This fascinating article in Atlas Obscura talks about the power of healing foods. With a long history of research, it is now possible to access the archive --
Half a century after Professor Wayland Hand started it, a group of UCLA researchers has made the Archive of Healing available to the public. Now a searchable database, the Archive of Healing includes 700,000 pieces of data, digitized from more than 1 million index cards, ranging from folk sayings and rituals to incantations and recipes. The archive represents 50 years of research spanning six continents, two centuries of ethnographic study, and 3,200 journal articles. According to the current director, David Delgado Shorter, Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA, it’s one of the five largest archives of healing-related knowledge in the world. The UCLA archive is unique in the breadth of cultures it represents—and in its approach to that representation.
He credits astrology with helping to inform the establishment of Baghdad as a nation's capital.
He writes, "Astrology’s insistence on linking earthly events with celestial causes in this way may seem, today, like an easily dismissed irrationality. Yet the astrologers of antiquity were no mushy-headed mystics. On the contrary, astrology was the ancient world’s most ambitious applied mathematics problem, a grand data-analysis enterprise sustained for centuries by some of history’s most brilliant minds, from Ptolemy to al-Kindi to Kepler. Astrology’s demand for high-precision planetary data led directly to Copernicus’s revolution and, from there, to modern science. Astrology’s challenge—teasing out inferences from numerical data, determining which patterns are real and which aren’t—remains fundamental in science today, too, especially as society relies increasingly on complex, data-driven algorithms. Astrologers were the quants and data scientists of their day; those who are enthusiastic about the promise of data for unlocking the secrets of our world should note that others have come this way before. Our irrepressibly human penchant for pattern-matching makes the history of astrology—a history that can bring together astronomy, statistics, cryptology, Shakespeare, COVID-19, presidential assassinations, and even the New York Yankees in a dance of coincidence and correlation—surprisingly timely and always fascinating."
Boxer writes a compelling argument about the importance of transits between Saturn and Jupiter, when they form a certain pattern called a triplicity. Triplicities hearken in a time of great change. For example, "the fiery triplicity of 1603 was a year that saw the death of England’s Queen Elizabeth I, and was examined at length by noted astronomer Johannes Kepler.
The medical faculty of Paris blamed the Black Plague, which arrived in Europe in 1347, on a corruption of the atmosphere caused by the conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in Aquarius the year 1345. (Incidentally, this is the exact same configuration that has prevailed during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.) But most notoriously of all, French Catholic cardinal Pierre d’Ailly, writing around 1400, concluded his astrological history of the world with a warning that the Antichrist could be expected to arrive in the year 1789. Depending on how reactionary your views are regarding the French Revolution, this may strike you as humorously prescient.
Unlike with other astrological assertions, where an analysis might entail an elaborate hunt for the faintest hint of a correlation, the correlations in the conjunction theory of history seem to leap out from everywhere. It is roughly analogous to the engineering distinction between noise, in which nothing looks like a signal, and clutter, in which everything looks like a signal. Perhaps, though, an even better analogy can be made to cryptology: History, here, is like a secret code, with astrology as its key."
Boxer, looking back at just the last 200 years, observes a remarkably strong correlation between the nine most recent Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions and the terms of U.S. presidents who either died in office, were assassinated, or survived near-death mishaps.
So, how many patterns can you pick out? Whatever you predict, get ready to have it tested. The next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is coming: December 21, 2020, the exact date of the winter solstice.
The Center for Psychological Astrology located in London just announced the launch of their Spring Webinars on Sunday 3rd February 2019 - you can see the full details and book at https://www.cpalondon.com/
The webinars are real-time, online seminars in psychological astrology. You are able to interact with the tutor and other students as the session happens via a chat box. Experience a CPA/MISPA seminar live from anywhere in the world through your computer browser. If you can't make it live you can still book and receive four weeks access to the recording of the event afterwards.
Lynn Bell Mothers and their Children Sunday 3rd February 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT Our first caretaker, the one who gives us life (or her replacement), is often carried in our charts through the Moon and its aspects. But other planets, and the Midheaven can describe her, and other people can play her role. Whatever is constellated around this fundamental relationship, has a deep emotional imprint throughout our lives. How do our real-life carers correspond to the image in the birth chart? How do we integrate the power of the past in our adult lives?
Mothers come in many guises: controlling ones, and frightening ones, efficient workaholics, and devoted single parents. There are devouring mothers and sainted martyrs. Mothers who love babies only up to the age of six. It is the power of the child’s imagination that embellishes the Mother and breathes life into her archetype throughout our lives.
Participants are welcome to volunteer their charts for possible inclusion in the webinar. (Please email chart data of yourself and your mother once you have booked and before 25th January. You will need a headset in order to talk to Lynn during the webinar.)
Clare Martin Pluto - To Hell and Back Sunday 17th February 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT The myth of Hades, god of the underworld, is intimately connected with the myth of Demeter, Goddess of Nature, and the transformation of her daughter Persephone from innocent maiden (Kore) to Queen of the Underworld. The story of Demeter and Persephone was ritually re-enacted in the Eleusinian Mysteries, secret religious rites observed annually in ancient Greece for two thousand years. They are believed to have celebrated the cyclical nature of life, the recognition that death is always followed by rebirth. It was said of those initiated at Eleusis that they emerged radically changed, freed from the fear of death, in the realisation of eternal life which lies behind the appearance of constant change.
