One day in the late 20th century, as the first issue of Chronogram was going to press, there was a Full Moon in Aries. That makes Chronogram a natal Libra, a sign natural enough for a magazine that wants to both look good and do things well. The Aries Moon for its part is about bold initiative; I call this the Dauntless Moon, which we also find in the charts of Jerry Garcia, Salvador Dali, Betty Dodson, and many other artful pioneers.
On October 1, 1993, my symbolic chart for the first publication, the Aries Moon was conjunct Eris, which was not discovered at the time. To me, Moon-Eris talks about the profound search for identity—driven by uncertainty but also by purpose, complete with constant self-reinvention, many facets of expression, and more than a touch of creative chaos. Yet all of that churning passion is nicely veiled by the Libra Sun. You might not notice it's there from the outside.
With Mercury and Mars conjunct in Scorpio, there is passion, an affinity for business, and also an inscrutability factor. (Some would say this imparts a natural mission to educate others about sex and relationships.) With Venus and Chiron in Virgo, there is both perfectionism and a drive for healing. All of this describes Chronogram.
Yet the planets that really tell the story are the more distant ones—particularly a conjunction between Uranus (revolutionary, expressive) and Neptune (spiritual, artful, all-pervasive). That long meeting of two slow-movers helped define the late 1980s and early 1990s (the fall of the Berlin Wall and USSR; the Tiananmen Square incident; the dawn of the Internet), and it's exact to one-quarter of a degree in Chronogram's chart. This makes Chronogram an embodiment of the conjunction, which is in Capricorn. This conjunction happens less than once per century and often comes with a kind of spiritual and creative revolution. The last one was in 1821.
In Capricorn, the Uranus-Neptune conjunction is about the dissolution of the known order. It arrives in a time of crumbling beliefs and cultural structures. Because Neptune was involved, the conjunction melted a hole in what was then considered reality and allowed in another dimension of spiritual thought. This was around the time people stopped thinking that the paranormal was so weird and started believing in synchronicity. The Celestine Prophecy was published the same year that Chronogram commenced publication.
The way Chronogram's planets are arranged, the magazine is part of the 2012-era phenomenon. It caught the early wave of that astrology—and it will catch the last wave, which will be fully activated between 2015 and 2020. That suggests that Chronogram will step into its purpose with greater determination with each passing year.
When Chronogram first published, I was not an astrologer, but I was interested in astrology, and I was reading the Patric Walker horoscope every day in the New York Post. That is how I initially learned astrology.
By my birthday in 1994 (my 30th—the end of my Saturn return), I went to Esoterica Books in New Paltz and purchased my first ephemeris. For a year, I used that tool to back-engineer Walker's horoscope, and by April 1995 I was writing one of my own. Later that year, in December 1995, my old friends Amara and Jason picked up my horoscope column and it's been in Chronogram ever since.
Currently a Kingston resident, Eric Francis Coppolino has lived in Europe, Washington State, and various points in between. In addition to divining the stars for lucky Hudson Valley residents, Eric is also an investigative journalist, author, and essayist.