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Finish Your Damn Article!

In 2018, I’m dipping my toes back into teaching, and I’m starting off with a class that will keep you on track with your publishing goals. I’m calling it: “Finish Your Damn Article”

…because you need to finish your damn article!

This online course will meet four times for two hours.

This is for you if:
1) you already have a piece of writing you want to finish, OR
2) a strong concept and preliminary research for an article you want to write.

Here’s how it will go:

We meet online using Zoom (our virtual classroom). I’ll provide instruction on best practices for excellent writing, as well as overcoming writers block (and fear of inadequacy and all those other horrible things you tell yourself about your writing); you’ll get super-fucking-tactical strategies for getting content on the page and how to massage that content into a lovely shape; and you’ll get feedback from your fellow students to check whether your message is getting through the way you want.

There will be a private FB group to workshop ideas and get real-time feedback from me. The group will vanish once our course is up, so you do not need to worry about having your work/thoughts/ideas permanently floating around in the guts of that system.

Yes, you will read each other’s work!

This is a writing seminar.

Online instruction has become so bite-sized and consumable. Not here. I miss the feeling of sitting in an extremely small course on campus, bonding with students (and watching them bond with each other), and having a substantial exchange of ideas.

So that’s what we’re going to aim for. You will be expected to participate. Read, respond, talk back, share.

And have constant access to my brain while we do it. I plan on being extremely active in our class forums.

What’s the price? $325 for 8 hours of instruction.

Holy cow that’s a lot! Yes, and it cost me nearly $500,000 for my own education. You’re getting a good deal.

If you’re game, the first run starts on Feb 17, we’ll meet on Saturdays at 10am Pacific. If you cannot make a class that’s OK. The recordings will be sent to you. HOWEVER, once you get addicted to the in-class vibe, you might never want to miss a live class. So plan on attending as many as possible.

Outcomes:
You will leave the course with:

  • a new toolkit of writing strategies that you can apply to anything else you write
  • direct feedback on your current piece of writing from me and others
  • if you put in the elbow grease, a finished piece you can submit for publication

 

Common objections:

But I won’t make back my course fee when publishing?
Actually, you can. The last two times I was published I got paid $400, and $350 for a single article. Where are you submitting your work? It IS possible to be a paid professional writer. But not if you never finish an article.

What about a dissertation chapter?
Yes, that counts as an article. Come to class.

What if I don’t use FB?
Then I will find another way to host forums!

What if I don’t want other astrologers/writers/people to get inside access to my brilliant article idea?
If you are paranoid about that, chances are your article is actually not going to get finished and/or is not actually as brilliant as it could be if you workshopped it with others. The first step to becoming a better writer is to stop being precious about your writing.

Will you run this again?
Yes, I will be running this again. However, no one can publish your ideas, they can only publish your writing, so if you’re nearly there, take the leap and let’s get that first piece knocked out. You will be able to apply what you learn here to all future writing. So invest in yourself now and reap the rewards as soon as you can.

 

See you in class!

There’s an 8 person limit for this run, so

here’s the link to sign up! 

Registration closes on Feb 15.

 

Full Schedule:

February 17, 2018 at 10:00am
February 24, 2018 at 10:00am
March 3, 2018 at 10:00am
March 10, 2018 at 10:00am

A List of Elsbeth Ebertin’s Astrology Publications

Here is a list of the astrological publications of Elsbeth Ebertin (1880–1944).

For most of this fall, I have been deeply embedded in translating her first full book, Royal Nativities, after having just completed her 1922 text, Can Assassinations Be Prevented? over the summer.

Chris Brennan recently interviewed me for an episode of The Astrology Podcast (link forthcoming when the episode is released!) covering Elsbeth’s life and works, and we realized that while a German list of her output can be found on her page on astro.com’s wiki, an English translation of her astrological output has not been revealed anywhere! So here it is. The titles appearing in bold are volumes I own.

If you’d like to see some of these texts translated and published, consider supporting my Patreon project!

