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New Book Release!

Sending you all the very best wishes for the New Year 2019. May it bring you good health, long life, prosperity, happiness, and success in your endeavors.

I am so happy that Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques (Volume One) is now released. A blessed New Year’s gift to me. It has taken many years to distill these teachings of our ancient astrological wisdom tradition. I thank my teachers, students, colleagues, and editor Dr. Aaron Cheak who participated with me in this process.

Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice

You can order the book here. The price is listed in New Zealand dollars. Your order will be converted to your currency.


Anticipating the book’s release in November, Chris Brennen and I recorded a conversation at that time for his Astrology Podcast. He aired it a few days ago and you can listen here

We will also be sharing a great little extract from the book entitled The First Five Steps in Learning Traditional Astrology on the Rubedo Press blog. Please share this announcement with anyone whom you think may be interested in this work in order to help spread the word.

The official publisher's announcement:

Rubedo Press is pleased to announce the official release of Demetra George’s new book, Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques (Volume One).

We know that many of you are very excited about this book, and we wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your support and your patience in the manifestation of this volume. It really has made the world of difference. Almost twenty years in the making, this work is the culmination of decades of research, translation, and practical application in the world of Hellenistic astrology. Richly illustrated with a wealth of exercises, tables, and diagrams, this volume skillfully harnesses the chart-reading techniques of the ancient world for the modern practitioner.

The purpose of Volume One is to provide a solid, detailed foundation for the practice of Hellenistic Astrology. It does this by laying down a series of rigorous methods for evaluating each planet in a birth chart through the lenses of classification (sect, gender, benefic/malefic), signs and rulerships (residences, reception, exaltation, trigons, bounds), the solar phase cycle (speed, direction, visibility, phase, phasis), lunar considerations (course, phases, bonding, nodes, bending, eclipses, prenatal lunation), and aspects (configurations, witnessing, testimony, bonification, maltreatment, adherence, overcoming, rays). Finally, it brings all of these factors together in a powerful synthesis that unlocks the layers of a chart with unrivaled precision.

A number of authorities on traditional astrology have stepped forward to offer their praise and testimony for Demetra’s work. Chris Brennan, author of Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune, writes:

This book provides a comprehensive overview of the techniques of what has come to be known as Hellenistic astrology, which was practiced in the Mediterranean region around the time of the Roman Empire. This is not meant to be a purely historical survey, but is instead designed with the intent of teaching contemporary astrologers how to use ancient astrology in practice. The goal of the book, then, is to help revive an astrological tradition that has been lost for centuries until now. […] In many ways this book represents the culmination of numerous threads in Demetra’s life, and the intersection of several paths that have made her uniquely qualified to help revive and teach ancient astrology.

Dr. Benjamin Dykes, one of the most prolific translators of the ancient Greek and Arabic textual traditions, comments:

Demetra George’s Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice is the culmination of decades of study and teaching in traditional astrology. In both the essence of the tradition and interpretive details, Demetra acts as Ariadne’s thread, guiding the student through the labyrinth of terminology and ideas. Her skill as a teacher comes through in each lesson, including the valuable exercises and examples, which help every student understand the beauty and richness of traditional astrology.

Because the book itself clocks in at over 600 pages, with almost a hundred specialized diagrams and copious tables, it required intensive proofing in its final stages. Our editing team put in a truly heroic effort to ensure that the volume was both conceptually accurate, and as error-free as possible. Although we would have liked to have released it sooner, everyone involved in the final production—Chris Brennan, Leisa Schaim, Demetra George, and myself—strongly felt that the final product, which is truly the culmination of a life's work, would be well worth the wait. We trust that you will agree.

Volume One of this two-volume work is now available, and pre-orders will be processed and shipped in the order that they were received. Regarding Volume Two, editing and layout will commence within the next few months, and we'll be sure to announce pre-order information, and a tentative publication date in 2019, as soon as those details congeal.

Order the New Book!

Here is my updated teaching schedule for 2019

Kepler Research Conference Jan 24-27, 2019 on Florida’s beautiful Space coast. I will be presenting on the Historical Development of the House Meanings along with a host of brilliant researchers doing cutting edge investigations. Autographed copies of Ancient Astrology will be available for purchase. Conference Link
Southern Oregon NCGR March 18, 2019 in Ashland, Oregon. Contact; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Washington State Astrologers Association (WSAA) May 11-13 in Seattle, Washington.

