The Astrological Journal September 2019
Victor Olliver's Editorial
Faith moved The Mountain Astrologer
If you hope to make a fast buck, then founding an astrology magazine is probably not the best way to go about it. It's all the more remarkable then that Tem Tarriktar - whose life we remember in this issue following his untimely passing in July - made such agreat success of The Mountain Astrologer, demonstrating that it is possible to found and run 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, many astrologers owe a debt of gratitude to Tem for the opportunity he created to showcase their work in TMA's pages, enabling them to ?nd an international audience and broaden reputation. He established TMA's exacting editorial guidelines and protocols to ensure quality control. And I think he was pretty uncompromising in upholding rules on the ethical conduct of astrologers. I remember reading a letter he wrote to one decliningt o publish her/his advertisement inTMA on the grounds that she/he had purportedly made a habit of broadcasting off-colour remarks about certain astrologers in YouTube videos. Tem thought this unacceptable and said so. I only got to read the letter because the astrologer concerned chose to publish it on social media.
By a happy coincidence we are running Frank C. Clifford's guide to writing and publishing astrological work in this issue. Aside from being a publisher, and having written for countless print periodicals himself, he has for years been one of TMA's major contributors and editors - so who better than he to give a steer to those who seek publication of their articles, essays and books? I know from my own experience as an editor that many aspiring contributors do not reach their destination because they have not made a study of how to package their work, or even read the publication they hope to write for. Do take full advantage of Frank's worldly-wise counsel if you're serious about wanting to ?nd your reading audiences. Even published authors may learn a thing or two.
A case for proving astrology
Astrological research faces many challenges, not least that of being understood. In order to weigh and measure a hypothesis by objective standards and relegate chance or happenstance as explanation of a given outcome, it is usually necessary to step outside the familiar terrain of astrology and use the language of statistics - which is great if you'rea statistical analyst. Most of us are not. Paul Westran's essay in this issue ('The story of a theory of astrology') has at least the virtue of clarity. His vast and original research into secondary progressed synastry and relationships has produced a set of results which he contends statistically support a theory of astrology, because its hypothesis has beencon?rmed by repeated observation. If you like his approach to research, do read his two books,When Stars Collide: Why We Love, Who We Love and When We Love Them and A 22ndC Science: How to Demonstrate that Astrology is True.
He certainly knows how to grab our attention with his titles. For more on that topic, backto Frank.
This is the editorial from the September 2019 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.