Christopher Warnock on Astrology, Magic and the Occult

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The 16th episode of the podcast features an interview with astrologer Christopher Warnock on the topic of astrology, magic, and the occult. Christopher is one of the leading practitioners of astrological magic in the world today, and he is well known for his work with talismans, publishing translations of magical texts such as the Picatrix, […]

The Ethics of Using Electional Astrology to Time a Birth

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In this episode I talk with Patrick Watson about whether it is ethical to use electional astrology in order to choose a birth chart for a baby that is about to be born, as well as some of the issues connected with that topic. Patrick and his wife had a baby just last month, and […]

Data Collection and Celebrity vs. Personal Birth Charts

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In this episode I talk with astrologer Kenneth Miller about the general topic of birth data collection as it relates to astrology. Much of the show focuses on discussing the debate over whether it is better to use the birth charts of celebrities as examples or if it is better to use the charts of […]

Ben Dykes’ New Translation of Hephaistio of Thebes

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In the 13th episode of the podcast I interview Benjamin Dykes about his new translation of book 3 of the Apotelesmatics of Hephaistio of Thebes. Hephaistio was a 5th century astrologer who wrote in Greek, and his third book contains some of the earliest material on electional astrology, largely derived from the 1st century astrologer […]

Robert Hand on Reconciling Modern and Traditional Astrology

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In this episode of the podcast I interview world-renowned astrologer Robert Hand, and we talk about the issue of rebuilding the links between modern and traditional astrology. Rob is known for books such as Planets in Transit, Planets in Composite, and Horoscope Symbols, although he is also known for his work in recovering and reviving […]

The Astrology of Uranus and the United States

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In this episode I interview astrologer Nick Dagan Best about his new book titled URANU.S.A.: Astrology Looks at the First Planet and Nation of the New World. The book focuses on three different periods in American history when transiting Uranus was in Gemini, and shows how these were pivotal times that coincided with great changes […]

The Future of Astrology

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In the tenth episode of the show I discuss the future of astrology with Austin Coppock, who is the President of the Association for Young Astrologers (AYA). AYA is organizing a pre-conference workshop at the NCGR conference in Philadelphia next week that will showcase a range of different talks by members of the organization. We […]

The Relationship Between Hellenistic and Indian Astrology

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In this episode I talk with astrologer Kenneth Johnson about the relationship between Hellenistic and Indian astrology, and the transmission of astrological doctrines between the two traditions. Kenneth has an M.A. in Eastern Studies from St. John’s College, where he focused on Classical Sanskrit, and has an extensive background in both Indian and western astrology. He […]

The Issue of House Division in Astrology

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In this episode Chris and Kelly Surtees talk about the issue of house division in western astrology, and the range of different house systems that astrologers employ in practice. The discussion was motivated by some recent threads in the Professional Astrologers group on Facebook, including a poll which showed that a surprising number of astrologers […]

Mercury Retrograde: Myths and Realities

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In the seventh episode of the show I talk with Kelly Surtees about the astrology of Mercury retrograde. Mercury recently went retrograde in Cancer, and so we thought that it would be an appropriate time to talk about the phenomenon on the show. During the course of the episode we discuss some events and circumstances […]