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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:
Written for both beginners and experienced astrologers interested in learning new traditions

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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Editorial Reviews

Kaya Jacolev
This is a great help for inquiring readers hoping to sort out which tradition draws their personal interest towards deeper study. Astonishingly, there is enough detailed information to allow readers to actually construct birthcharts according to each of the different astrological traditions. Nevertheless, you will certainly get your money's worth!
Napra Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805210866
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Anistatia R Miller is a writer and astrologer who casts and interprets charts for private clients.  She is a member of the International Society for Astrological Research and a Research Member of the American Federation of Astrologers. Jared M. Brown is a writer and Web designer. Together they have written more than a dozen books. They live in Boise, Idaho.

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There is no question that the celestial bodies that make up our solar system affect life on Earth. Ocean tides are the result of the gravitational pull exerted by the Moon as it revolves around the Earth. The phenomena known as sunspots not only change the polarity of the Sun's magnetic field and affect the Earth's climate, but the resulting solar flares seem to have a profound effect on the Earth's magnetic field, causing periodic radio interference, computer crashes, and other technological mayhem. The planets themselves also generate magnetic radiation in varying degrees. Not surprisingly, the solar photon radiation that continuously showers the Earth seems to be altered when two planets' orbital paths cross each other at particular angles, creating magnetic storms.

Humans are electrochemical beings. In fact, every muscle and organ in the human body functions because minute electrical impulses generated by both internal and external forces flow through the complex internal network that is the central nervous system. The brain transmits information to the rest of the body through minute electrical charges that not only control motion and speech, but stimulate emotion and behavior as well. Thus, humans are subtly and profoundly affected by any changes in the solar system's electromagnetic field.

The effects of the ebb and flow of energy produced by celestial motion upon this intricate neural system have been observed, documented, argued, and refined by scientists, physicians, theologians, and astrologers over thousands of years. This—the cumulative body of their work—is astrology.

Legitimate astrology is founded on logical observation and deductivereasoning, not superstition or magic. It is a body of knowledge (which, in its strictest sense, is science) that charts the positions of the planets at the exact time and place of a person's birth, and determines the overall effect of celestial electromagnetic forces on a given individual's personality and behavior throughout the course of his or her life, drawing on hundreds, even thousands, of years of cumulative research.

The term astrology is derived from the Greek words astron and logos, which literally mean "stars" and "study." Originally, astrologers documented and named the celestial bodies that they perceived as moving through the sky, and charted the diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (nighttime) movements of large "stars" like the planets Venus and Mercury. But it wasn't long before scientists and mathematicians in locations as diverse as Beijing, Bombay, Babylon, and Bogotá noticed striking correlations between celestial activity and human behavior.

For example, ancient Greek and Roman physicians referred to intermittent bouts of insanity as "lunacy," accepting as fact the parity between erratic human behavior and the occurrence of the Full Moon or a lunar eclipse. Ancient Hindu believers associated an intoxicating herbal drink called soma with the Moon god Candra. Consumed by both gods and worshipers, soma  reputedly produced a mild form of dementia. Those who drank soma  felt invincible and supernatural, according to many passages in the Vedas. And Chinese tradition contains numerous legends about the Moon's effect on human beings. The most famous of these concerns the eighth-century a.d. poet Li Po, who invited the Moon and its inhabitant, the goddess Ch'ang-O, to have a drink with him. He was so intoxicated by the Moon's beauty—and by the liquor he was imbibing—that he drowned in a lake while attempting to capture the Moon itself. Even in modern times, major metropolitan police departments such as those of New York and Los Angeles add on extra staff to handle the perceived monthly increase in criminal, violent, and otherwise chaotic behavior that many people believe coincides with each Full Moon.

It is not a young science. In fact, astrology gave birth to the more modern science of astronomy as astrologers were the first scientists to document the planets' motions with mathematical accuracy. The oldest continuous written records of astral observations and practice were discovered in India and China. Numerous astrological manuscripts found in royal Indian libraries date back to the Indo-Aryans, who settled in the Indus River valley around 1500 b.c. Similarly, documentation of celestial observations and methods of astrological delineation which were found in Chinese archives are over four thousand years old.

Monarchs and military leaders, including the Macedonian emperor Alexander the Great and the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan, consulted astrologers prior to making strategic decisions. During the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, Western European and Mediterranean physicians, clergy, and scholars applied astrological methods to their various professions, expanding their collective knowledge over the centuries by translating works imported from distant lands, including Arabia, India, and China. Even the great Mayan and Aztec civilizations in the New World developed their own unique forms of astrological calculation and interpretation. Today, interest in a variety of astrological practices is on a decided upswing.

So why do modern-day, realistic world leaders, corporate CEOs, physicists, and physicians consult personal astrologers about critical situations before acting or reacting? Why do highly educated individuals around the world turn to such an ancient science, looking for guidance or for glimpses into destiny? Is it hope, fear, or an intuitive belief that astrology is logical and realistic that spurs even skeptical twentieth-century intellectuals to consult a horoscope at critical crossroads in life?

