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by Martin Gansten

Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique download ebook
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1902405390
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978-1902405391
Author:
Martin Gansten
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The Wessex Astrologer Ltd (July 6, 2009)
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Martin Gansten, traditional astrologer and historian of astrology. Primary Directions: Astrology’s Old Master Technique. Dr Benjamin Dykes: Your book on primary directions is one of the best astrology books I’ve read in years!.

Martin Gansten, traditional astrologer and historian of astrology. Astrological readings, courses and articles on astrology east and west. The technique known today as primary directions is one of the most ancient and renowned methods of astrological forecasting, and also one of the most powerful. really the best book ever written on primary directions. Christopher Warnock: Primary Directions is an excellent introduction to what Martin rightly pinpoints as a key natal timing technique.

Martin Gansten wrote a very useful introduction to the ancient and often neglected astrological subject of primary directions. The book has a practical, didactic and very readable (e. g. big enough type face) layout and includes the often 'forgotten' Glossary, Index and Bibliography as well as helpful Appendices. For anyone who wants a straightforward explanation of primary directions this is the book for you. As an added benefit the author throws in an excellent overview of the history of this important technique. If you've never studies primary directions or if you have struggled with them this is the place to start.

This is an authorised extract from the forthcoming book Primary Directions: Astrology’s Old Master Technique by. .Skyscript is pleased to offer a preliminary airing of chapter 1 of Martin Gansten's eagerly awaited Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique.

Skyscript is pleased to offer a preliminary airing of chapter 1 of Martin Gansten's eagerly awaited Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique. Finally, astrologers can look forward to a text on primary directions which understands the confusions of beginners, whilst dealing with the arguments of experts.

To understand the Old Masters of astrology, we must understand primary directions

To understand the Old Masters of astrology, we must understand primary directions. Students of traditional astrology have often been deterred by overly mathematical presentations from approaching the important subject of directions.

For students of primary directions, Gansten’s observations on the efficacy of competing methods are helpful when sorting through the myriad of computational choices. But in a book whose focus is a history of primary directions, the author’s preferences might have been better reserved for treatment in a separate chapter (or a separate volume) which separates results of empirical tests versus a discussion of the methods themselves.

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Martin Gansten: Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique. Wessex Astrologer, 206 pages, 2009. Notes and References. There is a bit of maths in Kolev's presentation, but this is unavoidable if you want to get a good understanding of the subject. Some people also use converse directions, moving them in the opposite direction. php?title Primary Direction&oldid 9403".

As a graduate of Martin Gansten's PDDC (Primary Directions Diploma Course), I've followed most of the conventions laid out in his course and his book: "Primary Directions: Astrology's Old Master Technique". It's the only program that I know of that automatically calculates traditional converse and neo-converse directions without the need for switching significator and promissor selections. What makes this primary directions unit unique is attention to historical accuracy by astrological author.

Primary Directions in Ancient Astrology. While primary directions are over-hyped, they are an important addition to the astrologer’s predictive toolbox. They also have their origins in Hellenistic astrology and were popular in Persian medieval astrology. Directions through the bounds and directions to angles, especially the Ascendant, were the earliest types of directions used. Bournemouth, England: The Wessex Astrologer Ltd.

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This comprehensive study explains the principles of primary directions in an accessible form, illustrating them by practical examples. The source draws on many original texts to outline the historical origins and development of the technique.
Reviews:
  • Malodor
One of the few new books dealing with Primary Directions, this book covers the topic thoroughly and realistically. It discusses the theory and spatial relationships of the ecliptic, equator and different means of measuring planets' locations, and expands the discussion of primary directions to cover many 'authorities' who have used them in various ways. As Martin Gansten points out, there are no magic bullets when it comes to understanding a person's life through astrology, but Primary Directions are a considerable help. You'll have to experiment with what combination of planets and directions (zodiacal or mundane; direct and/or converse) work for you, but it will reward you with insights into your own life and a better understanding of how to use Primary Directions.

Gansten endorses the Morinus software that covers calculation of Primary Directions, and I agree that this is a useful and functional, as well as fast program that complements the book well.
  • Stoneshaper
Prof. Martin Gansten wrote a very useful introduction to the ancient and often neglected astrological subject of primary directions. The book has a practical, didactic and very readable (e. g. big enough type face) layout and includes the often 'forgotten' Glossary, Index and Bibliography as well as helpful Appendices. He also clearly stated that he uses a sidereal zodiac (Krishnamurti precession factor) and the Alcabitius semi-arc house system.

