The Astrological Journal January 2019
Victor Olliver's Editorial
Diamonds (and Journal) are forever
For any publication - let alone an astrological one - to reach its 60th birthday is a great achievement. No one person can take exclusive credit for this but there are many people who should be name-checked as major contributors to The Astrological Journal's success over the decades, starting with the triumvirate who co-founded it back in the late 1950s. In this issue we honour quite a few others as well who played or are playing an important part in the magazine's development - and I am delighted to welcome back Astrological Association former chairman and vice president Chester Kemp to our pages: his reminiscences on what he calls the "golden age" of astrology bring to vivid life great figures of the past such as Charles Harvey and John Addey. And Frank Clifford has done a wonderful job with his chronological listing of headline content of every issue from January 1959 to end of 2018. This really does give a sense of our history at a glance. There are other lists besides - such as that of the longestserving editors of this periodical - and Frank offers a peep at what goes on behind the scenes of the Charles Harvey Awards, the Oscars of astrology.
So far as I know, there's no exact birth-time for Journal so the next best thing is the midday chart for 1 January 1959, London, its debut issue month. A Capricorn Sun, a Sagittarius Mercury, and Saturn in the last minutes of Sagittarius, reflect a serious-minded publication focused on rigour while committed to education (Sagittarius). Serbian astrologer Smiljana Gavrančić's piece in this issue sees her pioneering approach (significant chart degrees and other techniques) applied to two major figures associated with the AA and Journal. The patterns and associations discovered may raise eyebrows - but given that she was one of the few stargazers to predict Donald Trump's US presidential victory (a year before it happened), would it be wise to argue with her?
Rather than just devote the whole magazine to a look-back, I thought that we should celebrate the magazine's diamond jubilee also by showcasing the work of a few of the major astrologers of our current age who are close to the AA - people like Frank, Wendy Stacey, Roy Gillett, Babs Kirby, Wade Caves, Frances Clynes, Pam Crane and others. Without them, and their like of yesteryear, this magazine would not be here now. Unfortunately, and not for the first time, I over-commissioned and so some great pieces have had to be held over to the March-April 2019 issue, not least Pam Crane's masterly essay on Handel, which will complete our series on classical music masters. The next issue also has new and original work by Nicholas Campion, Brian Clark, Maggie Hyde, Ryugi Kagami (don't miss his news item on Christian Astrology in Japan on page 4 of this issue) and many, many more.
As you know, this is primarily a membership publication, so in a sense it belongs to every single person who pays the annual sub to the AA. If you wish to reach out to fellow astrologers with your ideas, techniques and observations - and have not done so yet - don't hesitate to drop me an email. Published work becomes a part of our online archive forever, accessible to anyone with an e-pulse. Be part of the best.
This is the editorial from the January 2019 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.