Autumn 2015                                                                                                                               Issue 84


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Council News                                                                                                                                  1

Families Families – Mike Harding                                                                                                4

Ingress and Eclipse charts                                                                                                             8

Dates for your Diary                                                                                                                        11                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


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Council News:


Council has been engaged with the Principals of a number of astrological schools in trying to deal with people on the internet claiming to hold Diplomas and qualifications from various astrological schools, as well as claiming membership of the APAI.  In the main, these astrologers are centred in Europe, but we have come across one Diana Rose from America on the internet, who claims to be a Diploma Holder of both the Faculty of Astrology and the QHP as well as being a Fellow of this Association.  We are working in unison with the Principals of the various schools to try and remove these false accreditations.  If you come across a suspect website or person claiming to be a Diploma Holder from one of our accredited schools, please alert both the Principal of the School concerned as well as Council.


Owing to building works taking place at the Liss White Eagle Lodge throughout 2016, we will be unable to hold our AGM/Open Day there as usual.  We have approached various venues in both Central and outer London but the hire costs are exorbitant.  As a result we have booked a new venue: Claire Hall in Haywards Heath.  Haywards Heath is a 40 minute direct train from Main Line London rail stations. The venue is just over the road from the station and about a five minute walk from the town centre, so is easily found. Parking is free for attendees.  We have set the date for the 7th May 2016.  Lunch will be provided and the speakers will be announced in the Winter Newsletter.


Once again we were in attendance at the AA conference that was held at Wyboston Lakes in Cambridge and are pleased to announce we have gained three new members from the conference whom we look forward to welcoming at our Open Days.


The Astrological Lodge of London (ALL) is celebrating its Centenary this year, and was also represented at the Conference.  The Lodge was founded in 1915 under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, and remained part of the TS until 1982.


The chart information is given on the ALL’s website: 13th July 1915. Finchley, London. 19.15.




However, in the ALL Quarterly Vol 82 No 1 Winter 2013; Nick Kollestrom wrote an article questioning the validity of the actual birth of the ALL as we know it today.  IN 1982 the Legal Entity of the Lodge (ALL) was formed.  I won’t go into the rational arguments posed by Nick in that article. He gives documentary evidence that the ALL as it exists today, was officially formed on the 15th November 1982 at 21.24 London.



In a letter published in the Astrological Journal, Sept/Oct 2015 Vol: 57- No 5 (page 6), Nick again repeats his argument.  At the AA Conference, the Panel of Past Presidents of the Lodge, all strongly refuted Nick’s argument. However, I do feel he is technically correct, and, looking at the two charts, I know which one I would prefer to have as a Foundation Chart, and it definitely isn’t the one with Saturn in Detriment!


But to continue: to celebrate the Centenary, the current President, Kim Farnell has put together a wonderful book of the history of the Lodge using the Lodges own papers and records.  Leo Rising  :  The story of the Astrological Lodge of London   This book has been produced with the help of a grant from the Urania Trust .  Kim Farnell confirmed that all proceeds from the sale of the book go directly to the Lodge.


Whatever your take on the age of the Lodge, this is a wonderful book of the modern history of astrology in the UK.  On a personal note, the very first page I randomly opened, there beaming out at me, was a photograph of my two wonderful teachers/mentors, the late Olivia Barclay and Mike Edwards, both grinning like the proverbial Cheshire Cats.  For those of you who may have known Mike, I am sad to report he is lost in the world of Alzheimers, but is very happy there.


Once again the conference was a resounding success for the AA and we are extremely delighted to announce that our “founding father”, Mike Harding was this year’s recipient of the Charles Harvey award.  Many well deserved congratulations to him. 


We are now looking forward to our next Open Day Event to be held on the 10th October at the White Eagle Lodge in Liss.  The incomparable Deborah Houlding will be conducting a workshop on perhaps one of the hardest disciplines in astrology, Electional Astrology.  As always, transport is arranged from Liss Railway station for the London train arriving in just after 10am.  Tea and coffee is available from 10.30 and the day will start at 11.00am.  These days have proved popular with both Non Members and Members alike and we look forward to seeing many of you there.


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Families, Families.

By Mike Harding


In the last edition of the APAI Newsletter Sharon reported on the 25th Anniversary of our organization and the various talks and reminiscences  that we shared during the course of the day. It was wonderful to meet up again in such lovely surroundings and celebrate the success of our venture.  


