Astrology of Sustainability

Book Description: Astrology of Sustainability

Now you can understand how astrologers comprehend environmental issues of the 21st century. In this ground-breaking work, traditional astrological methods for assessing outer planet cycles, then the full integration of the meanings of the upcoming Neptune and Pluto cycles through 2065, are studied in depth. A full history is presented with over seventy complete examples of how the Aries Ingress charts and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction series were developed to appreciate both short-term and long-term trends. This work does not require prior knowledge of either classical or mundane astrology (however, experience in these areas would be helpful). Discover how the astrological events of 2012 are not as important as future configurations, although it is so important that the configurations are understood now.

Book Details
ISBN: 9780764338052
Size: 10 x 7
Illustrations: 99 charts
Pages: 304
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Binding: Soft Cover

Table of Contents:

A Word to the Modern Astrologer: Welcome!
Table of Figures and Charts

1. An Introduction to Classical and Not-so-Classical Mundane
2. A Primer of Environmental Science and Concepts
3. The Dance of Neptune and Pluto
4. Incarnation in Matter: Pluto in the Earth Signs
5. The Limits to Growth: Pluto in the Air Signs
6. The Universal Solvent: Pluto in the Water Signs
7. The Long Twilight Struggle: Pluto in the Fire Signs
8. Pluto from Sagittarius to Pisces
9. Summary, Suggestions and Conclusions

Appendix A. Glossary
Appendix B. Table of Essential Dignities
Appendix C. Further Readings in Environmental Issues
Appendix D. Lilly’s Rules for Shipwrecks

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Glossary of Old Medical Terminology & their modern Equivalents

Material Copyright 1996 J. Lee Lehman

Medical Names
Old Term Modern Equivalent
Agnail Hangnail
Ague Malaria
Alerative Restores Normal Body Functions
Alexipharmic Poison Antidote
Alopecia Baldness
Anodyne Relieves Pain
Apoplexy Paralysis Fr. Cerebral Rupture
Apostems Abcess
Aposthumes Abcess
Ardent Fever A form of remittent malaria
Aromatic Fragrant Herb
Avoid Void or excrete
Axungia Lard
Biles Boils
Blain Blister Or Pustule
Bloody Flux Dysentary
Cachexia Severe Wasting
Cacoethe Ulcerous tumor
Cantharides Powdered Beetles (Spanish Fly)
Carbuncles Staphylococcal Inflammation
Carminative Medicine: Expells Flatulence
Casting Vomiting
Catamenia Menstrual Flow
Cataplasm Poulstice
Catarrhs Inflammation: Mucous Membranes
Cathars Purges
Cathartic Purgative
Cephalic Medicine: Clears Head
Ceruse Lead Carbonate
Cholagogue Medicine: Incr. Bile Flow
Choler Bile
Choler, Red Bile, Red
Choler, Yellow Bile, Yellow
Cholic Pain, Acute Abdomenal
Claustered Clotted
Clenge To clean
Clysters Enema Or Injection
Courses Menstrual Flow
Defluxion Inflammation: Mucous Membranes
Delay To dilute
Detersive Medicine: Cleansing
Diaphoretic Sweating Induction
Distemper Ailment
Distillation Discharge, Trickling
Diuretic Urine, Increased Flow
Draught Medicine: Qty Taken In 1 Dose
Dropsy Edema
Emerods Hemorrhoids
Emmenagogue Drug that induces menstruation
Entrails Intestines
Erysipelas Streptococcus
Excess Of The Flowers Menstrual Flow Excess
Excoriation Abrasion
Excrement Retention Constipation
Expectorant Promoting bronchial secretion and ejection
Falling-Evil Epilepsy
Falling-Sickness Epilepsy
Febrifuge Medicine: Reduces Fever
Fistula Abnormal Tube-Like Passage
Fluor Albus Vaginal White Discharge
Flux Excessive Flow
Fuliac-Passion Gut, Pains
Fundament Anus or buttocks
Gall Bile
Gargarism Gargle
Gravel Urine: Sand-Like Deposit
Gripping Of The Guts Cholic
Gristle Cartilege
Gulesought Jaundice
Guts, Croaking Flatulence
Hamms Buttocks
Haw Growth on or in the eye
Humor Bodily Fluid
Hypochondrium Upper Abdomen
Hyposarca Dropsy: Edema
Iliaca Passion Sciatica
Impostumations Swelling, Abscess
Impostume Absess which is purulent
Jaundice Hepatitis
Kernels Swelling, Hard. Can be specific reference to tonsils
Kibes Chilblains, especially ulcerated ones on the heels
King’s Evil Scrofula
Knop Knob-shaped protruberance, or a wart or pimple
Lask Diarrhea
Laxes Bowel, Looseness; diarrhea
Leucophlegmatia Dropsy: Pale, Tumid, Flabby
Leucorrhaea Vaginal Discharge
Lights Lungs
Lochia Vaginal Discharge After Labor
Matrix Womb
Matrix Passions Matrix Passions
Mediastinum Septum
Megrim Migraine
Melicrat Mixture of milk and honey
Mesenterion Mesenteries
Milt Spleen
Mithridate Medicine: Protects Ag. Poison
Morphew Leprous Or Scurvy Eruption
Morphy Schleroderma
Obstruction Of Meseriacks Obstruction, Abdomenal
Olibanum Frankincense
Oppilations Obstructions
Oxymel Mixture Of Honey & Vinegar
Palsy Paralysis
Passion Disorder
Pecten Anal Canal, Middle
Pectoral Medicine: Chest
Phthisis Tuberculosis, Advanced
Pin And Web Eye Disease With Film
Ploukes Lumps or swellings
Podagra Gout, Foot
Polypus Polyps
Posset Cold Remedy, Milk Base
Priapism Lewdness
Ptisick Tuberculosis
Ptisis Tuberculosis
Push Pimple Or Boil
Pyles In The Ars Hemorrhoids
Quartan Ague Malaria
Quinzies Tonsilitis
Quotidian Fevers Fevers, Recurring
Reds Menstrual Flow
Reins Kidneys, Loins
Rhagades Skin Fissures
Rheum Discharge, Watery Or Atarrhal
Scalls Skin disease with scaling or scabs, especially on the scalp
Schirrhi Tumors, Hard
Scouring Purging
Secudines After-Birth
Simple Medicinal Herb
Simpler Herb Doctor
St. Anthony’s Fire Erysipelas
Starting Of The Members Involuntary Movements
Stomachic Substance that acts as a stomach tonic, promoting digestion
Strangle To poison
Strangullion A qunisy or throat glandual inflammation
Strangury Urination, Painful
Styptic Hemorrhage Checking Agent
Sudoric Induced Sweating
Surdity Deafness
Synochus Putrida Continuous Fever
Tertian Fever Malaria
Tetters Herpes, Ringworm Or Eczema
Throat-Bole Bolus
Tonic Remedial agent that increases body tone
Troches Lozenges
Venery Sexual Intercourse
Vermifuge Substance that expels intestinal worms or parasites
Wen Cyst, Subcutaneous
Whelks Pimples
Whites Vaginal Discharge

