The Astrological Journal May 2015
Victor Olliver's Editorial
While climate scientists cast contradictory 'peer reviewed' research statistics at each other on the topic of global warming and its disputed causes, Christopher Kevill offers another perspective. His piece 'The Astrology of Climate Change' (p. 42) examines the role planetary cycles may play in world temperature fluctuations - and in particular, the part of the Aries ingresses of Saturn and Pluto. He has discovered intriguing correspondences through Earth's ages worth further investigation.
In another key altogether, just after I was appointed editor of Journal, Paula Garton wrote to me via Roy Gillett complaining that this magazine seemed interested only in astrology and big global issues (such as, er, climate change?). Where was the down-to-earth personal evidence of astrology-in-action? An excellent point. So we agreed that she should use her astrology students in Spain as guinea pigs for the Aquarius Mars transit of last December-January. Did their lives change at all in this period and, if so, were the transit significations reflected in their day-to-day accounts? Go to p. 21 to find out. I'd be interested in more pieces of this kind.
As part of our continuing tribute to the late Dennis Elwell, we republish his essay on the question of whether the solar (or Sun sign) chart has any validity. He developed quite a reputation for disdaining media horoscopes, thinking them horribly trivialising and demeaning of the great and subtle art of astrology. Yet in this 1975 piece he surprises himself by finding virtues in the much-mocked solarscope: I begin to suspect that his actual problem was more with dilettante astro-hacks and their preoccupation with the humdrum rather than with solarscope methodology per se. I could be wrong. Doubtless, you'll write in if you think I am.
This issue marks the very welcome return of two past editors of Journal. John Green explores the charts of power-wielders and the astrology of psychopathology. (He also has a new book out on synastry, Do You Love Me?, reviewed on p. 62.) And Carole Taylor flew to Bali to teach astrology - read her colourful report on a land steeped in spirituality (p. 37).
As many of you know, Journal drew a lot of national media attention to itself in February, thanks to my interview with David Tredinnick MP (Jan-Feb 2015). On p. 40 I reflect on how a common prejudice against astrology (and with a General Election in the offing) triggered a misrepresentation of his views on astrology, the NHS and healthcare.
The Guardian was among many newspapers that teased the MP for things he did not say. So I was delighted to see that even this newspaper of science cultism unwittingly bends to astro-cosmic will. On March 20 of this year, it appointed its first female editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner. News of this was announced on spring equinox day - the day also of the late Pisces solar eclipse and of lunar perigee (Moon's closest point to Earth in its orbit - the 'supermoon'). In astrological terms, feminine power was at launch-mode maximum. The Guardian could not have timed it better for Katharine had it tried.
This is the editorial from the May 2015 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.