Welcome to Seven Stars Astrology! On this site, you will find a variety of articles and resources that explore western astrology as it was practiced during its first thousand years, with a strong emphasis on Hellenistic astrology.
What is Horoscopic Astrology?
The techniques that we teach, explain, test, and critique are those that are found in ancient astrological texts written from approximately 0 CE to 1,000 CE. It was during this period that all our surviving initial full texts on the type of astrology that uses charts (horoskopos/horoscope) came into being. These charts or horoscopes are maps of the sky oriented to the sign rising at birth, and this type of astrology is called horoscopic astrology.
Horoscopic astrology started around the 1st or 2nd century BCE and continues to this day, our modern astrology being a descendant as it still uses the main ingredients of planets, signs, houses, and aspects. As horoscopic astrology began in the ancient Greek-speaking world (though not necessarily Greece), with most early texts written in ancient Greek, the earliest phase of this astrology is known as Hellenistic astrology. Hellenistic astrology passed to the Indians, Persians, and Arabs, and eventually back to Europe in the High Middle Ages.
Why the First Thousand Years?
This site focuses on the period prior to 1,000 CE, with a particular emphasis on the texts of the first 500 years CE. All the major features of traditional western astrology had already been laid out and explored by 1,000 CE, and the texts with the most foundational and diverse material were written during the Hellenistic period. As astrological doctrine was passed from one language to another, translation errors and additions led to significant changes in the way many techniques were practiced in later periods, as well as the loss of important early ideas and features of the system. Therefore, this site prioritizes early Hellenistic techniques and interpretations in order to stay true to astrology’s roots.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Early astrologers had diverse opinions about the best techniques to use. For this reason, we will be doing quite a bit of testing out techniques, applying them to numerous charts, and honing our art by showing what works and what doesn’t. The goal is to improve our art as much as possible without simply adopting innovations of later astrologers or creating our own. This is our “Occam’s razor” of sorts. We feel that the texts of Hellenistic astrology are rich enough to find what we need to reach the optimal chart interpretation. We get by with just Hellenistic astrology, the insights of early medieval astrologers, and a whole lot of analysis. Once you see what ancient western astrology can do, we think you’ll be impressed.
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