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The Sky’s the Limit: notes towards a profile of today’s flat-Earth mindset

The first I heard of the recent revival of suspicions that our Earth is a disc, not a sphere, was early last year, from a business-minded friend with a post-grad degree. F and I had met up one clear summer … Continue reading

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Writing from the margins

In his primer Astrologik (Vertical Pool, 1999), underground filmmaker and overall maverick Antero Alli argues against legitimising astrology. But not for the reasons you might expect. Astrology happens to be his profession. So it’s his peers who want to look … Continue reading

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Hollywood Astrology or: the heroes’ journey

One definition of a really good book, for me, is that it mightn’t just change but save your life. Or even just save your sanity. Whether you totally like or finish reading it needn’t matter; what counts is that it … Continue reading

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Process vs. Content, Part 2 – the iffy art of chart comparison

An author whose launch I attended some time back urged me to keep in touch so warmly that, after reading her book, I called what seems to have been her bluff (because, hey, you don’t have to be dazzled by … Continue reading

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Not a book review, wind-up: beyond Barbara Hand Clow’s The Mayan Code (or WTF is ‘enlightenment’?)

The radical vision of mass enlightenment at the heart of The Mayan Code (2007) is, for Barbara Hand Clow, a mere variation on a theme. Two decades ago she published an astrology text, Liquid Light of Sex (1991), which posits … Continue reading

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This is not a book review: some initial thoughts on Barbara Hand Clow’s The Mayan Code and more…

A man with one hell of a hangover once came to see me for a reading. Aged thirty-something, he’d recently been diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live. And his response to the unexpected news had been to … Continue reading

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21st-century Witch-hunters – scientism vs. intuition

When you’re a professional astrologer, people from all walks of life – perhaps due to our culture’s confusion re what astrology is – tend to ask you questions that have little to do with your discipline; questions about, for instance, … Continue reading

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