INTERFACE: Astronomical Essays for Astrologers by Nick Kollerstrom

Published - Ascella Publications, 92 large format pp, paperback. Distributed by Ascella in UK and Europe. Distributed by JustUs & Associates in US and Spica Publications in Australia

In an engrossing collection of astronomical essays, Nick Kollerstrom challenges the scientific perception of the universe, showing how the facts show a deeper connection with astrological understanding than even most astrologers realise. This is a fascinating and thought-provoking book - essential reading for all students of Astrology

Can astrology and science ever be reconciled? Despite the efforts of research-minded astrologers to play by the scientific rulebook, the dice still seem loaded against astrology. It can't be true, therefore it isn't. There's no arguing with logic like that! Frustrated astrologers adopt the line that 'we know better than those blinkered scientists anyway' -- a view which even if partly true does little to enhance the public perception of astrology. The Flat Earth Society sounded just as convincing. To break the deadlock, a fresh approach to the wonders and absurdities of modern science may be in order. Enter Nick Kollerstrom. Interface is a wide-ranging collection of essays on the relationship between astrology and her wise mother astronomy. The central theme is that "astrology and astronomy are simply two sides of a coin, the abyss between them a mere deficiency of perception". Thus, the astounding facts, figures and images of modern astronomy amount to little more than a vast scattering of fragmented "gee-whiz data". Each advance, each new discovery throws up as many mysteries as it solves. Why does Mercury refuse to obey the laws of Newtonian physics and slip so elusively through Gauquelin's statistical net? How come the ring system around Saturn is a model of cool, mathematical precision while Uranus buzzes and crackles with weird energy as it judders around its crazy orbit? Why after centuries of mathematical analysis does the Moon's relationship with the Earth remain as mysterious to us as it was to the ancient Chaldeans? We can almost pity the poor astro-physicist, doomed to wander forever through the cosmological labyrinth with little hope of ever finding the Great Ultimate Fact. As Nick suggests, without the elucidation of astrology's "true imagination" astronomers can only gawp at the outer form of a meaningless universe. By the same token of course, astrologers can't hope to improve the situation merely by offering pious pronouncements and ignoring astronomical reality. Like it or not, the astrologer and the astro-physicist need one another. Interface is a positive move towards building bridges between the disciplines. Inevitably, a collection such as this poses Big Questions. But don't expect dry abstractions and impenetrable theorising. Nick's knowledge and enthusiasm for both sides of the celestial coin shines through so that even a discussion of the intricacies of the lunar orbit comes across as intriguing and informative rather than incomprehensible. Let him loose on tracking the space probe Voyager II on its odyssey through the solar system and you're in for quite a trip. Check out the secret life of Galileo and tune in to the current of synchronicity that links Kepler's star, the galactic centre and our old friend Ophiuchus. Learn of another event of cosmic significance coinciding with the 1999 total eclipse and think about what it really means. This is a book brimming with ideas and insight. Recommended! David Plant, President of the Astrological Association of Great Britain.

Nick Kollerstrom is one of the sharpest and most original thinkers in contemporary astrology. He has been stimulating the astrological world with his work and insights for over twenty years and if he has a particular genius it is his ability to reconcile astronomy and astrology, science and symbolism. And its that word symbolism that is most important for while most scientists believe that astrology can be understood through reductionist number-crunching, Nick understands that the phenomenon itself depends on a willingness to see significance in symbols. But he also, with his lunar planting work (with Simon Best) and Kolisko experiments, has illustrated the alchemical proposition that the material world is permeated with the same principles represented by the planets. This latest collection of Nick's work contains a variety of essays on Kepler, Galileo, Ophiucus, Venus, Space Probes and Planetary Images and the sidereal zodiac. It makes delightful reading and is sure to open astrologers minds to new possibilities, in particular, perhaps, raising their sights from their charts to the stars. Nicholas Campion, President of the Astrological Association of Great Britain

Copyright Astrology World, 1998

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