Hellenistic Astrology bookHellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune is a survey of the history, philosophy, and techniques of Hellenistic astrology, which is a tradition of horoscopic astrology that was practiced in the Mediterranean region from approximately the first century BCE through the seventh century CE.

Although Hellenistic astrology is the source of many of the modern traditions of astrology that flourish around the world today, it is only recently that many of the surviving texts of this tradition have become available again for astrologers to study.

During the process of recovering this tradition many techniques and concepts that were lost in the transmission of astrology over the past two thousand years have been rediscovered.

The product of over a decade of research, this book provides one of the first comprehensive treatments of ancient astrology in modern times.

Highlights of the Book

Some of the highlights that the reader can expect from the book:

  • Learn the history and origins of western astrology.
  • Explore the philosophical foundations of astrological practice.
  • Become acquainted with the works of the most influential astrologers of antiquity.
  • Understand the original conceptual motivations for many techniques that astrologers use today.
  • Recover powerful timing techniques that were lost during the transmission of astrology.

The book also features:

  • 50+ diagrams and tables, which provide rich visual illustrations of the concepts covered.
  • 100+ example charts, which demonstrate how the techniques work in practice.
  • A detailed bibliography of works related to the study of ancient astrology.
  • A foreword by award-winning astrologer Demetra George.

Table of Contents and Introduction

Click the links below in order to read the table of contents and introduction by Chris Brennan:

The Details

  • 696 pages
  • Softcover, 7 x 10.
  • ISBN: 978-0-9985889-0-2
  • Publication date: February 10, 2017
  • Price: $48.00 USD + shipping and handling

About the Author

Chris BrennanChris Brennan is a professional astrologer from Denver, Colorado, USA. He was educated at Kepler College, where he focused on cross-cultural comparisons between the astrological traditions. He is the former President of the Association for Young Astrologers, and former Research Director of the National Council for Geocosmic Research. He is a regular contributor to The Mountain Astrologer magazine, and is the host of an award-winning weekly program called The Astrology Podcast. He has lectured widely on Hellenistic astrology since 2006, and teaches a certification course on the subject with students from around the world.

Course Manual For The Hellenistic Astrology Course

Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune is now part of the required reading for students of the Hellenistic astrology course. The course provides a nice companion to the book, with over 100 hours of lectures, diagrams, and other materials. For more information see the Hellenistic astrology course description page.

Reviews and Interviews

The book has been reviewed in most major astrological journals and magazines since its release in February of 2017, and you can find some excerpts from these reviews here. Chris has also done a number of interviews on different podcasts in order to talk about the book and what it is about, and you can find links to those discussions on the same page.

Ordering a Print Copy of the Book

At the moment the best way to order a print copy of the book is through an online retailer such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble:

Wholesale discounts are available for stores or distributors who would like to carry the book. The book should be available through the Ingram catalog.

Ebook Version on Google Books

An ebook version of the book was released through Google Books in September of 2018:

Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune on Google Books

This is the only ebook format that it is available in at the present time.


The book was recently translated into Russian by Mikhail Medvid: Эллинистическая астрология: Исследование судьбы и удачи

Gallery of the Book Around the World

Readers of the book have been sending in pictures of it being read in different spots around the world since its release in February of 2017. Click here to see the full gallery of Hellenistic Astrology around the world.