Cheers!
-jenn

 

Books:

  • Royal Nativities (Leipzig-Gohlis: Wodan-Verlag, 1915)
  • Star-Leaflets (Leipzig-Gohlis: Wodan-Verlag, 1915)
  • The Nativity of Field Marshal Paul von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg: An Astrological Study (Leipzig-Gohlis: Wodan-Verlag, 1917)
  • The Effects of Celestial Influences: Astro-physical Studies (Leipzig-Gohlis: Wodan-Verlag, 1917)
  • The Power of Fate! Astrological Observations of the Horoscopes of Those Well-tested by Fate, Such as Wilhelm II. und Hindenburg, Next to Predictions for Germany’s Near Future (Freiburg: Verlag Paul Lorenz, 1918)
  • What Will Happen to Germany: Predictions for the Next Years on the Basis of Astrological Research (Leipzig: Talis-Verlag, 1920)
  • Historical and Contemporary Character Profiles (Leipzig: Talis-Verlag, 1921)
  • The Golden Bridge to the World of the Stars (Freiburg/Breisgau: Verlag Fr. Paul Lorenz, 1922)
  • Introduction to the Science of the Stars: World Catastrophes and the Wonder of the Celestial World: Report About 2 Lectures of this Type (Freiburg: Verlag Paul Lorenz, 1922)
  • Can Assassinations Be Prevented and What Will Happen Next? (Freiburg: Verlag Paul Lorenz, 1922)
  • The Fate of Peoples and Germany’s Awakening (Freiburg: Verlag Paul Lorenz, 1923)
  • Lay Astrology (with Robert Fuchs-Liska) (Kempten: Gesellschaft für Bildungs- und Lebensreform, 1924)
  • Astrology and Romance (Görlitz: Regulus-Verlag, 1926)
  • The Influence of the Moon and the Stars (Aalen: Ebertin-Verlag, 1928)
  • Where Are We Heading? Astrological Predictions for our Leading Personalities and Those Who Want to Become Ones (Erfurt: Ebertin Verlag, 1929)
  • The Two of Us from May 14th: True Experiences and Fate-Tragedies (Hamburg-Altona: Dreizack-Verlag, 1930)
  • Astrological Family Chronicle (Hamburg-Altona: Dreizack-Verlag, 1931)
  • What Brings Me Fortune? An Educational Pamphlet about Amulets, Talismans, Magic of Gemnstones and Radiant Effects of Planets (Heilbronn: Selbstverlag, 1932)

The four novels with confirmed astrological content are:

  • Mars in the House of Death. An Astrological Film-Novel According to a True Event  (Görlitz: Regulus Verlag, 1924)
  • The High Way of Light: A Fate-Novel (Berlin und Zürich: Eigenbrödler-Verlag, 1929)
  • A Celestial Researcher Goes Home: Historical Tale (Chemnitz: W. Böhm, 1934)
  • The Power of Gold: A Novel about Heavenly Powers and the Devil’s Arts (Leipzig: Richard Hummel Verlag, 1936)

Almanacs:

  • A Glimpse into the Future: Character and Fate, 20 vols. (Various publishers, 1917–1938)
  • World Rhythm Calendar: Astrological House and Farm Calendar for the Year… (4 vols. with Ludwig Hoffmann), (1926–1930)
  • Ebertin Almanac (I have a copy from 1931, not sure about other years)

Periodicals:

  • Celestial Change and World Events: Current Astro-political Conversations and Prophecies about the Near Future, with Ludwig Hoffmann (Kempten: Gesellschaft für Bildungs- und Lebensreform, 1924)
  • Celestial Change and World Events, with Ludwig Hoffmann (Kempten: Gesellschaft für Bildungs- und Lebensreform, 1928)
  • Reflections of our Time and their Value for the Future, four issues (1926)
    (Reinhold Ebertin’s first astrological article appeared here)

Film (screenplay):

  • It is Written in the Stars (1925), now lost

Get to know Lonnie Ro!

Last spring I had the pleasure of meeting Lonnie Ro at NORWAC in Seattle. We were both sitting in the back of Hakan Kirkoglu’s lecture on prenatal eclipse charts. During the lecture we exchanged a few potent remarks. A few hours later the same happened in another lecture, and what struck me most was that I saw in Lonnie a particular type of interest in astrology that mirrored my own. A breath of fresh air! I had to get to know him! After the conference we kept in touch and he accepted my offer to be interviewed for the rest of you here. So! Without further ado, get to know the amazing Lonnie Ro! Continue reading Get to know Lonnie Ro!

