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Announcing: Studpuppy, the eBook

The Sun is at 3 Pisces today, which means, this is the single day of the year that the Fantasteroid Studpuppy traverses the entire zodiac in one day. To celebrate, and help you delineate this fantastic event, I’ve created my first Fantasteroid eBook.

To get a sense of what Fantasteroids are all about, check out this excerpt from a recent interview with Wade Caves over at Solarspindle.com:

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WC: Sell me on the most controversial astrological technique that you espouse.

JZ: Fantasteroids are by far the most controversial technique. It’s a new form of astrology I’m co-inventing with my peers.

In 2013, I realized that I was not getting any younger, and if I were going to make a contribution to astrology, I had better sit down in a park like Marc Edmund Jones and Elsie Wheeler and come up with my own Sabian system… But I didn’t want to simply replicate them, firstly because it would be yet another attempt to tack meanings onto each degree of the zodiac, and secondly, because then I would only have 360 pieces of material to blog about, which would not help my long-term content strategy. How limiting!

Then I thought about the trans-Neptunian planets (TNPs) of the Hamburg School. If we can discover and use fictitious planets, why not fictitious asteroids? And the awesome thing about that is their endlessness. Why stop at 8, or 360, when you can stop at infinity? Thus, Fantasteroids were born. A self-conscious mixture of fantasy and asteroid astrology.

WC: This… sounds very eclectic. Tell me more. How do you use them?

JZ: Well, we’re still figuring that out, as—just like their ‘real’ counterparts—new ones crop up all the time. My favourite Fantasteroid was discovered during the first Queer Astrology Conference: Studpuppy. Two astrologers were locked in a furious hug, giggling and falling in fast friend love. The word studpuppy echoed throughout the room. I cast a chart to check the rising degree of the moment (this is how you discover them!), and it was 3 Pisces, which happened to be the Sun/Venus conjunction in the synastry of these two studpuppies. We all squealed, and then tried to figure out the orbit of this new asteroid.

We determined that Studpuppy lives at 3 degrees of Pisces for most of the year, except for one night, when it ‘does all the other degrees in the zodiac’, and returns to its usual placement. I got very amused when reading Catherine Blackledge’s biography of William Lilly, when she discussed a potential version of his chart (on p. 88): it had Studpuppy conjoined Lilly’s ascendant!!! I know of a few other famous astrologers who happen to have 3 Pisces prominent, confirming the charismatic quality of this Fantasteroid.

WC: Wow. I will have to keep Studpuppy in mind for future electional work. I imagine it would do wonders for relationship horaries to see significators meet at 3 Pisces!

JZ: Much like horary astrology, the radicality of the moment determines when a Fantasteroid will stick, or whether it will be briefly discovered only to get lost again in the frayed edges of time. It may seem like a joke, or a horribly irreverent thing to do to astrology, and astrologers who take themselves (maybe too) seriously, but, when we play with how we create these systems of meaning, we actually train ourselves to understand them better. The core moment of reading that leads to a Fantasteroid’s birth undergirds a philosophy of astrology that is quite serious and has far-reaching implications. But if I get into those here, it’ll ruin the fun.

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Check out the rest of the interview, and get a copy of the Studpuppy eBook!

 

Launching The Ascendant Vol. 1

Introducing, The Ascendant:

The Ascendant Vol 1

This past summer, astrologers Austin Coppock, Nicholas Civitello, and I curated and produced the first volume of The Ascendant. This journal is the official publication for the Association for Young Astrologers. Here’s a brief description of the journal from the AYA website:

 

The Ascendant is unlike any astrological publication you have seen before. Not quite a  journal, and not quite a magazine, it features 72 full-color pages of probing articles alongside the photography and artwork of living artists. The articles offer a balance between theory-driven inquiry and practice-based evidence. Philosophy, historiography, and new takes on tradition are presented with a tone of openness, inviting you to join in the thought experiments for expanding upon our astrological knowledge. While the Association for Young Astrologers is aimed at supporting the entry of younger generations into the astrological community, there is something in The Ascendant for everyone.

 

Our issue includes works by Gary P. Caton, J. Lee Lehman, Eric Purdue, Tony Bruno Mack, Ian Waisler, Gary Lorentzen, Leisa Schaim, Andrea L. Gehrz, and Kent Bye. We feature artwork and photography by Wonder Bright, Katie Grinnan, and Yvette Endrijautzki.

 

Launch

We launched our magazine at the International Society for Astrological Research conference in Arizona (ISAR) this past September:

 

Ascendant Editors

 

There are 144 limited edition copies in print. Half of them sold out at ISAR alone. In November of this year, astrologer Matt Savinar interviewed me about the making of the journal. He and I also discuss articles and authors that appear there, as well as some history of astrology. Have a listen here:

 

 

There are still some copies of the limited edition left. Head over to the AYA website to get yours before they’re all sold out!