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The Impractical Astrologer volume I HeadhitterClassified
ThemeImpractical astrology
First issueDecember 1995
Last issueDecember 1997
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The Impractical Astrologer is best described as "like no other astrological journal". It was first published in December 1995. Further attempts were made with volumes II and III published at the end of 1996 and 1997 respectively.

The aims of the journal were threefold:
  1. to raise money for charity (seen as the best solution for avoiding requests for refunds)

  2. to give a more impractical insight into astrology for the benefit of students and practitioners beset by all the complicated details given in other journals

  3. to diffuse astrological political tension through random ridicule of anyone and anything involved in "the art".
Although the journal's policy was to distribute ridicule fairly, equally and neutrally, most of it was targeted towards Nicholas Campion. The editorial board later apologised and explained this was a misunderstanding based on a simple spelling mistake in an editorial memo, which had suggested giving extra attention to Campion for being "the great BASTION of British astrology we all know him to be" [mistake corrected here].

This reproduction of the 'Impractical' is useful for giving an insight into some of the lowlights of the astrological community in the mid-1990s. For those of us who were part of this 'zeitgeist' it will likely bring back happy memories of adverts that inspired us, and perhaps more painful memories of the schools that confused us. Like most journals of its day, it presented a lively mix of conflicting opinion and impractical advice, from how to find the location of the Moon, to books you should not hesitate to buy, even though you will never need them. It broke new ground in presenting the meaning of aspect formations neglected elsewhere (this volume features the Sun-Venus-Mercury T-square), and covered old ground in Lilly William's demonstration of impractical astrology based on the aphorisms of Gilbert Prognosticus. With heart-felt editorials, rousing poetry, and even astro-psycho-quizzes to establish what kind of astrologer one is based on the shape of one's charts, it is difficult to identify the reasons why the 'Impractical' ultimately failed to end world poverty. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that it is unwise to start an astrological journal under a void of course Moon, and with only a tiny customer base, each member of which is then insulted in the content.

© The reproduction made available is offered for private, non-commercial use. But you can give it away, print it out and use it for wall-paper, or sell it for charity if you like.

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See also:
An Interview with some American Astrologers