Waxing and waning crescent phases – heralds of the long run…

I first encountered the late, nice mundane astrologer Charles Harvey when he gave a lecture in Glasgow within the early Nineteen Eighties. At that time I used to be grappling with the intricacies of chart calculation (sure, of us, there was an period after we had no choice however to try this manually!) and studying the fundamentals of interpretation. I used to be then solely dimly conscious of the profound significance of planetary cycles and their bearing on our collective and private lives.

One hour in that lecture theatre with Charles, fairly merely, threw open a door for me to hitherto unknown, compelling territory the place – to cite Charles quoting Plato (one thing he was very keen on doing) ‘Time is the flowing picture of Eternity’: with the planets of their unending cycles being the devices of Time. I’ve by no means forgotten that first introduction; fascination for the timing and knowledge planetary cycles have to supply has deepened as my private time has unfolded.

“To each factor there’s a season, and a time to each function below the heaven”.(i) Whether or not the cycle is big, like the five hundred 12 months Neptune/Pluto one, or small, just like the month-to-month Solar/Moon one, the identical fundamental levels apply: seeding, germinating, sprouting, flowering, ripening, harvesting, dying again in preparation for the brand new.

In contemplating the unfolding of any cycle, we will’t do higher than to make use of the symbolic template of the month-to-month 29.5 days Solar/Moon cycle – simply observable within the night time sky above us to information us in our reflections, actions, and selections.

The crescent moon, first indication that the energies of a New Moon are starting to take type on this planet, doesn’t seem till two or three days into the cycle. As a rule of thumb, that’s round one twelfth of the entire 29.5 day interval.

From that first encounter with Charles’ inspiring perspective, over time of continuous to work with purchasers’ and college students’ horoscopes in addition to my very own, I grew to become more and more fascinated with the developmental significance of the primary and last twelfths of any cycle (equal to the waxing and waning crescents): not least due to the enduring fascination over millennia and all cultures, and its significance in arithmetic, of the quantity twelve.(ii)

(I ought to maybe declare the opportunity of some private bias right here, although: in addition to having far too many planets within the twelfth home, I used to be born in quantity twelve of the road by which my dad and mom lived on the time!)

I slowly started to note that the ending/balsamic/twelfth home section of an previous cycle appeared to hold clues – seeds – in a person’s horoscope relating to what the main themes arising within the new one could be. Lately, it has occurred to me that one can apply this precept to the very a lot bigger cycles of collective life too, one thing about which I’m at the moment writing at some size.

Focusing for the second on the opening twelfth of non-public cycles, the one which ‘delivers’ most clearly is the 29/30 12 months Saturn cycle. I’ve seen innumerable examples over time, of how probably the most vital modifications which had been decisively to form somebody’s life thereafter, appeared extra clearly within the two or three years submit Saturn Return, than within the 12 months of the Return itself.(iii)

In my very own case, I modified profession, changing into an unqualified social employee on my Saturn Return. Within the subsequent two to 3 years I certified in my new occupation, met my future husband – and commenced critically to research astrology.

I had a bafflingly correct horoscope studying in my late twenties following an opportunity encounter in a launderette in Bathtub, Somerset through the twelfth home section of my first Saturn cycle: this shook my scepticism (primarily based on the same old ignorance) to the core, sowing seeds of which I used to be then utterly unaware which might later develop right into a profession of almost forty years’ period.

My earlier column mused on the conundrum by which we’re at the moment held this 12 months, metaphorically talking: the brand new Saturn/Pluto cycle which can power us to re-define how we stay as a human collective has solely simply begun.

However two Jupiter/Saturn cycles – one among twenty years, the opposite of over 200 years concluding the Jupiter/Saturn collection by the Earth Factor since 1803 – have but to finish, with a dramatic flourish on the winter solstice of 2020.

The 2000 to 2020 last Jupiter/Saturn cycle in Earth will be seen because the twelfth home section of the lengthy cyclic journey which started in 1803, because the Industrial Revolution began gaining the momentum which has completely remodeled how we stay on Planet Earth.

The primary vital occasion of that 2000/2020 cycle, which befell on the ‘crescent moon’ stage, will be seen as 9/11, the terrorist assault taking down New York’s Twin Towers on 11 September 2001 which has resulted in a massively disruptive re-ordering of geo-political buildings proper throughout the globe.

The opposite main world-changer which started to speed up from 2000 has been the large rise of a pc and smartphone-expedited inter-connected world.

Ever since Saturn moved into Aquarius in late March 2020, and lockdown has unfold to various levels throughout the map in our collective wrestle to comprise the covid 19 epidemic, we have now seen the seeds of a brand new world order emerge with the large rise and unfold of web platforms akin to Zoom.

It’s a really troublesome time to be a human –  and the most effective break the planet has ever had from our more and more damaging actions. 

I’m discovering it helpful to treat the primary twenty 12 months Jupiter/Saturn cycle in Air from Winter Solstice 2020 to Hallowe’en 2040 ( WHO selected these dates?!) because the rising ‘crescent moon’ section of a really lengthy biking of Jupiter/Saturn by the Air component.

This means the necessity for us as a human neighborhood to be taught endurance and humility within the face of the regulating planetary cycles which have been symbolically declaring two very vital issues to which we must be paying shut consideration.

One, we have now come to the top of an entire way of life on Planet Earth which has develop into more and more unsustainable by any of the creatures inhabiting it. Two, it’s going to take us at the least the subsequent twenty years, realistically, to re-shape our world into a brand new order which hopefully shall be an enchancment.

