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The Horary Textbook Paperback – March 1, 2005

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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,237,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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"Real" astrology is based on a world view held in the middle ages/Renaissance that the eternal things are "Real" and the life that we live here on this earth is merely the manifestation of the Real in the material world. Real astrology tells you the hard facts, No, you will not be hit by a bus today, or yes, you will be hit by a bus today. You can pin down Real astrology: was the astrologer correct or not correct?

The horary method (answering questions) is the spine and bones of Real Astrology. Frawley cannot start the book by handing you example charts or by recounting his own greatness in dealing with clients. He begins with explaining the tools of horary,and then he steps you through the houses, one at a time, so that you understand the types of questions that apply to each different house.

Frawley assumes the reader already knows a few basics of astrology, at least the modern basics. But he does explain the Real concepts of dignity and detriment, etc. His book is also entertaining to read, very witty.

John Frawley is really trying to help his reader THINK like an astrologer.

All that being said, I was a little disappointed to find that the REVISED EDITION is simply the original edition with highlighted notes added every few paragraphs to show new information or to inform the reader that Frawley has now changed his mind about what he wrote in the original and here is his updated opinion. I applaud him for his frankness in updating things. All astrologers will change some opinions on some things as they mature, but it can be a doggone nuisance to read three paragraphs, think you understand what he's saying, and then Frawley tells you he doesn't hold that opinion any more.
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HANDS DOWN, the most instructive, delusion-smashing, common-sense book on horary astrology out there. Puts every other author on the subject to abject shame. Frawley's strength is that he is a logical thinker, and logic is absolutely imperative in coming to correct astrological judgment, i.e., getting the right judgment for the right reasons. Other authors on horary throw so many rules, "could-be"s, and statements of dubious logic at the reader in coming to judgment that, it seems, anything could be true from any chart at any time. Frawley's logical (and, therefore, more simple) approach cuts through all that nonsense, with the benefit that he gets more detail and accuracy out of a chart than one would think possible. He is sui generis, a category of his own. I would give it 10 stars if I could. If I had to name a failing, it would be that it could benefit from additional complete charts and judgments. The author notes, however, that a companion volume called HORARY PRACTICE will be forthcoming in the future.
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