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The dramatic week of the terrorist attacks in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo offices and the Kosher grocery store, Jan. 7-15, 2015, closely coincided with eight days during which Mercury and Venus were in a Planetary War, with Venus (planet of politics) winning over Mercury (planet of speech) due to its superior brightness. This Planetary War ran from Thurs. Jan. 8th at 4:23 am (Paris time) to Jan. 15th at 2:56 pm – the day the first issue of Charlie Hebdo was released since the office shooting.  At mid-day Jan. 7th tr. Mercury and Venus were within 1 degree 10 minutes of arc of each other.  Coincidentally, one of the two Charlie Hebdo terrorists, Cherif Kouachi, had natal Mercury and Venus in a Planetary War. He was in Rahu-Mercury Dasha in January 2015.

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.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to Kepler College's survey to find out what topics are of interest to you for developing your astrological practice into a business. We received 70 responses to our survey in August 2013.  Here are the results, with the percentage of respondents interested in each topic.

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

Today you may carry a smart phone to help you calculate astrological charts while traveling. “For medieval physicians, the mnemic apparatus of choice was what is sometimes today known as a folding almanac or a belt book. There are thought to be just 29 such almanacs that have survived to the present day.”

The almanac was made using vellum, a tough paper made from an animal skin. It was folded, strung on a cord and hung from the belt. It was particularly useful for doctors as they made house calls.  Read More from The Atlantic.

The Kepler Board of Trustees is delighted and proud to welcome to new members: Chris Brennan and Tamira McGillivray. The Board also thanks outgoing member Georgia Stathis for her years of dedication and assistance. Georgia was a member of the Board from 2007 through January of 2012.

The Astrological Association and the Astrological Journal proudly presents a competition for original essays by young astrologers. We are looking for great new talent ready to show the world their astrological ideas.

If you are aged between 18 and 35 years old by the closing date of 1st August 2013 you could enter and be our winner!

1st prize
£100, your essay published in the Journal and free AA membership and Astrological Journal for 1 year

2nd prize
£50, your essay published in the Journal and free AA membership and Astrological Journal for 1 year

3rd prize
£25 and your essay published in the Journal

4th and 5th prize
Your essay published in the Journal

We would like young astrological writers to send us their essays (up to 3,500 words) on any astrological topic. Maybe you have a fascinating Horary story to tell, you have insights into the current world astrology, traditional techniques or the latest psychological ideas. Whatever your astrological focus we want to hear from you and have great prizes to give out as well as the chance to be published in the UK’s prestigious Astrological Journal.

Get writing – we can’t wait to hear from you!

Rules:

  1. All essays must be previously unpublished and your own work
  2. Essays must be between 2,000 and 3,500 words including any endnotes. They can be on any subject of general and specific interest to all serious astrologers. You should include a short bio of up to 100 words and a recent photo of yourself with the entry
  3. Include graphical horoscopes and data sources with your copy. Any diagrams required for the text should be sent separately and not included as part of the text. All graphical content should be of 300dpi resolution and in .jpg, or .tiff format
  4. The competition opens on 1st May 2013, and closes at 23.59 BST on 1st  August 2013.  Entries may be submitted at any time between the opening and closing dates. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered. You may only submit 1 entry to the competition.
  5. The competition is open to all astrologers aged 18 – 35 by the 1st August closing date
  6. All entries must be in English and submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. using the subject heading – Astrological Journal Essay Competition

Entry:

  1. The file must be in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word Document (*.doc  or   *.docx) ; Open Document Text (*.odt) or Rich Text File (*.rtf)
  2. The entrant is responsible for ensuring that the file is readable and uncorrupted
  3. The file cannot be amended or changed in any way once it has been submitted
  4. Any entrant who submits a file or e-mail containing a virus will be immediately disqualified
  5. We will acknowledge receipt of entries by e-mail
  6. The entries will be judged by a panel of the Astrological Association and the Editor of the Astrological Journal. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The winner will be announced in a future edition of the Journal
  7. When published the Editor reserves the right to amend, cut or otherwise make editorial decisions in line with normal journalistic practice. The Editor’s decision is final
  8. General writer’s guidelines are available here: http://www.astrologicalassociation.com/pages/publications/writersGuidelines.php
  9. Copyright of the essay remains with the author except that the Astrological Association retains the right to publish any essay in the Journal and/or AA website and republish the material in full, once, without further permission from the author

Recently two new moons were discovered orbiting Pluto.  They were called P4 and P5 (pretty dull). Planetary astronomer Mark Showalter announced a contest on February 13, 2013 where the public was asked to help name the newest discoveries. The named suggested needed to come from Greek mythology.

With the help of Star Trek fans, the most popular name turned out to be Vulcan followed by Cerberus. Vulcan was the Roman god of fire and is a nephew of Pluto. Cerberus was the three-headed hound that guarded the gates to the underworld. Go to http://www.plutorocks.com/to see how the voting came out. For more details about how Vulcan got in the running, click here.

The voting results do not automatically mean that P4 and P5 will end up being called Vulcan and Cerberus. SETI is going to recommend the winning names to the International Astronomical Union — the organization ultimately responsible for naming the moons. While the IAU will take the results into consideration, they have final say over in naming these tiny moons.

Pluto's three bigger moons already had mythological names: Charon, the ferryman of Hades; Nix for the night goddess; and the multi-headed monster Hydra. Charon is almost as large as Pluto, so some astronomers consider them to be a double-planet system. 

 

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