The Astrological Journal July 2014
Carole Taylor's Editorial
Carole Taylor - Astrological Journal editor

We all know just how powerful astrology is, capable of illuminating any and every aspect of life. One subject which touches all of us is the matter of health and wellbeing - and it's an area of life in which astrology can provide invaluable support and guidance. This issue's special feature is The Astrology of Health - four practitioners, all of who will be speaking at this year's Astrological Association Conference (Jane Ridder-Patrick, Sue Tompkins, Eve Dembowski and Sharon Knight) guide us through different aspects of this complex subject, reminding us of astrology's great efficacy, not only in reflecting in the chart the illnesses and conditions from which we might suffer, but pointing us towards a deeper psychological understanding of them.

On the subject of September Conference speakers, I'm delighted to open this issue with a thought-provoking piece by Rick Levine, who focuses his experienced eye on the Uranus-Pluto squares currently causing so much upheaval both personally and collectively, offering new perspectives on the significance of this planetary pair cycle. A master professional, his writing, and his talks at the Conference, are not to be missed.

Our Learning the Craft section has contributions from three outstanding astrologers - Kathleen Barnett offers a stunning piece on how themes can repeat under successive transits; and Branka Stamenkovic and Christian Borup show beautifully how two seemingly divergent ways of looking at the same chart, psychological and traditional perspectives, can yield such similar information. All roads lead to Rome (or in this case, to the pop star Prince)!

With the Scottish Referendum vote fast approaching, I'mindebted to Mark Cullen, Chair of the Scottish Astrological Association, for his exciting and informative article examining the major players and issues at stake in this crucial and historic event, including a proposed national chart for Scotland - something for us to follow closely as the drama unfolds in the weeks ahead.

I confess a complete fascination formagic, both its history and its practice. Perhaps on some level we are all doingmagic whenever we engage with astrology - applying our will in order to bring about a change in our circumstances or intercede in the flow of events. But I'm indebted to Elizabeth Hathway for her fascinating piece on astrological talismans, which truly brings the subject to life and reminds us that we are working with 'living' planetary energies with whomwe canmake a relationship. Elizabeth brings both practical experience and scholarly knowledge to her subject.

And of course, where else would you find the Looking Forward section but at the end of themagazine! Here, AA President Roy Gillett takes us expertly through the astrology of July and August in Working with the Planets; and then one o fmy all-time favourite astrologers, Michael Lutin, offers prophetic insight in our new article series The Future of Astrology - effortlessly wise, erudite and funny, as ever.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Journal.

This is the editorial from the July 2014 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.

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"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses". Hippocrates (c.460-370 BCE)"