The Journal of Psychological Astrology
Relationships and Sexuality
he who causes the heavenly
bodies to move together in harmony
This journal is full of so many kinds of love, so many different ways of relating. The theme for this issue is relationships and sexuality. Each of our contributors has come up with something original and refreshing on the subject. Perhaps, when you’ve finished reading, you may also agree with me, that there’s a quality that they all share, too. It may be, in a journal named after the Sun god, that his story informs the stories, flavours them with the poignant whiff of a sigh. Apollon, never the luckiest in love, chose the laurel as his symbol; it’s all he has left after Gaia spirits his beloved Daphne away from his grasp. The laurel, renowned symbol of excellence, is the love that got away.
Our journey begins in a café in rainy London, as Darby Costello’s teacher and student are playfully musing on the nature of Platonic love, and the life and loves of one man in particular, the Renaissance philosopher Marsilio Ficino. Brian Clark then takes us back to our mythological roots, and reminds us of the oft-forgotten fact that the archetypal marriage at the apex of the Olympian pantheon was between brother Zeus and sister Hera. With deceptive simplicity, he presents his thoughts on the sibling component of relationship, in a way that is both challenging and enriching. Robin Heath then takes a different tack, but one no less intriguing. With the panache of a magician, he treats us to a dazzling demonstration of the way mathematics, geometry, astronomy and myth interlink, in the relationship between the Sun and the Moon. Once the implications of his argument sink in, you may find yourself, like Robin, in awe at this most sacred of marriages.
The Pythagorean triangle gives us one of the important clues to the mathematical relationship between the luminaries. Liz Greene, in her lucid and compassionate article, addresses another sort of triangle: a less clear-cut, more painful arena of emotional entanglement, the eternal triangle between The Betrayer, The Betrayed, and The Instrument of Betrayal. Her elegant and clear explanation of Oedipal conflicts is masterful.
We then take leave of Olympos for a while, in John Green’s entertaining exploration into the many reasons why body piercing has gained in appeal in the West over the past few years. Decoration or mutilation? A counterculture rite of passage, undertaken in a society that no longer offers such rituals? A means to a better sex life? A magickal act? You decide.
Sophia Young then takes us back in time to the romantic era of the troubadours, in her graceful foray to the Underworld, using the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as her theme. She tells the moving story of a survivor of childhood abuse, whose path to recovery includes the healing experience of a modern-day courtly love. Following on from that, Juliet Sharman-Burke reminds us of another tradition, the Tarot, as she compares the Lovers card with the astrological Venus, and retells the myth of the Judgement of Paris.
“Creativity is discovery - not design” Erin Sullivan writes. “This follows for love, as well,” she adds, in an article that looks deep into the relationship between love and creativity, examining the archetypal forces at work when we experience an “Erotic attack”. John Etherington then looks at the life of the late poet laureate Ted Hughes, and his relationship with Sylvia Plath. I then finish this issue, with my reflections on Ganymede, putting myself in his shoes in a flight of fancy.
We hope you enjoy reading. We are delighted to have some original artwork, by Ira Kiourti, which, we’re sure you’ll agree, adds a wonderfully Venusian touch to this issue.
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