Zipporah Dobyns, Ph.d. on the future of astrology

In a book by Malcolm Dean, the Astrology Game, he quotes Dr. Dobyns about her belief that astrology will be accepted in her lifetime.  She was wrong there, and when she died in San Diego on June 7, 2003 it still was unaccepted, but she is probably right that we are closer now than a hundred years ago.

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Martha Wescott’s Tools of the Trade


Ms. Wescott, fondly called the Queen of Asteroids, is offering the latest set of her monthly Tools of the Trade in a 3 year set, but it is yet listed in her shop, so contact her via the above or email for an invoice if you are interested.  We receive no reimbursement for this ad.  It is being published for public interest.  It is not really for beginning astrologers but if you are ambitious you may benefit.

*The asterisk on posts means that the essay was revised the same month from an earlier version.  Here we lost the ad image.

Astrology, a lucrative path…..for very few

Astrology and being an astrologer are distant outliers from the cultural norm. Making a living as an astrologer is not a prosperous path. In the late 1800s, Alan Leo generated a rebirth in the interest of astrology when he produced mass horoscopes and employed astrologers as a group. Today, Astrology reports are a computerized commodity and I think there is not much collaboration among astrologers regarding new work.

While I agree with the adage that it takes 30 years to become a good astrologer, I think the interest in astrology by a psychedelicized generation in the 60s came at a time when there were no computers and people had to do the math in their head to cast a chart, which required the use and development of their higher mind. These days, the use of a computer allows access to astrology without mental development above the emotional body.

There is much about astrology that is based on principles and natural law, and there is much that is based on make-believe. Development in the occult arts, including astrology, means a study of the different occult practices. These activities are about developing our psychic abilities and our spiritual bodies. Astrology is the master key, because it gives structure and context from the higher mind to all that emotional content, all that occult stuff on the astral plane. Spiritual and psychic development is not part of technical materialistic astrology, but it helps to see the true nature of reality and right human relations.

Some say that Truth is the first victim of war. The early 1600s in England was a time when a gentleman knew his horoscope and astrology was used by both sides in the English Civil War, but its use was seen as failure and it fell out of favor. Similarly, truth has been victimized in the USA which has been in forever wars. People have been living in make-believe for years, if not lifetimes. The structure and truth of astrology is hard to see in a coarse society with its martial and ideological anti-science equivocations.

If I remember history from the 1960s 70s and 80s, we astrologers were fighting for the legal rights to practice without getting arrested for fraud. Fifty years ago most forms of fortunetelling were illegal because they were seen as fraud. Nowadays free-speech is re-defined to include nude dancing and piles of money as well as unqualified psychic consultation, and Astrology is entertainment.

I think perceptions of astrology in society will change with Uranus in Taurus, and Saturn conjunct Neptune in Pisces. I suggest a trend that manifests the practical value of astrology on the one hand and the definition of its belief system on the other. If we don’t do it, somebody else will.

John Toland on #462 Adolf Hilter

by Gary Noel

Last week, I was asked some questions regarding my comments about Hitler and . I was asked if I was arguing that Hitler was a humane mass murderer.

I never said those words. In fact, I put “humanely” in quotes to emphasize the absurdity of genocide being benevolent.  For the June 1995 issue of American Astrology, I wrote an article about Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II. On page 36 I ended the article with this sentence:

“For Audie Murphy and the millions of other Americans who risked life and limb to conquer Hitler’s ugly Nazi dream, we remain a grateful nation.” Does that sound like sympathy for Hitler?

I was asked for a dated source regarding Himmler’s approach to murdering the Jews. My source for all the things I mentioned about Hitler is the 1976 biography of Adolf Hitler by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Toland.

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The following paragraph is from page 703 of the Hardback copy.

“The decision taken, the Führer made it known to those entrusted with the Final Solution that the killings should be done as humanely as possible. This was in line with his conviction that he was observing God’s injunction to cleanse the world of vermin. Still a member in good standing with the Church of Rome despite detestation of its hierarchy (“I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so”), he carried within him its teaching that the Jew was the killer of God.

The extermination, therefore, could be done without a twinge of conscience since he was merely acting as the avenging hand of God—so long as it was done impersonally, without cruelty.

