Astrological Writings

Astrological Writings

Astrology, Broader and Deeper

Astrology, Broader and Deeper

Many of these articles explore the relationships between astrology and its symbol systems and western literature and psychology, traditional and modern. Others critically investigate some features of modern astrology that merit criticism.

Astrology and the Stoics: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Contentment

Astrology and the Stoics: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Contentment

The development of astrology in the West owes a great debt to the philosophy of the Stoics. Their depictions of human bondage and freedom, their quest for serenity and their emphasis on nobility of character continues to influence astrology’s techniques and astrology’s underlying understanding of the human condition.

Astrologers Should Study Their History

Astrologers Should Study Their History

Beginning Thursday September 17, with the International Academy of Astrology, there’s a course that takes astrology from the Bronze Age to the Islamic Golden Age.

Marsilio Ficino: Renaissance Luminary Revived for the Modern Astrologer

Marsilio Ficino: Renaissance Luminary Revived for the Modern Astrologer

He was one of the pioneers of the early Italian Renaissance and used traditional astrology in surprising and innovative ways, bringing astrology together with a neoplatonic worldview, natural magic, and an emphasis on healthy body and soul. It’s a pleasure to be teaching about him this summer.

The Past Darkly: Divine Comedy’s Historical Background

The Past Darkly: Divine Comedy’s Historical Background

What follows is an overview and timeline I wish I had when I first started reading the Divine Comedy. Because the poem relates closely to its cultural, political, and spiritual background, it’s good to have some broad strokes.

Chaucer’s Wife of Bath Needs a New Astrological Chart

Chaucer’s Wife of Bath Needs a New Astrological Chart

The Wife of Bath from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, was, and continues to be, one of Chaucer’s most vivid and enigmatic creations. Lately I have revisited her Prologue and Tale, her character, circumstances, and use of astrology that reflects more of her character and circumstances.

Liberating Uranus and Aquarius – From Each Other

Liberating Uranus and Aquarius – From Each Other

Many astrologers in the last century have correlated signs, planets, and houses in ways that have brought confusion to astrology and distorted its range of application. Here I would like to look critically at the modern affiliation of the sign Aquarius with the planet Uranus, that Uranus is the “modern” ruler of Aquarius.

Calling and the Soul’s Transformations

Calling and the Soul’s Transformations

Another rotation of “Astrologies of Soul” begins Thursday January 26 2017. A timely survey of the nature of soul and the world and the many ways the universe calls to us.

Profiles: Seventeen Exemplary Persons I’d like to meet in Heaven

Profiles: Seventeen Exemplary Persons I’d like to meet in Heaven

“In these times when human nature seems darker and weaker than we know it to be, we should remind ourselves of qualities we admire and those people who exemplify them. It seems timely that my profiles now focus on individuals who hold us to a higher standard of decency, who may inspire us.”

Simone Weil (1909-1943): Sublimity and Affliction

Simone Weil (1909-1943): Sublimity and Affliction

Depictions of this women have ranged from the hagiographic to the clinical: to some she was saintly and brilliant and prophetic, to others she was emotionally tortured, self-destructive and made life difficult for those around her. In fact, she possessed all these qualities.

Walt Whitman: America’s Homer

Walt Whitman: America’s Homer

Walt Whitman found in America’s promise a manifestation of human potential, and his age disappointed him as our age disappoints us. I’d like to dine with him in Heaven and he may wear his hat anywhere he likes, inside or out.

Pablo Casals: Musician and Activist

Pablo Casals: Musician and Activist

Pablo Casals was from an early age a renowned cellist, then a conductor and composer. He is famous for his discovery and performances of Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites. He was from Catalan area of present-day Spain, and he lived during tumultuous times, particularly the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath. He opposed the right-wing campaign and government of Francisco Franco to his dying breath.

Maya Angelou and the Victorious Personality

Maya Angelou and the Victorious Personality

Maya Angelou encountered adversity early in life, and from adversity developed wisdom, a strong sense of humanity and an unshakable confidence in her own possibilities and those of others. She also helped carry the struggle against racism, sexism, and social inequality. We can gain valuable insight from her astrological chart.

Fred Rogers – 2018’s Favorite Person

Fred Rogers – 2018’s Favorite Person

This year we have heard and read much about life and work of Fred Rogers, much nostalgically, contrasting his message of kindness and positive regard with our era of toxic politics, policy, and mass media. I add the adjectives “effective” and “significant” to describe him, for his was a positive message that helped make a difference. Many wish for a return to Rogers’ values thought to be in present decline.

Dorothy Day: Untimely Prophet

Dorothy Day: Untimely Prophet

Many of my readers either have not heard of Dorothy Day, or perhaps confuse her with a movie actress from the 1950’s, or, better, know she was somehow involved in charity and maybe Catholicism. This would be a good start, especially now, during a time when her influence seems to be at a low ebb.

Alan Watts (1915-1973): One World, One Moment

Alan Watts (1915-1973): One World, One Moment

In response to a student who disparaged his former spiritual mentor, Suzuki Roshi responded sharply, “You completely miss the point about Alan Watts! You should notice what he has done. He is a great bodhisattva.”

Astrology, Deeper and Wider: Eleven Years of Book Reviews

Astrology, Deeper and Wider: Eleven Years of Book Reviews

Even astrologers have tribal tendencies, and only talk to people in their own “bubble”. Yet many astrologers have written books that have gone beyond convention into new areas of astrological possibility. I have reviewed many of them over the past decade.

Definitions and Foundations. by Robert Schmidt (2009)

(TARES), (www.projecthindsight.com) Cumberland, MD: Golden Hind Press. (2009) Reviewed by Joseph Crane September, 2009 Most people want a "bottom line" when they read a review. After a preliminary reading and study of Definitions and Foundations, I have found this...

“Moving Forward, Looking Back” NCGR Research Journal 2010

“Moving Forward, Looking Back” NCGR Research Journal 2010

  Reviewed by Joseph Crane January, 2011The most recent NCGR Research Journal brings together ten prominent astrologers of traditional and contemporary orientations; six introduce astrology from different historical eras and the remaining four address current...

A Brave New Look at Astrology and Numbers

A Brave New Look at Astrology and Numbers

Joe Landwehr's Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Numbers Part I: A Contemporary Reformulation of Pythagorean Number Theory (2010) 271 pages Part II: Arithmology in the Birthchart (2018) 572 pages Mountain View, Missouri: Mountain View Press. Both available at...

Archetypes, Cosmology, Astrology

Archetypes, Cosmology, Astrology

Visionary and audacious work by Alain Negre: The Archetype of the Number and its Reflections in Contemporary Cosmology: Psychophysical Rhythmic Configurations

Living In Bob Makransky’s World

Living In Bob Makransky’s World

When evaluating an astrological natal chart, how do we reconcile different criteria for planetary strength, for whether a planet is well or poorly placed in the chart, and how might we interpret this for a client?

Under the Sacred Sky by Ray Grasse

Under the Sacred Sky by Ray Grasse

Many of us know Ray Grasse’s work: he’s written two books on astrology and his writings frequently appear in astrology periodicals and in anthologies. Under the Sacred Sky is a compilation of sixteen articles (plus two interviews) over the past twenty years that have...

Cosmologies and Implications

Cosmologies and Implications

Book Review: Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions by Nicholas Campion (2012) New York University Press. By Joseph Crane August, 2014   If Nicholas Campion’s two-volume History of Western Astrology is like spending a week in a great library, Astrology...