In episode 255 of the podcast, astrologers Chris Brennan and Benjamin Dykes reveal a brand new discovery in regards to the origins of the exaltations, taken from a misplaced airtight textual content stored by Abu Ma’shar.
Final summer season, Keiji Yamamoto and Charles Burnett revealed their long-awaited translation of the Ninth-century astrologer Abu Ma’shar’s nice introduction to astrology. This was the primary time that this textual content has been totally translated into English.
I acquired my copy on July 30th, 2019, and probably the most fascinating factor was that Abu Ma’shar incessantly quotes a misplaced Greek textual content attributed to Hermes Trismegistus. This seems to be the identical textual content that appeared as Panaretos that the 4th century astrologer Paulus Alexandrinus relied on his therapy of seven planetary land, though Abu Ma’shar shares rather more of the textual content than Paul does.
Probably the most fascinating piece of the Hermes materials acquired from Abu Ma’shar is that it incorporates quite a lot of rationales for the domicile and exaltation schemes which might be distinctive, and it appears to protect what the unique conceptual rationalizations is likely to be for both of those schemes .
The chapter on elevations particularly affords a way more detailed rationalization of the elevations than any I’ve ever seen, and additionally it is distinctive in that it offers an astronomical rationale for the levels of elevation, not simply the indicators of elevation and fall.
I first talked about this discovery in episode 26 of the Informal Astrology Podcast, which was launched on September 18, 2019. I requested Ben to research to substantiate the invention and for the previous few months he has been engaged on his personal translation of Abu Ma’shar from Arabic, which he accomplished and shared with me on Could 8, 2020.
Ben was in a position to affirm that many of the math appears to work for the levels of elevation. With this affirmation, we determined to file this episode to showcase this discovery and speak about it on Could 13, 2020 round 5:15 p.m. (CET).
We start the episode with some background data on the textual content and eventually transfer on to a abstract of the arguments the textual content makes for the derivation of the elevations of the planets and their levels.
Apparently, the arguments for the domiciles and elevations offered on this textual content are firmly rooted within the tropical zodiac, and this raises some necessary questions on earlier assumptions that the elevations originated within the zodiac signal and within the earlier Mesopotamian custom.
The invention additionally raises questions in regards to the extent to which Hellenistic astrology and Western astrology basically are, partly, a sudden invention or technical assemble that occurred someday across the 1st century BC. Was put collectively.
That is sort of a visually intense episode, and our buddy Paula Belluomini made a sequence of diagrams as an example the ideas. So I might suggest watching the video model of the episode in case you can.
Ben plans to publish his translation of the Nice introduction by Abu Ma’shar someday within the subsequent few months, and you’ll subscribe to the e-mail checklist on his web site to obtain a notification when it will get launched:
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