The Complete Astrological Handbook for the 21st Century

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9780805210866: The Complete Astrological Handbook for the 21st Century

HIGHLIGHTS

The only book that brings together Chinese, Tibetan, Vedic, Arabian, Judaic, and Western astrology
Everything you need to know to calculate and interpret natal horoscopes and personal chronologies in all the major Eastern and Western traditions, including ninety charts and tables
Advice to help you choose the tradition that is right for you
Instructions for combining various traditions to develop the most complete astrological profile possible
A companion Website on world astrology where you can ask questions, share information, or just browse: http://hometown.aol.com/Anistatia
Written for both beginners and experienced astrologers interested in learning new traditions
PLUS
A comprehensive astrological profile of Princess Diana that illustrates how all six traditions predicted the course of her life.

As astrology experiences its biggest boom in four hundred years, The Complete Astrological Handbook for the Twenty-first Century is a fascinating and indispensable resource that satisfies the voracious appetite for a more complete and culturally diverse astrology.

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Review:

Astrologer Anistatia Miller's textbook, subtitled "Understanding and Combining the Wisdom of Chinese, Tibetan, Vedic, Arabian, Judaic, and Western Astrology," is the first to cover and interrelate the six major world astrological systems. Eminently scholarly though necessarily cryptic, The Complete Astrological Handbook for the 21st Century remains accessible for the beginning student of astrology. The weighty instruction manual launches with an historical introduction to the concept of astrology and then explains the beginnings of the various systems. Its purpose is to offer the serious student all of the information needed to forecast in each system. Chock-full of charts, graphs, processes, and examples, it may be just what the title claims. In an era of disappearing national boundaries, the unification of discrete systems of astrology is an idea whose time has certainly come. --P. Randall Cohan

From the Publisher:


A conversation with Anistatia Miller and Jared Brown, authors of THE COMPLETE ASTROLOGICAL HANDBOOK FOR THE 21st CENTURY
Q: How long has astrology been around?
A:
People have been studying and documenting the movements of the planets and the constellations since 4000 BC. In that 6,000-year period, nearly every major civilization has developed some form of astrology - which means study of the stars - based on those observations. Astrology actually predates and gave birth to astronomy as well as a number of other sciences.

Q: Are there many different astrological traditions?
A:
There are dozens of traditions, including exoteric or secular forms of astrology which originated in China, Tibet, India, Chaldea, Babylonia, ancient Egypt, and Greece, as well as the Mayan and Aztec empires and esoteric or spiritual astrological traditions created by Kabbalists and occultists such as Madame Blavatsky, Max Heindel, Marc Edmund Jones, and Manly Palmer Hall. There are even lesser known forms of astrology developed by Australian aborigines, Polynesians, and tribes along the Ivory Coast of Africa.

Q: Who used to practice astrology?
A:
Originally, everyone from peasant farmers who studied the movements of the Moon to determine the best times to plant, fertilize, and harvest to emperors and generals who determined the best times for negotiation and war by observing the nighttime sky for signs. There are a number famous historic figures who were also practicing astrologers such as Sir Isaac Newton, Saint Augustine, Roger Bacon, Nicholas Culpepper, and Carl Jung. Physicians made up the greatest number of astrological practitioners in Asia, Europe, and colonial America from the 1500s to the late 1800s which, incidentally, are often called astrology's dark days. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, developed some of his best-known theories based upon astrological influences.

Q: When were astrology's "dark days?"
A:
After the Ecumenical Council of Nicea banned the practice of astrology by Catholic Christians in 325 AD, emperors such as Justinian began outlawing the practice of astrology in their kingdoms. Astrology was still commonly practiced, however, until negative sentiments toward non-European, non-Christian cultures increased among European intellectuals during the
Middle Ages. Some physicians continued to incorporate astrology into their medical practices. Other astrologers went underground, continuing to teach and use astrology in conjunction with alchemy. Mathematicians and logicians avoided the Inquisitor's watchful eyes during the 1400s and 1500s by purely practicing the identification and observation of the planets and constellations, calling their study astronomy and thus avoiding torture and imprisonment.

