Thank you very much for you inviting me into this Forum.
I am very pleased to meet fellow astrologers here sharing an interest in this fascinating new branch of astrology, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of discussing Hellenistic astrology with on other Fora (Mr. Watson, Mr. Noblehorse, Mr. Blashke). I’m also intrigued by persons that were often mentioned on those Fora to attend here (Mr. Kolev, Ms George), and others who have, by the content of their posts, already made an impression.
Uhm… my last name really is Hermes, it is not an alias. All of my kin have it as their family name, but I’m the only astrologer as far as I’m aware. I believe it was Mr. Blashke who informed me that there apparently is an astrologer in London who also bears the name Hermes. Still, I’m happy with it.
Like Mr. Noblehorse I frequently have, in my study of Hellenistic astrology and the System of Hermes, questions about procedural or interpretational nuances... so I'll ask them here.
Although there is a thread on Images, I felt my question is off that topic, so I created this new one.
So here goes…
On Page 5& 6 of the first book of the Anthology in the translation of Mr. Schmidt, Valens writes:
“For, since this star [het is talking about Hermes] is capable of many pursuits, it furnishes activities in accordance with the variation in the zōidia or its variously configured interweavings with the Stars. For some of these zōidia, it furnishes knowing; for others, a negotiator; for some, service…”
I am much intrigued by the manner in which the images contribute to how the planets manifest, and would be very interested to know in what images Hermes produces knowing, negotiators and service.
Of course Mr. Schmidt and Hellenistic authors have made it clear that a lot of things that were mixed up in the delineation of the influence of images on planets in later astrology, are to be separated as different modes of influence (dignity being amongst them). Leaving thus the ‘bare’ meanings of the images. But… what are these and how to use them?
My question is: what do they contribute, or how do they modify the planets in them?
I know of the temporality mode, as per the quadruplicity (enduring-solid, initiating and breaking off-cardinal, and the alternating mode-double-bodied); and the various specific characteristics and identities of the images themselves (cut-off, crooked, etc.), but how are they used?
Are there general guidelines for this?
Are there examples known?
How do the Forum members use this?