Proposing a Glyph for the Lot of Spirit

By |2014-07-17T22:49:29-06:00July 17th, 2014|Categories: Techniques|

The relatively recent rediscovery of Hellenistic astrology has led to a resurgence in the use of the Lot of Spirit by astrologers, but up until now there has been no commonly agreed upon glyph or symbol to use in order to represent this point in astrological charts or computer programs. I would like to rectify this situation by proposing a specific design for the symbol that should be used to represent the Lot of Spirit. I have included an image of the symbol that I'm proposing to the left of this paragraph. The symbol is actually pretty simple. It is just [...]

Did Ptolemy Use Whole Sign Houses?

By |2014-03-10T20:54:05-06:00December 8th, 2011|Categories: Techniques|Tags: , , , , , , |

The question of Ptolemy’s preferred method of house division came up on the discussion forum on Skyscript recently. I said that I had always thought that Robert Schmidt did an adequate job in his translation of the Tetrabiblos in pointing out the instances in which Ptolemy clearly employed whole sign houses. I suggested that anyone who wishes to argue that Ptolemy was not using whole sign houses needs to tally up every single instance in which he uses the word “zōidion” to refer to a house/place, and then explain how exactly these reference should not be understood as demonstrating that he [...]

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