Chart Interpretation

Science Fiction explores possibilities of the past, present and future. So does astrology! Astrologers are often ardent science fiction fans and what better piece of science fiction to consider than Star Trek?

Of course, trying to work with the astrology of science fiction characters poses some interesting challenges to astrology, for example:

• First you have to deal with a larger question: What happens to astrology if humans colonize space?
• And, of course, does astrology even make sense for fictional characters and stories?
• Another consideration is whether or not our science fiction tales reflect an astrological zeitgeist?

Star Trek writers and fans have created birth places, dates and times for Star Trek characters. These are the three critical pieces of information needed by an astrologer to create a natal chart. So you can find articles on the web considering the charts not only for Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the Star Trek universe, or the first date and time the show first aired, but also of the actual characters in the show.

Instructor: Laura Nalbandian
The question of the soul has fascinated humans since the beginning of time. Through his own quest to find deeper meaning, Jeffry Green began to develop the Pluto material; exploring at the nature of the soul in the natal chart.  By the mid 1980's his book "Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul" was published.  The material strives to cut to the core issues of the soul - answering the questions of "why am I here, what are my lessons?"  
In this 13 week course, we'll examine this groundbreaking work. We'll start with the discussion of the three evolutionary states of consciousness and the basic rules of the Pluto methodology.  Then move onto exploring the twelve house placements of Pluto.  By the end of this course, students will be able to:

Today you may carry a smart phone to help you calculate astrological charts while traveling. “For medieval physicians, the mnemic apparatus of choice was what is sometimes today known as a folding almanac or a belt book. There are thought to be just 29 such almanacs that have survived to the present day.”

The almanac was made using vellum, a tough paper made from an animal skin. It was folded, strung on a cord and hung from the belt. It was particularly useful for doctors as they made house calls.  Read More from The Atlantic.

The Kepler Board of Trustees is delighted and proud to welcome to new members: Chris Brennan and Tamira McGillivray. The Board also thanks outgoing member Georgia Stathis for her years of dedication and assistance. Georgia was a member of the Board from 2007 through January of 2012.

The Astrological Association and the Astrological Journal proudly presents a competition for original essays by young astrologers. We are looking for great new talent ready to show the world their astrological ideas.

If you are aged between 18 and 35 years old by the closing date of 1st August 2013 you could enter and be our winner!

1st prize
£100, your essay published in the Journal and free AA membership and Astrological Journal for 1 year

2nd prize
£50, your essay published in the Journal and free AA membership and Astrological Journal for 1 year

3rd prize
£25 and your essay published in the Journal

4th and 5th prize
Your essay published in the Journal

We would like young astrological writers to send us their essays (up to 3,500 words) on any astrological topic. Maybe you have a fascinating Horary story to tell, you have insights into the current world astrology, traditional techniques or the latest psychological ideas. Whatever your astrological focus we want to hear from you and have great prizes to give out as well as the chance to be published in the UK’s prestigious Astrological Journal.

Get writing – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Rules:

  1. All essays must be previously unpublished and your own work
  2. Essays must be between 2,000 and 3,500 words including any endnotes. They can be on any subject of general and specific interest to all serious astrologers. You should include a short bio of up to 100 words and a recent photo of yourself with the entry
  3. Include graphical horoscopes and data sources with your copy. Any diagrams required for the text should be sent separately and not included as part of the text. All graphical content should be of 300dpi resolution and in .jpg, or .tiff format
  4. The competition opens on 1st May 2013, and closes at 23.59 BST on 1st  August 2013.  Entries may be submitted at any time between the opening and closing dates. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered. You may only submit 1 entry to the competition.
  5. The competition is open to all astrologers aged 18 – 35 by the 1st August closing date
  6. All entries must be in English and submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the subject heading – Astrological Journal Essay Competition

Entry:

