The Astrological Journal 2017


November 2017

November Astrological Association Journal
Editorial
by Victor Olliver

The otherliness of astrology

I was greatly taken by Alejo López's winning essay in the Astrological Association's Student Writing Competition, published on page 49. The theme this year, "The Importance of Astrology", drew an impressive variety of different perspectives and moods, doubtless making the judges' decision a hard one to make. But Alejo excelled in his risky thesis that astrology's importance lies a lot more in its search for meaning than truth (which, in this context, has materialist connotations of productive "usefulness").

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September 2017

September Astrological Association Journal
Editorial
by Victor Olliver

The rise of the astro-bots

Could a robot one day do your job as an astrologer, if it's not already? I am starting to think that the answer must be 'Yes'. The question is not addressed directly in Vincent Godbout's piece 'A.I. comes to astrology' in this issue, but his description of his new astrology software programme, Mastro - which uses A.I. (artificial intelligence) as part of horoscopic analysis - brings us by implication closer to the day when (to paraphrase Oscar Wilde), "Knowledge,taken in sufficient quantities, may produce all the effects of sentience".

Read the rest of September's editorial here.

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July 2017

July Astrological Association Journal
Editorial
by Victor Olliver

The Hellenistic past

Robert Graves' I, Claudius - the unforgettable BBC TV adaptation rather than the novel - introduced me to the character Thrasyllus, astrologer to the Roman Emperor Tiberius. I say 'character' because back in the mid-Seventies I made the offhand assumption that Thrasyllus was just a dramatic invention to represent ancient oracles in the Principate. For some reason, my school history teachers never got round to profiling any astrologers, not even John Dee in our study of Elizabeth I. Only later did I learn that Thrasyllus of Mendes (or Alexandria - alias Tiberius Claudius Thrasyllus) was an actual historical figure....

Read the rest of July's editorial here.

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May 2017

May Astrological Association Journal
Editorial
by Victor Olliver

The zombie-land of the past

Much of this issue was edited during the recent Venus retrograde in Aries/Pisces. I don't know about you, but for me personally, one major feature of that time was the sudden reappearance of people I'd forgotten about and/or had not seen in many years, as well as a reflexive tendency to think of past relationships. To take two instances: a magazine publisher I'd not conversed with in over a quarter of century got in touch.....

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March 2017

march Astrological Association Journal
Editorial
by Victor Olliver

Dracula's chart...and the case of false perception?

When Simão Cortês first proposed his essay on how the astrology of fictitious characters (such as Captain America or Dracula) seems to 'work', I felt a little uneasy. John Frawley and other astrologers have tackled this subject before but I have yet to make an in-depth study of their work. I tried to recall the term that I feared might be used to characterise the phenomenon but could not, so I tapped this sentence into the Google search box: "Word for seeing patterns in clouds".....

Read the rest of March's editorial here.

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January 2017

January Astrological Association Journal
Editorial
by Victor Olliver

Post-truth politics, strange times and Uranus

Supposedly, we're living in an era of 'post-truth politics' and populist rebellion against establishment elites. So, in this issue, what better planet to focus on than rabble-rousing Uranus, associated with rebellion, independence (or crankism), reform and sudden turns? From Maurice Fernandez's piece on the Jupiter-Uranus cycle, to Jonathon Clark's essay on 18th century flight at the time of the 'discovery' of Uranus....

Read the rest of January's editorial here.

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