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Selected Extracts from 'Introductions to Astrology: Abu Ma'Shar & Al-Qabisi', by Benjamin Dykes

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Introductions to Traditional Astrology is Benjamin Dykes' translation of two classic introductory works: Abu Ma'shar's Abbreviation of the Introduction to Astrology, and al-Qabisi's Introduction to Astrology. It also includes numerous passages from Abu Ma'shar's Great Introduction (previously unpublished in English) and other medieval astrologers on interpretating traditional concepts. Ben has generously provided the PDF extract below which features 21 pages of material from various sections of the book. Over the next few months we will also serialise more extracts from this important work, with Ben's translation of the passages on 'Planetary Signatures' from Abu Ma'Shar's Great Introduction. For purchase details, follow the link to Ben's own website in the image of the book title below.

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Benjamin N. Dykes PhD received his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has eight years' experience as a college instructor, concentrating on the ancient and medieval philosophy that informs much ancient and medieval astrology, and many years' experience in ritual practice in the Western Mystery Tradition, including the Golden Dawn, Wicca, and Thelema.

Since earning his Diploma of Medieval Astrology studying with Robert Zoller, Ben has been active in translating and publishing works that focus upon medieval astrological techniques. His own text, Using Medieval Astrology is available through his website at In additional to Introductions to Astrology: Abu Ma'Shar & Al-Qabisi Ben has also recently translated three volumes on Persian Nativities, The Book of Astronomy by Guido Bonatti and The Works of Sahl and Masha'allah.

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