In 1999 I Had A Premonition…

In 1999 I had a premonition about the election and global warming. At the time conservatives were still trying to argue it wasn’t happening. I looked at the charts of both Bush and Al Gore and it looked like they were both going to win. I finally came to the bizarre conclusion that Gore would win the popular vote and Bush the white house (as this has on rare occasions happened in our history). I won’t get into all the stuff that I ended up predicting at that time that came to pass, except to say, I got very scared.

I had a premonition of a post-apocalyptic world that wasn’t like Mad Max or some nuclear melt down or war. It was a slow, painful death of our world via global warming (In my vision we didn’t end in a bang, we eroded away without much notice). In 1999 before the election was settled, I decided to write a novel based on a series of premonitions (of course there’s also a story in the novel that’s fictional). I knew Bush would take the white house and the oil companies would run wild.

I read the first draft to my writer’s group who all told me what an imagination I had. How had I come up with this stuff? Well, easy, besides being precognitive, I saw the writing on the wall and used extrapolation, and to some degree humorous hyperbole to make my point.

To make a long story short. I finished that book, won a literary prize, only to be told that speculative fiction and science fiction were dead (other than Fantasy and Space Opera) and although the multitude of interested agents who read it, said it was well written and they liked it, ultimately they couldn’t sell it.

Of course, like all things. I’m usually out of step with time, so this didn’t really surprise me. But as my mother used to say, “keep something long enough and it will come into fashion.” So maybe now we’re approaching the time for speculative fiction. Perhaps people will want more than just entertainment, they will want substance, extrapolation, clarity about their world and evaluative thought in their literature. Hey, it’s worth a shot.

Because this novel is so prescient and it dovetails so well with the issues and insight on my blog I’ve decided to publish a chapter a week. The themes are global warming, the US becoming a corporate Theocracy, spirituality and so many other fun things. Actually there is (in my opinion) a lot of humor in the book especially the further in you go. But I’ll let you be the judge.

Other than polishing, I have changed nothing about the original concept or story. So when reading it, you’ll see many bizarre correlations to the present and recent past. But these were written nearly ten years prior.

Next week I’ll post chapter one. In the mean time I’ll figure out a way post the book in an unobtrusive way for those of you who are not interested in this side of my work.

I will post more stock info tomorrow. I’ve been swamped with reader’s questions about this. I’ll try to get to everyone ASAP!

Best wishes to you all and good luck.

In 1999 I Had A Premonition…

Astrological Recommendations… Learning Astrology. Where to Start?

For those of you interested in taking the leap into the study of astrology. There are some basic things you’ll need. One is an ephemeris, this is a list of the planets, what degree and sign they are in. You will find ephemeris that break down as little as a year or as much as 100 years. I suggest you have one handy to look up transits which I’ll explain a little later.

Now the main thing is understanding the basics. My first book was the A to Z horoscope maker and it’s great for reference but a little confusing. A great series of books that break down everything into an easy system and walk you through the process, allowing you to develop your own style of interpretation are by Marion March and Joan McEvers. The series is called “The Only Way to Learn Astrology.” A bit hyperbolic but none the less a really great group of books. I have listed links to the first few basic ones, as well as links to some ephemeris. I suggest buying an ephemeris for this century and the last for quick reference. Also I like the little yearly calendar/ephemeris for a quick look when on the go. I also like calendars for the home that have astronomical info on them but then again I’m a bit obsessive. You can follow the links to find the series and starter book as well as different ephemeris and calendars.
Llewellyn’s 2009 Daily Planetary Guide: Complete Astrology At-A-Glance (Llewellyn’s Daily Planetary Guide)

Llewellyn’s 2009 Astrological Pocket Planner: Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian 2008-2010 (Planner)
Llewellyn’s 2009 Astrological Pocket Planner: Daily Ephemeris & Aspectarian 2008-2010 (Planner)
American Ephemeris for the 20th Century: 1900 to 2000 at Midnight/5th Revised
American Ephemeris for the 20th Century: 1900 to 2000 at Noon
The New American Ephemeris for the 20th Century, 1900 to 2000 at Midnight: Michelsen Memorial Edition

Astrological wall calendar:
Llewellyn’s 2008 Astrological Calendar: With Horoscopes for Everyone (Calendar)
The best book on the fundamentals of astrology: This is the first volume in the excellent series:

The Only Way to Learn Astrology, Vol 1: Basic Principles
The second book is about the math, which you don’t need. You can get free charts run on
Volume 3 helps you synthesize the information after you learn the fundamentals of the first book.
The Only Way to Learn Astrology: Horoscope Analysis Vol. 3 (Only Way to Learn Astrology)
Volume 4 focuses on predictive astrology:
Only Way to Learn About Tomorrow (Only Way to Learn about Tomorrow)
A basic, go to, concise book on astrology and another good place to start:
Llewellyn’s New A to Z Horoscope Maker and Interpreter: A Comprehensive Self-Study Course

An interesting aside, and just plain fun. Sabian symbols are based on the degree of each planet or house in your chart. I haven’t found then to be amazingly accurate but they are interesting and there is no interpretation skills needed. All you have to do is have your chart in front of you and look up the degree and sign of each planet and get a mini-reading.
Sabian Symbols:
The Sabian Symbols in Astrology: A Symbol Explained for Each Degree of the Zodiac

Best wishes and good luck!

Astrological Recommendations… Learning Astrology. Where to Start?