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on 16 May 2013
This is a great translation of a 12th century astrological text, with handy comments by Robert Hand. The original Hebrew text is cross referenced with a Latin translation, a text by Agrippa and the Picatrix (other ancient texts). This helps to make more sense of the text. Though it is meant to be an introduction into astrology, with chapters on the signs, houses, planets and aspects, it is best suited to people with experience of astrology - the technique of casting a chart, for example, is not covered.
Of special interest is Ibn Ezra's interesting account of the triplicity rulerships of the houses, where each attribute of a house is given its own ruler.
Also, there are chapters on techniques which are usually associated with horary astrology, on the "lots" or "parts" (which puts planets in relationship to the Ascendant), and a collection of aphorisms.
Heartily recommended to everyone who wants an extra tool kit in his/her astrology practice.
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