Aspects in Mundo

Several terms in contemporary use are huddled under the umbrella of aspects in mundo: mundane conjunctions, squares and oppositions, parans, paranatellontai, mundane aspects and aspects in the mundane sphere. They all refer to that category of aspects which takes the Earth’s equator as the point of reference, hence the Latin word mundo from mundus, that is, “the world.” Accordingly, instead of celestial longitude, which is the argument for aspects in zodiaco, aspects in mundo are generally reckoned in right ascension expressed in time, or less often in degrees of arc without a zodiacal sign attached.

Ptolemy’s Digression, Part 2

By: Joseph Crane Ptolemy’s Harmonics The Harmonics [12] is probably earlier than the Tetrabiblos.[13]  Although Ptolemy is well known for his astronomy and astrology, he was also one of the ancient sources for theories of harmony. The work studies this universal field of knowledge for which music and geometry are considered subsets. Much of the […]

Ptolemy’s Digression, Part 1

Ptolemy’s Digression: Astrology’s Aspects and Musical Intervals Statement of the Problem This essay addresses a problem in the development and continuity of astrology: how do astrologers, past and present, account for the astrological aspects? Aspects are the means by which a planet or position (Ascendant, Lot of Fortune) has contact from another planet or other […]

The Two Lights

By: Lee Lehman The Sun and the Moon have been known as the two Lights for a very long time. In Hellenistic astrology, it was advantageous for the Sun and the Moon to have attending planets, just as any earthly royalty should have a court. Early on, it was recognized that the cycle of this […]