Annual Predictive Techniques of the Greek, Arabic and Indian Astrologers
Predictions for each year of life go back to the earliest times of Hellenistic astrology and were elaborated by the Persian and Arabic astrologers, who emphasized the revolution of the nativity, known today as the solar return. From the medieval Arabic-speaking world, these annual predictive techniques spread eastward into India and westward into Latin Europe, where they continued to evolve. For the first time, this book draws together material on annual predictions from ancient and medieval authors writing in Greek, Arabic and Sanskrit, and to a lesser extent Hebrew and Latin, demonstrating the techniques with a wealth of present-day example charts.
After introducing the principles and historical background of the techniques, Annual Predictive Techniques devotes separate chapters to practical illustrations of the use of primary directions and profections together with transits at the time of the revolution (the birthday). It then demonstrates how to integrate them step by step with the figure of the revolution, or solar return chart. The final chapter discusses various methods for subdividing a year and identifying times of major importance. The book includes an appendix with software settings for calculating primary directions in the traditional way, as well as formulae for those who prefer to make their own calculations, and a glossary of astrological terms in several languages.
Annual Predictive Techniques of the Greek, Arabic and Indian Astrologers (published by The Wessex Astrologer) is available now from online booksellers such as Amazon. Click here to read free samples from two chapters of the book.
Reviews of Annual Predictive Techniques
The Astrological Journal, May/June 2021: The author is both historian and astrologer and combines simplicity of explanation with deep knowledge of the source material – a combination of clarity and erudition rarely encountered. It is obvious that he has practised the techniques extensively and is generous in sharing his findings over what works best […] I felt I was being guided by a tutor rather than being simply given the material. If you enjoy reading about astrological techniques, and the history of astrology, you will love this book. A copy should grace every astrologer’s bookshelf.
The Mountain Astrologer, June/July 2021: Although Gansten describes a cohesive method, there are a plethora of tips offered throughout the text that the reader can try out, regardless of how far one has assimilated the entire approach. […] As a testament to Gansten’s clarity as a teacher: I understand only some applications of traditional astrology. Although I read Annual Predictive Techniques rather quickly for review, I followed his thinking and examples and will certainly return for further investigation.