Gadbury: Natal Rules for Health and Sickness

This is from the Genethlialogia, p 121.

1. If the Lord of the Sixth be fortunate, and the sign of the Sixth also; the Native will be subject but to few Infirmities and Diseases; and those that are, he will be quickly cured of.

2. When good planets are posited in the sixth House, in good Configuration of the Luminaries, or the Lord of the Ascendant; the same.

3. When the Moon is fortunate and strong, and in good Configuration with the Lord of the sixth House, or beholds the cusp of the Sixth with a sextile or trine; the Native will then be conveniently healthful.

4. If the Lord of the sixth House be in good Configuration with the Lord of the Ascendant; the Native will not be Sickly.

5. When happy and benevolent Stars, viz., of the nature of Jupiter and Venus, be posited in the sixth House, they prevent all violent and desperate Diseases, and add health to the Native.

6. If the Lord of the Sixth, the sixth House, or Luna, be not infortunated of Saturn, or Mars, or the Tail [i.e., the South Node], nor yet Combust or Peregrine; the Native will be healthful, and free from all dangerous Distempers.

7. But if in a Nativity the contrary to these happen, the Native will be subject to Infirmities and Disease.”

Ramesey’s Rules on Purging

On pages 166-68, Ramesey says:

Ever in administering Purges observe the three things, viz.

1. The Time.

2. The Age.

3. And manner thereof.

As concerning the Time, thou art to take heed the weather be not extream hot or cold; for so saith Hippocrates, part 4. Aphorism 5. Avoyd the dog days and frosty weather; therefore rainy and opened weather is good; and in his 46 Aphorisms of his 6 part, he proveth that the Spring and Autumn are more convenient for this purpose than Summer or Winter; yet he commendeth Winter more than Summer; for in summer the humours boyl through extremity of heat, and so fainteth the Spirits and annoyeth Nature much: he teacheth also, that in Summer we are to purge by the upper parts or by vomit; in Winter by the lower, or by purge, if necessary require that Physick must be given at these times.

Secondly, as touching the Age, Physick by a prudent and wise physician ought not to be administered to infants nor decrepit old age, nor much to youth; for to the Child it is needless since it cannot duly work its effect, where there is neither strength nor matter to work on; and in age it worketh in a manner the same; but without doubt it must needs debilitate Nature in both; in youth a little at the Spring and Fall may be advantageous; but to take it often, it hindereth the natural heat and concoction, and so consequently the radical heat and moysture being hereby abated, the days of the party must needs be shortened.

Lastly, Of the manner of administering Purges and other Medicines, some thou hast had already; but of administering of Purges thou shalt have beneath; wherefore here I shall onely give you this note or caution, and so proceed.

That administer what you will when the Moon is in the first 15 degrees of Libra or Aquaries in the conjunction, square or the opposition of Saturn, Jupiter or Mars, or they in these configurations of one another, it hindreth the operation of the Physick.

