Study Traditional Astrology Techniques
Urania, Muse of Astronomy
L'astronomia popolare, N.C. Flammarion, 1885
Study Traditional Astrology - techniques and history - with master astrologer Demetra George. Demetra's teaching is centered, clear and very accessible. Her passion for history and mythology provides a rich tapestry for the unfolding of your astrological understanding.
The foundations of western horoscopic astrology took shape during the Hellenistic Era, and over a period of 600 years hundreds of astrological texts were written in Greek and Latin by authors from the many lands surrounding the Mediterranean Basin. The founders of astrology include Hermes, Manilius, Teucer, Dorotheus, Valens, Antiochus, Ptolemy, Porphyry, Firmicus Maternus, Hephaistio of Thebes, Paul of Alexandria, and Rhetorius of Egypt.
In following centuries, astrology disappeared in the West. With the fall of the Roman Empire knowledge of Greek was lost and the texts could no longer be read. In addition, astrological divination was outlawed by the Christian Church. Some of these texts made their way to India, Persia, and the Islamic Empire where they were translated into other languages and the doctrines adapted to the new host cultures. However due to errors of omission and error as well as innovation of new ideas, the kind of astrology that was reintroduced into Europe during the 12th century translations into Latin was of a different breed than the Hellenistic formulations. A number of the original texts were copied by monks onto manuscripts during the Byzantine era, but for the most part they lay buried and forgotten in the archives of monasteries, museums, and private collections.
In the early 1900’s a group of European scholars headed by Franz Cumont initiated a projected to collect the astrological manuscripts from libraries and museums all over the world and to create critical editions of the major texts. This project, the Catalog of Greek Astrological Codices (CCAG), took fifty years to complete. Beginning in the 1980’s a number of American astrologers undertook the mission to translate these texts and others from Greek and Latin into English.
As a result, the astrological community now has the majority of its original foundation texts all together in the English language for the first time since they were composed almost 2000 years ago. It is now possible to study, learn, and understand how astrology was conceptualized and practiced at the beginning of the tradition. Each time that the Hellenistic Greek texts have been translated into other languages, it has sparked a renaissance of astrological thinking. You are invited participate in this rare, special, and exciting opportunity that is being presented to astrologers at the dawn of the 21st century to connect with your tradition.
Demetra has been translating, reconstructing, and teaching traditional astrology for twelve years. She offers a program of personalized individual tutoring that will assist you in learning not only the basic doctrines of traditional astrology, but also how to integrate them with your practice of modern psychological astrology.
Brian Clark interviews Demetra George about the insights and lessons she's learned after a life lived in pursuit of astrological knowledge. Recorded at the FAA Astrology Conference 2010 in Brisbane, Australia.