Text from the 2nd century BC
"A Queen and her Astrologer"
dawn Nectanebo pulled one tablet of such rare and royal
wealth that words could not divulge its effect. It was made
of ivory, ebony, silver and gold, three concentric circles
were engraved, the first circle carried the decans, the
second the twelve signs of the zodiac and the third the
Sun and the Moon. He put the tablet on a seat. Then he opened
an ivory box, very small, out of which he took seven constellations
and the horoscopos (= the ascendant).
With eight metals extracted from stones, he started to draw
the map of the sky of that moment. He lit the Sun with a
crystal and the Moon with a diamond, Ares in hematite, emerald
for Hermes, skystone (pierre de ciel) for Zeus, and a sapphire
for Aphrodite, for Chronos a serpentine stone * and at the
centre he placed the white marble for the horoscopos.
Then he said: “Show me, my queen, the year, month,
day and time of your birth. Once she had done, Nectanebo,
with the help of coins, calculated the birth of her and
himself to see their astrological concordance. When he saw
that they were positive, he asked: “Tell me, my queen,
what do you want to know?"
healing usage, serpentine aids the clearing of blocked areas,
brings the chakras back in balance and also is very beneficial
for the heart chakra.
This text is from Paul Meyer (a specialist on the field
of medieval texts ) dated to the second century BC, ie from
the time of Ptolemy. It gives invaluable information about
the procedure followed by Greek astrologers for the interpretation
of a chart. It was apparently usual to start with a horary
chart and subsequently compare the chart of the astrologer
with his client’s one before giving advice.
This astrologer uses for his interpretation a precious tablet
made of ivory, ebony, gold and silver. This tablet was engraved
with three concentric circles: the thirty-six decanates,
the twelve signs of the zodiac, the Sun and the Moon. Like
some astrologers today use preprinted sheets with among
others, the signs of the zodiac and the decanates, the astrologers
of antiquity used ivory as medium. On this powerful support
they placed the brilliant eight stones with particular characteristics.
For the Moon, they used the diamond, the brightest and hardest
of all stone, usually colourless. For Saturn the serpentine
that heals snakebites.
text gives another capital revelation as it tells that the
representation of the chart was circular, not square like
most representations appeared to be later in the Byzantine
name of this queen is Olympia. She was the wife of Philip
of Macedonia. The priest-astrologer Nectanebo was himself
very interested in the queen and wanted power over her.
from‘Le roman d'Alexandre' du
Pseudo Callisthène; La Roue à livres publié
dans "Les Belles Lettres" (1992) p. 151-152. Translation
G. Bonouré et B. Serret du pseudo-Callisthène.
Translation from French Beatrice Boucher
2009. With thanks to Yves Lenoble,
French astrologer and since 1990 organizer of one of the
largest annual astrological conference of Europe, in Paris: