A Word About Visual Astrology
By Bernadette Brady
Bernadette Brady

In January 2005 Darrelyn Gunzburg and I started an online free astrological newsletter dedicated to visual astrology. The term itself I coined as I wanted a simple almost 'non-denominational' title for this new or rather very old approach to astrology. Astrologers lost the full sky when the Greeks domesticated astrology and proceeded to bring order and logic to the Babylonian craft of sky watching. To achieve this order the Greeks created the horoscope as a way of mapping and standardizing the sky. This Greek map - the horoscope - became so successful that it has become the territory itself. The horoscope moved beyond a simple representation of the sky and replaced the 'sky' completely. For astrologers, for the last several thousand years, have stopped looking at the actual sky and work instead with this most useful map. In this way the map used by astrologers became a personalized moment of time, the moment of one's birth. Thus it is not a A to Z map of the sky; it is instead a mixture of sky, images, archetypes, memories, and family history which all helped the individual to identify themselves within their life and their communities. The horoscope is, in fact, a highly personal view of the heavens.

Thus the three dimensional sky - the more 'native' version of astrology - was in the year 2005 an uncharted domain in contemporary astrology. The source 'books' were the shattered clay tablets of Mesopotamia from around the period c. 650 BCE and in that first newsletter I called for astrologers to have the strength to leave the safety of the neat, mathematical ecliptic and start to consider, as our ancestors had, the whole night sky. The Visual Astrology Newsletter was published monthly and freely distributed online from January 2005 to April 2012, all in all producing 85 issues, all of which still remain free to access (at www.zyntara.com). There are many examples that I could share from the newsletter which slowly revealed, issue by issue an astrology which was written in the language of personal sky narratives. Visual astrology also proved to be anastrological mundane tool of great simplicity and clarity. A simple example (reported in the Feb 2008 edition) was the Pluto/Saturn conjunction sitting on the club of Orion at the start of the Great War in 1914. This difficult conjunction (see Fig.1 below) occurred in the zone of combat in the heavens where Orion takes on the Babylonian great Cosmic Bull who, according to myths, caused chaos when it descended to earth as it instigated new world orders. The symbolism is self-evident.

Another example, was the discovery of the stunningly simple relationship between a bright Venus (morning star or evening star) and the US presidential elections. Venus is the only feminine heavenly body for the Babylonians and when she shone her light on Saturn (the king),then the king's rule was assured. This simple rule when applied to the US elections for Nov 2008, predicted that whoever won the November 2008 elections (and it also strongly indicated that would be Obama) then they would also win the November 2012 elections and indeed the 'king's house' would hold onto this reign in the November 2016 elections (see Fig.2 below).

From this simple method discussed in September 2008, the future elections of 2008, 2012, and 2016 could be considered. But also this simple tool reveals that the king will 'lose' his throne in the Nov 2020 elections and hence one can summarise that the Republicans regain the White House in 2020. Visual astrology does not reduce the importance of the complex role of the horoscope but it does provide beautifully simple visuals which aid our astrological understanding of events and of the future. In essence, visual astrology allows the whole sky to be returned to our astrology.