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6/19/2016 - A little about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) and his memory systems
2/28/2016 - Concept Maps of Dispositors in an Astrological Chart
7/8/2015 - Eris, Xena, Discord
4/29/2013 - First Release of Eryss Astrology Software (Software Release)


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A little about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) and his memory systems
Sunday, June 19th, 2016
09:37:34 GMT

I recently read the wonderful book You Can Learn To Remember: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by Dominic O'Brien, who won the World Memory Championships numerous times.

Something that intrigued me near the beginning of the book was some details about Giordano Bruno (1548-1600).

A quote from the book:

"Bruno devised many memory systems, finally completing a series of memory wheels. These wheels were seen as microcosms of the heavens, and showed the orbits of stars and planets. On them he placed symbols of the arts, languages and sciences, and used his sensory associations to lodge images and facts related to these symbols in his mind."

Definitely sounds astrological.

Someday, I'd like to read more about Giordano Bruno and his ideas.

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Concept Maps of Dispositors in an Astrological Chart
Sunday, February 28th, 2016
10:56:43 GMT

Recently, something piqued my interest in the astrological concept of dispositors.

So, I used the excellent free (as in freedom), libre, open source concept mapping software VUE: Visual Understanding Environment to make some concept maps of dispositors in my astrological chart.

I guess my below concept maps are pretty boring overall, but, at least they make it possible to easily create your own similar concept maps by modifying mine using VUE.

With Houses - Without Houses

VUE Concept Map Files:
With Houses - Without Houses

A zip file containing each image and concept map

These concept maps are under the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0.

By the way, my primitive JavaScript astrology software I released about a decade ago, AstroTally, can calculate chains of dispositors, though it can only display them in a primitive non-graphical way.

Not even my Eryss astrology software can do that yet - not even the unreleased versions of Eryss.

Someday I'll probably use pieces of AstroTally in the Eryss astrology software.

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Eris, Xena, Discord
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
13:25:18 GMT

Here are a few nifty astrological things related to dwarf planet Eris.

First of all, some things I definitely wasn't the first to notice.

The dwarf planet Eris, before it was officially named, was originally nicknamed Xena.

And many years ago, someone on an astrology forum I read pointed out that Lucy Lawless, the actress who played Xena on the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess, has the astrological "Xena" in an interesting position in her astrological chart.

Namely - conjunct her sun, moon, Saturn, ascendant, and lunar node all in Aries, and all in the 1st house.

Plus, since Aries is ruled by Mars (the planet associated with war), this strong emphasis on Aries seems fitting for an actress whose possibly best-known role is a warrior princess. (Best known role to me, anyway - though I also remember her from the remake of Battlestar Galactica.)

In addition, she has Mars in the 1st house. (Though her Mars is in Taurus rather than Aries.)

Here's an interesting page about Eris, with Lucy Lawless's chart near the top, from

Donít Snub Eris - Horoscopic Extremes of the Archetype of Discord

And the AstroDatabank article on Lucy Lawless:

AstroDatabank bio - Lucy Lawless

And now, here's some stuff I noticed on my own. Though it's pretty easy to spot if you have the idea to look, so, it's very possible I'm not the first person to ever notice this. (But, I briefly searched the web, and couldn't find anyone else who already pointed out the following astrological details.)

The TV show Xena: Warrior Princess featured lots of gods and goddesses from mythology, including Greek mythology.

So, some years ago, sometime after Eris was named in 2006 - it occurred to me to wonder if maybe Eris (Roman name: Discordia) was ever portrayed on the show.

And indeed, she was. The actress who played Discord was Meighan Desmond, born October 7, 1977, according to her official bio page.

And, it turns out Meighan has her sun around 13 Libra, opposition Eris/Xena at 13 Aries.

A neat contrast to Lucy Lawless's sun conjunct Eris/Xena. :-) (Though Lucy's aspect between sun and Eris/Xena is less exact - sun at 8 Aries and Eris at 11 Aries.)

The sun is often associated with the archetype of the hero.

So, it's rather neat that the actress who played the hero of the show has sun conjunct Xena (later renamed Eris), while the actress who played Discord, one of Xena's villainous opponents, has sun opposition Xena (later renamed Eris).

It also seems worthwhile to point out the fact that the astrological aspects "conjunction" and "opposition" are opposites of each other.

Because a conjunction means two planets are somewhere around 0 degrees away from each other, which is as close as two planets can possibly get to each other in an astrological chart - while an opposition means two planets are somewhere around 180 degrees away from each other, which is as distant as two planets can possibly get from each other in an astrological chart.

So, interestingly - Lucy Lawless and Meighan Desmond's sun/Eris (Xena) aspect angles are close to complementary of each other.

Or actually, I believe the correct term in geometry is "supplementary" - as in "supplementary angles", which is defined as two angles which add up to 180 degrees.

In astrology, the opposition is one of the aspects most associated with discord and conflict. There are other aspects associated with discord, friction, disharmony - for a few examples: the square, quincunx, sesquisquare, and semisquare.

But, "opposition" probably is the aspect name that actually sounds the most discordant, at least in English, since the term "opposition" is frequently used in ordinary non-astrological English when discussing conflict.

(Though there is also the non-astrological plain English expression/idiom "square off". I wonder if that expression was inspired by astrology?)

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First Release of Eryss Astrology Software
Monday, April 29th, 2013
13:59:29 GMT

Software Release

The first release of the Eryss astrology software is now at Astroblahhh.Com:

Eryss Astrology Software and Swiss Ephemeris Extension Package
for Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK and Astroblahhh PH-GTK

It's free, libre, open source software.

I hope to someday make Eryss.Com into something more interesting than it is now. My plans are still vague, though.

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