Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Phew! - That many combinations ?

Among the contents of a box of second-hand astrology books I bought on E-bay years ago was a slim, large format soft cover volume, published in 1951 by the American Federation of Astrologers: The 360 Degrees of the Zodiac by Adriano Carelli. I'm not at all blown away by the content or the author's style, as he puts each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac under a microscope, but I liked one of the rather lengthy footnotes at page 9. It enumerates and calculates the vast variety of combinations available from which a natal chart can be composed. So, being mathematically challenged myself, as well as too lazy to copy-type it all, I scanned it. (Click on images to enlarge).

It's not surprising then, that those silly tests performed by James Randi and others, who try to discredit astrology, are doomed to fail. They are based mainly on one element (Sun sign) from hundreds of thousands of possible combinations.


n.g. said...

greetings from bombay, india. i read up a few of your posts, actually the one about the sun-mercury-venus triad (because it's in my chart) and it made for pretty interesting reading. i was wondering, would you be able to help me with a query or two about my chart? it would be fantastic if you could, i'd really appreciate it. cheers, nish.

Twilight said...

n.g. ~~~ Hi there! Glad the posts proved interesting for you. :-)

I'd be glad to help if I can. I'm not a professional astrologer, but am always glad of some real-life practice.

You can send an e-mail to
if you'd rather do that than put your questions in a comment. :-)

Wisewebwoman said...

I can't read the text you posted, T, but get the gist.
These old books must provide a lot of fodder....

Twilight said...

WWW ~~ clicking on the images ought to enlarge them, I think - but perhaps it depends on individual circumstances. I did wonder about that. Oh well - I'll know not to do that again! :-)