The Astrological Journal May 2018

Victor Olliver's Editorial

Victor Olliver - Astrological Journal editor The AA's diamond jubilee

Welcome to the Astrological Association's 60th birthday party! For this momentous occasion, the 'grown-ups' who run this organisation have delved into the past, analysed the present and considered the future in what turned out to be a delicate balancing act between warm-hearted nostalgia and cool-headed critiquing. If the temperature of certain pages hits the odd extreme (hot or frosty) then take this as evidence that the AA's pulse remains strong and its passions robust. This 60-year-old is alive and kicking and will decline the bus pass. Bring on the next 60 years.

I am indebted to Pam Crane for her memories of earlier AA days - and of working with Journal editor Zach Matthews back in the 1970s. Jane Ridder-Patrick admits to being somewhat taken aback by the fury of opinion and hyper-sensitivities of certain AA members when she edited this magazine's first astro-health issue. And past Journal editors John Green and Carole Taylor reflect on the AA's role in today's world - John is especially concerned about what he describes as a "worrying trend in astrology of internal conflicts...amongst groups of astrologers in a 'My astrology is better than your astrology' kind of way". If you have any doubt about this development, then get yourself a Facebook page and espy the lively exchanges of viewpoint. You won't need to watch another TV soap opera.

Interviews with Roy Gillett, Nicholas Campion and Wendy Stacey offer different perspectives or emphases on the state of astrology today and the AA's direction of travel. Do feel very welcome to put forward your own views as these chats are intended to stimulate constructive ideas and debate.

Of the present, the Internet is the key game-changer in how we interact remotely. With over four billion people worldwide online, astrology faces fresh challenges and opportunities. I am very grateful to Frances Clynes for her insightful essay on this subject, adapted from her doctoral thesis. So often a free-for-all, the Internet has created an environment for sharp practice and poor astrology - even as we benefit from the creation of online global astrological communities, such as on Facebook. In this context, Marilena Marino takes a closer look at how we can use social media, such as Twitter and Instagram. And in the Astro News, we profile three YouTube astro-stars who are thriving as online independents - are they (really) the future?

One big theme in Roy Gillett's interview is the AA's reaching out to the rest of the world to create a family of astrology. With this thought in mind, Sharon Knight travelled to the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan in South Asia where every person gets her/his own horoscope at birth, and the government has set astrological targets. After reading Sharon's report, I was tempted to travel to Bhutan myself.

In the lead up to this issue, we have used the AA's horoscope to showcase different systems of astrology. Now, Zeynep Özlem Yalçin analyses the chart as the Roman Emperor Tiberius' stargazer Thrasyllus might have done so; and it is a wonderful thing that so many Hellenistic techniques have been recovered. To underline the AA's continuing commitment to research into astrology, Peter Marko brings us his original work on Baby Boomers: his use of astrological cycles produces a very surprising result.

There are many other examples of the AA's contribution to the world of astrology on display in this issue. I hope you enjoy the package - and come back for more.

This is the editorial from the May 2018 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.

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