Himmler was pleased to murder with mercy. He ordered technical experts to devise gas chambers which would eliminate masses of Jews efficiently and ‘humanely,’ then crowded the victims into boxcars and sent them east to stay in ghettos until the killing centers in Poland were completed.”


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The following is from page 676:

“Heydrich’s most awkward problem was coping with the psychological effects of the exterminators. Some enlisted men had nervous breakdowns or took to drinking, and a number of the officers suffered from serious stomach and intestinal ailments. Others took to their task with excess enthusiasm and sadistically beat the prisoners in violation of Himmler’s order to exterminate as humanely as possible.”

Adolf Hilter’s chart is here. 800px-Audie_Murphy_grave_-_Arlington_National_Cemetery_-_2011.JPGFor other articles on Hilter click on the hashtag #Adolf Hilter

Neither Mr. Toland or Infantrymen Murphy’s charts have been rectified.

ISAR Board member resignation

On Tuesday evening, February 27, Dr. Glenn Perry announced his resignation as an International Society for Astrological Research board member. In his resignation letter to the board, Glenn stated,

“I will miss my ISAR family. Should the need arise, I will remain available for projects to which I might usefully contribute.”

ISAR regrets the circumstances that ultimately led to Glenn’s resignation, we are grateful for his 21 years of exemplary service to ISAR, which included the creation of ISAR Ethics Document and first ISAR Ethics Awareness course in 2000.

Dr Perry has been a  professional astrologer since 1975.  He is also a  licensed psychotherapist in private practice since 1979 and member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). License #M14207.  He is located in Haddam, Connecticut.

You can contact him here.


The Mongol Time-Lords & the West

by Johan Elverskog*

This week for Chinese New Year we bring you a scholastic paper from Medieval history Journal on the Chinese and Mongolian contributions to medieval astrology.  The original paper, in toto, is below.

 Astrology in pre-modern Eurasia, was fundamentally about orienting oneself—and one’s realm—in time and space and, as such, by bringing order to chaos, it functioned as a handmaiden of empire. The reality faced by all imperial systems was the competing universal claims of power that were based on radically different systems of astrology, astronomy and divination. In their effort to come to grips with this diversity, Eurasian empires usually adopted one of two contrasting attitudes, either a fundamentalist orthodoxy or an open syncretism.

In China, for example, some dynasties, such as the Qing (1644–1911), mandated conformity and outlawed heterodox astrological, calendrical or divination systems, many of which were invariably tied to rebellions.

 Other dynasties, such as the Tang (618–907), used a ‘doctrine of mixing together’ (混合說 hunheshou), which enabled diverse systems to thrive within the imperial order. And it was such a model that was followed by the Mongols’ predecessors, the Khitans of the Liao (907–1125) and Western Liao dynasties (1124–1211), both of which used a syncretistic model in order to maintain the indigenous, Buddhist, Chinese, Christian, Islamic and other traditions within their state.   The Mongols adopted this system also.

They  were the primary agents of commercial, technological and intellectual exchange across Eurasia in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.3 Moreover, as much recent scholarship has shown, including the work of Azfar Moin and the papers in this forum by Matthew Melvin-Koushki and Audrey Truschke, The Mongol quest for knowledge—especially of state-of-the-art astrology and the power it entailed—knew no bounds.

The fruits of such endeavors (such as Liu Binzhong’s Shoushili,5 Pakpa Lama’s Kalacakra-reorientation6 and Nasīr al-Dīn Tūsi’s recension of Ptolemy’s Almagest and Persian translation of al-Sufii’s Description of Fixed Stars), and the drive to maintain such an ‘occultist arms race’, as Melvin-Koushki calls it, continued to shape the statecraft among their successor states. In many ways, the Mongols established a model that was readily emulated by their successors.

Yet, there are important discontinuities between what the Mongols achieved and what their successors. For one, none of the post-Mongol regimes controlled anywhere near the territory that the Mongols had. Clearly, they knew this, and thus any claims about ‘universal’ rule that they were bound to proclaim on account of imperial protocol were not the same as that of the Mongols, who not only had a religion-political theology that made all people and modes of thought subservient to Mongol power,7 but also actualised that reality.