Ptolemy in his 56 Centiloqium saith, ‘ from the New Moon to the Full, the humidity and moisture of Bodies doth increase; but from the full to the New Moon, it decreaseth.’1 When the Moon is in her first quarter, viz. From her Conjunction with the Sun till the first Quartile, the humours of man’s body increase or flow from the inward parts of the body to the outward, in the rest retire or move from the External parts to the Internal; wherefore in the first quarter it is requisite that you know it is most fitting to apply then External evacuations, and afterwards Internal; yet I have ever held it safest to defer Internal potions till after its Opposition with the Sun, or as we vulgarly say, the Full Moon.

Some of the Ancients have approved of Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio and Pisces to be placed on the Ascendant at the time of giving of Purges; others of Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces; and again, some of the latter degrees, or more plainly the last 15 degrees of Libra, and the first 15 degrees of Scorpio; also that the Moon should be in one of these places; so that the Learned in this most heavenly study have been of several opinions in this matter; there is none of them but had reasons for their rules, and any of them may be followed according as the case may stand with the Patient, and the humour be purged; wherefore as Ptolemy in his first aphorism of his Centiloquium saith, ‘ Life is short and Art long,’2 so most thou warily consider the state of thy Patient, and the reasons of the Ancients in their practice, which thou wilt soon know when thou art well versed in the nature of the Planets and Signs; wherefore I shall here desire thee to be thoroughly perfect in the second Treatise of this Volume before thou adventurest too far, and then thou needest not fear to go forwards.

In my practice I have still followed these rules; To place the Ascendant in one of the watry signs, viz. Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces fortunate, as also the Lord thereof, and the Moon in one of the aforesaid signs also, and its dispositor; but especially I have desired if possible to place the Moon in the first 15 degrees of Scorpio, or the last 15 degrees of Libra beholding a Planet under the earth, and free from the aspects of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars; for that Saturn by his coldness doth thickene and make gross the humours, and closing up the pores doth hinder the effect of the Physick; Jupiter his aspects I have (so near as I could) still also avoyded, for that he being hot and moyst, and so consequently a helper or assister of Nature, the Physick working contrary, must needs be either hurt full or if no great efficacy; Mars, for that through his heat and dryness of nature he often times sharpeneth the humours to the extraction of blood if the Physick be strong, or when but moderately strong, if the Patient be weak.

I have also ever shunned those times wherein the Moon doth any-wise behold a Planet above the earth, or a Planet that is retrograde, and those times I find her in Aries, Taurus, Capricorn or the last 15 degrees of Sagittary, for that they rather provoke the Patient to vomiting, although the nature of the Physick be a purge so ordained to work downwards; and this doth often for want of understanding rather increase the disease then diminish it, when Nature is thus weakned by this Combustion of the Physick and Nature, which is assisted by the influence of the superiors, the one working downwards, the other upwards, &c.

And this my method I collected from the sayings of Hermes and Ptolemy; wherefore for thy better satisfaction I will here give thee their words, and first I will begin with Hermes, for that he is the more ancient, and was Ptolemy’s predecessor.

Hermes then in his 74 aphorism of his Centiloquium saith,’ The Moon in ruminating Signs, joined to Retrograde Planets, it is not been good to Purge, the Physick will work upward to the Patients Injury.’3 The Moon in such signs as chew the Cud, (which you of heard already are Aries, Taurus, Capricorn, and the last part or 15 degrees of Sagittary) in Conjunction or Aspect with a retrograde Planet, it is not safe to administer purges, for they cause vomiting or some other mischief.

And Ptolemy in his 21st of his Centiloquium saith, ‘ when the Moon is in Virgo or Pisces, and the Lord of the Ascendant, in Aspect to a Planet under the Earth, it much helps the working of Purging Physick; but if she were in Aspect to a Planet above the earth, the Agent will be subject to Vomit.’4 When the Moon is in Scorpio or Pisces, also the Lord of the Ascendant in configuration or Conjunction with a Planet under the earth, it is good to give or use purges. But if either of them be in configuration with a Planet above the earth, the Physick which is given shall be vomited up again.

Again as touching Jupiter, as I have said, for that I know some will not condescend with me, Ptolemy in his 19 Centiloquium saith, ‘when the Moon is in conjunction with Jupiter, and purging Physick then taken, it becomes invalid and ineffectual.’ The strength and efficacy of a purge is taken away when the Moon is in Conjunction or configuration of Jupiter.

Haly and Alkindi give directions that the Moon be in the last 15 degrees of Libra, or the first 15 degrees of Scorpio, and that its dispositor or the Lord of that house she is in, be strong or well dignified, Oriental and in an angle, and the Planet in configuration with him (if any there be) also be fortunate, Oriental and in an angle, and that the Lord of the Ascendant be also so posited; and the Moon and they free from the aspects of the Malevolents, especially the Moon, Lord of the Ascendant and the sign ascending, and Moon applying to Venus rather than Jupiter, for that she will further the Physick’s operation, and comfort the spirits of the Patient; but Jupiter will so fortifie Nature, that he will hinder the operation and effect of the potion; and let the Moon be received by the fortunes; and if its dispositor be weak, let him be received of the fortunes also by a Sextile or Trine.