This shall be led by an rising technology of younger of us whose beliefs, on the entire, appear to be extra collective and environmentally accountable than the materialistic baby-boomers of my technology whose race is nearly run…

Endnotes

i) The Bible: Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 Verse 1 King James Model (KJV)

ii) https://gnosticwarrior.com/meaning-of-the-number-12.html

iii) For an in-depth article associated to this subject, see “Shadow Transits – A Hidden Forecasting Instrument” by Frank Clifford: https://www.astro.com/astrology/tma_article150504_e.htm

(This submit is a barely edited model of my twenty ninth Not the Astrology Column featured within the July/August 2020 Concern of the UK’s Astrological Journal, edited by Victor Olliver.)

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Sep 13, Grand Remembrances

Today is Grandparents Day in the United States. Being a Grand is a special honor. I feel very blessed that my wife and I have two grandchildren. We were able to visit them today. Yes, we are still being cautious with the coronavirus, but we also find it very difficult to not see them when they live so close. So today we did drop by to visit Jacob (age 10) and Sophia (age 7) along with their parents. We brought donuts and caught up with them. Our grandchildren are still pretty young and this is a precious time in their lives – and ours!

I wish I had known my grandparents better. We never lived in the same place. Dad was a career Air Force pilot, so we moved around a lot. But we did get to see them once in a while when they would visit us, or we them.

A Plague of Giants

There are five known magical ‘kennings’ or types: air, water, fire, earth, and plants. Each nation specializes in of these kennings, and the magic influences the society. There’s a big pitfall with this diversity of ability and locale–not everyone gets along.

Enter the Hathrim giants, or ‘lavaborn’ whose kenning is fire. Where they live the trees that fuel their fire are long gone, but the giants are definitely not welcome anywhere else. They’re big, they’re violent, and they’re ruthless. When a volcano erupts and they are forced to evacuate, they take the opportunity to relocate. They don’t care that it’s in a place where they aren’t wanted.

I first read Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books and loved them (also the quirky The Tales of Pell), so was curious about this new venture, starting with A PLAGUE OF GIANTS. Think Avatar: The Last Airbender meets Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Elemental magic, a variety of races, different lands. And it’s all thrown at you from page one.

But this story is told a little differently. It starts at the end of the war, after a difficult victory, and a bard with earth kenning uses his magic to re-tell the story of the war to a city of refugees. And it’s this movement back and forth in time and between key players in this war that we get a singularly grand view of the war as a whole. Hearne uses this method to great effect.

There are so many interesting characters in this book that I can’t cover them all here. Often in books like this such a large cast of ‘main’ character can make the storytelling suffer, especially since they don’t have a lot of interaction with each other for the first 3/4 of the book–but it doesn’t suffer, thankfully. And the characterization is good enough, despite these short bursts, that by the end we understand these people and care about what happens to them.

If there were a main character it would be Dervan, a historian who is assigned to record (also spy on?) the bard’s stories. He finds himself caught up in machinations he feels unfit to survive. Fintan is the bard from another country, who at first is rather mysterious and his true personality is hidden by the stories he tells; it takes a while to understand him. Gorin Mogen is the leader of the Hathrim giants who decide to find a new land to settle. He’s hard to like, but as far as villains go, you understand his motivations and he can be even a little convincing. There’s Abhi, the son of hunters, who decides hunting isn’t the life for him–and unexpectedly finds himself on a quest for the sixth kenning. And Gondel Vedd, a scholar of linguistics who finds himself tasked with finding a way to communicate with a race of giants never seen before (definitely not Hathrim) and stumbles onto a mystery no one could have guessed: there may be a seventh kenning.

There are other characters, but what makes them all interesting is that they’re regular people (well, maybe not Gorin Mogen or the viceroy–he’s a piece of work) who become heroes in their own little ways, whether it’s the teenage girl who isn’t afraid to share vital information, to the scholars who suddenly find how crucial their minds are to the survival of a nation, to the humble public servants who find bravery when they need it most. This is a story of loss, love, redemption, courage, unity, and overcoming despair to not give up. All very human experiences by simple people who do extraordinary things.

Hearne’s worldbuilding is engaging. He doesn’t bottle feed you, at first it feels like drinking from a hydrant, but then you settle in and pick up things along the way. Then he shows you stuff with a punch to the gut. This is no fluffy world with simple magic without price. All the magic has a price, and more often than not it leads you straight to death’s door. For most people just the seeking of the magic will kill you. I particularly enjoyed the scenes with Ahbi and his discovery of the sixth kenning and everything associated with it. But giants? I mean, really? It isn’t bad enough fighting people who can control fire that you have to add that they’re twice the size of normal people? For Hearne if it’s war, the stakes are pretty high, and it gets ugly.

The benefit of the storytelling style is that the book, despite its length, moves along steadily (Hearne is no novice, here). The bits of story lead you along without annoying cliffhangers (mostly), and I never got bored with the switch between characters. It was easy to move between them, and they were recognizable enough that I got lost or confused. The end of the novel felt a little abrupt, but I guess that has more to do with I was ready for the story to continue, despite the exiting climax.

If you’re looking for epic fantasy with fun storytelling and clever worldbuilding, check out A PLAGUE OF GIANTS.

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The Artwork Of Gary Choo

Gary Choo is a concept artist/illustrator based in Singapore. I’ve know Gary for a good many years ( 17, actually ), working together in animation studios in Singapore like Silicon Illusions and Lucasfilm. Gary currently runs an art team at Mighty Bear Games, but when time allows he also draws covers for Marvel comics, and they’re amazing –

The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo
The Art Of Gary Choo

To see more of Gary’s work or to engage him for freelance work, head down to his ArtStation.

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