Introducing: Dr. Nostuabuk

Dr. Hieronymus Nostuabuk, a friend of long standing, has most graciously consented to share some of his extensive astrological learning. Today’s topic is synastry:

H.N.: The origins of synastry are shrouded in mystery. Synastry is considered by most authorities to be the first astrological parlour game. Quite confidentially, I think it was invented by a lovelorn astrologer who didn’t have all of his stars in the right place. Who else would come up with such an idea?

Synastry, the Greek form is not as difficult to play as its Latin counterpart conastra. Conastra in its pure form has more or less died out, as it took too long to play. In it each player tried to gather transiting planets. The player whose planets had the most dignities won. Conastra is now only played in a corrupted form. It is the very popular card game canasta. Not many of its players know its true origins. Synastry has kept its form and its name. In this game the players compare charts. The team whose charts have the most conjunctions win. Advanced players use secondary progressions for days chosen at random. There is also a variation similar to “turn the bottle” in which players compare charts, if there is one conjunction they must kiss each other. This is considered by mature players as being too adolescent, although some experts say that it comes close to the original.

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2 thoughts on “Introducing: Dr. Nostuabuk

  1. Dr. Hieronymus Nostuabuk, a friend of long standing, has most graciously consented to share some of his extensive astrological learning. Today’s topic is synastry:

    ~~ CarO ~~ Oh Doctor what fun! As an hieronymus person herself who always has her nose to a book, I can reveal all by saying that I cannot say that I do not disagree with you regarding Conastra-ing with the stars: I like to collide with a lot of stars myself. :0)

    But also speaking as one who was born at a very early age, and whose secondaries have now progressed into their thirdlies, I realize that I may not be eligible to play?

    Kindly advise :0)

    Yours sincerely
    Miss Thema Mundi Contestant 310 BC ( in search of a footballer :0)

    H.N.: The origins of synastry are shrouded in mystery. Synastry is considered by most authorities to be the first astrological parlour game. Quite confidentially, I think it was invented by a lovelorn astrologer who didn’t have all of his stars in the right place. Who else would come up with such an idea?
    Synastry, the Greek form is not as difficult to play as its Latin counterpart conastra. Conastra in its pure form has more or less died out, as it took too long to play. In it each player tried to gather transiting planets. The player whose planets had the most dignities won. Conastra is now only played in a corrupted form. It is the very popular card game canasta. Not many of its players know its true origins. Synastry has kept its form and its name. In this game the players compare charts. The team whose charts have the most conjunctions win. Advanced players use secondary progressions for days chosen at random. There is also a variation similar to “turn the bottle” in which players compare charts, if there is one conjunction they must kiss each other. This is considered by mature players as being too adolescent, although some experts say that it comes close to the original.

  2. Dear Miss Thema Mundi Contestant 310 BC,

    With your life experience you should be welcome in any Synastry game. I am informed it is very flexible. You may have to make a small modification to the rules, allowing you to use any combination of secondaries (however often they have returned.) That is one of the benefits and privileges of ripened beauty.

    your Servant,
    Hieronymus N.

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