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The Astrologer's Newsletter - January/February 2009



The world's oldest person, Edna Parker, died on November 26th this year in Shelbyville, Indiana, USA. Born on April 20, 1893 in Shelby County, near the township of Bengal in Indiana, she assumed the title on August 13th 2007, when the world's then-oldest person died.

A schoolteacher married to a farmer, Edna enjoyed excellent health for nearly all her life; widowed at 48, she carried on living alone in her farmhouse until the age of 100, when she moved in with her son and his wife. After a fall and a close brush with hypothermia the next winter, she moved into the nursing home where she died. (When asked for tips on living to a ripe old age, all she would say was "Get education!" Sagittarius rising, perhaps?)

Blues singer Odetta (Odetta Holmes) died from heart disease in New York on Dec 2nd 2008. She was born Dec. 31, 1930 at 9:20 AM CST in Birmingham, Alabama (AA data from AstroDataBank)


The terrorist attacks on Mumbai began on 21:20 IST 26th November 2008, Mumbai, India (18N57 72E49) when two terrorists walked into the Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus and opened fire with AK-47 rifles (the attackers were seen coming off inflatables in the harbour at around 20:00pm). The final security operation (at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel) ended at 08:00 on 29th November. Data from Wikipedia, compiled from various news sources.


The BBC has remade one of its classic serials, Survivors. The first episode of the original series was broadcast at 20:10 BST (19:10 GMT) 16th April 1975 (time taken from a scan of the original Radio Times page). A chart set for London has 29Libra rising, with Uranus at 00Scorpio and Aquarius on the IC - this strong Uranian emphasis shows how revolutionary such a programme was at the time (co-incidentally, Bill Gates had founded Microsoft just 12 days before). The first episode of the new series was broadcast at 21:00 GMT on 23rd November 2008; this chart has 9Leo rising - the same degree as the MC of the 1975 chart.

As Paul Newman has shown in his articles about the Dr Who TV series - especially A New Dr Who in Transit May 2004 - the charts of popular TV shows often reflect their times. If you don't remember it, Survivors is about the aftermath of a plague that wipes out 95% of the world’s population; the survivors must suddenly learn how to live without any of the benefits of a technological civilisation. Its revival and broadcast now, when everyone is learning how fragile the world's economy is, is eerily prescient.


If you have been - thanks for reading.

Val Dobson, Editor