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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Apprentice Books (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953977439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953977437
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,861,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Sandokan on June 15, 2012
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Like most people absorbed into this modern materialistic culture, when I first heard about horary astrology, my reaction was - "for God's sake girl, do I look like a damned fool, I'd sooner believe the earth was flat and pigs can fly".

This book proved me COMPLETELY wrong, and my appreciation of God and the mystery of the cosmos was all the better for it.

I was a total novice when i finally picked up this book at the incessant pestering of my girlfriend. She had showed me some creepily accurate information about things she in no possible way had direct knowledge of, about 85% correct in her assessment. So I was intrigued. Then she recommended I read this book - together with one other Hellenistic Astrology book that was so technically complicated I almost had an aneurysm - and try out the exercises for myself.

Within two weeks, one day at a time, The Horary Textbook opened my mind to an option in life I had never, ever thought to be possible. And John Frawley presented the material in a way that a totally disbelieving (even aggressively disbelieving) self-absorbed "rationalist" could easily test the veracity of this oh-so-simple art. And by God, it worked. 85% of the time.

I'd like the reader to ponder that for a minute. Within two weeks, a total fool like me was able to make those creepily accurate predictions (85% of the time) my girlfriend used to freak me out with. And all based on clear, concise, straighforward rules that John Frawley lays out in a fun, easy-to-understand, and immediately-applicable way.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Roy on February 8, 2008
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Any student of any form of astrology needs to have John Frawley's books in their libraries. John's astrology is developed strictly from the Arabic/European tradition and is centered around the work of William Lily. The source material, however, is not what makes this (or any of his others) a great book, or what makes John a great astrology teacher.

John's clarity, focus, philosophical integrity and humor make his work stand out. He is able to present the "same 'ol stuff" in such a way that it seems fresh and exciting. His books are not so much about astrology as they are about how to be a good, reliable astrologer.

His work has upped the ante for astrological writing, and by the time his books on the fixed stars and natal astrology hit the market, certain publishers may have to redefine their writer's guidelines. I think this is a good thing, because some of them need to admit that they consider almost anything acceptable if it has a good title and something new in it, and others need to send their editors to English classes.

I don't agree with all of his viewpoints, but hey, that's OK: that's why Plato wrote dialogs rather than monologues. It makes me feel good to know that there are fellow astrologers like John out there, because his is the kind of work that honors the profession and the tradition.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Wong on September 3, 2007
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John Frawley is one of the most outstanding contemporary astrologers employing traditional astrology in modern time. This book acts as an introductory text on Horary Astrology. Reading this book will help students to enjoy Lilly's Christian Astrology better. Many concepts have been re-discovered in this book, such as Antiscia, Contrantiscia and Receptions. This book does not cover the same area as C.A. does. Nevertheless, it does provide some useful informations such as the House for primary school, university, the phone-calls, TV, sport betting and so on. I find that some areas are not covered enough. For example, only half the page is contributed to Almuten. Robert Zoller uses one whole audio tape to explain Almuten. Using astrology to predict future is nothing new amongst Chinese astrologers. Getting a western astrologer to write a book in prediction is a big step forward.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Yuzuru I. Abreu on February 23, 2010
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Another user says that "What do we learn that is not, for instance, sometimes even better delineated, in the three books of William Lilly "Christian Astrology" of the 17th century? Not much indeed; the added value is very small". That is not correct. The added value of the book is very high.

Any real reader of Christian Astrology knows that the reading is difficult and many times the rules are confusing and don't make much sense. If you agree with Frawley or not (I disagree in many things) he is using his own point of view and his experience. In no way it is simply a copy/paste version of earlier work. In fact, is the exact opposite, as Frawley's work is so idiosyncratic. I, for instance, would advise the novice reader of horary astrology to disregard the entire chapter on "reception" because this is not the approach on traditional horary astrology.

The presentation is not tedious, very otherwise. But I suppose you can't please everyone.

Although I disagree with Frawley in many points, THT is one of the best books on the market without a doubt because of the authors experience with the topic and his clear way of explaining. Readers are only advised to not take all at face value and use their own discretion.
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