Tag: Joyce Hopewell

Gustav Holst and The Planets Suite

I recently visited the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham and was fascinated to learn about this British composer’s life. I’ve long been a fan of his Planets Suite and have occasionally wondered how he was inspired to write music about seven planets with their correct, traditional astrological characteristics. At the museum I discovered that he

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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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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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Some thoughts on the House Chart

Some time ago I was thinking about the House Chart and its significance, and came up with the following ideas and thoughts, which I share with you here. Bear in mind that these are my ideas, and my take on the subject, but in the spirit of Bruno Huber’s continual encouragement to keep researching and

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2017 and the echoes of 1933

We live in interesting times, as the saying goes. Anyone paying attention to the on-going parade of changing world events in 2016 will be wondering “what next?” What in heaven’s name is coming up in 2017? More change? Less upheaval? More of the same but at another turn of the spiral? Here’s the chart for

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Good leaders are scarce, so I’m following my Self*

There’s an insidious creeping nastiness in the air following the result of the US election. You could argue that it was there before, as a dominant feature throughout the presidential campaign. Now we know the result we (i.e. the world) have to get on with it, protests or not, intentions to leave the country or

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Be Fearless

If you are a graduate of APA or an advanced diploma student of APA, studying astrological psychology, maybe using it with others for practise and almost certainly applying it to yourself, you may find yourself being asked to talk about it. Talking about it informally will (in my experience) certainly arouse interest and possibly a

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The Brexit Brouhaha

After 10 weeks of campaigning which took on very nasty tones from both leave and remain sides, the assassination by shooting and stabbing of MP Jo Cox in the street as she went to hold a surgery for her constituents, the apparent toning down of the nastiness and the coming together of people a week

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The EU referendum: Do we stay or do we go?

Back in 1975 I voted for Britain to stay in the EU, or the European Economic Community (EEC) as it was called then. Although there have been rumblings and vague promises from the government about having another referendum in the last few years, it’s only now in 2016 that this is going to happen. And

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Louise Huber 1924-2016

Sad news has reached us of the passing of Louise Huber co-founder, along with husband Bruno, of the Astrological Psychology Institute (API) in Adliswil, Switzerland. Louise was a driving force in the founding of API in 1968. She supported the research made by Bruno into astrological psychology and the development of what has become known

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David Bowie

Joyce looks at the chart of David Bowie, who passed away on 10th January. This item first appeared on Joyce’s blog in April 2013. Musician and style icon David Bowie was born on 8th January 1947 at 09.00 in Brixton, London. In 2013 he was the subject of an exhibition at the V and A

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Donald Trump

Joyce examines the chart of the controversial Donald Trump, and notes its significant ‘Megaphone’ aspect figure. If you’ll pardon the pun, this man has been trumpeting forth on a variety of controversial subjects for the past few months as he ramps up his bid to be nominated as the Republican Party candidate to become the

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Simplicity

You may have heard the phrase “keep it simple, stupid” (or K.I.S.S. as it is sometimes written in abbreviated form). Simplicity is one of the transpersonal qualities identified in Assagioli’s Psychosynthesis and it’s a quality which pervades Astrological Psychology. The natal chart is an essay in simplicity – clear, uncluttered, easy to absorb visually and

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Dear Pluto

It’s good to see you back in the news after that terrible time in August 2006 when you were demoted from your status as a planet in our solar system by a group of scientists and astronomers who’d got together in Prague to do the deed. You were downgraded to a dwarf planet. That meant

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