Translating Early Twentieth Century Source Works

In 1997, looking out of the large windows into the courtyard at Columbia River High during German class, a realization dawned on me. I had been reading a book called The Great Year, recommended to me by my German teacher, Gary Lorentzen. It was written by his friend Nicholas Campion, and it was the first book that really got underneath historical narratives and showed me a new way to think about temporality and ideology—and astrology. Gary had also recommended a few books by another colleague, Patrick Curry. What all these men had in common was a practicing knowledge of astrology. But Nick and Patrick were focused on the English history of astrology, and I was obsessed with German. Sitting there, just barely fifteen, a bolt of lightning hit me, if I become fluent in German, I could grow up to become the authority on the German history of astrology. And basically every choice I’ve made since then has been in line with that vision.

Now I write on the other side of spending a year in former East Germany on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarship (1998-1999), on the other side of pursuing my PhD in German from UC Berkeley (2004-2012), and chasing it with an MA in History of Astrology (2012-2016), and finally embarking on the actual work: translating the sources I used over the course of my education.

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Weimar Republic SourcebookTony Kaes, my dissertation advisor at UC Berkeley, was fond of creating compilations of source works. He focuses on the history of film and the Weimar Republic. Every time I taught English-speaking students about the history of Weimar culture I used Tony’s Weimar Republic Sourcebook as a textbook. It was filled to the gills with small, inaccessible texts that had never appeared The Promise of Cinemain English before. He and his co-editors constellated them around various topics germane to the subject, which resulted in a very rich overview of an era using primary sources. A genuine article. And as a teacher, and immense resource. He has recently come out with a new tome gathering smaller texts around the history of film, The Promise of Cinema. (Which, for anyone who has spent hours in the microfiche rooms trying to root through the various film journals of the 20s knows, is another great contribution to the field. No more craning the neck in front of those oddly back-lit screens. Plus! The translations are ready-made to cite in your English-language articles). These two books are indispensable resources for the German scholar and also for bringing people who will never learn German into a solid understanding of what German culture has contributed to the world.

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The material I have discovered over the two decades I’ve been working on this topic is rich. And it would be absurd to expect people to learn German to be able to access it. Much of what I have collected, I’ve had to buy from used book stores and antique dealers. I would say I’ve invested at least $3,000 in books and journals. Libraries simply do not value what these texts have to offer. Philip Graves, my colleague in Europe knows all too well the cost of collecting these types of materials; he’s got the largest collection of astrological historical texts in the world! And while some historians (mostly Ellic Howe) have examined this period in detail, the primary sources remain behind the linguistic barrier of German. I aim to provide access to the primary sources so that other scholars and astrologers who only know English can have better access to them and read for themselves.

Last week, I announced my intention to translate astrological source works that are currently in the public domain, and I already have 26 amazing folks supporting this effort (thank you!). As I work through these texts, I aim to publish them in a similar vein as Tony’s two source work projects. Patrons who support me at the $10/mo level and up will get all copies of everything published. What’s more, as this next decade proceeds (and if the copyright laws do not change), more and more material will start to become available. In 2018, foreign-published material from 1923 will enter the public domain. In 2019, material from 1924, and so on… As we approach 1926/1927, we hit a zenith of astrological publishing, and I’ll have heaps to do. Right now I am starting with a text from 1915 about the astrology of WWI.

If this project excites you, and you want to get in on the play-by-play and learn as I go, please support it through Patreon. This is a project with deep historical scope that will far outlive any topical podcast or horoscope column. My vision is that unborn generations will be able to look back on this and benefit from what they can learn about this rich period of astrological history. And I also hope that it provides an alternative to the known English history of the early twentieth century, so that the German/English linguistic barrier may be overcome and the astrological community can come to know itself and its past better.

I’ve spent the better part of two decades getting ready for this moment. Now I’m inviting you to join me in helping make it happen.

