“Testimonies of Ancient Astrology”
Venice, 10 June 2023
I am happy to propose the second edition of an event dedicated to classical astrology in its many aspects and in the richness of its different conceptions.
I trust that, to a large extent, the most conditioning aspects of the limitations due to the covid have been overcome and that the conference in presence constitutes a moment of meeting and discussion between people with experience of studies and diversified insights.
And can fully motivate those who want to participate in the event.
In the coming days I will provide more information on the speakers, the works and the program.
In the meantime, I give you the names, in alphabetical order, of the invited speakers:
Mariano Aladren Serrano (Astrología Clásica Culta, Zaragoza)
Lucia Bellizia (Apotelésma Association)
José Luis Carrión Bolumar (Founding member Collective of Researchers and Astrologers
Ancient Crown of Aragon; Founder Member and Coordinator Astrological Federation of Southern Europe)
Mario Costantino (Founder Partner Association Cielo e Terra)
Franco Martorello (International Association for Mediterranean and Oriental Studies)
Patrizia Nava (AOC – Astrologia Oraria Classica)
Loris Solmi (President Cielo e Terra Association)
Hoping to repeat the good experience of the first edition.
In its final form, I present you the titles of the reports that will be presented:
Mariano Aladren Serrano – love, hermetism and astrology;
Lucia Bellizia – Testimonies from 12th century Byzantium: Theodore Prodrome;
José Luis Carrión Bolumar – The foundation of the city of Baghdad;
Mario Costantino – Constellations, travel, navigation and flight;;
Franco Martorello – The Arabic commentary by al-Battānī (9th cent.) on Ptolemy’s Quadripartite;
Patrizia Nava – Alpha Virginis as an indicator of intellectual achievement;
Loris Solmi – The harpocratics, Reflections on an as yet unsolved enigma of the Ptolemaic text.
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The event will take place in the hall of the Antony Hotel, a 4-star Superior hotel in Campalto, which is located halfway between Mestre and the centre of Venice. Participation will be limited by the maximum capacity of the hall, which is 80 people, and by observing the rules that will be in force for indoor venues on the date of the conference. The hotel is housed in a modern building with panoramic views of the Lagoon and was renovated in 2018. Within the property there is also a park, a panoramic terrace, a restaurant, the meeting room that will host the conference, and ample free parking. Those who choose to stay here first appreciate the location: the proximity to the ‘Marco Polo’ international airport, which is only 3 km away, and to the historic centre of Venice, which can be reached in 10 minutes using public transport or the shuttle service provided by the hotel.
Next Day Considerations
The second edition of the Testimonies of Ancient Astrology Conference was held in which some changes were necessary due to situations that, these days, affected three of the speakers. Loris Solmi suffered a bereavement in the family, while, the two Spanish guests, for different reasons, could not attend. Also, there was some technical problem at the beginning of José Luis Carrión’s online presentation.
Having said that, however, the considerations gathered among the participants were extremely positive both about the speakers and the varied and interesting contents of the different papers. And, even on this day, the human experience was rich in emotions and positive feelings.
The papers presented were diverse. The undersigned introduced the topic of constellations and navigation and flight, the space one by Neil Armstrong and others who distinguished themselves in sky-related activities. Patrizia Nava presented interesting tidbits about one of the most well-known and mentioned stars in the lore, Spica. Lucia Bellizia introduced us to the astrological ferment and history of 12th-century Byzantine society. This was followed by a compendium by me on the hypothesis proposed by Loris Solmi, which departs from what is reported by Ptolemy’s commentators, on the meaning to be attributed to the term Harpocrates (Chapter Nine, Book III of the Quadripartite). In the afternoon we heard Franco Martorello’s interesting research, unpublished to the best of our knowledge, on scientist al-Battani’s commentary on the Ptolemaic Quadripartite. This was followed by the talk by José Luis Carrión who, before describing the astrological tradition for choosing the auspicious time for the founding of Baghdad, formulated an extremely interesting description of the different timelines in assessing events, space and time. Then, Mariano Aladren, according to philosophical-hermetic studies, clarified the method and what are the most significant elements of lasting and happy unions.
Finally, stretching the time budgeted by the program, there was a brief space in which Lucia Bellizia anticipated news about the contents of her new text to be released in the coming days, “Anthology of Texts on Fixed Stars.” Patrizia Nava presented her latest work on William Lilly’s work, “Christian Astrology Book Three – An Easy Method for Judging Nativities.” Franco Martorello, editor of the Ars Astrorum series, gave some previews of ongoing publishing projects involving astrological works that may be completed in the coming months.
As concluding remarks, I am glad to have been able to propose the conference again this year. And, as I have already written for the previous edition, I hope other situations may follow in which cultural content and the human dimension, which is always important, may allow sharing and knowledge for the enthusiasts of astrology and its many contents.