Q: Why do you think the scientific community eventually favored astronomy over astrology?
A:
There was no real distinction made between astrologers and astronomers in the western hemisphere until the nineteenth century. However, the seeds of separation took root during the Renaissance. That's when western scientists who had been practicing astrology were forced to preserve the essence of celestial observation from condemnation by the Catholic Church by disguising it in two forms. In the guise of astronomy, charts of planetary movements continued to be consulted and the influence of lunar motion on terrstrial phenomena such as oceanic tides were debated. In the guise of iatromathematics, physicians continued to cast patients' natal charts in the same manner as Hippocrates as a part of standard diagnostic procedure until the late 1900s. It is interesting to note, however, that astrology in Asia was never condemned by religious scholars and is still regarded as a viable science and as the mother of astronomy.

Q: Were there any historic events that were accurately predicted by astrologers?
A:
Other than Julius Caesar's death on the ides of March? Caesar was a big believer in astrology, using it as a propaganda tool throughout his reign. He went so far as to post his own chart publicly, as it clearly revealed his celestial propensity to lead an empire. He even heeded the advice of his astrologer when he crossed the Rubicon, performing this historic invasion on the day of a solar eclipse, a phenomenon that many practitioners still believe heralds a pivotal event.

The Persian astrologer Al'hakim accurately predicted the births of Jesus Christ and the prophet Mohammed around 500 BC. That's 500 and 1500 years before those events actually occurred.

The birth of Genghis Khan was predicted by Arabian, Spanish, Greek, Roman, and Sicilian astrologers. They all warned metaphorically of a great storm that would occur when five planets were all positioned near the constellation of Libra. The storm was not readily apparent on the night in question - September 16, 1167 - but each practitioner was lauded for his foresight three decades later when Genghis Khan took possession of the Mongol and Chinese empires. Interestingly, a very similar juxtaposition of planets took place at the time of the solar eclipse on August 11, and will happen again next May.

Richard the Lionhearted's victory over the Saracen leader Saladin during the Third Crusade and Richard's abduction in Germany were both predicted by the astrologer Joachim de Fiore.

And according to one account, in 1660, the Friar Jehan predicted that Germany would invade France during the 20th century and England would rush to her aid. Germany would fall and be divided into two separate states, heralding the "true gold age of mankind."

The Farmer's Almanac still uses astrology to predict the weather for an entire year in advance, with rather remarkable accuracy.

Q: What prompted you to write The Complete Astrological Handbook for the 21st Century?
A:
Despite what some astrologers may believe, there is no single discipline that can provide all the material needed to develop a thorough interpretation of a facet of life such as the outcome of a career change during a specific time period, the potential for a happy relationship, or the influence of travel abroad upon one's given destiny. Our book compares, contrasts, and shows how to combine these six major forms of astrology, focusing on each of their strengths which can be applied today to enhance not only our comprehension of astrology, but also of ourselves.

Q: What are the most outstanding differences among the traditions presented in your book?
A:
The most obvious difference is the amount of math required to derive revealing results in the various traditions. Western, Arabian, Judaic, and Vedic are the most math intensive. On the other hand, the Tibetan and Chinese traditions required little or no mathematical calculation to determine a personality profile or a timeline of the person's life.

Another major difference separates the various forms of astrology into two camps: those who espouse the concept of free will such as Western and Arabian, and those who embrace a belief in patterns of destiny like Vedic, Chinese, and Tibetan. Judaic astrology stands out. It embraces the concept of free will while allowing for the integration of astrology into the cultural framework as a form of spiritual guidance.

Aside from these points, it's the similarities rather than the differences that quickly become glaring. It's cultural influences that created the variations; not conflicting opinions of interpretations. Astrologers throughout the ages focused on the facets of life deemed important in their respective societies.