The Greek Mysteries Tour to Greece May 15-28, 2019. Join a group of intrepid astrologers and their friends on a traveling symposium to the sacred sites of Greece. Secure one of two remaining places; registration closes in early February.
NCGR National Conference August 30-Sept. 3, 2019 in Baltimore, MD.
Fourth Annual Hellenistic Astrology Retreat Sept. 26-30, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Details TBA.


Ceres and the Dramatic Story of Triplets Separated at Birth

Three Identical Strangers movieWe are now in the midst of the eclipse season summer. During solar eclipses, the dark starry heavens normally obscured by the broad light of day are suddenly and starkly revealed. Uncovering secrets from the past is one of the signatures of eclipses.

A few evenings ago, I witnessed one manifestation of this phenomenon in a viewing of the documentary Three Identical Strangers. This is a mesmerizing story about three identical triplets, separated shortly after birth, adopted by different families, randomly reconnected at the age of 19, and after a joyous reunion, the discovery of dark and disturbing circumstances surrounding their early life.

On June 29, 2018, the film was released for general theater viewing, foreshadowing the solar eclipse on July 12th at 20° Cancer that coincided with their birthday July 12, 1961.  Their story is being brought to light in darkened cinemas across the US.

Examining the chart of the world premiere of a film can yield insights into its impact upon the collective. The world premiere of Three Identical Strangers took place in January at the Sundance Film Festival. You can refer to this chart as well as the natal charts of the triplets in the following discussion (note: Three Identical Strangers world premiere; Jan 19, 2018, 12:30pm, Park City, UT).

Read more: Ceres and the Dramatic Story of Triplets Separated at Birth

Gaia Disrupted with Uranus in Taurus

Gaia statue

Uranus’ entry into Taurus is the big celestial event of the season that sets a tone for the next seven years. The planet steps into this earth sign accompanied by Mercury on May 15, just hours after a Taurus New Moon (view the chart). And it trines a stellium of planets in Capricorn. Ancient myth can give us some insights into what astrologers are describing as the planet that brings the biggest changes occupying the sign that is the most resistant to change.

Ouranos stands at the very beginning of many creation myths. According to the Theogony written by the poet Hesiod in the 8th century BCE, he is the God of Sky, envisioned as a solid brass dome decorated with stars. Each night he would lay over the reclining Earth Goddess Gaia, embodiment of Taurus. She gave birth to the mountains, sea, and the first race of gods called the Titans. Gaia then bore the Cyclops, the Giants, and the Hundred-handed Monsters all of whom Ouranos hated. He pushed his children back into Gaia’s body, refusing to let them see the light of day.

Earth groaned with pain and bid her youngest son wily Saturn who despised his lusty father to exact revenge. She gave him an iron sickle and when Ouranus came at night longing for love and spread himself over Gaia, Saturn castrated him. From the drops of blood fell that fell upon Earth there arose the Erinyes, the three serpent-clad Furies named Alekto, Megaira, and Tisiphone who hence pursued wrongdoers by driving them to insanity. The crimes that particularly summoned them were those against the parents, the elderly, and the vulnerable, and violation of the law of hospitality to strangers.

Read more: Gaia Disrupted with Uranus in Taurus

Super Saturn Renewal - A Saturnalia Solstice Message

SaturnaliaSending you all the very best wishes for the turning of year on this Winter Solstice. In the Northern hemisphere, the rebirth and increase of the Sun’s light signals the promise of the restoration of life, new beginnings, and renewal of hope. This Winter Solstice of 2107 might be said to be an especially potent and positive Super Saturn Renewal.

The ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, dedicated to the god Saturn, was celebrated during several days around the Winter Solstice when the Sun entered Capricorn. The Hellenistic astrological term loosing of the bond, which is used in the Zodiacal Releasing time lord technique, often indicates dramatic reversals in the direction of one’s life. This term is intimately connected with aspects of Saturn’s festival.

Read more: Super Saturn Renewal - A Saturnalia Solstice Message

Cycladic Era “Frying Pans” and Hellenistic Time Lords

Cycladic Era Frying PanBeginning in the 19th century, over 100 frying-pan shaped vessels that date to 4400 to 2000 BCE have been found on the Cycladic Greek islands and surrounding mainland areas. Until recently, archaeologists could not determine their use and the meanings of their inscriptions. New research suggests that these vessels depict a very advanced calendrical knowledge of the movements of the planets relative to their synodic cycles with the Sun.

