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December 6, 2018
"In Cold Blood"

In Cold Blood: the Book that Shocked America

“In Cold Blood” was written by the American author Truman Capote. The book became one of the first “non fiction novels” and detailed the horrific murder of the Clutter family in 1959. Completed in 1966, just after the execution of the perpetrators, “In Cold Blood” was an instant bestseller. Arguably, Capote also made the two murderers, Richard Hickok and Perry Smith posthumously famous. However, Capote was condemned for using the gruesome details of the murders to bring attention to his book. More recently, “In Cold Blood” has been criticised for its inaccurate portrayal of the Clutter family. This article examines the […]
August 11, 2010

The Astrology of the Club of 27

This article was part of the front page for the ‘Club of 27’ webpage in 2005. It was the result of a presentation at the Astrological Lodge of London featuring the astrology of the 1960s and “Club of 27” members. The astrology charts of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain were discussed. Amy Winehouse, who died in 2013, was a later, tragic addition. The webpage must have inspired the editors of Wikipedia as they featured a ’27 Club’ page—sans astrology of course. Later that year, the Serbian astrology magazine Astrologus published the presentation. The editors then […]
August 29, 2010

Gone With the Wind: The Zodiacal Parade

The astrology of “Gone with the Wind” first caught my attention in Neil Spencer’s fine book “True as the Stars Above”. Spencer described “Gone With the Wind” as “a thinly disguised astrological allegory. Margaret Mitchell based the characters of her torrid epic on the zodiac, leaving a blatant trail of clues which were only picked up in 1978 when US astrologer Darrell Martinie was shown photocopies of notes from Mitchell’s library.” Excited by the thought of exploring the characters in more detail, Neil (who is a good friend of mine) and I did our best to get our hands on those […]
September 11, 2010

Blood and Fire Through and Through

An Astrological Perspective on The Salvation Army Originally published by The Astrological Association Journal, Sept/Oct 2007 The mere name “Salvation Army” evokes powerful images of aid in times of crisis, charity in times of need, mercy and transformation in the hours of one’s personal deepest, darkest hour. The Salvation Army’s role in social reform during the latter half of the 19th century cannot be underestimated. William Booth, the Salvation Army’s self styled General, who stood in a point of history when suffering was both overwhelming and unnecessary, saw the world in need of radical change. Like Petrarch some 400 years […]
September 11, 2010

The Search For Scarlett

Originally published by “Astrology Quarterly”, spring 2006 By early December 1938, the Hollywood producer of Gone With the Wind, David O. Selznick, had a very big problem: having already shelled out $50,000 for the movie rights for Margaret Mitchell’s novel, interviewing 1400 women, listening to some 400 readings of the blockbuster script plus screen-testing 90 actresses at a cost of over $100,000, Selznick still had not found the right actress to play Scarlett O’Hara, Mitchell’s unforgettable heroine. Selznick did the exact opposite of what any sane, reasonable producer would do: he made plans to begin filming the epic movie immediately–and […]
September 11, 2010
In Cold Blood

In Cold Blood: the Book that Shocked America

An Astrological Perspective Originally published in “Astrology Quarterly”, Winter 2008 A wealthy wheat farmer, his wife and their two young children were found shot to death today in their home. They had been killed by shotgun blasts at close range after being bound and gagged. The father, 48-year-old Herbert W. Clutter, was found in the basement with his son, Kenyon, 15. His wife Ennis, 45, and a daughter, Nancy, 16, were in their beds. There were no signs of a struggle and nothing had been stolen. The telephone lines had been cut. ” This is apparently the case of a […]
September 11, 2010

Astrology & the Renaissance

Originally published in “Astrology Quarterly”, Autumn 2010 (Vol 79 No. 4) For the sake of simplicity, it would be tempting to say that astrology in the Renaissance begins with Petrarch (1304 – 1374), and ends with Shakespeare (1564 – 1616). Petrarch, “the first man of the Renaissance,”[1] was no fan of astrology and railed against its fatalistic leanings. “Leave free the paths of truth and life … these globes of fire cannot be guides for us … Illuminated by these rays, we have no need of these swindling astrologers and lying prophets who empty the coffers of their credulous followers […]