Q: In your book you demonstrate how the various astrologies can be used to analyze a person's life, using the late Princess Diana as an example. In real life, the princess consulted a number of astrologers. Why do you think so many people from every walk of life consult astrologers?
A:
There isn't a single person on earth who hasn't wanted to know the future, the outcome of an event, or the hidden side of their own nature and potential. Astrology has always been appealing because it offers both insight and guidance based on the very real and very perceivable motions of the planets. It's no harder to understand than the effect the Full and New Moons have on ocean tides. The influence planets have when positioned near specific constellations in the nighttime sky has been observed and recorded for thousands of years. For example, a person born when the Moon is placed near the constellation Leo is said to have a self-reliant, self-confident, and generous nature. If the person is born a two days later when the Moon moves to the constellation Virgo, he or she will have an unpretentious, intuitive, and quietly ambitious nature. There's no smoke and mirrors attached to the process. That's the main reason astrology attracts non-superstitious, intelligent people.

Q: As an astrologer, which traditions do you rely on in your practice?
A:
We integrate interpretations derived from the Chinese Four Pillars of Destiny and western natal horoscopes. Most people only know about the Chinese Ming Shu or Circle of Animals, which is extremely generalized. Only a handful know about the Ssu Chu or Four Pillars of Destiny which enhance the Ming Shu reading with the construction of a personal timeline based on the month and day of birth; the determination of ultimate destiny according to the hour of
birth; and a daily activity planner based on the day of birth.

It's amazing how much a sense of life direction one can gain from reading the results of the personal timeline. And you don't need to be math wizard to construct the Chinese timeline. (You have to be really good at equations to create one according to Vedic or Hindu methods.)

Coupled with the psychological "big picture" found in a western natal reading, we've helped clients discover their personal time clocks and prepare them for potential changes in their lifestyles and interests as well as help them understand their ultimate destiny.

Q: Now that we're nearing the turn of the millennium, what do the planets have in store for the year 2000?
A:
According to Chinese astrology, the lunar year that begins February 5, 2000 and ends January 26, 2001, is a Metal Dragon year. Of five types of Dragons that rule the years of the Chinese calendar, the Metal Dragon is the least favored by the Heavens. New ideas will abound in an atmosphere of intense ambition, seemingly limitless power, flamboyant displays, and unbridled daring. This is not going to be a banner year for people looking for peace, calm, anonymity, and tranquility. People will generally seem more optimistic than usual. Some may become more extravagant or whimsical. Emotionally, many people will tend toward over-sensitivity. Tempers and tantrums may fly like fireworks and extinguish just as quickly.

Events during this period will be more intense in both scope and nature. Under this influence, the 2000 presidential campaign will not be the quietest we've witnessed. There will be a great show of generosity and charismatic flare by the candidates. However, the more unsavory side of politics may also rear up its head, creating intrigues as well as perverse or downright sadistic acts. With the Metal Dragon ruling the natural elements, earthquakes or volcanic eruptions may occur with more frequency than usual.

The most dramatic celestial event to occur next year will be the grouping of the Sun, Moon, and the five classical planets--Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn--on May 5, 2000. In the past, this particular type of event has announced a revolutionary transformation in the way human beings think over the course of that decade. The Renaissance began shortly after a convergence of those planets occurred on October 29, 1483. The same configuration heralded the Protestant Revolution in 1524, the Industrial Revolution in 1821, and the Computer Revolution in 1962. Because the event will take place near the constellations Taurus and Gemini, the revolution may involve the worlds of finance or communications.

A new religious movement or scientific discovery may also begin to unfold during the early part of this new century. The planet Neptune itself was discovered while Neptune was in Aquarius between 1834 and 1848. An influence that lasts about 12 to 14 years whenever it occurs, this placement triggers religious or scientific discoveries as well as eccentric views on both of
those subjects. For example, Arabic numerals were first introduced (1179-1193), the High Renaissance occurred (1506-1520), and Sir Isaac Newton presented his theory of gravity (1670-1684) when Neptune was positioned in this sign. The planet entered that same position on January 29, 1998 and will remain there until 2012.

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