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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (May 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892812508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892812509
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I think this book will give insight into working knowledge of a highly useful doctrine that is virtually ignored during the modern times." (Shankjerprasad S. Bhatt, author of Prayers of all Religions of the World)

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ASTROLOGY

The Arabic Parts in Astrology

A Lost Key to Prediction
Robert Zoler


Dating from antiquity, the doctrine of the Arabic parts has been virtually lost to Western astrological practice since the 17th century. In his book, Robert Zoller retrieves this valuable key to prediction and provides a clear and simple guide to its practical application.

The Arabic parts enable the astrologer to investigate the “inner” meaning of the horoscope and thus to go beyond the “outer” aspects expressed by the arrangement of the planets, signs, and houses. The first section of the book explains how fate, or karma, can be understood through the parts and the esoteric nature of number. The second section includes a translation of the 13th-century Latin text on the parts by the famed court astrologer, Bonatti; this work includes the basic ninety-seven parts, dealing with all areas of life--from war, commodities speculation, and professional life to marriage and partnerships--in addition to the seventy-three parts from various medieval sources.

In the third section of the book, the author illustrates the practical use of the parts in natal, horary, and mundane astrology. His understanding of the parts and their place in a comprehensive interpretation of any horoscope is presented with lucidity and insight , unraveling for the reader this fascinating and long-neglected astrological science.

Customer Reviews

Most of them, in fact.
James, Jonathan
If everything in this book is true, then oh my.
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A most interesting and understandable book.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher Streeter on December 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
While I have greatly appreciated this particular work, I feel it deserves four stars instead of five. I would like to give it five stars, but if someone thought that he would all of a sudden comprehend the use of Arabic parts by reading this book, he will be sadly mistaken. I think it should either be renamed, reworked, or both.

In Zoller's defense however, it is a great scholarly work. Even so, it pales in comparison with his current understanding of medieval astrological methods. He is the world's foremost authority on the subject, but since the book was written nearly twenty years ago, his understanding has greatly advanced since its first publication. Moreover, I have serious doubts that he would mention the modern planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) in an updated version, as he has in this one.

The work attempts to do several things at the same time. First, it is in large measure a translation of Guido Bonatti's 13th century work, "Liber Astronomiae." Second, Zoller tries to bridge the gap between the modern astrological mind and the medieval one. Third, he gives practical applications. Since older methods were not that well known at the time he wrote this work, I think it was difficult for him to know how to approach his end goal.

Moreover, his having to jump back and forth between Bonatti's medieval sentence structure and modern thought makes it tough on the reader because sometimes Bonatti is teaching you and other times, it is Zoller. I would rather he paraphrased the translation and put it into his own words in order to create consistency.

At the time that he wrote this work, few if any astrologers practiced older methods. In this regard, Zoller was a pioneer who took a step backwards in order to move other astrologers forward.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 10, 1996
Format: Paperback
For the intermediate to advanced student, or the professional astrologer looking for new predictive techniques, why not try the "old" ways? The author leads you into the world of sensitive points that indicate marriage, daring, brothers and sisters, parents, and many other interesting subjects. For those with a gambling nature, there is a section on speculation and commodity variations.

This is a scholarly translation of Latin material with easy to follow directions for finding the various parts, many charts, and an extensive look at the philosophy behind the parts themselves. Some of the best ancient astrologers are quoted here, among them, Al-Biruni, Guido Bonatti, Marcus Manilius, and Masha'allah.

Among the few books of this nature, this is the clearest, providing much information and understanding.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James, Jonathan on February 9, 2001
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Many 20th century astrological treatise ignore its history. Most of them, in fact. When I started reading Robert's book I became intrigued. Here was an approach to the world that was based on a scholar's research into the ancient sciences. So, I kept on reading. I discovered a world of wisdom and science I had believed was lost. It was a simple, yet technical approach. It was rigorous, yet accurate. It opened the door to astrological prediction. Most of all, it inspired me to dig and learn. It's a good prelude to Robert's online course.... . . If you want to dig and find answers, instead of glossing over the details with "feel good" language, Zoller's work is a wonderful place to begin.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Travers on June 7, 2008
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Let me start by saying that this is not a beginner's book and is not intended to be. Secondly, this is not about Arabic astrology, but rather about Arabic influence on European astrology. In this book you will not learn how to prepare horoscopes or how to do basic interpretation.

Instead this book is about advanced techniques of astrology from the European Renaissance, and in the process covers theoretical ideas no longer a part of modern Astrology. I found the book extremely valuable and well thought out.

Advanced astrologers and people studying Rennaisance philosophy should get this book. Others probably won't find much value.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Mccord on April 5, 2005
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This is NOT a good book if you're looking for a quick reference and interpretation of the parts that you see listed everywhere. You will have to know almost all of your astrological terms to figure out the formulas, because there isn't a table listing Bonatti's parts. But if you are an advanced astrologer, this book lists and describes some very interesting parts that can still be used in natal and horary astrology. A description of how to take the formula as well as definitions for the following parts are included: The parts of the 7 planets, parts of the 12 houses (each house has more than 1 part associated with it) and also other parts such as parts pertaining to crops and other things. Again, if you're advanced, this is a good book to have it your collection of reference material.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By StarWriter on July 5, 2005
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Publications on the Arabic Parts are few and far between. This a well-researched classic. It is a scholarly work and a must-have for any serious student or practitioner of astrology.
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