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A Medieval Toolkit: Using Traditional Techniques in Your Own Practice
Speaker: Chris Mitchell / United Kingdom
As modern astrologers, we’re used to drawing up charts in seconds on a computer, and using numerous techniques, outer planet transits and a psychological language to work with our clients. Ours is a rich and subtle art. How, then, did medieval astrologers manage with just seven planets and five aspects? How did a society that saw the Black Death manage without Pluto? Was theirs simply a limited cut-down version of what we have available to us in modern astrology?
In this talk, we’ll look at some of the richness of medieval astrology. Despite the lack of outer planets and modern techniques, medieval astrologers had a surprisingly large toolkit of methods lost to modern astrology: dignity, almutens, Arabic Parts, lunations and profections, to name but a few. The recent resurgence of modern translations of ancient texts mean these fascinating methods have been rediscovered, so find out how you can use them today to enrich your own astrological readings.
Chris Mitchell has a PhD from the University of Leicester on the topic of medieval astrology and an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University College. He is a tutor on that MA course, now hosted at the University of Wales, and holds a diploma in Medieval Astrology from Astrologos. He has been actively involved in promoting and teaching astrology since the 1990s, is on the boards of the Astrological Association, the Association of Professional Astrologers International (APAI), and the International Association of Ethics in Astrology (IAEA), and has given talks to groups and conferences in Europe and the US. He is the author of “England’s First Astrology Book”, and was the joint recipient of the Charles Harvey Award for Exceptional Service to Astrology in 2021.