Editorials and Opinions

Musings on the philosophical side of astrology, on how astrologers work, books, etc.

Primary Directions are an ancient technique for forecasting. It is based on the primary motion of the earth - its 360 degrees of motion over the course of one day. As the earth turns, each of the planets rise, culminate and set. John Savarese provides a summary of his books that explain the technique and the steps for calculation.

A Summary of Directed Angles and Primary Directions by John Savarese, B.A. Syracuse University 1972, M.A. City University of New York, Hunter College 1974, NCGR-PAA (National Council for Geocosmic Research Professional Astrologers' Alliance) Level 3.

Kepler is highlighting astrological research throughout the month of September. Amy Shapiro has published the results of her research on careers and astrology in her new book Forces At Work. This book is for students and practitioners who want to look at parallels between Astrology and Career Development.  Based on an original Career Survey conducted between 1990-92, and a follow-up in 2012-13, cases show the arcs of people’s careers and subtle forces that guided their choices, correlated to their charts.  The findings are a long-term study of cosmic and psycho-dynamic links between Astrology and Career Theory with over 80 natal chart observations.  Chapter 2, Geocosmic Career Indicators, surveys ancient-to-modern Astro-Career Theories with insights by Austrian Astrologer, Dr. Oskar Adler, a fresh look at the Gauquelin Sectors, Part of Fortune, Asteroids, Chiron, Ceres and Eris, with cases of famous people’s charts with a prominent Eris: Sigmund Freud, Arnold Schoenberg, Joan Baez, Princess Diana, Steve Jobs and John Stewart.  In each, Eris serves the role of ‘Provocateur’ as a catalyst for evolutionary forces. In a special Resources section, Kepler College is recognized as a resource for Astrologers. Chapters 3 to 6 group 58 cases by their Sun/Moon/Horizon relation, and a chapter on Career Counseling gives practical advice to help your clients with career decisions.

In the Foreword, Economist, Ed Kaznocha writes: Aptitude tests and counseling help us to gain insight, yet do not touch on our inner, hard-to-express wants and needs. As Amy describes: ‘Forces at Work combines self-perception, motivation, astrology and career theory in the interplay of visible and invisible realms.’  Her research and this book achieve what no economic or statistical study can do.” 

Forces At Work: Astrology and Career

The Money Changer and His Wife

Since coming into the study of astrology, I have deeply pondered the mechanism behind its magical and profound workings.  Any student of the subject has surely been amazed by its exactitude and precision in the timing of events, bodily illness, and passing moods that sweep through us in any given day. It is the unending and uncanny accuracy of astrology that keeps me motivated to continue my study. I also believe that astrology can be used to aid in healing. For instance, medical astrology can often be as accurate as a laboratory test, yet looking at the astrological chart is completely non-invasive.

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With Uranus transiting Aries for the first time since 1927-1934, cookbook astrology would predict a New Birth of astrology's relevance around the world by 2019. As with so many beloved astrological catch-phrases, “New Birth” is vague, generally applicable and perhaps ultimately meaningless in any informative sense.

Astrologers historically have enjoyed highlighting significant technological revolutions accompanying Uranus transits: Uranus’ archetype is considered synchronous not just with inventions and technology but with astrology itself.

The Professional Astrologers group on Facebook has had a fascinating discussion about whether or not you can identify evil in an astrological chart. The premises of evolutionary astrology bring up a similar question for me. I don't think a chart can tell you that someone is evil or has a propensity for evil, nor do I believe that you can use a chart to measure "the growth of a Soul from life to life." I do believe that the chart can show you challenges, road-blocks, and where we need to be careful not to express the "shadow" or unskilled side of the planetary archetype.

Jeff Jawer, Robert Hand, Kate Petty and Madalyn Hillis-Dineen

It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Jeff Jawer on February 10, 2015. In hospice because of lung cancer, he was surrounded by his loved ones, his wife Danick, their two daughters, Laura and Lyana and his friend and business partner of many years, Rick Levine. Jeff provided inspiration with grace and humor, along with great teaching and guidance for so many. He supported the work of Kepler from its founding to the present. We all miss him.

For more information on Jeff Jawer or to offer support, please visit The Jeff Jawer Fund.

Kepler College's special 3-Hour workshop on "Solar Arcs: What They Are – How to Use Them" presented by Robert Glasscock on November 4, 2017 stirred interest and even controversy from its illustrations of solar arc techniques in Donald Trump's and the United States' horoscopes. In this article,  Robert expands on some of the points made and shows how you can effectively use transits to solar arcs.

Andrew Ifandis is an astrologer who has chosen Kepler College to expand his astrological knowledge and professional development.

Andrew Ifandis has recently written an acclaimed analysis (including key transits, progressions and solar arcs) of the astrological chart of Ingmar Bergman, the renowned Swedish director which has been published in the July-August 2016 issue of the Astrological Journal and at the same time re-published with author permission on astro.com and keplercollege.org. (You can read a copy by clicking here.)

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