And if you would purge any particular member, or if the potion be prepared for such an use, observe still what has been already said, and place the Fortunes in that sign signifying the member of the body, and fortifie the sign as much as you can, and the Lord of the fourth House.

But if your potion be prepared to cool, heat, moisten or dry, place the Moon and the Lord of the Ascendant in one of the signs signifying the temper you desire or aim at, viz. which is of the nature of the business you intend, and fortifie it; but signs chewing the Cud are to be avoyded, as you have heard, &c.

If your purgation to expell or remove Melancholy, let the Moon be strong and in a Sextile or Trine of Jupiter; but remember to stick fast to what you have already heard in this Election and the subsequent rules; only let these applications of the Moon be particularly and chiefly followed and observed, etc.

As if to purge choler, whenever apply by a benevolent aspect to Venus.

To purge flegm, let her apply to the Sun. Note that these must be by Electuaries.5 [an electuary is an oral medication where honey, syrup or jam is used to hide the taste of the powdered medication]

Know thou that if the medicine be by potion for any of the these, Scorpio is preferred before any of the signs, and to be placed on the Ascendant, or the Moon to be therein when she so applies.

If it is to be an Electuary, Cancer is to be chosen.

If Pil[l]s, Pisces.

Know further, if the Moon be in the Ascendant at the time you take the Physick, it causeth unusual swellings in the body.

Let not the Moon and Lord of the Ascendant be in the fourth House, nor in the eighth, For it causeth destruction, observed the same in Phlebotomy.

Still remember to fortifie your significators, and make them free from the configurations of the Malevolents.

Let not the Lord of the eighth, or interficient or killing Planet be in an angle, nor in configuration with any of the significators. These things if thou diligently observest, thou shalt be an artificial workman, and shalt far exceed the chiefest Physician of thy time that is ignorant herein.

If you would purge the spleen, let not Saturn be strong in the Heaven; and give your medicine in the hour of Jupiter, and let him be well dignified and placed or disposed.

If the liver, let it not be in the hour of Jupiter, or when he is strong, but fortifie Saturn, and let it be in his hour.

If the heart, let not the Sun be strong, neither apply your medicine in his hour; but if he be in the Ascendant, 10th or 7th House, you may safely administer Cordials; but purge not.

When Mercury is strong, purge not the lungs.

When Mars, purge not the gall.

When Venus, purge not the members, or vessels of generation.

When the Moon, purge not the brain.

In preparing your medicines you may take any hour except the hours of Saturn and Mars.

Note also that if any of the Infortunes were Lord of the Ascendant of the Patients Nativity, you may make use thereof; for though it may be hurtful to another, it will not be to him, as you have sufficiently heard at the beginning of this third Book.”

1 Ramesey gave this aphorism in Latin. I have inserted Partridge’s English translation.

2 Again, Ramesey paraphrase the Latin, which is actually a quote from Hippocrates.

3 Again, this is Partridge’s translation.

4 Partridge’s translation, but this also gives a variation. Partridge gives the combination as Virgo and Pisces, whereas Ramesey gives Scorpio and Pisces.

5 This is a medicine mixed with honey or sweet syrup to form a paste.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION VII. On a CHANGE of SITUATION (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

Here Sibly uses the concept of removal with a twist to examine a job situation: by taking the present job from the 4th, and the proposed job from the 7th. Of course, because this proposed job would involve moving, it’s not so much the job Sibly examines as the question of moving.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).

Ebinezor Sibly, pp 337-339

A person had some time been settled in business, without meeting with so much encouragement as he expected; and, an opportunity offering of settling in the same line of business in another place, he came and requested my advice upon the matter, whether it would be most to his advantage to embrace the present offer, or to continue in his former frustration. To satisfy him in this particular, I erected the following figure.

Leo being upon the cusp of the ascendant, gives the Sun for the querent’s significator; the fourth house and its lord represent his present situation; and the seventh house and its lord the place to which he has thoughts of removing. Now the Sun, the querent’s significator, being on the point of leaving a fixed sign, and entering upon a common sign, clearly implies a strong inclination in the querent to travel, or to remove from one place to another; or rather, that he had almost determined in his own mind to change his present abode for the one under contemplation; and, on putting the question to him, he frankly confessed it.

The seventh house having no benevolent aspect, and Saturn, its lord, being posited in the sixth, indicates affliction and prejudice by open enemies; if he removed to the place intended; and that he would suffer great loss and injury thereby, if he removed. But finding Mars, lord of the fourth, in trine aspect to the fourth, which represents his present place of abode; and Venus, lady of the tenth, the house of trade and profession, strongly dignified therein, and applying to a sextile aspect of Mars, denotes an increasing and prosperous trade to the querent, provided he remained in his present situation; which for these reasons I greatly pressed him to do. He took my advice, and has lately thanked me for it, having already found an increase of business. I told him he need not doubt of still greater success; for, when the effects of the sextile aspect of Venus and Mars shall begin to operate, which will be about the end of October, as is demonstrated by the degrees between the two significators, at which time they will also be in a mutual reception, his increase of trade will become more visible; particularly as Venus, the principal significatrix of business, will then have separated from a conjunction with Mercury, and will apply to a conjunction of the Sun, the lord of the ascendant, and the significator of the querent.


