The Astrological Journal March 2018
Victor Olliver's Editorial
The over-arching theme of this issue emerged of its own volition as I worked through the many contributions: pioneering exploration. Raye Robertson's excellent essay on an illness unique to Sweden, afflicting the children of refugee families facing deportation, applies astrology in an attempt to shed light on a genuine mystery: though patients (the so-called 'Snow White children') fall into a comatose-like state, there's no medical explanation. Yet many have fallen victim.
Rebekah Hirsch's piece fuses astrology, psychology and clairvoyance in a delving into the question of what it is to be a human being, combining practical techniques with energies we scarcely understand in healing processes. I do commend her book Charting the Soul (also the title of her work in this issue) for a fuller explanation of her synthesis of approaches. Different again - but investigative nonetheless - is Wanda Sellar's enlightening essay on the notorious communist British double agent, Kim Philby, who died 30 years ago in his beloved Moscow. His horoscope describes his capacity to live two very distinct lives, evident in the clues of chart shaping - the subject of Wanda's book-in-progress, incidentally. Readers will also know that she is the long-time editor of the Astrology and Medicine Newsletter.
Gun Hansson is developing a formidable reputation for breaking ground through her research projects which apply statistical criteria to measure the consistency (and appropriateness) of planetary significations. Her latest work, on male farmers in Sweden, reveals a remarkably high incidence of the Venus in Taurus placement in the birth charts of her subjects. Even sceptics will be challenged to dismiss this, and other findings, as pure happenstance.
I have also great pleasure in publishing world-renowned classical astrologer Oscar Hofman's contentious essay which rubbishes the idea that we are anywhere close to the dawning of the Age of Aquarius (or any other Age attributed to a sign for that matter), let alone in it already. In reaching this conclusion, through an explanation and exploration of precession, he locks horns with Carl Jung and Robert Hand, among others.
Representing another tradition altogether, Faye Blake shares her own research on dwarf planet Ceres which she believes can be used to define an optimal environment for maintaining or restoring health. The new science of epigenetics points to environmental factors in switching genes "on and off" (disproving the "bad genes" notion), an entry point for Ceres' advanced signification, based on case studies.
There's much more in this issue, including Liz Hargreaves' herculean astro-profile of Marie Antoinette: actually, this piece is also investigative in approach, since it probes whether her chart lives up to her infamous nickname 'Madame Déficit' - the ultimate big spender.
The 60th anniversary issue
Just enough space left to remind you that the May-June 2018 issue celebrates the 60th birthday of the Astrological Association, publisher of this magazine. It won't be all about the AA but there will be plenty to remind us all of why the AA remains a potent force in the world of astrology - and of what it has achieved over six decades since 1958. Not to be missed!
This is the editorial from the March 2018 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.