Origins of the House Division Debate in Ancient Astrology

Episode 227 of the podcast is a lecture by Chris Brennan on the origins of the house division debate in ancient astrology, where I present my reconstruction of how the different approaches to house division came about in the Hellenistic tradition 2000 years ago. The premise of the discussion is that we know as modern […]

Abu Ma’shar on Solar Returns, with Benjamin Dykes

Episode 218 features an interview with Dr. Benjamin Dykes about his new translation of a highly influential book on solar returns by the 9th century astrologer Abu Ma’shar. The title of the book is Persian Nativities IV: On the Revolutions of the Years of Nativities. Abu Ma’shar (d. 886 CE) was one of the most […]

A Newly Discovered 4th Century Horoscope

Episode 129 of the podcast features an interview with Dorian Greenbaum about the recent discovery of a new horoscope from Egypt that dates to the 4th century CE. In September of 2017 Dorian Greenbaum and Alexander Jones published a paper on the discovery through the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, titled P.Berl. […]

100th Episode Q&A and Round Table Discussion

The podcast has reached a major milestone, and this is the 100th episode of the show! To celebrate the 100th episode we had a question and answer session with astrologers Chris Brennan, Patrick Watson, Leisa Schaim, and Nick Dagan Best. The day before we recorded the episode we put out a call for questions from […]

Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune

In episode 97 of the podcast I talk about the recent release of my new book on ancient astrology, titled Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune. The book provides one of the first comprehensive surveys in modern times of the type of astrology that was practiced during the time of the Roman Empire, […]

Q&A Episode: Arabic Parts, House Division, Mythology

In episode 82 of the podcast Kelly Surtees and Leisa Schaim join the show in order to help answer some questions that were sent in by listeners of the podcast over the past couple of months on a variety of topics. The questions covered topics such as the origins and rationale of the Arabic Parts, […]

Tips for Becoming a Better Astrologer

Episode 56 is a lecture by Chris Brennan titled Tips for Becoming a Better Astrologer. This is a recording of a live talk that I presented at a meeting of the local astrology group that I organize called the Denver Astrology Group. It was recorded on November 14, 2015 at the Mercury Cafe. In the […]

The Debate About Ancient Systems of House Division

Episode 54 of the podcast is a follow-up to episode 52 where I gave a lecture on whole sign houses, which I presented as an advocacy piece that was structured around 12 arguments for why I personally think that it is the best approach to house division. There was a bit of controversy on Facebook […]

Geoffrey Cornelius on The Moment of Astrology

Episode 53 of the podcast features an interview with astrologer Geoffrey Cornelius about his book The Moment of Astrology: Origins in Divination. The book was originally published in 1994, and over the past 21 years has become one of the most influential books on the philosophy of astrology in modern times. Rob Hand has called […]

Whole Sign Houses: The Best System of House Division

This episode of the podcast is a recording of a lecture I presented recently titled 12 Reasons Why Whole Sign Houses is the Best House System. This talk was presented on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 as an evening webinar for the Nightlight Astrology group organized by Adam Elenbaas. When Adam invited me to give a […]