The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

Here, one of the significant points about this horary is the way that Sibly used the 2nd from both the querent and the quesited to examine the outcome. He also uses the 8th as the fourth from the father: but without discussing whether this is just a literal rendering of the use of the eighth house for inheritance, or whether this in effect is an extension that the father’s patrimony in turn came from his own father, or whether this was a reference to his father’s “end” (4th from the 4th). Sibly also uses a mutual reception in this delineation.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).

Ebinezor Sibly, pp 337-339

A young gentleman in the navy, who had been rather wild, and was in consequence under the displeasure of his parents, having been threatened to be disinherited, came the instant he heard this unfavourable news, and enquired of me whether he should, or should not, enjoy his father’s estate. To resolve his doubts, I projected the figure following.

The ascendant and his lord represent the querent; and, as Aquarius occupies the cusp thereof, Saturn is his significator. The father is represented by the fourth house, and Mercury, the lord thereof, is his significator. The second house and his lord signifies the querent’s substance; and the fifth house and its lord signifies the substance of his father. Here we find Mercury in conjunction with Jupiter in the eighth house, which is the father’s fourth, and implies a substantial fortune, particularly as the Sun is posited in the same house, with mutual reception between the two significators of substance; whereby it is evident that the son will inherit the father’s estate and fortune.

The conjunction of Jupiter with Mercury, that father’s significator, is also a strong argument of paternal regard on the side of the father; and therefore I informed him that there appeared to me to be no doubt but he would succeed to the estate of his ancestors, provided he acted at all consistently with the duty and obedience of a son, and would use proper endeavours to regain his father’s good-will and forgiveness, and aim to be more prudent and careful in spending his income; for the position of Jupiter declares him to be regardless of money among his companions and acquaintances, and extravagantly generous and good-natured. The conjunction of Mars with Venus likewise shows his desire after women, and denotes that they will be a continual source of misfortune and expense to him, and will help off pretty fast with his money; but the position of the fortunate node of the Moon in his second house sufficiently indicates that he will have a competent provision during life.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION V. On the Success of a JOURNEY (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

In this horary, we are reminded of how different societies have different functional definitions. The older definition of a 3rd house trip was an overland journey, contrasted with the 9th house version, which was journey by sea

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).

QUESTION V. On the Success of a JOURNEY
Ebinezor Sibly, pp 335-337

Being applied to by a tradesman, who was going a journey on some particular business, to inform him whether it would be prosperous and successful; I took the time of day, and projected the following scheme to correspond with it.

Here I find four degrees fourteen minutes of Gemini upon the cusp of the horoscope, and consequently Mercury is the querent’s significator, which being posited in the twelfth house, the house of anxiety and disappointment, combust of the Sun, and disposed of by Mars, the implicator of private enemies, in the querent’s house of substance; these positions plainly showed the object of the journey to be concerning the adjustment of some accounts, or other money-matters. The Moon, lady of the third, signified the journey; and the seventh house and its lord, i.e., Jupiter, represents the place and person the querent is going to.

Now the Moon having lately separated from a partile conjunction of her fortunate node and Jupiter, and applying to a quartile of Mars, and then to a conjunction of Venus, tends to prove that his journey should be safe and unimpeded; but at the same time denotes that the object of it should not be accomplished, which is further confirmed by the position of Mars in the second house. I informed him that he would most probably meet with unpleasant treatment from some lady, respecting money-concerns, and that they should part in anger, which would terminate to his prejudice; and this I conceived from the application of the Moon to a quartile aspect with Mars, followed by a conjunction with Venus. It further appeared to me that his journey would be far from pleasant of agreeable; but that, on the contrary, he would meet with great vexation, trouble and disappointment. This is indicated by the Moon’s unfortunate node, or Dragon’s Tail, being posited in the fifth, or house of pleasure and delight, at the same time that the querent’s significator occupies the house of disappointment and trouble. Hence, I persuaded him to postpone his journey to a future day; because if he did go, I was perfectly satisfied he would lose more than he would gain, exclusive of being disappointed in the principal object of it. He then left me, and went home with an undetermined mind; but has since told me that his necessity got the better of his reason, and therefore he went the journey contrary to my advice, and found the event, with all its contingencies, exactly as I predicted.

Some months later, he came to me again, saying he wished to take another journey on the same business; but, as me former prediction had so exactly corresponded with the event, he was now determined to act implicitly by my advice, and therefore requested me to erect a figure to know whether there were better hopes of success in his present undertaking than in the former. To oblige him I drew out the figure to the exact time of proposing the question, and finding the benevolent aspects all in the querent’s favour, I told him he had no time to ose; for that if he hastened away, success would crown his labours. He went, met the parties at home, settled his accounts, and returned with his pockets full of money, and his heart full of content; and a few days afterwards he thanked me for my services.

