

I have been lecturing on the philosophy and basis of astrology for some years now, and it is to those ideas that I now refer. Genesis I says, "In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.", this describes a primary division and can be interpreted in a number of ways. However, the next lines state, "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep [water], and [then] the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." The imagery produced here is one of gender and generation, thus the masculine (active) Heaven and the feminine (receptive) Earth. So, for our purposes, the first or primary division of Creation was one of gender. When we talk about the primary qualities or natures of the planets, it is to this that we refer, otherwise it isn't primary. Thus, Venus is primarily feminine.

The next division, after the creation of Light, is of day and night, representative of time, and these are connected with the previous division of space, above and below. In my interpretation of Genesis I, these two divisions overlap and lead to the creation of the four elements by secondary division. The whole story is one of fertility through division, and through that we can deduce the source of the creation of benefics and malefics. The former corresponds to fertility and productivity, the latter to barrenness and destruction. Jupiter and Venus are designated as benefics because of their power of moderation, or fertility. The two qualities required for fertility are heat and moisture, thus Venus, as a benefic, can correspond to these qualities. However, primarily it is feminine and thus corresponds to coldness and moisture, and the qualities of the night, thus phlegmatic.

This is one way of explaining how it might be that Venus can be both Airy and Watery. In application, the context will be important, thus if you are searching for beneficence, the hot and moist natures are important; if you are looking for a primary quality, then coldness and moisture have priority. For example, when we are examining the planetary hour, we should look at Venus in its primary mode as cold and moist; its secondary nature as a benefic might be used in other applications, such as in the calculation of temperament. In the latter, because it provides a guide to balance or imbalance, productivity or non-productivity, we need to look at the planets and their positions as significant of one or the other. Thus, Venus would be dealt with as the lesser benefic, productive, fertile, and progressive and thus, sanguine.

Friday, 21 August 2009

God, the Universe and Everything

I have now added a transcript of the presentation to the "Articles" page on my web site.

God, the Universe and Everything

Having lectured on this subject for some years now and presented a number of variations, I wanted to produce the clearest version for internet users. It takes the form of a 'movie' presentation and is my first attempt to use this technology. The audio was recorded in one 'take' and so there are one or two speech errors, as well as that my ability with graphics is limited, so I hope you'll overlook these flaws.

I had wanted to try to explain how and why astrology works and by so doing I had to examine its philosophy and I discovered that this has hardly changed at all – it is still perfectly understandable to astrologers now. Astrology's magical context, of course, cannot be ignored for a complete understanding, but these days I don't think that will raise very many eyebrows, although it did when I began to speak and write about it. It was my intention to present an explanation that would help all of those students of the art who recognised that their understanding was limiting their practise, as it had mine. I hope I have succeeded at least to some extent. Of all the presentations I have given and of all the subjects I have written about, this is my favourite. I hope that you will find it of some interest, too.

The large, compressed file can be found at my web site under "Articles".

In a day or so I will write a short supplementary piece here on the nature of Venus – another subject of debate.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009


I have only just realised that none of the links on the "Articles" page on my web site were working. I've now put them right and added a new article. All links appear to be working now, but please let me know if you encounter a problem.