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Renaissance Astrology

  • de Titis, Placidus Primum Mobile trans John Cooper, reprinted (Bromley, Kent, 1983).
    This is a classic text by the great Placidus de Titis, and shows us a renaissance astrologer at work, both in terms of the use of spherical trigonometry, and the detailed proofs using primary directions as a chief instrument. Note the Placidean Houses, and the Placidean "measure of time". If there are terms that confuse, it is wise to have recourse to WEilson's Dictionary.

  • Ibn Ezra, Abraham The Beginning of Wisdom, eds Raphael Levy and Francisco Cantera, (Baltimore MD, The Johns Hopkins Press, 1939).
    A seminal work for Renaissance astrology. In some ways a typical example, though far from the key one, of the transmission of arabic astrological methods to medieval/renaissance europe. Ibn Ezra was Jewish, and in another department of his life, a distinguished commentator on the scriptures, who left an enduring legacy as an exegete. He lived in Spain, an example of "Moorish" transmission of arab culture to the west.

  • Maternus, Julius Firmicus Mathesis; Ancient Astrology, Theory and Practice trans. Jean Rhys Bram, (Park Ridge, Jew Jersey, Noyes Press, 1975.
    Firmucus Maternus has the distinction of being the only serious writer on astrology who was also a Father of the Church, hence his works were not destroyed. He was a Senator from the time of Constantine, and a supporter of Imperial policy. HIs writing is influenced by a high minded stoic/neoplatonic sort of point of view, and he is paraticularly concerned in his Christian writing, with matters of public policy; though this is not particularly evident in the Mathesis. He achieves almost no astrological influence in his own day, but his works directly transmit late hellenistic astrological methods to the reniassance practitioners, by-passing arab influence,( and also in another sense paving the way for them). He is the best (most complete) source for the doctrine of the Antiscia, See p. 58 and on, of the work. The Mathesis also contains a copy of the famous Thema Mundi, the horoscope of the creation. Firmicus Maternus is essentially a literary astrologer, and only a few of his charts really represent attempts to record the heavenly positions at a particular time. His horoscope of Plato for example, is clearly not authentic.

  • Morin de Villefranche, Jean Baptiste Astrologia Gallica Bk XXI trans. Richard S. Baldwin, (Washington, D.C. AFA, 1974).
    First printed in 1661 this worek is a chapter of Morinus magnum opus. It is important to note that the house cusps in this book, are calculated according to the system of Regiomontanus, and not the system attributed in modern times to Morinus himself. See also the alternate translation of Lucy Little and the paraphrase of Schwikert and Weiss. All things considered this edition may contain a superior translation.

  • Morin de Villefranche, Jean Baptiste Astrosynthesis: The Rational System of Horoscope Interpretation according to Morin de Villefranche trans. Lucy Little (New York, N.Y. 1974).
    Morin de Villefranche was a most important renaissance astrologer in France, and like Nostradamus he worked for the Court. During the astrological revival the French patriotically translated his work (The Astrologia Gallica) into French but this portion of the 21st book is the only part of his work which has been translated so far into english. See also the translation of Richard S. Baldwin, and the Schwikert and Weiss paraphrase with examples.

  • Schweikert, Frederick "Sinbad" and Weiss, Adolph Cornerstones of Astrology, Vol I Synthesis edit Jan Meursing (Dallas Texas, 1972)
    This book appears to be an english translation of the book written in german by Schwikert and Weiss which incorporated much of the translated text and all of the substance of chapter 21 of Morin de Villefranche's Astroligia Gallica. The examples given include some of those given by Morinus, but include many additions by Schweikert and Weiss. I have not checked the House system in use in this book, though it appears to be a quadrant system, which Morinus system is really not. For more accurate texts see the translations of Lucy Little and Richard Baldwin listed above.

  • Zoller, Robert The Lost Key to Prediction: The Arabic Parts in Astrology (New York, N.Y. 1980).
    The most important and complete book in English on the computation and use of the so called "Arabic Parts". It contains among a multitude of other riches, a translation of Guido Bonatti's treatise on the parts. An essential and excellent work.

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