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Thomas de Quincey. The Chart of an English Opium Eater.

Best-known for his novel Confessions of an English Opium Eater, Thomas de Quincey was one of the most prolific English writers of his time. Almost two centuries ago, he also started the tradition of addiction literature in the West, resulting in the drug-induced writing of the seventies.   Neptune or Jupiter? There is no birth

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Dreams and Self Actualisation

Sigmund Freud as  the father of the theory of the unconscious  wrote the first description of dreaming and dreamwork in his series of lectures to the University of Vienna from 1915-1917, A General Introduction to Psycho-analysis.   In it he explained that dreams are the “means of removing, by hallucinatory satisfaction, mental stimuli that disturb sleep”

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Oscar Wilde. A Smooth Diamond Turned Rough.

  The chart looks like a rough-cut diamond with many facets – an apt symbol for Oscar Wilde the brilliant dandy who entertained society with his plays, shocked the Victorian world with his homosexuality, invented today’s celebrity cult and left posterity many witty epigrams such as “We are all in the gutter, but some of

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The Treasure in your South Node

The Nodal Axis is a very important part of your Birth Chart because it gives insights into your past and future.   Although the North Node points to new growth, challenges and possibilities, the South Node can hold a lot of your natural talents and abilities. The South Node shows by the house placement the area of life

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T S Eliot. The Love Life of a Saint.

The first thing that strikes one when looking at the chart is the red band of oppositions keeping the blue aspects, the Venus side of T S Eliot, well removed from the lower hemisphere, particularly the 3rd quadrant of Instinct in which there is not a single planet, only oppositions to his age point from

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Changed APA Bookshop

Due to deficiencies in the old Bookshop software on the APA website, we have reconfigured the way in which the APA bookshop operates, taking the opportunity to streamline and simplify. You can visit the new bookshop from this link. The main changes are Titles are ordered by emailing Linda direct, rather than through the old

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Celestial Magic

The Papers of the 2013 Sophia Centre Conference on Celestial Magic, at which I gave a talk on “The Transformational Techniques of Huber Astrology” have finally been published in a double issue of Culture and Cosmos, which is available from Amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Culture-Cosmos-Vol-19-Celestial/dp/1907767738 In his introduction, Nicholas Campion likens magical thinking to “awareness of the

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To Realise One’s Nature

Wanda Smit explains the significance of astrological psychology for her own path of personal growth and development, in this extract from the introduction to her ebook One Cosmic Day. “We are all deprived; we are all disappointed; and therefore we are all, in some sense, idealists. The need to link the real and the ideal

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Conjunction or Blog

We have a new editor of the APA members’ magazine Conjunction, Caroline Adlestone. Articles for consideration for Conjunction should be emailed to Caroline at conjunction@astrologicalpsychology.org. Pieces for the APA blog should be emailed to Barry as webmaster at webmaster@astrologicalpsychology.org. How should you decide which is which? The blog is basically for shorter pieces that are

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Meetings with Amazing People

Packed with so many good things to savour, I enjoyed and relished this newly-published book Meetings with Amazing People by Will Parfitt. Will has a long association with APA and his 2003 book, Psychosynthesis: The Elements and Beyond, is recommended reading for those studying our published Diploma Course in Astrological Psychology. Will has packed his

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Theresa May

It’s impossible to find the birth time of the inscrutable Mrs May, so her chart is set up for noon. Don’t expect this time to be correct; all that can be done is to take a look at what is there using the noon chart and make some comments. I’ve been observing our Prime Minister

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Foundation Astrology

Most readers will be aware that the APA Diploma Course material is now generally available as the book Astrological Psychology: The Huber Method. Due to demand, we have also made generally available the Foundation Course material, this time as a pdf ebook which can be downloaded and printed. Foundation Astrology gives a basic grounding in

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Deities Wanted!

As Pluto continues its scourging journey through Capricorn, there is currently no let up in the number disturbing of global events. Wondering if we badly need some help and support right now, I spotted these ads. in the Situations Vacant column as I was browsing through my latest copy of The Cosmic Herald (pub. Intergalactic

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Colette. The Venus of the Belle Époque.

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, known as Colette because she insisted, in her teens already, on being called by her last name – a European practice normally extended only to boys – is best known as the creator of Gigi, a novel that was turned into a very successful film. Before Gigi, she wrote a series of voluptuous novels

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Astrological Psychology: The Huber Method (2017)

APA tutor Trish Crawford reviews the new book of the above title, recently published by the publisher HopeWell. This new book is designed to provide an alternative method of studying astrological psychology to the Diploma Course in Astrological Psychology, and is very closely based upon it. It is divided into eight chapters, each one covering

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