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On the Heavenly Spheres
On the Heavenly Spheres
by Helena Avelar
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to date book on traditional astrology, 7 Jan 2011
At last a book in modern english on the principles and practices of traditional (i.e pre 1700)astrology. Starting with the basics of planet, sign and house symbolism and signification, and going on to describe subjects like phase sect and latitude, with many helpful charts and diagrams the student can learn the basics and then go on to delineate a natal chart.

There are example charts given as well so one can see the ideas applied in practice. Horary and electional are mentioned as well.

Very comprehensive it includes and incorporates some of the latest research in older astrology.

There is a lot to learn but one can discard some modern doctrines.


Fortuna's Wheel Esoteric Tarot
Fortuna's Wheel Esoteric Tarot
by Nigel Jackson
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars The real origins of Tarot, 14 Oct 2010
The arrival of a new Nigel Jackson work was always a pleasure when I worked at an esoteric bookshop.This latest work is in book form only with line drawings of the major trumps. Many works on the subject mention the myths about the origin of the cards and ignore the latest research on the genuine origins of medieval symbolism. Not so here. We learn about the game of tarot and the stations of man. We journey through the cardinal virtues and the apocalytic final cards. The author displays not only scholarship but a real understanding of the spiritual life of the late middle ages and this is far more magical than the later legends.

If it was a bit bigger I would award five stars but I believe that the author aims for a clear introduction to the the ideas and in this he succeeds.


Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique
Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique
by Martin Gansten
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important new work on predictive astrology, 5 Aug 2009
This new work has been well received in the astrological community for its explanation of the technique of prediction by primary directions.It is not aimed at the beginner but the background information alone is informative and valuable for it allows the reader to assess subjects before studying them.

The chapter summaries are most helpful for the reader as is the author's lucid style in explaining what is not an easy method.He also reviews the software available.

The publishers, Wessex Astrologer, are to be thanked for making available yet another valuable work.


Dictionary of Astrology
Dictionary of Astrology
by James Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed Dictionary of Traditional Astrology, 27 July 2009
"Mr James Wilson has lately published a Dictionary of Astrology,in which he has given all the fallacious precepts,false terms and preposterous innovations"

John Worsdale in a contemporary review.

There is much of value as well but when he thinks something is useless he says so in plain language.


A History of Western Astrology Volume II: The Medieval and Modern Worlds: 2
A History of Western Astrology Volume II: The Medieval and Modern Worlds: 2
by Nicholas Campion
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Survival of an Ancient Art, 23 Jun 2009
The continued study af astrology over the centuries is remarkable given the theological,scientific and now skeptical objections. The author charts the course of astrological practice over the centuries and the characters who did the predictions.

Modern day practitioners who are asked to justify their belief will find the author a great advocate and when they have finished the book they could hand it to a friend or relative who will enjoy a well-written and informative guide to western religion and philosophy irrespective of what they think about star lore.

The author brings the story up to date and I particularly liked the way he took a mere paragraph to dismiss the credibility of one well-known skeptical scientist and went on to expose the dishonesty of some academics in the way the subject it treated


Picatrix: Ghayat al-hakim : The Goal of the Wise (in Sorcery)
Picatrix: Ghayat al-hakim : The Goal of the Wise (in Sorcery)
by Steven Ashe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 22.45

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Money saving tip, 20 Jan 2009
There is an English translation of this work in preparation by practising magicians so save your money until then.


Babylonian Star-Lore. an Illustrated Guide to the Star-Lore and Constellations of Ancient Babylonia
Babylonian Star-Lore. an Illustrated Guide to the Star-Lore and Constellations of Ancient Babylonia
by Gavin White
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable addition to our knowledge of ancient belief, 22 Dec 2008
Cannot add much to what the previous reviewer said. Anyone who has read the Epic of Gilgamesh will be sure to find it useful as well.


The Dawn of Astrology: A Cultural History of Western Astrology - The Ancient and Classical Worlds
The Dawn of Astrology: A Cultural History of Western Astrology - The Ancient and Classical Worlds
by Nicholas Campion
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A serious look at the role of astrology in ancient history., 1 Dec 2008
At last an academic approach to astrology that takes the subject seriously.There has been a lot of interest in the starlore of the ancients.Think about the alignments of stone circles and pyramids and speculative books on those subjects.All of this book is good but what particularly struck me were the chapters on how platonic philosophy and later Christianity reacted to astrology.Some of the arguments still seem pertinent today.My only fear is that the the high street bookshops will stock this next to the the pop sun sign books. This is an important work that deserves a wide readership.


The Hidden Tradition in Europe: The Secret History of Medieval Christian Heresy (Arkana)
The Hidden Tradition in Europe: The Secret History of Medieval Christian Heresy (Arkana)
by Yuri Stoyanov
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical background of the Cathar mythos, 18 Mar 2008
An excellent study of the history of Gnosticism and Catharism that is particularly good on the Balkan origins of the movement that may not be familiar to western european readers.Provides a factual balance to the more esoteric approaches to the subject
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Star of Magi: The Mystery That Heralded the Coming of Christ
Star of Magi: The Mystery That Heralded the Coming of Christ
by Courtney Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.63

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblical puzzle explained, 20 Dec 2007
I see from the paper(The Sun 20 Dec 2007) that the Archbishop of Canterbury believes the three wise men were mythical figures and there was no star heralding the birth of the saviour. Might I recommend this excellent book to your grace?You will find out who the wise men were and what astrological event foretold new dynasties and messiahs. Fascinating ideas about the origins of revealed religions and why they have not been studied up till now.There are no wacky conspiracy theories to swallow - just sound research.


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