They controlled time and space to a previously unprecedented degree. In thirteenth century Iran, for example, the New Year was not celebrated at the vernal equinox according to the Islamic calendar, but was celebrated six weeks before the spring equinox in keeping with the Chinese calendar and it such control  for astrological, astronomical and divinatory knowledge was meant to ensure. And to a certain extent, it is precisely this universal ethos and its actualisation that actually made the Mongol empire quite different from anything before or since.

Rather than simply allowing different traditions to coexist and cross-pollinate as had historically so often been the case, the Mongols as part of their imperial policy actually wove them all together into a new coherent whole. This synthetic wholeness is a marked feature of Mongol astrological works, which are neither simply composite texts, nor simply cutting and pasting of Tibetan, Chinese and Indian texts in order to create a new pastiche. Rather, these texts are a reworking of these disparate elements into a coherent whole.

Throughout the text there are continuous references to its own conceptual framework, that  it calls ‘Mongol’, in contradistinction to the other four traditions: Indian, Tibetan and the Chinese ‘peasant’ and ‘scholarly’ traditions. Baumann has shown in his recent work on the Manual of Astrology and Divination, that  the text is clearly aware of the late seventeenth-century White Beryl (Baidūrya dkar po)—the main astrological text of the Gelugpa school—but the Mongol almanac is strikingly different, since the Tibetan work focuses on elemental divination and the Mongolian text focuses on omens.

Also, the Mongolian text has neither the natal horoscopes or pebble divination that are central to the Tibetan White Beryl, nor follows the Tibetan eight-day week or even their nakshatra system. Rather its 28 Lunar Mansions system are influenced by Chinese traditions, and the Chinese influence in turn is seen in the Mongol use of the hundred-unit reckoning system, the 12 double-hour system, the 23 joints and breaths, as well as the Chinese method for fixing the intercalary month.

Yet, the Mongolian almanacs are not wholly Chinese; instead, they are a fusion of these diverse elements into a holistically coherent new one is found not only in Mongolian astrological texts, but also in medical texts as evidenced in the Handbook of Medicines (Bükün-e tusalaqu eldeb jüil em-yin nayirul?a kemekü orosiba),11 and translations of Chinese astrological works such as the Xuanze guangyu xia ji [Record of the Multi-Faceted Jade Box (IVV41匣記)].

Though this Tang dynasty text includes a vast array of Chinese divinatory practices including coin divination, physiognomy, weather divination and various Chinese star spirits and omens that became vastly popular among the Mongols, the Mongol version is not simply a translation. Rather, as Walther Heissig has pointed out, the extant Mongol versions are reworkings that create a new composite text much like the Manual of Astrology and Divination.1

Even so, is whether this vision of the Mongols, which influenced thinkers such as Tycho Brahe, played any role in the subsequent development of scientific thought. Or was it only the Europeans who followed in the universalising footsteps of the Mongols?

The original paper by johan elverskog

John Halloran on Hilter and Chaplin

In October, 2017, I started writing a complete set of 480 separate male/female interpretations for all the declination parallel and contraparallel aspects. In doing so, I discovered that both Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, his number two, were born with Mars closely parallel Chiron.

Goering was born four years later, in 1893. With Hitler the orb is 05m and with Goering the orb is  07m.  With Chaplin, the orb is much wider -46m. Only 9 other men in my collection of 2,279 famous men with known birth times were born with Mars parallel Chiron within 07m. The difference between these other 9 men and Hitler is that most of them have either no close zodiacal aspects to Chiron or have favorable aspects, compared to Hitler’s challenging aspect of Moon opposite Chiron, with orb of 12m.

Hitler’s right hand man, Hermann Goering had Chiron conjunct Juno, the partnership asteroid, with an orb of 0d 24m, and  close zodiacal aspects to the Moon, Mars, and North Node. At the Nuremberg Trials, Goering “was charming, aloof and confident, and from the start was determined to dominate the other prisoners and make them follow his line of defence.”

Mars parallel Chiron is also a  powerful aspect, but it does not always produce an Adolf Hitler, it can also produce a Simon Cowell, a Harvey Levin, a John McCain (held in Vietnamese capitivity as a prisoner of war) , or a Vincent Price – all people who have confronted the unpleasant or the horrific side of life.

