During this show astrologers Demetra George and Benjamin Dykes join me to talk about the upcoming conference that we are organizing with the American Federation of Astrologers on traditional astrology.
The conference is titled Traditional Astrology in the 21st Century, In Honor of James H. Holden. It will take place September 22-24, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.
During the course of the show we cover topics such as our plans for the structure of the conference, what James Holden’s contribution to traditional astrology has been, and where we think traditional astrology is headed in the future as an up-and-coming movement within the astrological community.
This show was recorded on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
During this show I interview one of the leading scholars on Medieval astrology in the world today, Dr. Benjamin Dykes.
Last month Dr. Dykes published a translation of a Medieval astrological treatise on horary and electional astrology by al-Kindi titled The Forty Chapters. Al-Kindi was an important source for a number of later horary astrologers such as William Lilly, and Dykes’ translation has showed that Lilly’s use of material from al-Kindi was even more extensive than previously thought.
This show was recorded live on Thursday, May 5, 2011 through our now defunct page on BlogTalkRadio.
Our primary topic of discussion is the question “what is traditional astrology?”
This involves talking about some areas of continuity and discontinuity in the astrological tradition, in order to try to determine how the subject should properly be defined.
Despite the generic label that is often applied to the pre-20th century traditions of astrology, contemporary practitioners of “traditional astrology” are not just one homogeneous group of people. There was actually quite a bit of diversity in the technical, conceptual and philosophical approaches that astrologers adopted prior to the modern period. In some ways this is reflected in the different types of traditional astrology that are being practiced now.
Zoller is widely recognized as the leading practitioner of Medieval astrology in the world today.
He is renowned for being one of the first leading astrologers to advocate a return to traditional astrological techniques and methods, starting in the early 1980′s with his book The Arabic Parts in Astrology: A Lost Key to Prediction.
He also has the distinction of being on of the few astrologers who issued predictions about 9/11 prior to the attacks. He was interviewed by the History Chanel in 2005 in order to discuss these predictions:
During this show I interviewed astrologer Alan White, a hard talking ex-special forces Vietnam veteran, who has brought his unique perspective to the field of astrology for several decades now.
In the mid-90′s Alan became interested in Hellenistic astrology, and subsequently became an associate of Project Hindsight. Since then he has shared his no-nonsense approach to astrology with a variety of different audiences, including speaking positions at the Northwest Astrological Conference and the United Astrological Conference.
During the show I asked Alan some questions about how he got into astrology, what he thinks some of his most important personal insights into the subject are, and there was also some discussion about how to view certain facets of modern astrology within a traditional context.