Monday, September 02, 2013

A Great Example of the Moon in Libra

In my Moon Sign book, I've written the following:

The ruler of Libra Venus gives the Moon-in-Libra people a great natural appreciation of the beauty of the surrounding world, and since Libra is an Air sign, they feel an urge to somehow tell other people about that beauty, to share their adoration of the world. That's why you will find many famous artists who were born with the Moon in Libra.

In a different section of the book, I am using an example of Sylvester Stallone as of a typical Moon-in-Libra individual. But it is only now that I've discovered that he is not just a world-famous actor, he is also an artist! His art exhibition in Switzerland a few years ago was entitled "Sylvester Stallone: 35 Years of Painting".

I've made quite a number of little discoveries while working on the book, and now, when the book is already finished, I keep making more of them!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Moon Sign Book

This project was the main focus of my efforts over the last half a year. There was a lot of research and gathering data, many ideas waiting to be described properly, and this was also my very first astrological book in English (I do have already two other books published in English but those were about some obscure areas of computer programming). So it was a massive effort.

Finally, the book is available and is waiting for its readers.

I made sure that the paperback version is available, and it is printed on a cream paper, which I think is very appropriate for the topic of the book - it resembles the colour of the moonlight. I tried to keep the book as affordable as possible, but on-demand printing isn't cheap. Anyway, if you, like myself, still like paper books, you can get a paper version of my Moon Sign book here:

The book will also be available, or is already available, for all the major eReader platforms. You can get it right now for:

It should appear soon at the Apple iBookstore as well, pending their review.

But if all you need is a PDF version (although you can get from there an ePub and a MOBI version as well) then the most convenient option might be Leanpub:

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Void-of-Course Moon Example

I just posted an article on Lunarium on how to understand the void-of-course Moon, and here is a good example for it.

Friday the 10th of May was almost a whole day void-of-course period here in London. The company I currently work for has submitted an iPhone app to Apple for approval right in the middle of the day. 

It would look very ridiculous if I tried to warn them. Programmers are the worst people when it comes to intangible matters (except of me of course! J). 

I also submitted an app on the same day, a new version of the Moon Sign, but I did that late in the evening, after the Moon has entered Gemini. 

And here is the result. My app was approved unexpectedly quickly, while the company's app was rejected. 

Do you still not believe in the importance of void-of-course periods?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Void-of-Course Moon Explained

Finally, I have written an article which properly, and avoiding technical terms, explains what is the Void-of-Course Moon, how the knowledge of it should be used, and offers an interesting and informative story about how President Reagan used Void-of-Course Moon in his career.

You will find the new article here: About the Void-of-Course Moon.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Astrology of Death by Richard Houck: a Review

The topic of death is very important, indeed. We avoid to think about this, but none of those who is live will avoid death sooner or later.

While the lack of desire to discuss the ultimate departure is totally understandable from a private point of view, it is a shame that Western Astrology as a whole is unable to predict death. Yes, announcing to someone that an astrologer thinks he will die at such and such date in most cases would be cruel and pointless. However, in real life there are numerous scenarios when it can be important to know for how long a certain person is going to live.

Both Medieval Western Astrology and Hindu Astrology do pay a major attention to defining the longevity of a person.

The Astrology of Death by Richard Houck is perhaps the only widely available and easily readable and comprehensible text on the astrological prediction of death. The author bravely, sometimes even with humour, approaches the tabu topic. The book is full of real life examples and practical insight.

However, if you hope that after reading the book you will learn a specific method or technique that will allow you to 100% reliably predict a person's date of death, you might be disappointed. Here is how Richard Houck himself defines the scope of his book (p 215):

As usual, my approach here is not one of presenting sweeping rules and generalizations. Rather I am interested in strengthening within you an incremental ability to appreciate how a matrix of considerations coalesce into a uniquely informative message.

Here is another person's opinion about Richard Houck's approach in the Astrology of Death, taken from the Foreword of another book by the same author (Digital Astrology, p 15) and written by William Bodri:

... In its own witty but reality-based way, it introduced several new robust techniques and unique insights that were very well-suited to our modern computerized era.

Basically, Richard Houck demonstrates on many examples that certain methods, like tertiary and secondary progressions, transits, stationary positions of planets in all the three listed methods as well as eclipses, including prenatal ones, can be very useful when attempting to determine the possible date of death.

The author demonstrates his ideas on a large number of examples where the outcome was already known. In a couple of cases, the reader can see how the author tried to predict a result which wasn't known beforehand, and the outcome wasn't very impressive, in my opinion. This is actually quite typical when freely using a bunch of methods on historical cases: they all seem to work in one or another way. But when you try to approach with recently gained confidence a fresh live case, it can prove to be a lot more difficult.

