Galactic & Ecliptic Astrology
In the spring of 1981 I spent three months at Friends World College campus on Long Island, just outside New York City. I also stayed two weeks at a yoga-center on Manhattan as a preliminary to whatever I was going to study. So during my time in New York I got to go several times exploring a little bit of the Big Apple. I saw the City from the top of the World Trade Center, sunrise in April from high up in the Empire State Building, and even got to play guitar on a recording in a studio somewhere on Broadway. But the most epoch making thing that happened to me in New York, was the acquiring of a certain book.
I remember vividly my awe and excitement when entering the East West Bookstore on Fifth Avenue. I had never seen a store like that before, since nothing even remotely similar existed back in Norway. I returned to that store as often as I could, and on one of those trips I came out the door carrying The American Ephemeris for the Twentieth Century by Neil F. Michelsen.
From then on I spent time every day with that book on my lap, and it is probably no exaggeration to say that it was from that book, as a reflection of the great book of life itself, that I learned the most of what I know about the workings of astrology. I did, however, have a great teacher in Jeffrey Wolf Green in Seattle, where I lived for a year and a half. As well as learned a lot from a few thousand clients through 25 years as a professional astrologer. And Dane Rudhyar’s books were a constant inspiration for many years, and alerted me to the Galactic Dimension of Astrology where the Sun is also a Star.
My adventure into Galactic Astrology started in 1991 with Mark Pottenger’s CCRS88 astrological research software for MSDOS. Eventually upgraded to the 1997 version of CCRS92. In there I found some intriguing functions which also opened a whole new world for me. Notably the possibility of getting planetary positions with Galactic coordinates. This led me to construct my first Geocentric Galactic birth chart in September 1991.
In Astrophysical Directions by Michael and Margaret Erlewine I had found essential information concerning cosmic structure, which made me rethink the concept of a Galactic Zodiac for Astrology. In CCRS the Galactic Longitude positions are given with the Galactic Center as starting point. This is in accord with astronomical practice, but breaks ancient astrological principles.
If we look at both the Ascendant and the Vernal Equinox or Tropical Zero Aries point, they are both created by the intersection of two planes. The Ascendant is at the intersection of the Ecliptic and the local Horizon, while the Vernal Equinox is at the intersection of the Ecliptic and the Equator. Likewise, the starting point of the Galactic Zodiac is naturally placed on the intersection of the Ecliptic and the Galactic Planes. Following the time honored principles of ancient Astrology, it then follows that the Galactic Zodiac starts at the Ascending Node of the Galactic Plane and the Ecliptic. But there are two nodes in the intersection between those two planes, one is ascending from the Ecliptic point of view, the other ascending from the Galactic. So which is the right one? In Astrophysical Directions I found the “Ascending Node of the Galactic Equator to the Ecliptic” given as 6 degrees, 22 minutes and 35 seconds after the position of the Galactic Center. But was this really the one I was searching for?
For a long time I thought it was, and I started making Ephemerides accordingly. This turned out to be quite a demanding task for my computers. In the beginning they simply could not do it, since the Ephemerides I wanted to make were quite extensive. But the possibility to do it opened up for me in 2001 with a Mac G3, and then I really started working on this project. It was quite a job, and if anyone ever asks me what I was doing as the Twin Towers fell, I remember well that I was working on my Galactic Ephemeris project that day. All of which later turned into a series of pdf-files.
Then, in early March 2011, (as Uranus was about to change quadrant in both the Galactic and the Ecliptic Zodiac as well as entering the 1. House in the charts for the Age of Aquarius) the publishing of my book The Homer Code through CreateSpace and Amazon became an enormous incentive to also get what became my Galactic Geocentric Astrology Series, Volumes 1 - 16, materialized that way.
And as I dived into the making of Ephemerides ready for publishing, I also re-thought everything from scratch. Something which led to the typical sudden Uranian realization that I, up to that point, had made all my Ephemerides 180 degrees upside down. This had made all Timings right, but all Signs wrong. I had seen all along that the Galactic Timing was eerily interesting, and that the Galactic Signs were difficult to see, but I had not seen why until Uranus woke me up to turn everything 180 degrees around.
In astronomical literature an Ascending Node is defined as “The point at which an orbiting body rises through the plane of the Ecliptic traveling northward.” Transferred to the Galactic, that would become the point at which an orbiting body rises through the plane of the Milky Way traveling northward.
Since the orbiting bodies more or less follow the Ecliptic, this definition finally gave me the Ascending Node I was seeking. Meaning that in order to get the right Galactic positions, I had to subtract 186 degrees, 22 minutes and 35 seconds from every Galactic position calculated by the CCRS. Thus armed, I then made the Galactic Geocentric Astrology Series which were published in the summer of 2011:
Introduction to Galactic Geocentric Astrology
Reintegrating the Galactic Dimension of Astrology
Part 1: Galactic Astrology Tool Kit. Part 2: Galactic Awakening in the Age of Aquarius.
Volume 2: Galactic Ephemeris for the Nineteenth Century AD 1800-1900
Volume 3: Galactic Ephemeris for the Twentieth Century AD 1900-2000
Volume 4: Galactic Ephemeris for the Twenty-first Century AD 2000-2100
With listings every other day at Midnight GMT, for Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Lunar North Node.
Volume 5: Galactic Ephemeris for the Moon 1900 - 2000 AD
Volume 6: Galactic Ephemeris for the Moon 2000 - 2100 AD
With listings twice every day, at Midnight and Noon GMT.
Volume 7: Galactic Ephemeris for the Seventh Millennium BC 7000 - 6000
Volume 8: Galactic Ephemeris for the Sixth Millennium BC 6000 - 5000
Volume 9: Galactic Ephemeris for the Fifth Millennium BC 5000 - 4000
Volume 10: Galactic Ephemeris for the Fourth Millennium BC 4000 - 3000
Volume 11: Galactic Ephemeris for the Third Millennium BC 3000 - 2000
Volume 12: Galactic Ephemeris for the Second Millennium BC 2000 - 1000
Volume 13: Galactic Ephemeris for the First Millennium BC 1000 - 1
Volume 14: Galactic Ephemeris for the First Millennium AD 1 - 1000
Volume 15: Galactic Ephemeris for the Second Millennium AD 1000 - 2000
Volume 16: Galactic Ephemeris for the Third Millennium AD 2000 - 3000
With listings the first of every month at Midnight GMT, for Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Lunar North Node.