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The Horary Textbook Paperback – March 1, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I am not much in the Horary, but John Frawley is one of the bests!Published 7 months ago by Gabriella Mittelman
Incredible book written in a witty and whimsical manner. Prepare to study - no easy read, lots and lots of rules but worth the depth required to dive.Published 12 months ago by Marnie Jamieson
By far the best book on Horary Astrology. The revised material is clearly marked so that you don't have to try and figure out what has changed. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by MIchael Reese
I have read and studied this book and I must say that I found it simple, clear and exhaustive. I recommend it to all who want to deepen the study of horary astrology!Published on April 19, 2014 by Domenico Labate
The book is excellent. It is useful to any student or professional of horary astrology. John Frawley is really the best.Published on March 6, 2014 by maguibr
All you will read is the truth. It works. I'd like author's manner of writing. It will be interesting and for beginners and for advanced astrologists.Published on June 21, 2013 by Ilya Tiraspolskiy
Having studied astrology for many years I can say that this is easily the most clear, concise and valid introduction to traditional (or as the author quite rightly avers: 'real')... Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by Al