The primary difference is the position of the Zodiac! Western Astrology uses Tropical co-ordinates. Vedic uses Sidereal co-ordinates. Depending on which system is used, the story that is revealed and the predictions that are made become drastically different!
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Annual Predictive Techniques of the Greek, Arabic and Indian Astrologers
Predictions for each year of life go back to the earliest times of Hellenistic astrology and were elaborated by the Persian and Arabic astrologers, who emphasized the revolution of the nativity, known today as the solar return. From the medieval Arabic-speaking world, these annual predictive techniques spread eastward into India and westward into Latin Europe, where they continued to evolve. For the first time, this book draws together material on annual predictions from ancient and medieval authors writing in Greek, Arabic and Sanskrit, and to a lesser extent Hebrew and Latin, demonstrating the techniques with a wealth of present-day example charts.
After introducing the principles and historical background of the techniques, Annual Predictive Techniques devotes separate chapters to practical illustrations of the use of primary directions and profections together with transits at the time of the revolution (the birthday). It then demonstrates how to integrate them step by step with the figure of the revolution, or solar return chart. The final chapter discusses various methods for subdividing a year and identifying times of major importance. The book includes an appendix with software settings for calculating primary directions in the traditional way, as well as formulae for those who prefer to make their own calculations, and a glossary of astrological terms in several languages.
Annual Predictive Techniques of the Greek, Arabic and Indian Astrologers (published by The Wessex Astrologer) is available now from online booksellers such as Amazon. Click here to read free samples from two chapters of the book.
Primary Directions: Astrology’s Old Master Technique
The technique known today as primary directions is one of the most ancient and renowned methods of astrological forecasting, and also one of the most powerful. From classical antiquity throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance, all the great names of traditional astrology have worked with primary directions. It was the predictive technique of Dorotheus and Ptolemy, of Māshāʾallāh and Abū Maʿshar, of Regiomontanus and Placidus, of Morin de Villefranche and William Lilly. To understand the Old Masters of astrology, we must understand primary directions.
Students of traditional astrology have often been deterred by overly mathematical presentations from approaching the important subject of directions. This comprehensive study explains the principles of primary directions in an accessible way, illustrating them by practical examples. It also draws on many original source texts to outline the historical origins and development of the technique, and shows how it has been reinterpreted and occasionally misunderstood. A full glossary and appendices with software reviews as well as formulae for manual calculations complement the text. The craft of the Old Masters can still be learnt.
Primary Directions: Astrology’s Old Master Technique (published by The Wessex Astrologer) can be ordered through online booksellers such as Amazon. Click here to read a free sample chapter.
Praise for Primary Directions
Robert Hand: Martin’s book is the first clear non-technical exposition of Placidean and other primary directing techniques ever written, and that word is ‘ever’. Up till now no technique in astrology has ever been the subject of such obfuscation.
Dr Benjamin Dykes: Your book on primary directions is one of the best astrology books I’ve read in years! … really the best book ever written on primary directions.Aspects in astrology a comprehensive guide to interpretation pdf.
Deborah Houlding: What has been needed for a long time is a no-nonsense text, which can offer a well informed outline of the topic as a whole, and then work towards shading in the details in a simple to understand style. Martin Gansten has perfectly fulfilled the task. Assuming no prior knowledge, his book begins with an overview and a history of the subject. It then breaks the subject apart – so that the various elements and terms are explained – before putting it all back together again so that the student can apply the technique in practice.
Christopher Warnock: Primary Directions is an excellent introduction to what Martin rightly pinpoints as a key natal timing technique. The explanations of the complex mathematical and astronomical basis of the primary directions are clear and lucid. Martin has managed to walk the fine line between oversimplification and overloading the reader with technical details. I would definitely recommend Primary Directions to anyone interested in traditional natal astrology and natal timing.
Other reader comments
This is one of the finest astrological texts I’ve encountered – the writing is clear, precise and accessible without denying the complexity of the subject matter; and I’m understanding the mechanics of primary direction to a degree that I wouldn’t have thought possible, given my limited mathematical background. There is more carefully thought-through and gracefully-presented information within these pages than in many works of three times the length. You provide your reader with soil and seed for a rich harvest, indeed. Thank you very much for your work. – Bonnie Wells
I do believe your work will become an astrological classic. It fills a massive gap for the whole astrological community [and] has been sorely needed. For the non-mathematically minded amongst us like myself it makes the subject far more approachable and dispels many myths. I am sure your book will remain the definitive book on the subject for decades to come. – Mark Cullen
I managed to make a first reading of the book and the sensation was of someone entering a cluttered and disordered room and patiently putting everything in place. Everything clear. – Alexandra Haschi
The Jewel of Annual Astrology
The Jewel of Annual Astrology (Hāyanaratna) is an encyclopaedic treatise on Tājika or Sanskritized Perso-Arabic astrology, dealing particularly with the casting and interpretation of anniversary horoscopes. Authored in 1649 CE by Balabhadra Daivajña, court astrologer to Shāh Shujāʿ – governor of Bengal and second son of the Mughal emperor Shāh Jahān – it casts light on the historical development of the Tājika school by extensive quotations from earlier works spanning five centuries.