As Kenneth Miller pointed out in a Life magazine article (July 1997): "It turns out astrology is experiencing its biggest boom in four hundred years. According to a recent poll, just 20 percent of Americans are flat-out nonbelievers; 48 percent say astrology is probably or definitely valid." The number of practicing professional astrologers in the United States alone has more than quintupled within the past two decades. Sun-sign horoscopes (timely predictions based strictly upon an individual's day of birth) cast by astrologers such as Sydney Omarr, Rob Brezsny, and the late Patrick Walker are published in numerous respectable magazines and newspapers. These general-advice columns are faithfully read by millions who often telephone the accompanying 900-number services for "more detailed forecasts."

The remarkable resurgence of interest in astrology at the end of the second millennium and the beginning of the third is predicted in the stars. According to Western astrological tradition, in late 1995, Pluto left an eleven-year cycle positioned in the sign of Scorpio, a cycle that highlighted military conflicts, possible biological warfare, and improved methods for increasing longevity. It then entered Sagittarius, commencing a thirteen-year period that turns the spotlight on a revived interest in spiritual, esoteric, and religious subjects, coupled with a worldwide drive toward familiarization with diverse ethnic cultures and a diffusion of national and racial distinctions. Within the sphere of Chinese and Tibetan astrological traditions, the Year of the Rat (1996) gave rise to a twelve-year cycle dominated by an intellectual interest in philosophical subjects.

But to comprehend and appreciate this new wealth of information, one needs to understand the basics: the history, methodology, intended purpose, and efficacy of the major astrological traditions, as well as their similarities and differences. Until now, this would have required the acquisition of numerous volumes, because the fundamentals of these six major Western and Eastern traditions have never before been compiled in one place, even though much can be gained from comparing those rich traditions while studying or practicing astrology. In this book you will find the cumulative results of our research into this science. Essential questions will be answered, such as these: When and where did astrology originate? Who were its champions and detractors? What do the various traditions have in common, and how are they dissimilar? How is a horoscope cast in the various traditions, and how is it interpreted? What can be gained by applying more than one tradition to an individual's astrological profile?

Part One introduces six of the world's major astrological traditions. Chapter 1, "The Celestial River," briefly details the origins of the Chinese, Tibetan, Vedic (Hindu), Arabian, Judaic, and Western astrological traditions, which include Chaldean, Babylonian, Greek, Egyptian, and Roman. This chapter explains how each tradition played a significant role in the history of the world's religions and governments, and contributed to the development of other sciences such as medicine, mathematics, and astronomy.

Chapter 2, "The Children of the Moon and the Children of the Sun," describes the various branches of astrology from natal (birth) charts and predictive astrology to medical and political astrology. It discusses the difference between exoteric astrology and esoteric astrology as well as the physical distinction between the tropical zodiac and the sidereal zodiac. This chapter also introduces a new method for categorizing these astrological traditions. Based on the level of importance placed on the Sun's versus the Moon's effect on human behavior and personality, we present our own unique divisions—the Sun school and the Moon school—along with the reasons why this new classification is useful to both astrological researchers and practitioners.

Part Two explains the basic steps involved in calculating and constructing a horoscope in each of the six traditions. We present commonly used chart construction procedures and generic interpretations of the resulting planetary positions: data that each practitioner customizes for presentation after years of observation and synthesis.

Beginning with one of the earliest forms of astrology, chapter 3 describes one of the many branches of Chinese astrology called Tzu P'ing, which concentrates on the relationship between an individual's life forces and surroundings as well as his or her destiny. The construction of a chronology based on decade-long "fate cycles" is also included, along with the two forms of daily prediction used in China: the sieu (lunar mansion) and the chien-ch'ü (daily indicator).

Chapter 4 presents Tibetan astrology, which was adapted from the Chinese tradition. But, unlike its predecessor, this method concentrates solely on the quality and type of life forces that an individual possesses from birth and their relationship to a specific point in time.

Chapter 5 describes the two types of natal horoscopes constructed and interpreted by Vedic astrologers, and also presents six additional charts that are often cast to enhance the astrological profile produced for an individual. One in particular, the vimsottari dasa, is a chronology that can foretell the general tone of events surrounding a person's life over periods as broad as years or as specific as hours.

Chapter 6 presents the calculation and interpretation of thirty-seven Arabian Parts, which were used to fine-tune or verify the prognostications of Arabian natal profiles and bear a close resemblance to modern-day Western and Judaic horoscopes. Chapter 7 explains the Judaic horoscope, which differs subtly from the Western horoscope, and the interpretation of the Ascendant (rising sign) according to the Judaic tradition. Chapter 8 takes you through the process of casting and interpreting a Western natal horoscope.

Part Three shows how the information in Part Two can be applied to the development of an individual personality profile. Chapter 9 demonstrates how the chronologies and personality profiles derived from the various astrological traditions are presented, using the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as the test subject. And chapter 10 suggests ways in which you can apply this vast body of knowledge to answer key questions about work, home, love, marriage, health, and many other essential facets of life.

