In this episode Benjamin Dykes joins to show to talk about his two recent books on mundane astrology, and some of the different techniques that ancient astrologers used to predict world events.
Our discussion is based on Ben’s recent publication of a compilation of different Medieval works on mundane astrology that he translated in two volumes titled Astrology of the World.
The books contains translations of some of the principle texts on mundane astrology from Arabic, Latin, and Greek authors.
During the course of the show we talk about the theory and practice of mundane astrology in traditional sources, as well as how some of those techniques can be used today to study world events and make predictions.
- What is mundane astrology, and how do you define it?
- Astrology applied to phenomena and processes beyond the choice and Fortune of individuals; the results of mass behavior and systemic changes.
- What is it applied to, or how can it be applied?
- What are the main sources for mundane astrology?
- Which authors are included in your translation?
- Which topics or applications of mundane astrology are covered?
- Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions as one of the main long term predictive methods.
- Triplicity shift every 200-240 years.
- Difference between the true versus the mean conjunctions.
- Is there a legitimate justification for using the mean conjunctions today?
- Other techniques used in mundane astrology.
- The doctrine of subsumption and the idea that natal charts can be subsumed by larger national charts.
- The idea that Ptolemy talks about where the natal chart for the leader of a country will sometimes reflect broader trends in the country in general, like a stand in national chart.
A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 36 transcript
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