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Musical Theory And Astrological Foundations In Kepler: The Making Of The New Aspects

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A baffling problem in the history of astrology is that virtually nothing is known about the origins of its doctrines. Historians are faced with a system of interpretation of the horoscope which was already fully constructed by the second or the first century BC, and which remained fundamentally unchanged until today. Kepler s first discussion on the aspects takes place in the Mysterium cosmographicum, in Chapter XII entitled Division of the Zodiac and Aspects. Kepler did not produce any prognostication between 1607 and 1616, which makes it difficult to appreciate the application of these changes in his astrological practice during those years. The only significant change in this period seems to have been the addition of yet another new aspect, the quincunx, introduced in his ephemerides from 1621 onwards.

Keywords: astrology; Kepler; music



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