Prof. Gansten occasionally emphasises a very valid basic point that modern astrology should really take to heart: the geometric proliferation of astrological points, methods, calculations and predictive tools since the beginning of the Renaissance (concurrent to the population explosion of the human species - reviewer's comment). Have the accuracy and reliability of astrological analyses and, most importantly, predictions increased in the same proportions? The answer is, alas, a resounding 'No'! On the contrary, many modern astrologers limit astrology to psychology and either deny it any predictive capabilities or state that such are unethical violations of 'free will'. Prof. Gansten correctly implies that fewer but more effective astrological tools will serve better than cluttering horoscopes with even more 'confetti'.

The great weakness of the book - and of nearly all books on astrology - is the lack of statistical corroboration of its hypotheses. A few charts are by far insufficient. If the mathematical tools of algebra, geometry and trigonometry are indispensable to astrology, why not statistics? Of course some astrologers argue that, as an intuitive art rather than a science, astrology is exempt from statistics. If that be the case, why not rely entirely on vital, infallible new age 'channelled' clairvoyant intuition? Astrologers should not, therefore, be surprised that scientific recognition of their discipline is rare even amongst open-minded people. Writing and selling books is probably more lucrative than the Saturnine drudgery of carefully setting premises, extracting and evaluating the relevant data from a sample of say 240 randomly selected genitures.

Prof. Gansten apparently generally prefers pre-Renaissance methods. This has given rise to a long review of this book published on line by Dr. H. of Regulus Astrology, mostly concerned with the refutation of Prof. Gansten's few remarks about Dr. H.'s first book, A Rectification Manual: The American Presidency. As the style has not been polemic, the student of primary directions hopes that Prof. Gansten and Dr. H., who both consider themselves to be traditional astrologers, will in the future resolve open issues and publish the results.
  • Banal
For anyone who wants a straightforward explanation of primary directions this is the book for you. As an added benefit the author throws in an excellent overview of the history of this important technique.

If you've never studies primary directions or if you have struggled with them this is the place to start.
  • Gtonydne
I'm a professional astrologer and I love very technical books. This is the first good book I read on Primary Directions! Very comprehensive, well written, a must-have.
  • Keath
This book arrived in today's mail and after reading the first few pages I couldn't put it down until I had finished. That's saying a lot about a technical astrology text. The author considers the subject of primary directions, a key predictive factor in traditional astrology, and breaks it down into understandable chunks of information. His writing style is clear and easy to follow.

Having struggled over the years with the same primary sources that he quotes (Ptolemy, Placidus, Morinus, Lilly, etc.), I was delighted to find that Gansten was able to cut to the chase and present the gist of what these traditional authors had to say in such a painless fashion. He is a good teacher who knows his subject well. He addresses and dispells many of the myths about primary directions, such as the belief that they are better for timing than any other technique. He prefers the Naibod rate, which has also become my own preference after working with primaries over the years.

The reader should be aware that the author uses the sidereal zodiac, so some of the charts like that of Cardinal Ratzinger on page 78 took a little getting used to (since I am used to the tropical zodiac). The interpretation of primary directions varies with the zodiac you choose. For example, the ruler of the ASC or of the MC in one zodiac may be a different planet in the other one. When interpreting primaries, it is important to identify what the planets involved in the primary directions represent in the birth chart. Planets will often rule different houses and thus mean different things in the nativity when you switch between zodiacs. I found that when I recast the examples in this book in the tropical zodiac, the interpretation of the significance of the primary directions being discussed was quite different.

The author's review of astrological software is valuable. I believe that Janus 4 has corrected the problems with primaries that he mentions in their version 4.3, which produces the same results as the old DOS CCRS92 program by the Pottengers, which was how I calculated primaries for many years. It's unfortunate that Solar Fire does not allow one to calculate zodiacal primaries as Gansten describes them. One program he neglects to mention is Halloran's AstrolDeluxe, which has a primary directions feature.

For astrologers on a tight budget, I agree that Ed Fall's Astroframes is an excellent freeware program that accurately calculates Ptolemaic primaries (which I find to be the most reliable). I wish this book were available when I was writing my own on the Art of Forecasting using Solar Returns; it would have saved me a lot of bloodshot eyes and long hours reading through Ptolemy, Morinus, et al., trying to understand exactly what they were saying. Gansten's text fills a major gap in the English astrological literature. There is nothing that even comes close in explaining primary directions. It is a breath of fresh air and a volume that no serious astrologer should be without. Great job! Martin