Friday, 7 July 2017

Book review

A review of my book in the latest issue of the Astrological Journal.

Books: summaries
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Victor Olliver, editor of The Astrological Journal

Horary Astrology: The Practical Way to Learn your Fate: Radical Charts for Student and Professional
Petros Eleftheriadis
The Wessex Astrologer, pb £12.50
The key word in the title is ‘practical’. Eleftheriadis assumes that the reader is familiar with traditional theory (and if not, you are kindly invited to get up to speed with Barbara Dunn’s Horary Astrology Re-Examined) before he presents over fifty charts from his client files, used to illustrate various techniques to find answers to such questions as: “Will I get a divorce?” or “Will my blood tests be OK?”.
Rather refreshingly, Eleftheriadis states baldly that the whole point of consulting an astrologer is to find out about one’s future, though he has sharp cautionary words on not encouraging clients to pursue questions designed to avoid ‘fate’. He dares to differ from Lilly on certain matters, states that Ptolemy didn’t understand the logic behind the Egyptian terms (which Eleftheriadis prefers – his essay on this at the back is informative and fascinating)) and he is not terribly keen on fixed stars or antiscia in horary. Having doubtless ruffled a few feathers, the book moves onto exposition.
Structurally and logically, life theme queries are addressed by relevant house e.g. ‘Tenth House Matters – Career and Achievement’ or ‘Seventh House Matters – Relationships’. The tone is direct, and techniques and interpretation are treated succinctly under crossheads which encourage a step-by-step application. This ensures rigour. Not all traditionalists will agree with his approach yet it will be hard to find a more cogent analysis of horary charts.

Before he came to astrology, Eleftheriadis studied Law and French Literature in Greece, and one senses a polymath at work who (happily) wears his learning lightly. Even if you’re new to horary, this book is likely to whet your appetite, while students and practitioners will find rich pickings here to add nuance to their knowledge and work.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Horary Astrology - The practical way to learn your fate

My first book is finally out! "Horary Astrology, the practical way to learn your fate" is the title. This is not a book of theory (although elements of theory are explained and presented) but it is primarily a book of practice charts. 

The difference between this book and others of its kind is that it consists of only radical charts that follow the major considerations before judgement, which is a rarity nowadays. It is my belief that these considerations are not to be looked down upon. In this book, I also stress the importance of chart validity. It saddens me to see that most of the questions asked nowadays are questions I consider invalid, questions, that is, which attempt to change the querent’s fate, The role of astrology, in my opinion, is not to know our fate so as to change it (which cannot be done anyway), but to embrace it. 

You can buy the book directly from the Wessex Astrologer site or from the places, online or otherwise, you usually buy your astrology books from. I hope you enjoy it!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Serena Williams announces pregnancy

Ever since her 2016 birthday, it's been a great year so far for Serena Williams. First of all, she broke Steffi Graf's record for most Grand Slams by a tennis player in the Οpen Εra, which was an amazing feat and something that she coveted for quite some time. A couple of days ago, she also announced her pregnancy. This must be a very fortunate year astrologically and the solar return chart is extremely clear.

The solar return ascendant is conjunct the natal Sun (and SR Sun naturally) and the Sun is the ruler of the natal 5th house (baby). A very strong testimony for pregnancy, Jupiter, natural significator of pregnancy and fertility. is cazimi, in hayz, in strong mutual reception with Saturn and conjunct the ascendant!!! You can't get more fortunate than that. Jupiter is also the ruler of the Lot of Children in 14 Sagittarius (Asc + Saturn - Jupiter). SR Venus (Venus is also a significator of 5th house matters as she is the natural ruler of the 5th house and rejoices there, but also the natural significator of relationships) is conjunct a natal angle and, in particular, the 7th house cusp of relationships (Serena announced her engagement last December).

Career-wise, in the solar return chart, Saturn, the almuten of the ascendant, forms a partill trine with the Moon, ruler of the MC. In general, Serena strongly benefitted from the current Jupiter/Saturn mutual reception. Her Sun (natural significator of professional matters) is in Libra, her Jupiter is Libra (she is currently going through a Jupiter return) and her Saturn is also exalted in Libra. Her Mars in Leo also benefits from both Jupiter and Saturn. Interestingly, Mars is the almuten of the natal 10th house and he is located in the 5th house, thereby indicating that she may have a 5th house (sports) occupation.

Congratulations on the happy news Serena!  

Thursday, 20 April 2017

French elections 2017

It’s very difficult to make a prediction about the French elections based on the natal charts of the candidates because their charts are a clear example of why we need perfect exactitude of birth times. Remember, just a four – minute difference is a whole year in the life of the native.
Lepen should win IF her progressed MC is conjunct Jupiter, the almuten of the natal MC. This is true only if she were born 5-6 minutes later, which is more than a year away. Even if we take latitude into account, this conjunction is still not exact at the time of the elections. The same goes for Macron, but this time we need only a 3 – minute change in his birth time. If this change is made, the ascendant of the current solar return is exactly conjunct natal Saturn. That is rarely a good thing, but in Macron’s case, Saturn is the ruler of the ascendant and he is conjunct Regulus, who is now in Virgo. The North Node is also going to be conjunct natal Saturn at the time of the elections. There is also an ascendant/Venus conjunction in the directions and a Mars/Jupiter conjunction since 2015 up to 2019 (latitude included). Mars is the almuten of the ascendant and Jupiter is the ruler of the MC (if we make the slight change in his birth time).
Fillon should do quite well if the birth time we have is exact and if the MC in the solar return chart is in Libra, conjunct Jupiter and sextile Saturn on the ascendant (strong mutual reception). Mars opposes this Jupiter, though. His lunar return chart (again if the birth time is exact) has an ascendant in 0o Virgo, conjunct Regulus. This is very good but Mars in the 10th squares the ascendant. I don’t see him as the final winner, but he can do better than expected, if his birth time is exact.
Αlthough Melenchon is quite close to the others in the polls, I don’t think he stands a great chance of doing something significant. He has some fortunate primary directions, but the return charts are not particularly good.
To sum up, I do think than Macron is closer to winning this election, unless Lepen’s birth time is not accurate and her progressed MC is conjunct Jupiter. If that is the case, she can win this. Otherwise, I think Macron stands a better chance.