With this first-ever scholarly edition and translation of a Tājika text, Martin Gansten makes a significant contribution not only to the study of an important but little known knowledge tradition, but also to the intellectual historiography of Asia and the transmission of horoscopic astrology in the medieval and early modern periods. While the introduction and notes are intended for an academic readership, Balabhadra himself wrote for practising astrologers, and his manual will be of interest to many contemporary students of astrology.
The Jewel of Annual Astrology was published under Open Access by the academic publisher Brill and is freely available here. Hard copies are available directly from Brill or through online booksellers.
For my scholarly papers on the history of astrology, see the academic section of this website.
Are you looking for the best astrology book to get started? Are you completely new to astrology and need some place to get some help? You came to the right place!
Wikipedia defines astrology as “the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means of divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events.” My explanation is a little simpler, astrology is how objects in the universe affect us personally.
While the definition can be simplified and made easier to understand, the multitude of different aspects of astrology can be somewhat overwhelming. This is particularly true to newcomers who are starting with nothing more than the definition or a vague idea of what astrology is. Some people think astrology for beginners is not something you can learn on your own. I disagree.
You certainly can learn a lot about the subject online however I believe having everything organized in a single astrology book designed to teach you is a far easier way to learn. To that end I have compiled a list of the top astrology books for you so that you can get started as soon as possible.
The best astrology book for beginners
No list of astrology books would even remotely be serious without including The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Martine Woolfolk. This is probably the best selling beginner’s book of all time on the subject and is almost considered a “must have” for even the most casual explorer into astrology.
While I am not sure it really will be the only book on the subject you will ever need it certainly qualifies as the only book a beginner will need to get started. It is one of the few books that includes some substantial historical information on astrology in addition to the standards of creating and reading charts and horoscopes. This is probably the most well rounded of all the books on the subject I have ever found, giving the reader an amazingly complete picture of most aspects of astrology.
The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need
At around 560 pages, and available in both print and electronic editions the book is an amazing publication. I personally prefer the print edition just because the book looks and feels impressive, my Kindle reader, not so much. With this subject and the physical book, you can really get immersed in the subject matter. It truly is one of the best astrology books for beginners.
Astrology Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Your Birth Chart and Revealing Your Horoscope is a smaller, more focused introduction to astrology by Alyson Mead. This work, as the title suggests, hones in on birth charts and your horoscope. This is not a bad thing because a lot of beginners are primarily focused on these particular aspects of astrology and are not as much interested in other disciplines.
That doesn’t mean you don’t learn the basics of astrology because you absolutely will. Mead has a long history of sharing her knowledge and is a practicing professional psychic and this clearly shows through.
Running about 150 pages and available both in print and electronically, this book is a lot of fun to read and is chocked full of beautiful color images. It should be fun, the author says right on the cover “The Sassy Psychic”, and after reading this book, you will see why.
If the 560 pages of The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need seems overwhelming and you are primarily interested in birth charts and horoscopes, this beautiful book is just what you are looking for.
The oldest book in the list is Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Astrology: The Easy Way to Learn Astrology by Kris Brandt Riske Riske and dates from back in 2008. Fortunately since astrology is centuries old, the age of the book is not as relevant as with other topics. Indeed this book’s age tells of its devout following and excellent presentation.
For many years this has been the “go to” astrology textbook for beginners who consider it the best book to learn astrology. To me this book seems less suited to learning about astrology such as its history, and more about creating and reading charts. And that could be a good thing because you will quickly feel comfortable jumping right in and doing charts for yourself and others.
If you want a lighthearted and sometimes just plain funny introduction to astrology then Whobeda’s Guide to Basic Astrology by Marcha A Fox is your answer. In addition the book explains astrology in simple terms that make concepts easy to understand for just about anyone.
According to the author the book was written to be a textbook for beginning astrology classes. Furthermore, she claims that her ten year old grandson read the book and started analyzing his mother and his sisters. I don’t doubt either statement as this is probably the most fun read of any astrology book I have read and it manages to teach a lot of material while remaining enjoyable. No small feat in my opinion.
Coming in at 276 pages and a little smaller format than the other books listed here makes this the perfect pocket companion, easily thrown into your backpack, or stuffed into your messenger bag. Of course it also comes in electronic format so you can throw it into your Kindle as well 🙂
Whichever book you choose, you are sure to learn a lot and hopefully have a good time doing it. Don’t be put off with the breadth of astrology because it is such a flexible discipline that you can easily start with some small basics and work your way up to more complex ideas over time. There is no need to get in over your head, and with these books to guide you, you will never feel overwhelmed.