William Ramesey on the Great Conjunctions

Copyright 2010

William Ramesey had this to say about the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions. This is a selection from my book, Astrology of Sustainability (2011; Schiffer Press: Atglen, PA), and includes my commentary on the passage.

The 1653 work, Astrologia Restaurata, by William Ramesey (1627-1675/6) is the first comprehensive work on mundane astrology published in English.1 It follows the structure of Bonatti quite strongly, even preceding the section on mundane with a section on electional, just as Bonatti had done with Treatises 7 and 8. One component of the earlier systems which has become vestigial by Ramesey’s day is the location system of climata. Perhaps the discovery of the New World as well as Asian and Pacific exploration made the old system seem naively stunted as it defined a center of civilization that simply no longer applied. This would only be replaced wholesale in the modern period by new systems of pinpointing locations. But even by Ramesey’s time, the climata were not strictly necessary, since Aries Ingress charts could be run for multiple locations. In any case, they had developed lists of countries and cities that were ruled by particular signs, and these listings had replaced the climata, although it remains to be determined how much of the lists had in fact been derived from them.

Where Ramesey and his other contemporaries differed was in beginning to lay greater emphasis on using the aspects besides the conjunctions of the superior planets. Thus, we see the following:

Wherefore then know, that years of War, Dissention, Quarrels and Bloodshed, are to be judged from the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, as also from their Square and Opposition, also from the Ascendant and Angles of the Revolution of the year; for if these Superior Planets be either in Conjunction, Square or Opposition of each other, or applying to each other by any of these Configurations, wars are to be feared, and that they shall then begin when they are in Partil Conjunction or Aspect, if they are in Angles, or else they shall begin when Jupiter enters his exaltation or one of his houses [i.e., Pisces or Sagittarius], or any of the Angles of the Figure at the time of the Revolution; and judge that party to have Victory that is signified by the Planet most elevated in his excentrik; for if Jupiter be most elevated, and be exalted above Saturn, they shall overcome who make insurrection or begin the strike.

Also if Mars be in any of the Angles at the time of the Revolution, whichsoever it be, he excites and stirs up wars according to his strength and power; for if he be strong and well dignified, it will be the more certain, also the strife and war will be the more invective and grievous; in like matter if he be in a Square of Saturn or Jupiter, because these are the Superior Planets; for take this as an approved Aphorism, that when any of the Superiors, viz. Saturn, Jupiter or Mars (who are thus termed because they are above the Sun) are in Conjunction, or any Malevolent Configuration one of another, there happens great and manifest Alterations in this Elementary world, according to their strength and natural and accidental Significations.2

Let’s tease out the ideas here that were already present in the Arabic material:

  • This quotation began by referencing the Jupiter-Saturn cycle as the source of wars and other contentions, which is exactly like the material we have already been examining from the Arabs. But immediately, Ramesey adds the other hard aspects to the conjunction as being significant. Now, instead of a twenty year cycle for Jupiter-Saturn, we are talking intervals of, on average, five years, depending upon the retrograde cycles. Also note that, since he references all the superior configurations, that there is a guarantee of an approaching aspect of Mars-Saturn to consider in every Aries Ingress, unless Mars is retrograde, because now the 2+ year cycle of Mars and Saturn can be divided by four to give well less than a year. We should note that the Arabs recognized the hard aspects as being significant: Abu Ma’shar discussed them in The Book of Flowers.3 One does detect a somewhat subtle shift, from the minor to the normal.
  • An additional activation factor needed to make the promise of the hard aspect or conjunction come true is the presence of the superiors in angles; Abu Ma’shar discussed that in Part Seven of his work, On the Great Conjunctions. They still have signification over mischief by house placement regardless; it’s just that the angles are more significant for actual war.
  • The other additional factor, which comes right out of the Arabic material as well, is that Jupiter in his Exaltation can push things over the edge. Abu Ma’shar discussed the exaltations of the planets at length, giving the impression that the exaltations were at least as significant from the standpoint of strength as sign rulership. To our modern ears, we might not think of the exalted Jupiter as so warlike, but perhaps this is a function of overconfidence and self-righteousness on the part of the ruler. As a cultural artifact, it seems that moderns view war as an aberration of peace, whereas the ancient view was that war was the business of princes.

  • The relative elevation of the superiors is also an Arabic concept: that the planet most elevated is stronger. The Arabic material had gone so far as to specify combinations, according to which of the three was most elevated. Elevation is a measure in this case of proximity to the MC. Later, we shall see how bodies at the IC can be extremely unpleasant – just the flip side of the elevation idea.

Lest it be thought that Ramesey was putting too much emphasis on the Aries Ingress at the expense of the major conjunctions, his Chapter XI and the succeeding ones address these conjunctions directly. First, he lists the seven sorts of major conjunctions one needs to consider:

The first and greatest of all the rest, is the Conjunction of the two superiour Planets Saturn and Jupiter in the first term or degree of Aries, which happens but once in nine hundred and threescore years.

