Interview with Adrian
1. How did you first get into astrology?
- I found the book “Astrology for All” by Alan Leo in New Delhi in 1970, whilst on the hippy trail to India. It electrified me, and I had a kind of spiritual initiation into the meaning of the Age of Aquarius, which was very hip at the time. I had a son born in Goa when I was 21 – he was an Aquarius, so Aquarius was born on many levels.
2. How did you start a practice?
- On my Saturn return I moved to Denmark, as my wife missed her home country. We lived in Wales at the time, and one morning, completely on the spur of the moment, we packed the car and drove to Copenhagen. On arrival I asked my wife to read me the property ads in the newspaper. We found a house that about 20 other people wanted to look at. I asked my wife to tell the landlord that we would take it immediately, without viewing, which we did. When we moved in, a letter arrived addressed to the President of the Copenhagen Astrology Society. It turned out he was the previous tenant. I got involved in the organization and later became its president for seven years. I learned Danish, started teaching astrology in evening school, and gradually accumulated students and clients.
3. Do you have any advice or guidance to astrologers who are starting a practice now?
- Times have changed since the time I started. I ran a school for training astrologers for seven years in the 90’s and although quite a few of the students were really great at astrology, only a handful went on to live from it. The only way to live from astrology is to know that it is the only thing you want to do in life. It is good to have a part-time job in a long transition period as you build up a client base. Don’t start by investing a lot of money on the trappings or on advertising; it has to be organic. Today you have to have a web presence, and it has to look good. Write, teach, go to astrology events, do things for free. Writing sunsigns can get you traffic and customers. Do something new and different, and don’t do it for the money.
4. You are an authority on mundane astrology; what major events or trends do you see arriving in the next few years?
- The coming major event – and it is huge – is the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn at 0 Aquarius in December 2020. Apart from a maverick conjunction in Libra in 1980 this is the first of an unbroken series of conjunctions in Air signs over the next two hundred years. Consider the last 200-year cycle, which took place in Earth signs, and how the earth’s resources have been mined and plundered to bring material wellbeing to us all. This will stop. Burning for energy will cease, and energy will be derived from natural sources with almost zero pollution, and this will include transport. So much will happen through the air and waveforms, and even material things, and living things, will be transferred via data processes. With all things digital and in real-time, most issues will be decided by “likes” and “unlikes”.
The 2020 conjunction will bring completely new structures on the political scene, so the 2016 US presidency will be a one-term affair. As Pluto subsequently enters Aquarius, and in 2025 there is a Saturn/Neptune conjunction right at the beginning of Aries, Putin, who will have survived two 6-year presidential terms, will be thrown out by another revolution in Russia, and in general there will be many revolutionary upheavals worldwide, particularly in the Arab world, as power returns to the people.
5. What do you see as the epoch-making astrological shift of our times, and why? Many point to the Uranus-Pluto square, while others focus on the precessional shift of the Spring Equinox into Aquarius.
- Astrologers tend to be averse to recognizing the shift from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age. As many point out, not least Nick Campion in his Book of World Horoscopes, people have predicted the coming of a new age stretching from a period from 1400 to 2400. Constellations do not have fixed boundaries, so how can you tell?
I take a practical or observational approach. Since the discovery of Uranus in 1781 humans have taken to the air, notably the Montgolfier brothers in their balloon at the time of this discovery. An industrial age started based on the conversion of water into gas – the steam engine – with later refinements like the explosion of petrol gas in the combustion engine. This explosive power of air is the basis of Aquarius.
We are still in the Piscean Age, which in the West is represented by Christianity and the Pisces/Virgo polarity – Jesus and the Virgin Mary. But we are in transition. Facebook, which gained prominence as Neptune transited Aquarius, and which unites friends all over the world, is a clear expression of the Aquarian principle. And the World Wide Web itself, which became all dominant with the transit of Uranus through Aquarius, has been instrumental in uniting the world and giving power to the people.
Probably by 2050 or 2100 this transition will be complete, and the world will be unrecognizable. One interesting change – for our grandchildren – will be the disappearance of the wheel and the road. It is already disappearing – there are no wheels on Japan’s fastest train, flash drives are replacing spinning hard discs, cogwheels are being replaced by digits. Wheels are so Age of Pisces and are of course an extension of the foot. Nike has understood this and put air on our soles and wings on our ankles.