For those who are interested in astrology as a field of study, either academically or applied, or who may want a deeper understanding of astrology or want to go beyond the astrology of popular culture today, even a little bit, I thought a place to post helpful material to that end might be a good thing.
There is a middle ground between becoming an astrologer and knowing nothing much more than one's own daily or weekly horoscope.
This link is to a blogtalkradio show on the roots of (western) astrology. The show is called Traditional Astrology Radio and this particular episode is an interview with Maria Mateus about her studies of Hellenistic and Babylonian astrological traditions.
Thanks for the resource, I hope others post more as well.
I'm trying to do research on astrology to get a better understanding of it, but when researching "astrology" online it's always entertainment websites that only tell basic sign personalities and daily horoscopes. I'd LOOOOVE some actual material on this subject for educational purposes as I'm attempting to write something on the individual zodiac signs. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. ;-)
Does the adding of the 13th sign, change the cusp period from two days to one day?
For those who use this system of 13 signs
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Hi, Renee! If you'll tell me a little bit more about the scope of your research, or the direction, and also your current level of knowledge of astrology, perhaps I can suggests some sources for you.
For a historical perspective, a really good book is The Fated Sky by Benson Bobrick. You don't need to be an astrologer to enjoy it. Yes, it's history, but it's very very interesting and not filled with jargon. A more academic treatment would be Ancient Astrology by Tamsyn Barton, also more historical.
Astrological texts would be the next source for actual information about the zodiac signs. I will check with a few people for suggestions for this - not fluffy bunny stuff, but real astrological text material, and get back to you. However, definitely use Christian Astrology by William Lilly as a source. Written in 1647 by England's greatest astrologer, it is considered a seminal work among serious astrologers. It is sometimes published in 3 parts, or 3 books, occasionally published altogether, but the basics are in Book 1. Book 1 is available in PDF on the web here: http://www.worldastrology.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/CA-I.pdf . This website (worldastrology.net) also has articles of an instructional nature. Page 106 of the PDF corresponds to page 86 of the text. That's where you'll find Chapter XVI:Of the twelve Signs of the Zodiac, and their manifold divisions.
Also, take a look at the Skyscript website. There are articles there, too, that are educational/instructional.
This should get you started. Let me know how it goes!