The Astrological Journal May 2014
Carole Taylor's Editorial
Much has been written down the centuries about the importance of place and the hold that certain places can have over us. As the quote* on this page from the novelist Alec Waugh attests, it is possible to fall deeply in love with a place, and the relationship can be every bit as powerful and affecting as it might be with a person. Similarly, certain places seem to constellate the most difficult experiences and feelings - in the words of the writer Katherine Mansfield "How hard it is to escape from places. However carefully one goes they hold you - you leave little bits of yourself fluttering on the fences, like rags and shreds of your very life".
This issue's special feature is Astrolocality - the astrology of place. Three professional working astrologers, Erin Sullivan, Robert Currey and GlÚria Roca, explore different astrolocality techniques, covering Astro*Carto*Graphy, Relocation and Local Space, all of which are equally potent in helping us to understand our relationship to different parts of the globe. Erin shows us what happens when a 'shadowed' planet changes its position in a relocated chart - and as Robert's article on US Presidents makes clear, you don't even need to travel to a place in person for the effects to arise; the relationship can be just as powerful at long distance.
The techniques presented here are quite extraordinary - they are a testament to the work of the early founders and pioneers in the field of astrolocality, such as the late great Jim Lewis with Astro*Carto*Graphy and of course Michael Erlewine with Local Space, but also a powerful reminder that we are creatures of the earth; the lines of the ACG or local space map are the ties which bind us to place, the tracks of our earthly incarnation.
This issue also, as ever, offers a wide range of general interest articles - Sue Farebrother introduces the Tarot and its links with astrology; Ed Gillam uncovers Charles Carter's forgotten house system; Anton d'Abreu completes his trilogy of articles on outer planet cycles; and Wanda Sellar looks at the astrology of Venice. We also begin a brand new feature called The Future of Astrology - to begin the series, Adrian Ross Duncan offers a vision of astrology following the 'great mutation' of Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions from earth to air. And for those of you who have been intrigued by Eleanor Catton's recent novel The Luminaries, Jacqueline Knapp Tupholme gives us a guided tour and explores the astrology behind it. Finally, in our Learning the Craft section, experienced consultant Brian Clark offers a poignant account of his professional relationship with a client, a vivid reminder of the power of astrology and of the human stories which lie at the very heart of our astrological work.
Sadly we must report the death of Peter Roberts on 25th March at 18:30 in Worthing. Peter was the author of The Message of Astrology and The Astrology of Time Twins with Helen Greengrass. An obituary will appear in the next issue.
We hope you like the front cover, created especially for us by the Journal's art director Colin Burns; it shows the A*C*G and local space lines for the AA's own birth chart, centred on Wyboston Lakes, the venue for the Association's annual Conference. Look out in the next issue for a selection of writers who will be speaking at this wonderful world-renowned event in September!
This is the editorial from the May 2014 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.
*"You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person" - Alec Waugh