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Astrologia Gallica Book 21

by Jean-Baptiste Morin

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I wouldn't recommend tackling this book unless you're committed to learning traditional astrology. It's not a horrible book by any means, but I found it difficult to read from cover to cover. Which I'm glad I did anyway, to get a better sense of what topics Morin covers. In our age of bullet-point presentations, Morin's style can seem rambling and oddly organized, but he goes over a lot of material in this one little volume. Despite being Book 21 of the Astrologia Gallica, this is the book you should start with, because this is where Morin explains the basics. Indeed, if you want to jump right in to the heart of this book, I suggest skimming Section I and the first chapter of Section II, mostly to get a feel for Morin's terminology, and settle down with Section II Chapter II: A single planet in a house. I don't normally advocate skipping large chunks of a book, but I figure there's a practical consideration here. None of Morin's explanations will do readers any good if those readers burn out trying to make it through the first section.

So why read this at all? Because Morin has a lot to say about interpreting a chart: one planet in a house, multiple planets in a house, how to balance the influence of a planet in a house with that of the planet that rules the house, and on and on and on. He admits there's a lot to keep track of—with Morin, astrology is truly more of an intuitive art than a science. There are books by modern authors that use Morin's work, and I think they'll be useful in helping me get the most out of this—but I'm glad I've got the original as well. ( )
  Silvernfire | Jan 1, 2013 |
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This book is an English translation of Book 21 of the Astrologia Gallica, in which Morin sets forth his method of horoscope interpretation. In the first section of the book he reviews the methods of other astrologers and explains why they are insufficient. In the second section he explains his own method, which is both different from and superior to the traditional methods. Morin was a physician who became the most renowned of all French astrologers. He was appointed Royal Mathematician to King Louis XIII and was summoned to be present at the birth of the royal heir, the future King Louis XIV. His master work, the Astrologia Gallica, was published in Paris in 1661. It consists of a Preface and 26 individual books in the scholarly Latin of the 17th century. Many of these Books are now available in English translation, but Book 21 should be read first as it contains the fundamental explanation of the Morin method. Richard S. Baldwin made this English translation directly from the Latin text.

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