Today is World Book Night – and as serendipidity would have it, it is also a New Moon in Taurus, making it the ideal time to slow down and smell the flowers during the day – as well as amass some quality reading material for the evenings! In the northern hemisphere, Taurus season is also when we get to enjoy all the beautiful spring blossoms that will be pollinated by the bees, before turning into the ripe and tasty fruits of autumn. Which is when my new book, the Cosmology of Astrology, is due to be published.
However, as we are all too aware, we live in uncertain times. And right now, COVID-19 is wreaking havoc with the publishing industry. Already the London Book fair had to be canceled and more recently, Gardners, a major book distributor in the UK, has announced that it has suspended all new orders until further notice.
So I am appealing to my regular readers to please support all my hard work by pre-ordering the book now. Your support for self-employed creators and artists like me would be greatly appreciated.
New Moon blessings to you!
The famous Antikythera mechanism found amongst the cargo of a shipwreck by archaeologists in 1900 off the coast of Greece has finally been decoded by experts.
The device, dating to approximately 150 BCE, was thought to have been used to predict planetary movements. Now, thanks to enhanced imaging technology, experts are finally able to say with confidence that it was, first and foremost, an eclipse predictor that followed the so-called Metatonic cycle.
Tiny inscriptions found on the gears and mechanisms previously dubbed unreadable due to their size and the damage sustained to the device under water, reveal that in additional to calculating the lunar phases and the orbits of the seven traditional planets, the device also seems to colour-code different eclipses into a series of categories. This suggests that early astrologers may also have been aware of different Saros families, and like some modern astrologers, assigned specific oracular/symbolic significance to each.
For more information, visit the academic article.
In February, AstrologySphere took part in a Psychic Festival and residential week-end, held for the first time at the Burlington Hotel in Folkestone.
Attended by some celebrities from the world of mediumship, including Colin Fry and Jayne Wallace, founder of the Psychic Sisters of Selfridges, it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed making new friends and doing readings for some of the Kent locals.
My friend, Lee Whyberd, a fantastic Welsh medium, led some of the workshops and did several group readings alongside Colin Fry and a number of other familiar faces. He is extremely talented and gives exceptionally accurate readings. You can read more about him on his Facebook page, Heavens Above.
Good news! The New Astrology of Towns & Cities features in this month’s edition of ‘Soul & Spirit’ magazine, available from most major UK retailers.
In ‘The Bookshelf’ section, TNATC is described in the following terms:
“This unusual and inventive book asks how natives relate to their immediate environment…Relating astrological signs to our geographical locations, it focuses on major towns and cities in the UK, plotting the history of places with the significance of stars and planets.”
Read the full write-up.
This is the second review of the book, the first appeared in the March/April issue of The Astrological Journal – one of Britain’s foremost publications aimed at the UK astrological community, and published by the Astrological Association.
Editor, Carole Taylor, writes in the March 2014 edition that:
In short, this is a fascinating and unique book – a must-have reference that opens a window onto our relationship with the places where we live and work. I confess I looked straight away at the towns and cities where I have lived – as a Gemini with a Sagittarius Descendant, there have been quite a few of them! – and was stunned to see my personal connections to the astrology. And of course I looked too at the places I have always longed to live – an even more interesting and revealing exercise.
The book, which is now available in both print and eBook formats, is now also on sale in the iBooks and Nook stores.