Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of study in the fields of Ancient Wisdom and occultism. He has taught classes on a wide range of topics, from Atlantis to mediums to Zoroaster. He is also a spiritualist minister, with a background in spiritual astrology. He lives in Colorado with his wife and their cat.
HELLENISTIC ASTROLOGY skillfully reconstructs and chronicles the origins, records, philosophical substructure, essential tenets, and methodology of archaic western astrology. This exhaustively researched volume begins with ideal horoscope artwork on the cover. The book’s able writing, combined with the figures, tables, example charts, and glossary, greatly assist the reader in understanding the engaging and informative teachings within HELLENISTIC ASTROLOGY.
The first portion of the book reviews Mesopotamian and Egyptian horoscopy; it then explores the inception and historical development of Hellenistic astrology with its three branches, and the astrological customs during the time of the Roman Empire. Subsequent chapters reference notable Hellenistic astrologers, the influence of the Hellenistic system in other civilizations, as well as the philosophical opinions of early astrologers regarding stars and planets as either signs or causes, and whether determinism in human fate was complete or partial.
The body of the work clearly explains the underlying principles and doctrines of the Hellenistic tradition. These eight chapters describe the nature of the planets, zodiacal signs, configurations, the twelve whole sign places and house division, the fundamental Hour-Marker and its Lord, planetary rulers of the places, and the unique roles of benefics and malefics in the conditions called bonification and maltreatment.
The final section reveals a number of fascinating delineation and prediction techniques based on the natal chart, that were used by the Hellenistic astrologers of antiquity. The procedures illustrated include triplicity rulers of the sect light, lots, annual profections, and zodiacal releasing. All of these ancient methods are advantageous when utilized alone, together, or in conjunction with modern transits and progressions.
I highly recommend HELLENISTIC ASTROLOGY to students and teachers alike, as a thorough and illuminating examination of Greco-Roman horoscopic astrology. This enjoyable book contains a wealth of rediscovered astrological lore that is extremely useful and beneficial to contemporary star-readers.