The Astrological Journal July 2020

Victor Olliver's Editorial

Victor Olliver - Astrological Journal editor

Asteroids and President Troemper

Until only a few weeks ago, I had never heard of Wuhan - the asteroid that is, not the city from which Covid-19 probably originated. Nor did I know of the asteroids China, Chaos and Angel. As for asteroid Troemper, it has in the minds of some astrologers become entwined with the fate of US President Donald Trump if only because its name is a not-quite homophone of his surname. These tiny celestials are name-checked in Brenda Wilson's essay on the Covid-19 pandemic - and it is of course very interesting that asteroid Wuhan was in early tropical Capricorn at the time of the coronavirus-linked Capricorn Saturn-Pluto conjunction on 12 January 2020, along with Mercury, Jupiter, asteroid Cupido, etc. A jamboree of challenging themes which remain with us still as the world attempts to stir after lockdown paralysis. Asteroids in general present 'analogue' astrologers with a puzzle - how do the rocks get turned into symbols for chart purposes? At time of writing, Astrodienst ( lists 21,264 asteroids named officially by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), each with a designated number. Troemper, for instance, is #28130 and named not after the 45th US president but a maths and science schoolteacher called Brett Troemper. As for Wuhan 3206 (diameter: 5.4 kms), this presumably was tied to the city after its discovery in 1980 by the Purple Mountain Observatory at Nanking on an inauspicious 13 November. Its name alone is the symbol in the absence of an ancient tale of a long-dead deity to apply. Brenda Wilson, with the support of Demetra George, makes a persuasive case for asteroid astrology as she guides us through the pandemic timeline that takes us beyond 2020.

(Looking down the asteroid list, I am gratified to see that asteroid Victor has yet to be discovered, though there is a near-miss with Viktorov (#17176). A chance yet for me to become eternal as a (small) part of the zodiac representing triumph (= Victor). All I need do now is buy a telescope, discover an asteroid and pray that the IAU (or NASA) elects to honour me with my own named rock.)

Strange but true...

Richard Alwin Fidler has made a fascinating discovery: death charts can be as descriptive of a life as a nativity. His end-charts of the likes of JKF, Monroe and other icons have uncanny correspondences to relevant biographies as if "cosmic obituaries". Other curious things are to be found in this issue. For instance, Chris Mitchell - who nearly made the cover in his Middle Ages' party costume - writes of Roger of Hereford, a 12th-century teacher who taught astrology in a Catholic school with the blessing of the local clergy. It seems scarcely credible. Just as amazing is that Roger went onto write England's first astrology textbook - and even today hardly anyone has heard of this man. That's about to change with the publication of Chris' essay.

The Mars-in-Aries transit - which starts in late June 2020 and ends in January 2021 - is somewhat dreaded, not least because of the squares it will form with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in its direct and retrograde motions, possibly signalling further problems in the Covid-19 crisis. Carole Taylor gives a sober assessment of the challenges ahead.

Lastly, thank you for all the compliments on our May-June 2020 issue which focused on the pandemic. It was a hard issue to put together but worth the tantrums and tears.

This is the editorial from the May 2020 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.

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