In fact, Richard Houck failed to predict his own death. A page ad AstroDatabank devoted to him offers the following information:

In April 1999, he was diagnosed with cancer. Using diet and various alternate healing methods, he thrived through the year, feeling strong in spite of some weight loss. However, in November 1999, Rick released the information that the right lobe of his liver has six tumors the diameter of a baseball and cancer is wrapped around the aorta and has metastasized through the body. On 4/01/2001, his wife Paula send out the announcement that Rick had died.

Some time before, he had been interviewed for a program on Prophecy on television's Learning Channel. After explaining that is wasn't too hard to come up with the date of death for most charts he went on to say that he expected his own death on 9/13/2031 by heart attack.

This is of course perfectly understandable, from a human perspective. Even someone who is writing books about death, and joking about death, can find it difficult to face his own final date. However, it has to be said that the freeform nature of Richard Houck's approach leaves a lot of space, probably too much space, for interpretation, which reduces its reliability.

Interestingly, the book pays a substantial attention to the existing methods of predicting the lifespan of a person in Jyotish (the Hindu Astrology), but mostly from the critical point of view. However, one of the methods, the one used by Dr Vedavyas (p 108 - 111) and demonstrated in more or less sufficient detail, was quite successful in defining Richard's own lifespan.

If you follow the example in the book, the birth details were clearly those of Mr Houck, and the conclusion was: this gives the minimum ayurdaya [lifespan - AK] of 49 years and 4 months which is 13-Aug-1996 A.D. 

Since cancer was diagnosed in 1999, I wonder if the specified date was close to when the problem in the body started to develop.

The book is definitely full of interesting ideas and insights. Here is one of them. In 1994 Richard wrote in his book (p 173): It was also based upon my conviction, insupportable by medical data, that I have a weak liver.

Now, pay attention to what was said above about the location of his cancer...

This book has also attracted my attention to a number of other works an ideas, perhaps the most interesting of them is the Life Span Revolution (LSRev) by Ross Harvey. I am going to explore this idea properly, and will share with you any findings.

Monday, April 08, 2013

A Free Treasure Trove of Astrological Ideas

Reading Astrology of Death by Richard Houck (about which I am going to write a detailed review when I finish reading), I found a reference to an interesting idea, described by Ross Harvey in an article titled The Life Span Revolution. The only problem is that the article was published in an unknown to me astrological magazine named Considerations.

Still, I was able to find a copy of the article on Scribd, and then found that the article mentions an interesting method of rectification mentioned in an earlier issue of the same Considerations magazine.

I made another search, and was amazed to find that the whole magazine, all its issues, is available absolutely free here: Enjoy!

That same page also offers a book by Ken Gillman, the author of the articles about rectification which I was so keen on. I've ordered the book, and as soon as I've done with it I'll offer a review.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Moon Sign Book is Coming

Moon Sign Calculator is the most popular feature of Lunarium. This is quite natural: the Moon Sign is not less important than the Sun Sign (most often misnamed as "star sign") but finding it out requires some tricky astronomical calculations. Moon Sign Calculator does all those calculations in a split of a second and displays not only the Sign of the Zodiac where one's Moon was located at birth but even a precise degree and minute of that sign, plus a brief description of what that means.

Over the years, I was putting together a collection of various well known and not very well known but interesting people who share the same Moon Sign. I had many interesting findings when working on that collection.

For example, both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are pioneers in computing, they both led humanity to a totally different understanding of computing.  Isn't it interesting then that both men have the pioneering sign Aries for their Moon Sign?

Also, I could often see that the Moon Sign is in many cases more descriptive for the whole life and destiny of an individual than the Sun Sign. Just one recent example: Leonard Cohen, a Canadian novellist and folksinger, was born on September the 21st, 1934, so his Sun Sign is Virgo. However, at some point in his life Leonard became a Buddhist monk and went to live in a monastery. How typical would it be for a Virgo? But this life change would be easy to understand if we knew that Cohen's Moon Sign is Pisces, strongly associated with spirituality, religion and monasteries. His hidden but true self, shown by the Moon Sign, has manifested itself.

There are very many examples like these, and I thought that if brought together, they could make an interesting book. Now, I can announce that I have already started working on the Moon Sign Book, and the first chapter is available as a free preview.

I am going to self-publish this book, and originally it will be an ebook only but later I might decide to create a paper version too.

I am now working on the Aries chapter, which will also become a part of the free preview as soon as it will be ready.