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1st Edition. Symbolic Directions by C E O Carter year published 1929 . Hardcover


Presumed First Edition.

Very good, with foxing to prelims and fore edges. 94 pages. 2 pages of ads. No date, or edition stated, so probably the first edition of 1929. W. Foulsham & Co. Ltd., London. A little wear to the Hard Cover. Condition: Good. .

C.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.



1. Symbolic methods, and various time-measures

2. The interpretation of directions

3. The prediction of marriage

4. The "measure of death"

5. An example of directional investigation

6. The question of exactitude



Comment: In the introduction, Carter says,

Ideally a directional system should fulfill four criteria:

1. No important event should be without a direction.

2. No direction should pass without an event.

3. Events and directions should correspond narrowly in time.

4. Events and directions should correspond in character.

Systems that work sometimes are unsatisfactory, nor is a system of much use if it produces directions that disobey the third and fourth of the above canons. We must be able to tell from our directional scheme both when events will happen, and what their natures will be... (pg. 10)

...[T]he ideas embodied in the present work are not put forward as discoveries, but rather as recoveries. Astrology, I believe, is part of the Arcane Tradition of inestimable antiquity and value. This tradition has suffered some corruption and has in part been overlaid with mistaken additions. But the cure for this is not a wholesale attack upon all Astrology, but a search for first principles of the science, and a reconstruction of our theory and practice upon these foundations....(pg. 7)

Symbolic directions, as the term implies, are those that correspond to no known planetary movement. Among the various symbolic directions discussed in this book are:

The One Degree (often used in Solar Arc directions).

The Naronic, a ratio of 4/7ths, which Sepharial described as useful in defining the periods of depression & expansion in any life... (pg. 25)

The Duodenary of 2.5 degrees (division of a sign by 12) known in India as the Dwadashamsa, which Carter says gives excellent results.

The Sub-Duodenary, which is 1/12th of 1/12th of as sign, which is 12' 30", which Carter says is useful for rectification.

The Novenary, of 3 degrees 20 minutes, formed by dividing a sign by 9, which is known in India as the navamsa.

The Septemary, of four degrees & 2/7ths, formed by dividing a sign by 7.

Disregarding the One Degree system as common, and combining the Duodenary & sub-duodenary, Carter counts these as four systems. Of them, he says,

...[Y]et the Four Measures constitute a net through which few events will pass without proper directional authorization! On the other hand, they do not furnish such a crowd of directions as to make it a foregone conclusion that there must be one or more for every possible occurrence - a criticism that has been made (I think unjustly) against some systems.

Those who find the four measures too many to apply to all elements of the map are advised to use only the traditional significators, the Sun, Moon and Angles. These will amply suffice for all important events, but if the exact time of precipitation is required, then lunations, transits, and lunar secondaries should be used. (pg. 33)

Carter then goes on to the Fractional method, a variable system, and then goes on to show what use can be made of these systems in ordinary life.

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