I will never meet Robert P. Blaschke because he passed away on 18 January 2011. But I’m reading a book of his and I know that he is going to be one of the most important influences in my life as an astrologer.
I plan on getting all his books. I have only one right now: Astrology, A Language of Life, Volume III, A Handbook for the Self-Employed Astrologer. How I got this book is interesting. I met Mitch during my third Jupiter Return. Since Sagittarius rules my MC, and Pisces my ASC, Jupiter is very important in my chart. So, I met Mitch and we struck a deal and because of it, I’ve been getting the most amazing astrology books. Books it would have taken me years to collect (Pisces rising, and Neptune square charts like mine are more indicative of dreamers than of doers).
The June/July 2011 issue of The Mountain Astrologer has an interview of Robert’s, and if you read only that, you’ll still have learned a lot of astrology. And you’ll know that you’re in the presence of a very rare mind, a very rare person. If you don’t have access to TMA, then just go to his website, there are links to his online articles and blogs he’s done for TMA: http://www.earthwalkastrology.com/
In the Introduction of the book I’m reading, he talks about how he switched to full-time astrology as a career and towards the end he says, “I started this long and winding road when transit Saturn formed the first of forty-three oppositions to my secondary progressed Moon in August of 1989. As the rulers of my nodal axis, this has kept the pressure on me to succeed, with or without emotional support in life. I have endured through 31 oppositions, with 12 to go (this was written in May, 2005). I’ll let you know in February of 2011, when they cease, how I’m doing.”
From reading the TMA interview (conducted in 2010), I think he knew that he had very little time left. He had looked at his chart and, master of technique that he was, he knew what was coming. He never did live see those oppositions come to an end and he is not here to tell us how he’s doing. But his work lives on and the dedication on the book I have reads:
…dedicated, with love and encouragement, to:
my fellow self-employed astrologers, present and future…
In a synchronicity he would have liked, transiting Moon is on 4 Scorpio, the sign of his Venus as I write this. And among the many contact between his chart and mine, his MC-IC axis is the same degree as my IC-MC axis. And my progressed MC is applying a conjunction to his NN. He wouldn’t be surprised because he talks about contacts between the astrologer and client charts. And I’m not surprised, either, because with his work, I’ve finally found what I was looking for.