The Night Before Sept. 11, 2001

Five years ago, I wrote a short piece about my experiences in NYC during 9-11 for my friend Lisa’s blog (SatsumaBug) to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks. It is difficult to believe that fifteen years have elapsed between that fateful Tuesday and now. There was a time in my life I felt as though I would think about that day every single day for the rest of my life, or that I could never enter into a romantic relationship with anyone who was not also there because we would never be able to relate to one another on the deepest levels that “being there” changed me. But those things are not true. Everything has faded. I only remember what it smelled like to live below 14th Street in the aftermath when I actively think about it. And I have had amazing relationships with people who were worlds away from Manhattan that day. Rather than pen a new response revivifying what I lived through, I’ll share what I wrote for Lisa with you here. Continue reading The Night Before Sept. 11, 2001

Interview: Christopher Renstrom on Trash Astrology

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This autumn, Christopher Renstrom reveals Trash Astrology! He recently took some time to chat with me about what that means. In this interview, he shares some of the juicy morsels he’s uncovered so far and makes a great case for pursuing the underbelly of astrological history. Let’s dig in!

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JZ: What is “Trash Astrology”?

CR: “Trash Astrology” is popular astrology. It is astrology that is generated for the masses in publications and venues that are not regarded as “serious” or academic astrology. Always done on the cheap, trash astrology first appeared in America in the almanacs, dream books, and secret books of knowledge that were published in the pre-Revolutionary and Federalist period. It has evolved along with our media so that it is now a mainstay of newspapers, fashion magazines, websites, blogs, apps, and more. Continue reading Interview: Christopher Renstrom on Trash Astrology

Alone and Behold: A Review of Werner Herzog’s Latest Film

On the day of its release, Werner Herzog’s latest film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of a Connected World, launched not just in theaters, but online as well. I felt it fitting to choose to stay at home alone and “rent” the movie right away. As the pixels on my laptop flickered with Herzog’s visions, I reveled in the juxtaposition of my solitude while consuming this film whose subtitle espouses connection.

Midway through the film, as if on command, a colleague from South Africa sent me a message. How apt. My solitude has been penetrated by a message from half a world away. I tell her to watch the movie because halfway through it is already stunning, and she brings up her own perception of the irony that we are communicating while this film is streaming into my life. She mentions something about telepathy at the very same moment the film begins to discuss the possibilities of telepathy and that soon we will be “tweeting thoughts”… “It is already happening,” I think to myself. I tell her about the synchronicity, and she replies, “weird.”

Continue reading Alone and Behold: A Review of Werner Herzog’s Latest Film

Curious about planetary hours?

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The planetary hours are a simple and effective ancient astrological technique to optimize your life. They are a historical form of astrology based on observation, your specific location, and thus your lived experience. This technique does not depend on charts, so you can begin to use it right away. This September, Astrology Hub has invited me to provide a free online workshop teaching you the ins and outs of planetary hours.

Continue reading Curious about planetary hours?

Astrology and Publishing: An Astro Chat with AYA

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On Thursday July 28, the kind powerhouses at the Association for Young Astrologers invited me to chat with them about astrology and publishing. Our conversation veered along myriad pathways, including the history of astrology, the creation of the Maggie A Nalbandian Memorial Library in Seattle, and of course, a lot about my own pathways through publishing and what I do on the daily in that arena. Towards the end, our conversation generated suggestions for future research (future publications!) in our field. Enjoy!

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Mars station direct: Natsukashii

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The bond, thick and thorned. Our youth intertwined, inextricable. I do not miss whoever he is now. I don’t know him anymore. I miss him as he was. I miss what he was for me when we met, that dark mirror.

His good friend Z brought it back to me, his sense of humor. They grew up together, and working with Z on a forthcoming publication for Rubedo Press this past winter, I saw contours of it, of that thing, the thing that made me find myself again, that stopped me from continuing down a wrong path, a path that compromised the very spark that lights me up, that powerful “I-was-born-to-do-this” work. He saw that spark in me like no one else had. And against that vision, seeing where I had taken myself, how far I had gone off my path, I knew my entire life had to change. Right there and then.

Continue reading Mars station direct: Natsukashii

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