|Astrologer Richard Nolle is one of the Web’s greatest resources, and has been since astrology on the Web began, though he’s usually too modest to claim it. His AstroPro (www.astropro.com) has long featured reference tables of astrological phenomena you couldn’t get elsewhere, particularly about SuperMoons (a concept he introduced to the astrological community in 1979), an article on which will be out in the Oct-Nov issue of The Mountain Astrologer. There is more on his site than you can shake a stick at – news, articles, forecasts, reports, and more – but perhaps the greatest resource is his “Website of the Week” (WOW) award, which each week uncovers fascinating, often out-of-the-way sites both astrological and near-astrological with nary a Sun-sign in sight (except, occasionally, in jest). There are hundreds of them on tap, as he’s been doing it since the mid-‘90s. If you want to launch yourself into a true astrological odyssey on the Web, his site is the place to start.
A third-generation 1950-vintage native Floridian and a 1971 U of Florida alumnus, who emigrated to Arizona in 1984, he became interested in astrology when he was ten years old, studied it starting at 17, and has been a full-time practicing astrologer since 1973 (he was formerly an urban planner). The American Federation of Astrologers published several of his books in the 1980s, and he’s written for most of the popular astrology magazines at one time or another; including being a feature writer and columnist for Dell Horoscope from the mid-‘70s to the early 1990s.
A technical astrologer with a distinctively historical bent, large-scale and long-term sky patterns have always been his specialty, although they’re only now just becoming all the rage as an entry point into studying astrology. What’s he up to in that realm lately— He reveals:
“I am exploring planetary alignments (conjunctions/oppositions) to the lunar nodes. We've got a couple of these coming up (e.g. to Saturn in October), and we just had one to Uranus (last March). The intriguing thing about these, to me, is that they tie in with eclipses: a kind of eclipse flavor, perhaps. Also, because the north lunar node near 0 Aries coincides with lunar declination cycle peak, planetary alignments with the nodes at 0 Aries/Libra point to those planets being prominent during extreme (high declination) eclipses. There’s more to it than that — for example, the Saturn-node opposition in October is part of the same cycle last seen in 536 CE, in which a Jupiter in Scorpio T-square to Saturn in Leo opposing Neptune in Aquarius is followed in short order by a Saturn opposition to the node in Pisces. A tapestry of cycles, Saros upon Saros perhaps . . . I’m still looking at this, so I really can’t be definitive. But I am curious. And the historical parallels between our own time and 536 (and the dozen or so years before and after) are intriguing: climate change, a reshuffling of the global civilization deck, etc.”
As the sky tumbles through a series of unique and somewhat scary historic permutations over the next couple of years, keep your eye on Richard for more on this particular set!
He’s available for consultation by phone at his home in Arizona — check it out on his website, where you’ll find an ever-changing, growing palette of astrological knowledge and wisdom.