Call for Submissions!

Call for Submissions!

We are now accepting submissions for the third issue of The Ascendant, the official journal of AYA.

We are looking for submissions on topics such as:

  • astrological practices in various global geographies
  • astrology and intersectionality
  • the reconstruction of previously unknown traditional material
  • innovations in the application of astrology
  • novel perspectives on the philosophical implications of the art
  • visual art exploring astrological themes

If you’ve never written before, never fear, our editorial board is a hands-on team to help get your idea polished and ready for ink. Some of our authors have gone on to be published in The Mountain Astrologer. This is a great way to kick-start your astro-publishing career.

Our readers are interested in citations for further reading, so please make sure to footnote your sources according to Chicago Manual of Style 17.

You will be notified as soon as possible of the acceptability of your submission. AYA does not discriminate against authors and artists based on age, race, creed, gender or nationality. AYA is for young astrologers, not of them, and the journal is open to submissions from people of all ages.

Please submit your paper or artwork by January 23rd, 2019. Written submissions should be between 2500–8000 words and sent to . Art submissions can be black and white or full color. If larger files are being transferred please use a service such as

If you have any questions, contact us at

We look forward to seeing you in the pages of The Ascendant!

Your editorial team,
Danny, Nick, and Jenn

Astrology and the Imagination in 1910

“The most wondrous world system ever conceived by the imagination is that of astrology.”
—Count Hermann Keyserling1


In 1910, four years before World War I would rend Europe asunder, prominent philosopher Count Hermann Keyserling gave a public lecture on astrology called “Sterndeutung” that framed astrology in terms of human imagination. I recently translated this lecture for the second volume of The Ascendant, AYA’s annual journal, and I would like to share it here in full, with some brief introductory thoughts about its significance.2

Keyserling’s lecture took place in the earliest years of the revival of astrological practice in Germany. For Keyserling and many others in central Europe, recent developments in scientific inquiry were threatening to rip apart an integrated experience of the world, as Keyserling states, “the more research advances, the more insistently it analyzes the facts, the more inconsistent the universe appears, the more questionable its real coherence.”3