Chris Brennan is a graduate of Kepler and the current the Vice Chair of the Kepler Board of Trustees. He recently released Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune and is the host of the award-winning Astrology Podcast.
In this essay I want to demonstrate how the traditional system of essential dignities can be used to add quite a bit of detail and nuance to the interpretation of a chart. Traditional astrology uses five different essential dignities. There are the major dignities, rulership and exaltation, and their corresponding debilities, detriment and fall. Modern astrology still has these dignities, although they are often not widely recognized or used.
If you believe psychology is a merely a modern invention of a narcissistic age, you haven’t been paying attention. While the “scientific” study of psychology in a laboratory may be a relatively modern notion, (re)invented by researchers in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the study of the mind has ancient roots in all human cultures.
A Quest for Coherence By: Joseph Crane This essay promotes the view that many astrologers within our lifetimes have correlated signs, planets, and houses in ways that have brought confusion to astrology and distorted their ranges of application. Here I would like to look critically at the modern affiliation of the sign Aquarius with the […]
By Joseph Crane An examination of the astrology of this Presidential campaign, using many difficult predictive techniques, is a complicated enterprise. Here are some of the things I have surmised from my investigation. Obama and Romney do not like each other or even respect each other; in fact they drive each other a bit crazy. […]
Here’s a chart example to demonstrate many of the major themes of the Hellenistic tradition of astrology. In this essay I refrain from outright interpretation and simply discuss how one would see a chart according to the Hellenistic tradition. I choose a person well known to many Americans as both or either a politician and […]
By: Joseph Crane Ptolemy’s Harmonics The Harmonics  is probably earlier than the Tetrabiblos. 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: 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 […]
Features of Hellenistic Astrological Techniques Joseph Crane Here I address not the historian and scholar of the Hellenistic world, but instead I address the person who is trained in modern astrology and comes to this astrological tradition for the first time. There are several issues that one who is familiar with other astrological traditions must […]