ForumOnAstrology presents
An Internet Conference
Three Days of Live Video Broadcasts
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
October 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2010
Ben Dykes
Dr. Benjamin Dykes is a leading medieval astrologer and translator who earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Illinois. He earned his medieval astrology qualification from Robert Zoller and taught philosophy courses at universities in Illinois and Minnesota.

He recently published a trilogy of traditional natal astrology, Persian Nativities. In 2010 he will publish The Book of the Nine Judges, a compilation of medieval horary texts from Arabic authors. In 2007-08 he translated Guido Bonatti's Book of Astronomy and the Works of Sahl & Masha' allah, on all branches of traditional astrology.

He currently offers the Logos & Light philosophy courses on MP3 for astrologers and occultists, and reads charts for clients worldwide.


  • Profections and transits
    Traditional astrologers combined several annual predictive techniques when looking at solar revolutions (solar returns). Among the most important of these were profections and transits. Profections were a staple of professional practice since antiquity, and are simple yet powerful tools for understanding annual trends. They involve choosing a "Lord of the Yea" which defines the general matters of the year, and an analysis of its condition, place, and aspects. And unlike modern practice, transits were not a primary or initial predictive tool: rather, transits were subordinated to, and understood in light of, other key planets such as the Lord of the Year. Drawing on my recent translations of Masha'allah and Abu Ma'shar for my Persian Nativities series, this talk will show students how to delineate and combine profections with transits in a traditional way.