The second is the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the first term or degree of every triplicity, and this is accomplished once in two hundred and forty years, yet once in twenty years, they come into Conjunction in one part or other of the Zodiack.

The third is the Conjunction of Saturn and Mars in the first term or degree of Cancer, and this is once in thirty years.

The fourth is the Conjunction of the three superiours, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in one term or face of any sign.

The fifth is the Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars, which is a mean and the least Conjunction of the superiours, and therefore is not the fore-runner of such great mischiefs as the other;…

The sixth is the Conjunction of the Sun with any of the rest of the Planets at the time of his entrance into the first point of Aries.

The seventh and last is the Conjunction of the Sun and Moon, which happens once every month.4

Notice that points 1-3 follow exactly from Abu Ma’shar, with the addition in the enumeration of the specific definition of the first degree or Term of the sign in question.5 The thirty year cycle of Mars-Saturn is mentioned twice in Abu Ma’shar.6

This material does raise a point that, in my opinion, was never addressed adequately in the classical literature. That question concerns malefics in dignity and debility. I refer specifically to the 44th Aphorism of Guido Bonatti:

The 44th is, To consider if the Significators, Fortune or Infortune, be in his own House, Exaltation, Triplicity, Terms or Face (but the latter being not of that virtue with the rest, ‘tis necessary it should be assisted with another Dignity, which is Hayz or Light); for in such case the Infortune loses his sting; and being rein’d in like a wild horse from doing mischief, his malice is converted into good, and though this seems strange, yet the ancients affirm and I myself have often found it true by experience.7

The idea here is that malefics dignified behave rather well. This is an aphorism that I have used for years, because in horary, either Mars or Saturn dignified hardly need be counted as a malefic at all. When it reverts to a sign of no dignity, the change can virtually be described as catastrophic.

1 Ramesey, William. Astrologia Restaurata. London,: Printed for R. White, 1653.

2 Ramesey, pp 280-281.

3 Holden, James Herschel. Five Medieval Astrologers. Scottsdale, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers, 2008.

4 Ramesey, p. 327.

5 Abu, Ma’shar, Keiji Yamamoto, and Charles Burnett, 2000, p 11.

6 Abu, Ma’shar, Keiji Yamamoto, and Charles Burnett, 2000, p 11 and 149. The authors have a rather curious footnote on the later page questioning what was going on with the thirty year cycle and weakness: I would read it as simply referring to the weakness of both planets in the sign Cancer.

7 Lilly, William, Guido Bonatti, and Girolamo Cardano. Anima Astrologiae: Or, a Guide for Astrologers. Being the Considerations of the Famous Guido Bonatus, Faithfully Rendred into English. As Also the Choicest Aphorisms of Cardans Seaven Segments, Translated and Methodically Digested under Their Proper Heads. With a New Table of the Fixed Stars, Rectified for Several Years to Come, and Divers Other Necessary Illustrations. microform. Printed for B. Harris at the Stationers Arms in Sweethings Rents near the Royal Exchange, London,, 1676, pp 22-23.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION IV. On the PROSPECT of RICHES. (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

There are two matters of particular interest in this horary. First, Sibly again uses the latitude of the Moon to adjust the timing; in this case, by subtracting degrees with the Moon in North latitude. Secondly, here is an example of adjusting the unit of time given that the two significators used are in different quadruplicities.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).

Ebinezor Sibly, pp 333-335

A gentleman called upon me to enquire, whether any remarkable change of circumstances would ever happen to him in respect of riches, and the time when. Conceiving his desire to arise from a strong impulse of the mind, I took the exact time of the day, and erected the following figure to resolve this question.

The lord of the ascendant, and lord of the hour, being of one nature and triplicity, shows the figure to be radical. And, as Gemini occupies the cusp of the ascendant, Mercury is its lord, and the querent’s significator; and being posited in the eleventh house, in a watery sign, and in trine to Jupiter, lord of the seventh, who is here posited in the sixth, is a strong argument of riches by means of servants, or of persons of a subordinate capacity. The Moon, who is lady of the second, being in her exaltation, in trine aspect to the Sun, and applying to a trine with Jupiter, and a dexter trine aspect with Mercury, declares a great and sudden flow of riches to the querent, and that unexpectedly.

Being much pressed to speak to the particular point of time when this good fortune should come up, I considered what might be the gentleman’s occupation; and observing Mercury to be his significator, and posited in a watery sign, I told him I judged he belonged to the sea, and had some employment on ship-board, in a capacity where writing or accounts were principally concerned. This he acknowledged, by saying he was captain’s secretary. I then observed that his principal significators of wealth and riches were also posited in watery signs, as the Moon in Cancer in the second house, and Jupiter in Scorpio in the sixth, and the Sun and Mercury in Pisces in the eighth, all in trine aspects of each other, which plainly indicated these riches were to come by the sea; and as they were to be sudden, and as it were instantaneous, I concluded they would arise by the capture of some rich prize, and a south-east direction from London, which is denoted by the Part of Fortune being in the twelfth house, and Venus, its dispositor, in Aquarius, a southern sign, in quartile aspect to the Part of Fortune; and the Part of Fortune being opposite to Jupiter, the lord of the seventh, the house of public enemies, also declares the querent’s fortune should come that way; which is rendered still more apparent, by the Part of Fortune being in sextile to the Moon and Mercury. When I had mentioned these particulars, he frankly told me his ship was under sailing orders, and he expected to be called on-board every hour.

