The Astrologer's Newsletter - November/December 2005

The Passing of Ananda Bagley

We were deeply sorry to learn of Ananda Bagley's accident and sad death on 24th October 2005. Ananda will be remembered with gratitude by the many astrologers who benefited from his support and advice with the ground-breaking Electric Ephemeris software. Ananda was also the creative mind behind many other technical developments in astrology and a conscientious collector of data.

A full tribute is being prepared for the January 2006 issue of the AA Journal. A preliminary tribute has been placed here.


There is no Wprld News from Jenni Harte in this issue - she has been having severe back problems and cannot sit at a keyboard. However, Jenni fully expects to be back with us in time for the January issue.

For this issue, we have an astrological examination of the terrorism of 1605 - namely, the Gunpowder Plot. There is also a full report on the 2005 York Conference, David Fisher's Data Corner, more profiles of AA Council members. And some astrological humour to round things off.

Reuters gives us this story of a rather unfortunate astrologer:

22nd October 2005: BHOPAL, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of people flocked to a village in central India Thursday to see if an astrologer who forecast his own death would indeed die as predicted.

But the 75-year-old man survived the day. Kunjilal Malviya, who lives south of the Madhya Pradesh state capital Bhopal, had been meditating in his house after announcing he would die Thursday between 3 pm and 5 pm. A police official confirmed the astrologer was fine and quoted his family members as saying the prediction failed because many of those gathered had prayed for him to live. "We are afraid of his prediction coming true because all his predictions till date have been correct," his son Anirudh said by phone earlier Thursday. "My father had predicted the death of my grandfather 15 years ago and it came true exactly like he calculated." Police have been posted near the house to prevent the astrologer from killing himself, authorities said.

Millions of Indians consult astrologers about their futures as well as marriage and job prospects. Malviya's prediction is not the first of its type by an Indian astrologer. But in the past, crowds have beaten up astrologers when their predicted demise failed to occur.

Finally, there is some data on the two leading candidates for the Conservative party leadership:

David Cameron: 9th Oct 1966; 6am; Wantage, Oxfordshire (from him to Annabel Herriott);

David Davis: 23rd December 1948; York; time not known; (from The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2001 - thanks to David Fisher for digging this up.)


Val Dobson, Editor