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10 Tips For Learning Astrology
October 19, 2007 – 3:23 am | 62 Comments

So you want to learn about astrology? Not the generalized Sun-sign stuff that you find in newspapers and magazines, but serious astrology. The advanced type where you can actually determine specific information about a person’s life through the observation of the planets and other celestial phenomena. Here are some tips to help you get started.

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The Modern vs. Traditional Astrology Debate
June 16, 2014 – 11:29 am | One Comment
The Modern vs. Traditional Astrology Debate

I recently participated in a debate on the topic of modern versus traditional astrology, with astrologer Eric Meyers representing the modern approach, while I represented the traditional approach.
As part of the debate each of us …

Locked Out and Hacked: Saturn, Mars and Websites
May 11, 2012 – 10:33 pm | 8 Comments
Locked Out and Hacked: Saturn, Mars and Websites

Last week I was preparing the Horoscopic Astrology Blog for a traffic spike due to an interview that Patrick Watson and I did with ABC News for the Political Astrology Blog.
I was trying to make …

The Definition of Astrology
August 7, 2011 – 1:40 pm | 13 Comments
The Definition of Astrology

What is the definition of astrology? If you search around the internet for a few minutes you will find a number of different definitions. Unfortunately most of them are wrong.
They are wrong in the sense …

The Tropical, Sidereal and Constellational Zodiacs
January 28, 2011 – 12:13 am | 29 Comments
The Tropical, Sidereal and Constellational Zodiacs

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the zodiac in the mainstream media. Unfortunately most of it has been misinformation and false reports, deliberately designed to make people question …

The Importance of Yods in Astrology
July 26, 2010 – 5:21 am | 44 Comments
The Importance of Yods in Astrology

A “yod” is an aspect pattern that some astrologers use.  It involves two planets in a close sextile (60°), with a third planet ‘quincunx’ (150°) to both of the planets in sextile.  Click here to …

Advice for Astrologers: Document Your Lives
June 7, 2010 – 8:03 am | 21 Comments
Advice for Astrologers: Document Your Lives

One of the best pieces of advice that I could give to people who are just getting into the field of astrology, or to astrologers who are already in the field, is to document your …

How the Classical Planets Came to Rule Two Signs
February 2, 2010 – 9:26 pm | 4 Comments
How the Classical Planets Came to Rule Two Signs

Several years ago I made this animation which depicts the story of how the five classical planets came to rule two signs of the zodiac each.
It is loosely based on a Medieval Persian story that …

Nick Dagan Best on Venus and Mars Retrograde Cycles
September 10, 2009 – 5:19 pm | 2 Comments
Nick Dagan Best on Venus and Mars Retrograde Cycles

Back in March of 2007 I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the first Blast Astrology Conference in Sedona, Arizona.  The conference was organized single-handedly by Moses Siregar, and it was a smashing …

Hard Venus-Pluto Aspects in Relationships
August 29, 2009 – 11:33 pm | 9 Comments
Hard Venus-Pluto Aspects in Relationships

I was reading some random blogs tonight when I came across a video that provides a pretty compelling illustration of what hard aspects between Venus and Pluto are like in relationships.  By hard aspects I …

10 Tips for Electional Astrology
December 4, 2008 – 2:39 pm | 26 Comments
10 Tips for Electional Astrology

Ten important tips for choosing an auspicious electional chart for starting a new venture or undertaking.

The Outer Planets in Astrology: To Use or Not to Use?
November 29, 2008 – 4:31 am | 21 Comments
The Outer Planets in Astrology: To Use or Not to Use?

The outer planets, Uranus, Neptune, and yes, Pluto, are often overplayed in modern astrological delineations. They are overplayed in the sense that they are often the first thing that a modern astrologer will look …

The Astrology of Sect
November 25, 2008 – 1:41 am | 18 Comments
The Astrology of Sect

An important concept in the Hellenistic astrological tradition that did not survive into modern times is the distinction between day and night charts, which is associated with a technical concept known as “sect.”
In this article …

What is Horoscopic Astrology?
November 14, 2008 – 2:55 pm | 5 Comments
What is Horoscopic Astrology?

Horoscopic astrology is a very specific and advanced type of astrology that was developed in the Mediterranean region during the late Hellenistic period, sometime around the 1st or 2nd century BCE. The tradition of astrology …

Zodiac Artwork
November 12, 2008 – 4:11 pm | One Comment
Zodiac Artwork

I recently came across some really beautiful astrologically themed artwork by an artist named Mindy Sommers, and I wanted to post some of it here because I was particularly impressed by it.
I took the liberty …