While we may be a small family within the world-wide astrological community, we have a clear presence and identity as a professional body with a growing, and well deserved reputation. Indeed, it was this thought of ‘family’ that came back to me when thinking of the early years of then, APA, when reflecting on our initial aims.


One suggestion the original Committee mooted was that each member should contribute an annual paper on some aspect of their work for a possible APA Journal.  A suggestion too far, I think, given the pressures of time, and wisely the thought was dropped. But I returned to it in my talk, not in terms of the original aim, but more in the spirit of  an  astrological research project that APAI members might be interested in considering. Yes, consider comes from the Latin considerare, with the stars,  and in this case the suggestion was that we should consider looking at the astrology of our own families, as most of us will have the charts of family members and will have probably noted some intriguing coincidences in their Zodiacal placing.

So I suggest a research project that draws on the data we may all already have on our computers. It doesn’t matter that in each case this may be a small group. Major discoveries have resulted from such small samples.  John Bowlby demonstrated that the loss or separation of a parent in childhood correlated with later depression in the adult, findings that radically changed one of Freud’s key theories.


Many of Bowlby’s sample were small, and went against chance by factors as low as 10:1, which is not much in a small set. Jean Piaget similarly demonstrated how a child’s ability to make sense of the world went through specific age-related stages.  Again, he used small samples with low statistical outcomes.  But both repeated their research dozens of times with different groups, and while each individual test scored low in probability the overall results confirmed a clear message.   Astrologers have much anecdotal evidence for  recurring planetary positions in family charts, and this could be put to good use  within a  relatively (!)  simple research  project.   Nor would we have to say why any persistent effect exists, for this is again another matter, which science often misunderstands. A frequent argument against astrology is that no causal theory can be proposed.  But when scientists search for a cause they invariably ignore the fact that causality is not a law which nature obeys, but the form of words in which science states its propositions about nature, and all too often is a shadow cast onto the very phenomena it seeks to investigate. 


So, how about APAI members taking  a look at some of the recurring positions in the planetary arrangements  in which they are situated?   I offer a start with some examples from my own family, which I am continuing to explore.  


As I am interested in midpoints, perhaps because by definition they include a cyclical (harmonic) relationship.  Figure 1 shows some of the midpoints in the male line, from my great-great grandfather to his great-great grand-daughters.  The majority are from timed data, but omit the lunar midpoints when no time is known. I have no data for my mother’s side of the family, so this line cannot be included.


Though in Figure 2  I have included my Mother’s MO/SA as her own birth time is recorded, and this also illustrates that there is something more complex going on than can be put down to genetics, although this consideration is not unimportant. I was told by Charles Harvey that at the time of his death John Addey was studying for an MA in that subject as he felt that research into this area mirrored similar findings astrology. Just as, for instance, the MA/SA  midpoint can  correlate with  death as the Ebertins suggest, but not always, so it is noted that one might have a gene that correlates with red hair, but one does not have red hair.  The same holding true for many disease-related genes that are not expressed within an individual case. 



Figure 2 also  illustrates another way in which the data can be arranged, which draws attention to the interplay of Zodiacal positions and hints at Addey’s theory of harmonics.  In terms of this project, I would hope that participants feel free to explore different ways of demonstrating correlations. So long as there is a constancy of presentation within the chosen method which accords with the demands of basic research, the field is open.  If there is a case to be made using quite different arrangements, then feel free to make it.  And also feel free to use publicly available data if your own collection is small.


Figure 3 illustrates the MA/SA midpoint in Freud’s family –a particularly appropriate midpoint as Freud’s concerns revolved around the patriarchal control of sexuality, the need to control the libido via social prohibition, and a somewhat suspect belief that we have a Death Instinct.


If we manage to generate sufficient groups of interesting data then we could think about an article in the Astrological Association Journal, or even a small publication of our own.  I would be happy to coordinate any findings, so if you are interested please get in touch with me at


This is an interesting study and one that would be good to continue. I have noted in my family, the coincidence of certain elements featuring strongly across four generations, namely the fire and air elements.   As with many things in life, I keep meaning to investigate and work on Jigsaw to see what degrees, midpoints, signs are highlighted throughout our family but so far...


