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The Origins of the Significations of the Houses and Elements

At this month's meeting Chris Brennan will be presenting the results of a recent discovery about about origins of the significations of the houses and triplicities.

We had to cancel last month's meeting due to bad weather, so this is the same topic that was supposed to be presented in March.

Lecture description from Chris:

I recently submitted a paper for publication in the next ISAR Journal which demonstrates that there was a hidden construct underlying the foundations of western astrology, which provides the explanatory rationale for the significations of the houses, as well as the assignment of the four elements to the signs of the zodiac.

During this meeting I will demonstrate how the four elements came to be assigned to the signs, where the significations of the houses are derived from, and how a few other techniques and concepts are connected to this construct as well.

Although a decent bit of the discussion will be about the history and development of astrology, we will also be discussing some technical matters that are important to the practice of astrology as well.

Over the course of the meeting we will cover:

  • The origins of western astrology in Hellenistic Egypt in the 1st century BCE.
  • The origins of the significations of the 12 houses.
  • The rationale for sign rulerships in the Thema Mundi.
  • The "joys" of the planets.
  • A discussion of the four elements and how they came to be associated with the zodiac.
  • The triplicity rulers and their rationale.

This is a pretty big discovery, and I'm excited to share it with everyone in the group.

Handouts and RSVPing

Each attendee will receive a stack of handouts that contain diagrams and other material that is crucial for understanding the concepts presented in the lecture.

If you plan on attending then please RSVP, so that we know how many handouts to print and bring. We will definitely bring some extras, but if you don't RSVP then we can't guarantee that you will get a handout.

Lecture Fee

The fee for the lecture is $5.00.

Length of the Meeting

The meeting will start at 3:00 PM, and the lecture itself will probably go until about 4:30, with time for questions and discussions until about 5:00 PM. After that people are free to hang out and socialize in the cafe.

Note that the Mercury Cafe also serves brunch earlier in the day, so if anyone wants to come early, around 2:00 PM, there will probably be some other astrologers there having brunch.

Library Books

Just a reminder that the Denver Astrology Group now has a small library, and you can check books out from it at each meeting.

It is only $10 a year to sign up for the library, and you can check out 1 book at each meeting, and then you will have to return it at the next meeting the following month.

See our website for a complete catalog of all of the books currently available in the library:

If you would like us to bring a book to the meeting for you to check out then just send an email to Leisa at: [masked]

We will also be bringing a box of some of the best books from the library with us to the meeting, for those of you who would like to browse through them in person.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

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  • Sally S.

    The meeting was fascinating and so helpful in gaining a perspective on the Houses and Elements. It helps make sense of how the Elements and Signs evolved and gives one lots of things to ponder!

    April 14, 2013

  • John Michael A.

    An excellent and well-researched treatise, not unlike witnessing the discovery of the Rosetta Stone of Hellenistic astrology.

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well presented and interesting. There were several very intriguing points. Thanks

    April 14, 2013

  • Susan

    Wow, this was my first time to this meetup, and the research findings were quite interesting! I'm a beginning astrology student and this was very interesting to see where and how astrology developed in relation to elements and houses. Fantastic lecture, Chris!

    April 14, 2013

  • Paula V.

    This was fantastic! Thank you so much, Chris for sharing your research and findings with all of us. Very well organized and amazing new insights! Always a pleasure to hear you speak.

    April 13, 2013

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    April 13, 2013

  • Margaret E.

    I am looking forward to meeting more like minded people & learning more about our beloved astrology.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am eager to share thoughts with other astrologers.

    April 12, 2013

  • Eric S.

    Sorry, didn't know this was how to RSVP. Know now, thanks.

    April 10, 2013

  • Paula V.

    Looking forward to this! Thanks so much Chris!

    March 24, 2013

  • Nanette F.

    There will be NO SNOW

    2 · March 22, 2013

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