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:

Volume 1:
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.


Column Charts

I thought I had published my share of astrological tables with that, but then, in the beginning of 2016, as Galactic Saturn arrived at the Galactic Center, I started working with Galactic and Ecliptic charts together, as two mirroring columns, with the timings of Galactic transits on the left, and Ecliptic transit times to the right.

These Column Charts turned out to bring the single most important leap in astrological understanding I have ever experienced. And they did so simply by bringing the different transit times together so they can be seen at the same time, both Galactic and Ecliptic.
It turned out that Galactic and Ecliptic charts work together in such a way that when the timing of the same Galactic and Ecliptic transits are brought together in parallel, the difference in timing between them opens a window into a symbolic Space which is there in the time between. A Space which very often does not extend very much beyond the confinement of the two parallel timings, but which can relate to other simultaneous symbolic Spaces in an almost cause-and-effect-like manner. So different points in Time are brought together directly or indirectly in ways which show interesting new connections between them, revealing unexpected patterns and perspectives spanning from less than days to several decades, depending on the selection of planets.

To look into this, both Galactic and ordinary Ecliptic Ephemerides are needed at the same time, which makes it most handy to find them in the same place. That’s why I started making Galactic & Ecliptic Ephemerides.

Volume 1 of the Column Charts’ Companion Series has Galactic & Ecliptic Ephemerides 1950 - 2050 AD for both Inner and Outer planets, which can be used to calculate Galactic Charts and make Column Charts from the positions of ordinary Western Astrology charts, what I call Ecliptic charts. With positions listed every day for Sun, Moon (twice), Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and the first of every month for Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Lunar North Node. All at Midnight GMT.

Volume 2 (500 BC - 2500 AD) and Volume 3 (3500 - 500 BC) are meant as research tools for investigating history, archaeo astronomy, reincarnation and other riddles from the past. Together they cover the 6000 years between 3500 BC and 2500 AD, for the Outer Planets only. With positions listed the first of every month for Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and the Lunar North Node. All at Midnight GMT.

Then in 2017 Galactic & Ecliptic Astrologer came as a new introduction to all the Ephemerides, replacing Volume 1 of the Galactic Geocentric Astrology Series. It brought the possibility of calculating both Ecliptic and Galactic charts from scratch. At least between 1950 and 2050. By bringing the tables needed to calculate Ascendant, MC, Vertex and East Point, in addition to the positions of the planets, found in the corresponding Ephemerides.

These are tables of Sidereal Time, and of the Sun through both the Galactic and Ecliptic Zodiac (every day through 1950 - 2050 at Midnight GMT), as well as two Ecliptic Tables of Houses. Galactic Ascendant, MC, Vertex and East Point are all found by converting their positions found in the Ecliptic Table of Houses by looking up their corresponding Galactic positions in the Galactic & Ecliptic Zodiacs & Sidereal Time table. More explanations in the book. The point here being that now it is possible to make Galactic and Ecliptic charts quite accurately off-line, even without the use of a computer. Who knows when that can come in handy, but I am very happy that all these tables now have come into physical existence. They represent potential understanding of times and places in a way no other method can provide, at least as far as I know.

For me personally, the inclusion of the Galactic Dimension into Astrology has far more than doubled the value of this ancient science, art and language. Because with two Zodiacs the whole thing becomes three dimensional, with totally new things to explore. Particularly in that Space between each Ecliptic and its corresponding Galactic transition.

I hope you get to become just as excited about these books as I am. Perhaps particularly now that they also have become available as pdf eBooks, which could be unbelievably handy.

They have truly been a long train running so far. And who knows, it may not have stopped running quite yet. As a matter of fact, I am planning a new series of Galactic & Ecliptic Ephemerides where all included planets, the Sun, and the Moon, will be listed every day. Because it’s more handy that way.

Galactic & Ecliptic Astrologer

Foreword 5
Galactic Zodiac & Galactic Center 11
Galactic Center through Tropical Ecliptic Zodiac 13
Calculating Charts 14
Constructing the Galactic Birth Chart 19
The Houses 20
Cyclic Composite 21
Archaeo-Astrology & Astro-Geography 22
Calculating Your Azimuths 23
Ior Bock & Balder’s Temple 23
Trips to Hades 25
Ancient Earth Zodiac out of Hel 26
Calculating Earth Zodiac Positions 27
The Earth Zodiac & the United States Ascendant 28
Some Definitions and Clarifications 29
Precession and the Fixed Stars 32
Precession and the Astrological Ages 45
Charts for the Age of Aquarius 52
Maya Calendar 3114 BC - 2012 AD 54
Jewish Calendar 3915 BC - 2017 AD 56
Crossing into Aquarius 60
Pluto, Saturn, & the Age of Oil 63
Neptune, Saturn, & Deceptive Illumination 66
Neptunian Visuals in Saturnian Frames 68
Arne Treholt 69
Muammar Gaddafi 72
Uranus & Aquarian Awakening 2011 AD 77
Solar Flare, Weather and News 85
Arab Spring & Norwegian Terror 88
Arctic Perspectives & Loose Ends 96
Galactic & Ecliptic Zodiacs & Sidereal Time 1950 - 2050 AD 103
Earth Zodiac - Ancient Sites 256
Old Ecliptic Table of Houses 0o - 71o Latitude 257
Earth Zodiac - Capital Cities 298
New Ecliptic Table of Houses 0o - 80o Latitude 299
Converting Decimals and Minutes 600
Ecliptic Planetary Nodes 601
Earth Zodiac - Holy Places 616
“Julian Day” 1900 - 2050 AD 617
Azimuth of Sunrise & Sunset from Equator to the Polar Circles 623
Time Zones and Meridians 628
Bibliography 630

All these astrology books are available from Amazon, and also the rest of them will be made available as eBooks from Gumroad.

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