Represented in the horoscope by Pluto and its transits, recognition and acceptance of the destructive and creative power of nature, as Great Mother, is vital to transforming both ourselves and the world. By confronting our own depths, by meeting and burning through our own small inheritance of the demonised and distorted unconscious forces of Pluto, we can transform its expression in our own lives and return it to the collective as a regenerated life force.
Darby Costello Fire: The Heart of Knowing Sunday 24th February 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT Fire is a dangerous and unpredictable element when uncontrolled and yet it is at the heart of our lives as human beings. Our ability to control fire has given us a freedom that has allowed us to settle in all parts of the world, and to explore the planet, and beyond. At another level, fire is the element that represents our ability to know things directly – it shows us our intuitive function. It represents the imaginal realm and is at the heart of our creative lives. It is how we ‘know’ things, directly. In this webinar we shall explore the realm of fire, through its signs, planets and houses.
Safron Rossi The Gatekeeper Archetype and the Angles Sunday 3rd March 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT The four angles of the birth chart are profoundly sensitive points, as anyone who has had an outer planet transit over one knows. The angles symbolize how we meet the world and take in experience, acting as gateways of consciousness. Every gateway or threshold has a gatekeeper, a guardian who protects the territory that lies beyond. Astrologically, these are the rulers of the angles. This lecture will explore the archetype of the Gatekeeper so to deepen our understanding the role of the angles and their respective houses, and how our angle rulers hold the keys to cultivating these fields of life.
Participants are welcome to volunteer their charts for possible inclusion in the webinar. (Please email chart data of yourself and your mother once you have booked and before 15th February. You will need a headset in order to talk to Safron during the webinar.)
Shawn Nygaard Saturn and Jupiter: Puer & Senex Sunday 10th March 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn together in the sky draw out the timeless, archetypal figures of the Eternal Youth (Puer) and the Old Man, or Father Time (Senex). The Puer carries sky-high visions and longings that keep Eternity close at hand, in contrast with the Senex’s earthbound world of Time and mortality.
Both are significant energies as we approach an abundance of planets in Capricorn in 2020 and talk in today’s world is of building walls and restricting borders, while dystopias dominate many dreams of the future.
In this webinar we will look at the complex dynamics of this archetypal pairing, in mythology and in the natal chart. We'll look at why they are important (especially as a pair) and relevant to this period of history. And we'll see how they operate in relationships.
John Green Sorrow is Knowledge: Chiron in the Chart and by Transit Sunday 17th March 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT “But Grief should be the Instructor of the wise; Sorrow is Knowledge: they who know the most Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth, The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.” Lord Byron, Manfred
Why do we bother with Chiron in a chart? He’s not even a proper planet and how much influence does this wandering, wounded maverick have on our charts? In my experience of the past few years – a lot. There is more to Chiron than just the wound which does not heal. In this webinar I will look at Chiron natally, explore that mixture of personal and collective hurt that he brings to us and examine what happens as he transits the personal planets of our charts. We will also consider the meaning of Chiron in Aries.
How can we learn to cope with the suffering and loss that Chiron can often bring? Is acceptance the hardest word for us to utter and can it ever bring about true healing?
A longtime Washington socialite is raising eyebrows with her new book on spirituality as she claims the hexes she put on three people in the past may have led to their deaths.
Sally Quinn – a journalist who was famously married to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee – admits to being an Occultist in her new "spiritual memoir" titled Finding Magic. Quinn says she feels guilty about her hexes and won’t do them anymore. She also says she refuses to cast a spell on President Trump as some of her friends have asked. “Believe me, since Trump was elected, and since the election, I can’t tell you how many friends have asked me to put a hex on Donald Trump, and I won’t do it,” Quinn said in a book interview with USA Today. “I just said no. I don’t do that anymore.”
Quinn also claims all the women in her family are psychic. She said her mother also put hexes on two people who died. “They were two people who had hurt me very badly and she just said to both of them, ‘I hope you drop dead,’ and they did, and I saw her do it,” she said. Quinn says she was either in her late 20s or early 30s when she put hexes on three people who “hurt” her. “I had never done it before,” she said. “What I wanted to have happen was for them to feel what I had felt. I didn’t mean for them to die.”
But Quinn wouldn’t divulge how to actually put a hex on someone. “I’m not going into total detail,” she said. “There’s sort of a ritual. I light candles and music and fire and notes and that kind of thing. I just sort of made it up. This was what I had seen. Unfortunately, bad things happened to these three people over the period of five years.” Speaking of the three people she put hexes on, Quinn said: “One person died right away, another person got fired immediately and then died, and then the other one died right away.” She said her brother convinced her not to do hexes anymore and she hasn’t done it since. Quinn, a former CBS and Washington Post reporter, was married to Bradlee until his death in 2014.