A leading figure of the Byzantine and Renaissance Astrology – a figure that directly and indirectly influenced many European astrologers – is George of Trebizond (or George Trapezuntios)! He was born in 1396 in the island of Crete. His family originated from Trebizond in Pontus (now Trabzon in Turkey but back then a major Greek-Byzantine city and an important astronomical and astrological center). Trapezuntius was a true cultured Astrologer (we might call him today an “omniscient” as he was an astronomer, a mathematician, a translator, orator, philosopher, physician etc.).
In the 4th century CE the Roman empire was entering a phase of decline that would ultimately lead it to its demise. Thus it’s not very suprising… Read more “Constantinople’s inauguration horoscope”
The story I am going to tell you is true, but it might very well have been just another Canterbury tale. It is a story that connects in strange ways England and Byzantium. It started in medieval England, in the year 667 CE. The city of Canterbury was then one of the most prominent Anglo – Saxon cities in Britain. Its people had been converted from pagans to Christians just 2 generations before (in 597 CE, by Saint Augustine).
Since my early childhood Byzantium enchanted me with its glorious and mystical aura! I think I have to blame the Sunday church for this kick. Of course… Read more “Byzantium’s vital contribution to Astrology”