The slow-moving planetary aspects include three planets at 19 degrees – Uranus, the Black Moon Lilith, and cold, distant Eris – in addition to tapping into these outer-planet energies, Chaplin and Hitler also channelled the generational aspect of Neptune conjunct Pluto in Gemini. Both had a close Uranus sesquiquadrate Pluto aspect in their charts, as did Israeli general Moshe Dayan, U.S. senator Robert Byrd (former Grand Wizard of the KKK) Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.

The energies of that minor square aspect manifest as follows:

“This aspect makes you tough and hard. It gives you the ability to withstand hurts or injuries and yet still recover and thrive. You never stop growing. It gives you the technical ability to have power and influence with others.”

Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp character achieved worldwide universal familiarity – Chaplin’s Moon on the Ascendant gave him a transpersonal connection to the common man. In 1917, it was reported that nine out of ten men who attended costume parties dressed as the Tramp. Stores carried dolls and merchandise with Chaplin’s likeness.

The appearance of Adolf Hitler was often compared to that of Charlie Chaplin. They both exemplified an extreme rags to riches story and in 1940, Chaplin portrayed Hitler  in The Great Dictator – a talkie that was at the time universally panned.

. The connection between them is not just some weird or accidental coincidence but as   Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung commented on synchronicity, it was a link that exists because resonates with deep meaning and significance. Outer events can be signs that point to underlying connections and a deeper reality.

Whereas Chaplin’s strongest planet was the Moon, the planet of emotions, Adolf Hitler’s strongest planets was the Sun, the planet of will.  Hilter also scored high with the newly discovered Eris, the planet of discord.  Deep stuff indeed.

John Halloran
Los Angeles

Several of the charts mentioned are shown above.

Gary Noel on Hitler and Jupiter

upiter and The Nazis by Gary Noel

Astrological researcher and statistician Michel Gauquelin studied the birth charts of prominent Nazis several decades ago. Of 508 generals, dignitaries and chiefs, 118 entered the world when Jupiter had reached ascendancy or upper culmination in what are now known as major Gauquelin power zones. Under the law of statistical averages, there should have been no more than 83. It’s unlikely this was due to mere chance as the odds of so many Nazis being Jupiterians, according to Gauquelin, were approximately 50,000 to 1. That’s the dark side of Jupiter. On the brighter side, the number of Jupiterians in the French Resistance and Friends of the Liberation also proved to be statistically significant. Gauquelin thought that being a Jupiterian might be the only way to resist Jupiterian tyranny.

In 1944, Himmler, a Jupiterian (Jupiter rules Pisces his Ascendant) supervised numerous mass murders, with Hitler’s permission revealed to a group of high-ranking army and navy officers that six million Jews had been killed.

Himmler’s revelation was met with thunderous applause. Later on, before a group of navy leaders, Himmler boasted of murdering women and children. Hitler had told Himmler to eliminate the Jews as “humanely” as possible and Himmler gave the same order to the men under his command.

Early in his life, Hitler had nothing against the Jewish people. When his mother died, he told the Jewish doctor who treated her that he would be forever grateful for the care he had given her. Hitler kept his word. Even after the Nazis came into power, Dr. Bloch felt that he enjoyed privileges not granted to other Jews. Hitler seems to have convinced himself that Germany lost World War I because the Jews sabotaged the war effort and that, perhaps, was the genesis of his abhorrence of Jews.

Gauquelin attributed Hitler’s tyrannical nature to the fact he was born with Jupiter near the IC in a zone of moderate influence. Hitler had Uranus in a major power zone but Gauquelin found no link between Uranus and personality. Psychic Edgar Cayce, however, called Uranus the planet of extremes and to him, Hitler was a Uranian as it was in the Twelfth House right next to his Ascendant.

Himmler was also a combination of Uranus and Jupiter, having both planets conjoined in a primary power zone right at the midheaven in the Tenth house. If we follow Cayce’s idea, that the marriage of Uranus and Jupiter is a strong one, the reading  Charles E. O. Carter’s  book the  Astrology of Accidents maybe worthwhile.