The Astrological Journal 2019

November 2019

Victor Olliver's Editorial
November 2019 Astrological Association Journal

Sonic natal charts: let's dance

One of the joys of editing this magazine is being surprised from time to time by a stimulating essay or article which lands in the inbox from nowhere. No amount of planning can ever anticipate or expect a 'gift'. You could call it a bolt out of the blue - which is how I'd characterise Nick Campion's interview with the astrologer-musician Daniel Alzamora-Dickin (the hyphen is optional, I am assured).

Nick's emailed file arrived as a complete surprise on 13 August 2019 at 16:55 (UK time) according to the date stamp, so naturally I looked up the transits for that precise moment in my natal chart. Tr Mercury was conjunct......

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September 2019

Victor Olliver's Editorial
September 2019 Astrological Association Journal

Faith moved The Mountain Astrologer

If you hope to make a fast buck, then founding an astrology magazine is probably notthe best way to go about it. It's all the more remarkable then that Tem Tarriktar - whoselife we remember in this issue following his untimely passing in July - made such agreat success ofThe Mountain Astrologer, demonstrating that it is possible to found andrun a serious astrology publication and turn a pro?t to pay the bills and contributors.It took some chutzpah and faith - as well as an inspired editorial team. Many, manyastrologers owe a debt of gratitude to Tem...".

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July 2019

Victor Olliver's Editorial
July 2019 Astrological Association Journal

Radical Astrology and root canals

Because my trade is in words, I periodically focus on certain terms and phrases and wonder about their usage. The tribute to Dr. Ben Dykes in this issue - he is one of the world's leading translators of old astrological texts and has done much to recover long-forgotten techniques - got me thinking about 'traditional astrology' as a label. Traditional? The word can mean long-established, orthodox, conservative - even, "the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way". The adjective is not wrong, then - but I wondered whether 'Radical Astrology' might be more pertinent ...".

Read the rest of July's editorial here.

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May 2019

Victor Olliver's Editorial
May 2019 Astrological Association Journal

Merriman's maths and number 1729 and all that

Srinivasa Ramanujan's 'defence' of the number 1729 is famous among mathematicians. Why did it need defending? The Cambridge scholar G. H. Hardy tells the story that one day he paid a visit to his Indian protégé in hospital and got there in taxi cab number 1729. At Ramanujan's bedside, Hardy remarked in passing that he found the number "dull" and hoped it was not an "unfavourable omen". In an instant the young, convalescent, largely self-taught genius replied: "No, it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways...".

Read the rest of May's editorial here.

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March 2019

Victor Olliver's Editorial

Astrology and Imagination

March 2019 Astrological Association Journal

It's a huge honour to bring you Brian Clark's new essay 'Heaven in a wild flower: reflections on imagination'. The first part of the title is a line from William Blake's poem Auguries of Innocence which, among other things, invites us to embrace mystery and find beauty in natural commonplace things. "For artists, including astrological artists, imagination is another way of knowing and perceiving. It is a means of seeing through the world of literality," writes Clark - and, of course, this point goes to the heart of his essay. Astrology has its many techniques to draw on logic and intellect; but is this enough for a deeper understanding of what is the mystical (or even mysterious) language of astrology?

Read the rest of March's editorial here.

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