This discovery has the potential to completely overturn the accepted chronology that the Greeks were not aware of the astronomical cycles of the planets until after the 6th century BCE when this knowledge was transmitted from Babylonians.  It suggests instead that the Greeks were aware of the periodicities and synodic cycles of the planets more than 2000 years earlier than previously thought. (For more info see: M. Tsikritsis, X. Moussas, and D. Tsikritsis, “Astronomical and Mathematical Knowledge and Calendars During the Early Helladic Era in Aegean ‘Frying Pan’ Vessels,” )

A planet’s synodic cycle is the amount of time it takes between one conjunction with the Sun and the next conjunction as seen from Earth. Various frying pans have grooves corresponding to the number of days of the synodic cycles for each of the planets. Small paint pots were found alongside many of them, suggesting that each day a groove was filled with paint and used as a calendar.

Read more: Cycladic Era “Frying Pans” and Hellenistic Time Lords

Mythic Asteroids in Wonder Woman

Demetra George Greece 2017

I have just returned from Greece where I participated in an exquisite international conference in Crete hosted by Hakan Kirkoglu. The ambiance, hospitality, and quality of teachings were over the top with special bonus lectures from leading academics in Crete about their astounding new research regarding the astronomical knowledge of the Minoan Civilization.

I then took a personal holiday exploring some off-the-beaten-path sites I had always been interested in. Here is photo of me at a remote Artemis site that overlooks the village where my paternal grandfather was born. I began dreaming of two new tours I’d like to organize in 2019 and 2020 -An Astrologer’s Pilgrimage to Greece and The Greek Mysteries. Let me know if you’d like to be on the advance mailing list for these events.

Before I left Greece, I saw the movie Wonder Woman, which took place in the mythic land of the Amazons. It reignited my interest in this area of ancient history and while traveling I read The Last of the Amazons by Steven Pressfield. The sculptural pediments of the Acropolis, Delphi, and Olympia were covered with the great battles between the Amazons and Greeks, recalling distant historical or legendary memories of their attack on Athens in the age of Theseus in order to retrieve their queen Antiope who had been abducted or seduced.

Read more: Mythic Asteroids in Wonder Woman

An Ancient Timing Technique that Still Carries Weight

Jacqueline Kennedy OnnasisThe most basic timing method used by almost every ancient astrologer was called the “minor years of the planets.” This method first appears in Babylonian astrology. According to this method, each planet has a “period,” a certain number of years that corresponds to times when it becomes active and brings forth its own events. This number is based upon the planet’s synodic recurrence cycle when it returns to the conjunction with the Sun at the very same degree of the zodiac as the previous time. This timing technique can be used on its own, in combination with ascensional times of the signs, or with other time lord procedures such as zodiacal releasing.

Here are a few simple examples of the predictive power of the technique. I will give the full teaching on this topic and other time lord procedures at my second annual Hellenistic Astrology Retreat this October 2017

Minor Years of the Planets Example - Venus

The minor years of Venus number eight. Sometime during our 8th year, each of us will experience the maturation of the Venus theme relative to the soul’s intention (Sun) as it is indicated in the natal chart. The condition and position of Venus in the natal chart points to how positive or difficult the experience will be. This will be a foreshadowing of all the future Venus-related events that are embedded in this timing procedure.

In the chart of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (July 28, 1929; 2:40 pm, Southampton, NY), Venus is located in Gemini in the 8th house of loss, death, and other people’s money. Venus is contrary to sect, it rules the 7th house of marriage and the 12 house of enemies and sorrows, and is maltreated by difficult aspects with both Mars and Saturn. At the age of 8, her parents separated. One of the causes was her father’s squandering of the reduced family fortune. During youth, a person is unlikely to be married, but if there is a marriage indicator, this will most often be reflected in the parents’ marriage as it affects the child. Note at her birth, the Sun at 5° Leo and Venus 22° Gemini; the synodic reoccurrence on her 8th birthday in 1937 had the Sun at 5° Leo and Venus at 22° Gemini.

Read more: An Ancient Timing Technique that Still Carries Weight

Moonlight, Chiron, and the Solar Eclipses

Moonlight filmA warm hello to everyone for the Spring Equinox this month, a time that ushers in dynamic fresh warming breezes and Persephone’s annual rebirth witnessed by the appearance of crocuses and daffodils sprouting from the cold winter earth. I am still immersed in finishing my workbook on ancient astrology, but before too much time had gone by, I wanted to share my observations concerning Moonlight, the film that won this year’s Academy Award 2017 for best motion picture.

Tony Howard has suggested that the chart of a movie can be taken from the time of its premiere showing. A recent conversation with Keith Murray asking what I thought about the significance of Chiron as the name of the main character in Moonlight reminded me that I had wanted to explore this symbolism in the astrological charts of the film and the actors.  I have long felt that artistic creations that resonate strongly with the collective express some universal archetype and the chart of the film is one way to access its deeper significance.