  1. The file must be in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word Document (*.doc  or   *.docx) ; Open Document Text (*.odt) or Rich Text File (*.rtf)
  2. The entrant is responsible for ensuring that the file is readable and uncorrupted
  3. The file cannot be amended or changed in any way once it has been submitted
  4. Any entrant who submits a file or e-mail containing a virus will be immediately disqualified
  5. We will acknowledge receipt of entries by e-mail
  6. The entries will be judged by a panel of the Astrological Association and the Editor of the Astrological Journal. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be announced in a future edition of the Journal
  7. When published the Editor reserves the right to amend, cut or otherwise make editorial decisions in line with normal journalistic practice. The Editor’s decision is final
  8. General writer’s guidelines are available here: http://www.astrologicalassociation.com/pages/publications/writersGuidelines.php
  9. Copyright of the essay remains with the author except that the Astrological Association retains the right to publish any essay in the Journal and/or AA website and republish the material in full, once, without further permission from the author

Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg

Each individual 5-week workshop is $195, $530 if you take all three (students signing up for all three courses get $50 off the price of taking the courses individually). All three workshops are required to be counted as a diploma elective.

Is the soul immortal, and, if so, how can the soul be modified by good or bad actions? How does soul relate to body, mind, emotions and to situations like falling in love or falling apart? Can we use astrology to find the soul’s purpose in life or throughout lifetimes? Is the soul evolving or does it get stuck on the wheel of existence?  Divided into three short courses, this program explores these questions and their profound implications for the theory and practice of astrology.

All three courses survey the traditions that astrologers inherited and created and apply their ideas to astrological practice.

Symmetrical Astrology in the Modern World -
New Tools for the Ancient Arts

Instructor: Gary Christen

This course will aquaint the participant with the background, materials and methods behind the emerging Symmetrical Astrology. Symmetrical Astrology is a modern framework for astrology comprising the work of Arthur Blackwell, Alfred Witte, Rob Hand and Gary Christen. It affords astrology the possibility of a truely structured form with common rules, observations and methods in keeping with modern times. Please note that this course only references Uranian Astrology and uses the Uranian System as a departure point for the structural integration of future astrological possibilites.

Because students are expected to practice the  techniques each week, there will be a discount for the course and a 1/2 price discount for the software used to work with symmetrical astrology, Nova Chart Wheels.

enrollSpring Term starts the week of March 31, 2014

Unless noted, all the courses are 10-weeks in length and cost $530.

Every term includes both electives (some of which may only be offered once per year) and regularly scheduled Certificate courses. Live meetings will be recorded and students will receive a copy of the recording as part of their tuition.

Recently two new moons were discovered orbiting Pluto.  They were called P4 and P5 (pretty dull). Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter announced a contest on February 13, 2013 where the public was asked to help name the newest discoveries. The named suggested needed to come from Greek mythology.

With the help of Star Trek fans, the most popular name turned out to be Vulcan followed by Cerberus. Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and is a nephew of Pluto. Cerberus was the three-headed hound that guarded the gates to the underworld. Go to http://www.plutorocks.com/to see how the voting came out. For more details about how Vulcan got in the running, click here.

The voting results do not automatically mean that P4 and P5 will end up being called Vulcan and Cerberus. SETI is going to recommend the winning names to the International Astronomical Union — the organization ultimately responsible for naming the moons. While the IAU will take the results into consideration, they have final say over in naming these tiny moons.

Pluto's three bigger moons already had mythological names: Charon, the ferryman of Hades; Nix for the night goddess; and the multi-headed monster Hydra. Charon is almost as large as Pluto, so some astronomers consider them to be a double-planet system. 

 

February 15, 2013 will be a close flyby of an asteroid named 2012 DA14. This is a smaller asteroid (although its impact would be quite large if it hit the earth), about 50 meters in size--to small to see without a telescope. There is an interesting video that shows its near-earth pass from the perspective of the asteroid on the website Universe Today.

If you don't have a telescope, you will still be able to see a near-earth visitor when comet PANSTARRS gets closer in March. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, you should have the best views from now to the end of February. The Southern Hemisphere is also where the comet Lemmon can barely be seen as a greenish glow right now.

Comet ISON will become visible as early as October, could be as bright as the full moon. NASA has caught it's first pictures at 493 million miles away. Read More

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