Episode 218 contains an interview with Dr. Benjamin Dykes on his new translation of an influential book on solar returns by astrologer Abu Ma’shar from the 9th century.
The title of the book is Persian Cribs IV: On the Revolutions of the Years of the Cribs.
Abu Ma’shar (d. 886 AD) was one of the most productive and influential early medieval astrologers who wrote in Arabic and lived in Baghdad in the mid-9th century.
He wrote one of the most famous and complete works on solar returns entitled About the revolutions of the birth years.
Portions of this book were translated from Arabic into Latin in the 12th century, which then influenced many subsequent generations of astrologers in the West.
In 2010, Ben translated the Latin version of Abu Ma’shar’s book on solar returns and published it as Persian Nativities III.
Now he has gone back and translated all of the original Arabic text, which not only contains a lot of material that was missing in the Latin version, but the meaning of the text is much more extensive and nuanced as the translation is from the original language.
The book was published today, August 9, 2019, at the same time as the publication of this interview. You can buy it on Amazon:
Abu Ma’shar, On the Revolutions of the Birth Years
During the course of the interview we talk about who Abu Ma’shar was, why he thought calculating solar yield charts was important, and what specific things he recommended when trying to interpret solar yield.
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