Look at the following chart for Moonlight’s world premiere showing on Sept 2, 2016 at 8pm at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado (whole sign houses). The presence of Chiron on the Ascendant within 2 degrees of orb is a striking testimony to the power that the names of celestial bodies that mark prominent positions in the chart have in shaping the story that is told.

Read more: Moonlight, Chiron, and the Solar Eclipses

Planetary Joys: The Third House Temple of the Moon Goddess

Moon lake by Manu JobstThe ancient texts called the 3rd house by the name Goddess, citing that it was the place where the Moon rejoiced. This correlation was part of a system where each planet was the joy of a particular house and the name of the house was connected to the planet that rejoiced therein. Mercury rejoices in the 1st house of Life; the Moon rejoices in the 3rd house of Goddess, Venus rejoices in the 5th house of Good Fortune; Mars rejoices in the 6th house of Bad Fortune; the Sun rejoices in the 9th house of God; Jupiter rejoices in the 11th house of the Good Daimon Spirit, and Saturn rejoices in the 12th house of the Evil Daimon Spirit. [1]

When a planet occupies the house of its joy, it was exceeding happy and predisposed to bring forth the best of its own qualities. Furthermore, many of the meanings of the houses arise from the nature of the planet that rejoices in it. [2]

Enter into the realm of the Moon Goddess and discover how she bestows many of her own qualities into the meanings of the 3rd house, including sacred rites and observances, dreams, and divination. For the most part, these spiritual topics have fallen out of contemporary understanding of this sector of human experience that lists the main significations as communications, short journeys, and siblings.

Read more: Planetary Joys: The Third House Temple of the Moon Goddess

September 2016 Newsletter

Jupiter in Libra: The Justice of Zeus

Ancient Coin ScalesThe themes of justice, law, order, equal rights legislation, and the Supreme Court will be highlighted during Jupiter’s passage through Libra imaged as the Scales of justice.  I am going to look to myth in order to speculate on these trends for this coming year from September 2016 to October 2017.

Mythological Zeus (Jupiter) was the King of the Heavens and supreme among the gods. He was venerated for bringing order, justice, and peace to the world after winning the Great War against the previous dynasty of Titan gods. In his benefic aspect, he shared his power, giving his brothers Poseidon (Neptune) and Hades (Pluto) rule over the Sea and the Underworld, as well as allotting other gods and goddesses their own titles, places of worship and share of offerings. Zeus mediated conflicts among the gods and handed down laws which he gave to kings to administer his justice among mortals.  He was the protector of oaths, of strangers, of suppliants, and of the law of host and guest. Those who broke an oath or injured a stranger offended the honor of Zeus and were punished by him, either in their own person or through their descendants. The assemblies of the people and the meetings of the council by which each city-state was governed were also under Zeus’ protection. 

In his fierce aspect, according to classicist Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Zeus defended the established order (i.e., the establishment) and he punished mortals whose injustices disturbed it. At the same time, he sternly repressed any attempts of men to rise above the humble place where they belong. (1) The sin of hubris was the greatest offense to Zeus, the excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods.

Read more: September 2016 Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter

Hellenistic Spear Bearers in the Chart of Bernie Sanders

Bernie SandersWe do not have a confirmed birth time for Bernie Sanders and I want to be very clear that I am not suggesting a birth time for him based upon an analysis of his chart and life.  I want to talk about the Hellenistic doctrines of spear-bearing bodyguards. And if Bernie was born between 2-2:30 am, he would have a chart that well illustrates the concept. In fact, it would be a chart worthy of a royal king.

The Hellenistic technique called doryphory, which translates as “spear-bearing bodyguards,” was used to identify notable nativities. It was based on the image of eminent figures accompanied and protected by a front line of spear-bearing body guards who preceded them and a rear guard of attendants who followed them in an entourage. The presence of doryphories in the chart signaled the birth of a royal personage.

Hellenistic authors (Antiochus, Porphyry, Paulus, Rhetorius) discussed three kinds of spear-bearing that involve patterns integrating sect, zodiacal rulerships, solar phase, aspects, and angularity – in short, all the paraphernalia of the Hellenistic toolbox.  In its full form the doctrine can be complicated and confusing, but I’ll do my best to lay it out as simply as I can. Sanders would have all three types if he had Cancer as his Ascendant, which coincidentally mirrors the archetypal thema mundi Cancer rising chart of the creation of the world.

Read more: June 2016 Newsletter

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