To ascertain the time when these riches should be acquired, I particularly noticed the application of the Moon to the lord of the ascendant, and found them nineteen degrees distant from a particular aspect. But the Moon, being swift in motion, with three degrees north latitude, and Mercury having no latitude, I deducted three degrees from the Moon’s place, which I set down at twelve degrees; and then by subtracting twelve degrees from twenty-eight degrees three minutes, which is Mercury’s place, there remains sixteen degrees three minutes; which, as the Moon is in a moveable sign, and Mercury in a common sign, is equal to sixteen weeks, or thereabout; and therefore I concluded this good fortune would happen to him in nearly that distance of time. And I have since had the satisfaction of hearing, from the gentleman’s own mouth, that this prediction was literally verified by the capture of a rich prize within the time specified.

Ebinezor Sibly: QUESTION III. Of an ABSENT SON, whether DEAD or ALIVE (1790)

The Horary Examples of Ebinezor Sibly (1790, 1817)

Text Copyright 2007 J. Lee Lehman

Note here that this delineation in part turns on the use of the fourth house as the end-of-the-matter, a somewhat vexed subject in horary astrology. Having said this, given the literalness of the usage, I do find the application here to follow the classical style closely. One thing that does strike me about Sibly’s delineations is that he often pushes the chain of dispositors further than one would expect Lilly to do.

Reference: Sibly, Ebinezer. 1817. A New and Complete Illustration of the Celestial Science of Astrology; or the Art of fortelling future Events and Contingencies by the Aspects, Positions and Influences of the Heavenly Bodies. The Proprietor, at #17, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Pauls: London. (12th, or Posthumous Edition).

Ebinezor Sibly, pp 331-333

A poor woman applied to me in the greatest distress of mind, on account of her son, who had turned out wild, and gone to sea without the consent of his friends. He had been absent a considerable time, without ever once so far reflecting on the disconsolate situation of his parent, as to be induced to address a line to her, to remove her anxiety, or to state his own prospects and pursuits. It was the woman’s constant practice to make inquiry after him among the sea-faring people, till at length she heard an imperfect story of some engagement abroad, in which her son was reported to be killed. Upon this unpleasant news she requested me to inform her, by the rules of Astrology, whether her son was dead or alive; or whether the account she heard was true or false. Her uneasiness of mind was too apparent for me to doubt her sincerity, or to suppose the question not fit to be adjudged; and therefore I erected this figure, and gave my opinion thereon as follows:

In this figure Virgo rises upon the ascendant, and Mercury, lord thereof, and significator of the querent, is posited in the twelfth house of affliction and sorrow. The fifth house of the figure is here considered as her son’s first or ascendant; and Saturn, lord thereof, is his significator, and is posited in the fourth angle, or imum coeli, which represents the grave and the termination of all things. Saturn is also in conjunction with the Part of Fortune in the fourth, both of which are disposed of by Jupiter, and Jupiter by Mars; which malefic planet possesses the son’s first house or ascendant in his exaltation, and in opposition to the Sun and Venus in the seventh, which is the house of open enemies and war.

From these configurations I drew the inferences following: That Mercury, the querent’s significator, by being posited in the twelfth house, plainly showed her fears were too well grounded. That Saturn, significator of the quesited, and the Part of Fortune, being both disposed of by Jupiter, and this planet disposed of by Mars, indicates all their benevolent effects to be destroyed by the malignant influence of this infortune. Mars being in the Sun’s ascendant, in his exaltation, and in opposition to Sol, is a strong argument of a violent death: the kind and manner of which are thus described. Saturn, his significator, is posited in the fiery sign Sagittarius; and Leo, which occupies the cusp of his eighth, and Aires, the cusp of his fourth, are also in the fiery triplicity; the Sun, the giver of life, and light of time, is posited in the watery sign Cancer, disposed of by the Moon in the watery sign Pisces, and the Moon by Jupiter in the watery sign Scorpio; and the whole of their influences are transferred to the fiery planet Mars, in his ascendant. From these circumstances it became obvious to me that the youth was no longer in existence; and that his death happened upon the water, by means of some fatal warlike instrument, and in some desperate engagement with an open enemy.

The querent then asked me if I could give her any satisfactory account how long ago this happened. I took down the degree and minutes of the two principal significators, viz, the Sun and Mars, and subtracted the one from the other, which gave four degrees five minutes for the remainder; and this being converted into times by the rules laid down for moveable signs, in which the above significators were posited, I informed her the accident had befallen her son somewhat more than a month before she heard the news of it. Some time afterwards a ship arrived with an account of the engagement, which happened on the coast of France, and confirmed the whole of this judgment.