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Housing Your Planets: Everyday Interpretations and Spiritual Perspectives

By Patricia Godden

FastPrint Publishing, £12.99

Reviewed by Victor Olliver


As astrologer Robert Anderson writes in his admirably candid foreword to this book, “There are plenty of books in print that describe the astrological houses, and most of these offer interpretations of planets by their house placement. Somewhat unflatteringly, if justifiably, known as cookbooks, these can nevertheless be helpful in gathering together the data for astrological readings”.


And that’s precisely what Patricia Godden supplies. Students of astrology are guided through the actions of ten planets in each of the twelve chart houses - fans of voguish if not obscure asteroids and planetoids or abstract geometric points (such as Black Moon Lilith) may need to look elsewhere. 


In addition, we are treated to an introduction to spiritual takes on houses and planetary placements. As Anderson points out, this theme is usually confined to the lunar nodes and perhaps the 4th, 8th and 12th houses. To Dr Godden however, the potential for deeper or higher life lessons subsists in every chart factor, beyond described earthly terrain such as money, property, love or whatever. Mars then is not merely the planet of physical dynamism but “represents the urge to merge with the Creator, to become one with the source of life”. The 6th house is not just given to world of work but is the chart sector where “through learning about service to or from others, the soul is learning how it can best serve the self”.


So clear and sensible is the author’s approach that I do not hesitate to commend this as a set text to any astrology school for the better basic understanding of the chart.


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The Astrologer’s Apprentice

By Julian Venables

My Spirit Books, £13.99 (pb); £3.34 Kindle

Reviewed by Victor Olliver

The astrology novel is still a tiny genre, even allowing for Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (structured on the zodiac twelve signs) which scooped the Man Booker Prize in 2013 – an even rarer example of the world of books setting aside its prejudices in the face of literary merit.


Julian Venables’ debut novel is a clever commercial page-turner that’s filmic in its evocation of the 17th century London of master astrologer William Lilly. Our hero is not him, though, but a young man called Tom whose finely-reined libido steers him towards pretty Martha who in turn introduces him to Lilly. The seer has already foretold – because Venus is in exaltation one May Day - that a young suitor of hers could very well turn out to be the astrologer apprentice he seeks. One suspects that Tom’s plan to study at Oxford could very well suffer a sudden Uranian intervention – not that Uranus has been discovered yet.


The story flows and romps very smoothly and plausibly through all manner of adventures (such as the Great Fire) as Tom snuggles under the wing of Lilly, denounced by rivals and others as a charlatan – and Tom’s family is not best pleased. His father won’t have almanacs in the house, prefiguring a Dawkins-style antipathy to stargazing. Venables deftly weaves astrology into the story, not so heavily as to amount to exposition, and plumps up his characters with living-breathing individuality.

With the festive period ominously close, this is one suggested gift you should snag now.


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With the Regal sign of Leo at the top of the chart and the mutual reception with the Sun and Venus, it would seem there may be some news regarding a member of the Royal Family or a senior figure in the Government. 


This Ingress chart is shortly followed by the Lunar Eclipse on the 28th September.




Mars is ruler of the Eclipse and is Peregrine. He has just separated from sextile Saturn and his next Ptolemaic aspect will be to Jupiter. Unfortunately Jupiter is in his detriement, but hopefully his inherent goodness will temper the rashness of Mars somewhat.


This is an eclipse falling across the resources axis of 2nd and 8th.  Perhaps indicating a bumpy ride in the financial markets in the coming months. (No surprise there!). 


Mercury, dispositor of Mars and ruler of the Ascending Degree is combust and retrograde. This could indicate the unravelling of some Governmental policies in the months to come.


When we view the Lunar Eclipse in comparison with Queen Elizabeth II’s chart, we note the Eclipse degree falls partile conjunct Her Majesty’s Mercury, and Venus in the Lunar Eclipse Chart, is partile opposing her Jupiter and separating from her Mars. 



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In September history was made by Her Majesty The Queen becoming the longest reigning British Monarch.  The record had been held by Queen Victoria. Prior to Queen Victoria, King George III held the “crown” from 25th October 1760 until his death on the 29th January 1820 (59 + years). And before him, it was Queen Elizabeth 1st who reigned from 17th November 1558 until her death on the 24th March 1603 (43+ years).


Long live her majesty.


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Please remember, we are holding our next Open Day courtesy of The White Eagle Lodge, Liss, on the 10th October 2015. Our speaker will be the world renowned Deborah Houlding and her topic will be Electional Astrology.  Definitely a date and subject not to be missed!