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The Principles of Astrology Paperback – June 1, 2009
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About the Author
Charles E.O. Carter (1887 - 1968) was the most outstanding British astrologer of the 20th century. After the death of Alan Leo, Carter ran Leo's Astrological Lodge at the Theosophical Society, from 1920 to the 1952. He was first Principal of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, which he helped found in 1948. He edited The Astrologer's Quarterly from 1926 until 1959.
During his lifetime, most of his books were published by the Theosphical Society, which, in the decades following his death, steadily faded. There was a time, not too many years ago, when Carter's books, excellent though they are, were hard to get. Some were out of print. They are all now back.
Carter's books, penetrating & full of unique insights, are ideal for intermediate & advanced astrologers. They are, in fact, virtually in a class by themselves. Instead of a book on synastry, or forecasting, or horary or elections, Carter's books are organic wholes. Instead of treating aspects in one chapter, signs in another, and planets in a third, Carter shows how individual astrological factors combine to create living, breathing people. For example, Carter tells us that a cardinal grand cross has one sort of effect if it falls in succedent houses, quite another if it falls angular. It is this constant interplay of factors, and Carter's brilliant, lucid exposition, that makes his books so precious.
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Carter was an astrological genius who excelled like no other in human observation welded to celestial correlation. Born with an Aquarius Sun in an applying waxing trine to retrograde Uranus in Libra, it is no small coincidence that this book has seen its resurrection as his posthumous progressed Sun perfected its waning trine to that natal Uranus.
The Jupiter-Neptune conjunction of late May 2009, right as this book went to press, was exactly conjunct Carter's chart ruler, Venus, in 26 degrees of Aquarius.
For the beginning and intermediate student of astrology, there is no finer treatise than this. The opening chapter covers Astrology and its Subject Matter and therein one finds a succinct summary of the Sun, Moon and planets, the signs, the houses, and the nature of the astrological aspects.
Chapter Two on The Erection of the Horoscope is especially valuable in today's astrology as nearly all new students of this celestial science start out calculating their horoscopes with astrology software, or doing so on-line at astrology web sites. This chapter introduces the student to the tools of the trade from years gone by - the Ephemeris, the Tables of Houses, and the Atlas showing the world's time zones.
Chapters Three, Four and Five enlighten the reader with insightful and detailed essays on The Sun, Moon, and Plants (3), The Qualities, Elements, and Signs (4), and The Houses (5). One will discover in these chapters original underpinnings for the modern textbooks written by contemporary authors in the field since the 1970s. Why not get it straight from the author upon whom the others work was built?
The next two chapters are the heart and soul of Carter's masterpiece. The Judgment of the Horoscope: Character (6) and The Judgment of the Horoscope: Destiny (7) are unsurpassed in their treatment of character (including delineations of the planets in the signs), assessment of moral status, understanding temperament, and determining intellectual abilities. A table summarizing the effects of the aspects rounds out Chapter Six.
In his next chapter on Destiny, the crossroads of free will and fate that lie at the center of astrological inquiry are examined with a thoroughness that will delight the reader with its wide ranging considerations. Health and death; relatives, marriage and friends; vocation and finance; accidents and violent deaths; parents and children; travel; and religion, mysticism, and occultism are all addressed in a comprehensive way that allows the student to begin to 'think astrologically' - perceiving the real and tangible connections between the building blocks of the astrological language - planets, signs, houses and aspects. This is precisely what makes the book so valuable.
The remaining chapters include Examples of Delineation (8); Personal Appearance (9) - wherein the twelve rising signs are covered more accurately and succinctly than in any other astrology book; Prognostication (10) - with transits, secondary progressions, primary directions, and rectification being introduced; Horary and Electional Horoscopes (11); and concluding with Chapter Twelve on Theoretical Considerations - in which a philosophical examination of free will and fate is found.
A Bibliography and an Index are also contained within.
Charles Carter was the 'best of the best'. The refined, spiritual qualities of his remarkable intellect, combined with his practical style of writing, puts him in a class of his own as an astrological author. One can never go wrong in reading his books.
- Robert P. Blaschke