The Astrological Journal January 2018
Victor Olliver's Editorial
Let's Get Ready to Party!
There is so much to celebrate in 2018 that dedicated party-poopers may want to book themselves into the world's remotest log cabins or resorts - I can personally recommend Kokopelli's Cave in New Mexico or the tiny island of Motu Teta (Tahiti) as starters in your Google search. We are celebrating not just the ninth-decade birthdays of Dr Percy Seymour and Roy Gillett (see tributes
in this issue) but the AA's 60th and its 50th annual conference in June (our May-June issue goes to town on these). Journal itself has hit its 60th year with this issue though its actual 60th birthday is not until January 2019, making it one of the longest-lived astrology magazines in the world.
Assiduous birthday-spotters may also want to note that Nicholas Campion is 65 in March, but that's far too young for special coverage. Still, minds have been known to change...
Roy of course needs no introduction. But Dr Percy Seymour may, and I have Robert Anderson (AA treasurer) to thank for furthering my education. Dr Seymour's books, especially The Scientific Basis of Astrology, have a noble history in discombobulating the science community, not least because their author is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an astrophysicist. His ideas may not go so far as to embrace the horoscope, but he does think that our solar system celestials play a part in human development via Earth's magnetic field. Or as he puts it: "The whole solar system is playing a symphony on the Earth's magnetic field. We are all genetically tuned to receive a different set of melodies from this symphony".
His work prompted one UK Guardian writer to ask in 2004: "Could it be that countless devotees ranging from Charles de Gaulle to Ronald Reagan had it right when they kept one eye on the stars?"
The celebratory mood is also to be found in Jonathon Clark's special analysis of the chart of the AA, and he dares to look ahead at its prospects. We also republish Wendy Stacey's essay on the AA which addresses the organisation's 'challenging' birth-time - this is worth knowing and is a fascinating exercise in electional astrology. New Year itself is marked by a debutant to this magazine, Trav Travers, who employs the traditional technique of the Aries ingress chart (for London) to assess the UK's fortunes in 2018 and, specifically, its destiny in the Brexit negotiations. If Trav's conclusions are not to your liking, don't miss Roy Gillett's astro-perspective in his regular Working with the Planets column. This publication is a broad church and can accommodate irreconcilable approaches.
I am also delighted to publish the text of Ana Isabel's thoughtful Carter Memorial lecture, delivered in September 2017 at the annual conference at Wyboston, which celebrates the importance of astrology. Her case studies in psychological astrology identify powerlessness as one of the common causes of mental illness, and it is intriguing to find 'mirrors' and potential cures in the horoscopes of her clients. As she writes: "This...is the beauty of astrology. It shows us that we are connected with something bigger. It can show where life has meaning".
Certain scientists and moonshine
It wasn't until I got to read Peter Marko's essay 'Baby Boomers and the lunar defect' in this issue that I learned of the small part I played in the genesis of his new book The Lunar Effect Bibliography. I had some time ago drawn his attention to the handiwork of a scientist who poopooed research which suggested that the Moon has influence over hospital admission rates. This
sparked Peter's interest and his epic collation of studies into the power of the Moon over human life - as evinced in his essay on page 35. So, it pays to spread information about, even on an idle day on Facebook. You just never know when or where the seed of curiosity will germinate for greater enlightenment.
Happy New Year!
This is the editorial from the January 2018 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.