Julia Purdy, former Kepler College MA student, and Mark Richardson recently released their first astrological applications for mobile devices. This article is about the challenges they faced.
How to create an astrology application for mobile devices in three easy steps:
The trick to getting a commitment from your developer in step three requires that he be totally oblivious to the complexities of astrology and the scope of effort required to build this idea of yours, until things have progressed to a point that there is no turning back.
By Walter C. Cambra, M.A. (F. R. C.)
The last unsolved riddle in The Sibylline Oracles suggests there is an arcane name for the Heavenly Father of Jesus-the-Christ. The numerical value total for the letters of the Heavenly Father’s name conceals two occult features which, when elucidated, reveal the Heavenly Father to be the source of light in its physical and metaphysical aspects.
The proposed solution to the last unsolved riddle explains the solar/astronomical context for the riddle and its connection with the magic square of the sun, from which are generated significant numerical triplicities such as 666 in The Book of Revelation 13:18 in the New English Bible, 888 in Book One of The Sibylline Oracles, and 999 mentioned in The Kabala of Numbers.
Kepler graduate Chris Brennan prepared an overview article that gives a roundup of predictions made by astrologers about the outcome of the 2012 presidential election in the United States. The article doesn't just focus on the predicted outcome, but includes the techniques used. "The purpose of this exercise is so that we can go back after the election and have a discussion within the astrological community about which techniques worked, and which ones didn’t." Read the article.
The Astrology News Service oversaw an interview series by the award winning reporter Art Harris in New Orleans, during the United Astrology Conference 2012. Severl Kepler instructors ere included. Georgia Stathis gave an interview on the financial markets. Lee Lehman and Enid Newberg talked about astrological education. And, Bruce Scofiled did a masterful job explaining facts about the Mayan Calendar scare of 2012.
Saturn's Moon Iapetus shows evidence of up to 30 massive landslides, which is rare elsewhere in the solar system. New images from the Cassini space mission, reported in Nature Geoscience, suggest that heating of icy surfaces helps the landslides keep going. Read the full article.
The Hubble Telescope has spotted a 5th moon for Pluto. So far, neither it nor moon 4 has names, they are just referred to as P4 and P5. Both are very small and seem to be related to the orbit of Pluto's largest moon, Charon. Pluto (which is smaller than the earth's moon) and Charon are similar to the earth in that they are considered more of a dual planet system than planet and orbiting moon. The two other moons of Pluto are Nix and Hydra. Read the full article on this discovery in the Scientific American.
Nicholas Campion, Kepler College board member and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, has an interesting commentary on the Huffington Post.
"It's a shocking fact that there has never been a human culture which has not related its myths, institutions and identity to the stars. This is as true of the modern West as it was of our stone-age ancestors, and is as relevant to the last, surviving, indigenous inhabitants of Amazonia, as it is of today's American astronomers. After all, no scientist spends cold nights scanning the sky in search of new stars, or long hours decoding data from deep space, if the exercise is completely meaningless."
This section lists the major astrological organizations in the United States as well as other countries.