Because so many unique terms are used in astrology, we have included a glossary for quick reference. A selected bibliography is provided to direct you on your way if you wish to further your own independent study of this subject.

One word of caution: Just as one physician seeks out another for a diagnosis of his or her own illness, and a good psychologist seeks professional counseling on someone else's couch, even the most experienced astrologer benefits from consulting another practitioner about his or her own horoscope. Therefore, if you are interested in uncovering your astrological profile or need astrological guidance concerning a specific question, you should consult a professional practitioner and use this book as a reference to help you understand what to expect from such a consultation. Anyone who tries to be his or her only astrologer cannot gain all that the science of astrology has to offer.

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Table of Contents


part i        The Universal Search: Astrology Throughout the Ages        1

chapter 1        The Celestial River: A Brief History of Astrology        3
That Which Is Under Heaven: The Origins of Chinese Astrology        5
No Turning Back: The Beginnings of Tibetan Astrology        9
The Times of Issuing-Forth, Continuance, and
Destruction: Vedic Astrology's Beginnings        10
The Great Conjunction: Arabian Astrology        13
To Rule by Day . . . to Rule by Night: Judaic Astrology        16
Guided by the Light of Ishtar: The Birth of Western Astrology        19

chapter 2        The Children of the Moon and the Children of the Sun        27
The Physical and Spiritual Worlds: Exoteric and
Esoteric Astrology        27
Pole to Pole: The Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs        31
The Dynasties of the Sun and the Moon: Solar-Based
and Lunar-Based Astrologies        33

part ii        Delineating the Tower ofBabel: Chart Construction and Interpretation        43

chapter 3        The Wind and the Mountain: Chinese Fate Calculation        45
The Basis of the Tzu P'ing: the Ssu Chu        47
Step One: Identifying the Ssu Chu (Four Pillars of Destiny)        49
Step Two: Recording the Ssu Chu        99
Step Three: Creating a Personality Profile from the Ssu Chu        101
Locating and Interpreting the Sieu (lunar mansion)        107

chapter 4        The Forces Within: Tibetan Chart Construction        119
Step One: Determining an Individual's Animal Sign        120
Step Two: Reviewing the Sign's Forces        128
Step Three: Determining Good and Bad Days        136
Step Four: Determining the Parkhas (Trigrams)        138

chapter 5         Goddesses of the Lunar Mansions: Vedic Chart Construction        141
Step One: Establishing the Positions of the Planets        144
Step Two: Constructing and Interpreting a Natal Horoscope        152
Step Three: Constructing and Interpreting the Navamsacakra        208
Step Four: Constructing the Horacakra, Drekkanacakra, and Saptamsacakra        216
Step Five: Constructing the Candralagna (Moon Chart)        226
Step Six: Applying the Shadbala        230
Step Seven: Identifying the Yoga        237
Step Eight: Creating a Vedic Personality Profile        239
Step Nine: Creating and Interpreting the
Vimsottari Dasa        246

chapter 6        Casting Lots: Calculation of the Arabian Parts        256
An Overview of Arabian Part Calculation and Interpretation        258
The Planetary Arabian Parts        263
The House Arabian Parts        268

chapter 7        The Way to Go: Judaic Chart Construction        333
Constructing and Interpreting a Judaic Natal Horoscope        336

chapter 8        The Lords of Nativity: Western Chart Construction         346
Required Reference Materials for Horoscope Calculation        347
Establishing House Positions        351
Planetary Positions        366
Chart Interpretation        395
Creating a Western Personality Profile        449

part iii        A Global Understanding        493

chapter 9        Written in the Stars        495
Diana's Personal Chronologies        496
A Public Private Life: Diana's Personality        499
The Need for Security: Diana's Financial and Material Assets        505
The Need for Fulfillment: Diana's Mentality and Ability to Achieve Personal Desires        510
Love of Kin: Diana's Relationship with Siblings        511
Hearth and Home: Diana's Domestic Life        513
A Life Devoted to Children: Diana's Potential for Bearing Children        514
A Creative Outlet: Diana's Pursuit of Pleasure and the Arts        515
A Health Obsession: Diana's Physical Well-being         516
The Marriage of the Century: Diana's Married Life        520
The People's Princess: Diana's Social and Professional Life        521
Not-So-Fair Friendships: Diana's Friends and Associates        523
The Person Behind the Mask: Diana's Hidden Fears and Limitations        524

chapter 10        Which Tradition Is Right for You?        526
Location of Procedures Used in Various Astrological Traditions        529
Individuality and Personality        539

Conclusion                553
Glossary                555
Selected Bibliography        565

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    Here is a book that gives you six of the major astrological systems and how they work. Fairly comprehensive in every area, even the beginner will benefit from this book. At a time when various systems of astrology are being merged and various divinition systems are being merged, this book is a pioneering work in that direction. Any serious student of astrology should read this book. Even the curious can find something here. One of the better books on astrology in general.

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