The Astrological Journal January 2014
Carole Taylor's Editorial
Welcome to the first issue of 2014! It is a great pleasure for me to be taking over as editor of the Journal, the Astrological Association's flagship publication.
I would like first of all to pay tribute to the outgoing editor, John Green, who has done such a wonderful job over the past five years. The Journal has flourished under his careful stewardship and the AA certainly owes him a debt of gratitude. John, we all wish you well with your future projects!
It ismy intention that the Journal should continue to offer the very best in astrological writing, encompassing a wide range of voices and providing a space in which the rich flow of contemporary thinking within our beautiful art can be showcased and debated.
For instance, January 2014 sees the opening of a new MA here in the UK, in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred, at Christ Church University in Canterbury, Kent, tutored by Geoffrey Cornelius and Angela Voss. It therefore seems appropriate that our special feature for this issue should be an exploration of astrology's relationship to Myth, Symbol and Imagination. Dr Cornelius, author of The Moment of Astrology, joins world-renowned astrologer Brian Clark and Sophia MA graduate Marielle Churaqui in a series of articles exploring different facets of this relationship. I hope you will find these pieces both thought-provoking and inspiring.
It is a privilege to include here the Carter Memorial Lecture of 2013. Rick Tarnas, author of seminal texts The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche, occupies an honoured place in the astrological world, as a person of immense knowledge and insight. Here he addresses the role which astrology, with its unique mode of symbolic perception, might currently play in a society dominated by a secular, scientific paradigm. It is a powerful vision for us to hold in our hearts as we move forward into a new year. This is clearly a time of change within the AA. In our special report on pages 6 and 7 we look at the astrology behind the Association's newly-acquired charitable status and hint at some of the new projects which will unfold as the year progresses. You will notice a few changes to the design of your Journal too - we hope you like the new look. One new feature is our Learning the Craft section, with articles by professional astrologers who offer their expertise on practical techniques and various aspects of chart work, suitable for students and professionals alike. I hope to grow this section in future issues and there are plans afoot too for additional regular features - watch this space!
Of course, we love to receive your letters - your comments on the articles featured, as well as an idea of the topics you would like to see covered in future issues. So do write in and let us know what you think.
As we look forward now to a new year, astrology continues to be our guide towards greater understanding and a more rounded and fulfilling life. The Uranus-Pluto square, exact again in April and December of the coming year, is an ongoing challenge, both in the world and in our individual lives, given even greater emphasis now by Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Libra, forming a powerful Grand Cross during the first half of the year. As ever, we shall surely benefit from astrology's insights as we navigate our way. I hope you enjoy the articles in this issue and find them an inspiration.
This is the editorial from the January 2014 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.