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Interpreting the Horoscope

One of Seven Courses in the Astrology Series

This is the eighth course in the Twenty-One Brotherhood of Light Course series by C. C. Zain on the Hermetic Sciences, Astrology, Alchemy, Tarot, Kabbalah and the Occult.

A horary chart is a map of the mental factors active in the mind at the time and place a question is asked. This branch of astrology is used to discern the nature of the past, present, and future of the matter inquired about. This book is suitable for beginning, intermediate and advanced students of astrology. It provides a complete treatise on Horary and Electional astrology, in addition to providing the basic technical aspects of chart delineation.

The first two chapters provide the beginning or intermediate student with all the important concepts for interpreting any horoscope: natal or horary, and are required reading for the more advanced courses in natal astrology. Chapters/Manuscripts three through five teach the student how to interpret a horary chart erected to answer a particular question posed by the querent. Chapter six covers Electional astrology and teaches the student how to select the best time for any undertaking. The final two chapters cover the technical aspects of calculating a horoscope and constructing an astrological chart.

This course is often chosen by beginning students of astrology for its technical lesson “How to Erect a Horoscope” as well as for its clearly organized system for judging any astrological chart.

Study questions are included.

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Click here for a pdf file of the study questions for this Course.

Note to Students:

This course was originally designed in the early 20th Century, a time when the mathematics and tools referenced in this text were so basic they were familiar to elementary school children. Because of this, chapters 7 and 8 reference what are likely to be unfamiliar mathematical techniques and concepts such as Tables of Houses, Ephemerides and Logarithm charts.

Since this course was designed by C. C. Zain in the early 20th century, the Aquarian Age—beginning in 1881—has rushed ahead with the development of sophisticated technology. Today, students have access to electronic calculators, replacing the cumbersome tools and mathematics that were familiar to students until the 1970s. Beyond that, computer-generated chart programs render a higher degree of reliability and accuracy than hand-calculated charts that are vulnerable to human error. For these reasons, students are no longer expected to demonstrate facility with erecting or calculating a chart.

When taking the Final Exam for this course, students are not expected to produce any of the chart calculations referenced or discussed in this Course. The material remains in the course for reference.

Beyond the math, there is a great deal of experience and astrological observation that has gone into the development of the Hermetic System of Astrology. With its emphasis on “scientific” astrology, we think the Hermetic System offers a credible alternative to astrological systems that are used primarily as a psychic tool. An astrological chart used as a psychic tool can be useful to some but it can be unreliable and subject to the sensitivities of the user. We think the information contained in this course and the other six astrology courses offered in these 21 Courses form the foundation for greater proficiency and reliability for any student of astrology and will help them to establish a true North in their astrological practice.

As for our philosophy for future coursework—to be offered as addendums to the original 21 courses—we think it is important to create courses on how to hand-calculate charts for those who are inclined. Such coursework should be designed around the modern tools that are conveniently available to everyone. While we do not currently offer this course we will in the future.

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