First Black Hole Photo

Finally the first photo ever taken of a black hole has been released today – at approximately 2:07pm London time:

The image of a black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope. Photograph: EHT Collaboration

Sheperd Doeleman, EHT director and Harvard University senior research fellow said: “Black holes are the most mysterious objects in the universe. We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have taken a picture of a black hole.”

Messier 87 is a super massive black hole – the largest ever detected. It is located in the sign of Virgo, near the border with the constellation Coma Berenices and can be found just over halfway along the line from the bright star Denebola in Leo to Vindemiatrix in Virgo. Another elliptical galaxy, Messier 89, lies just over a degree to the east, while Messier 84 and Messier 86 are about 1.5 degrees to the northwest of M87. Virgo A can also be located using the M84/M86 pair, positioned almost exactly halfway between Denebola and Vindemiatrix. Two fainter ellipticals, NGC 4476 and NGC 4378, can be seen in the same low power field of view as M87. Other galaxies in the vicinity include NGC 4478, NGC 4486A and NGC 4486B. The best time of year to observe M87 and other galaxies in the Virgo Cluster is during the spring.

What about the astrology of the moment?

The chart is cast for London, on 10th April 2019, at 2:07pm.

Jupiter is near the Galactic centre, being opposed by the Moon and trining the Leo Ascendant and the Sun. The Sun is in the 9th house.

Venus conjunct Neptune in 8th – close to Mercury – a happy outcome to a great mystery (one of the objectives was to look at how gravity works at the event horizon surrounding the Black Hole).

With Messier 87 being in Virgo, Venus, Neptune and Mercury are currently in opposition and Jupiter in square.
This alignment always seems to signify some special event and Moon in opp Gemini to Sagittarius symbolises an expansion of our knowledge of the cosmos, and that worldwide people are interested in this scientific wonder.

It’s a great day for more enlightement for humanity!

Electional Astrology Workshop


With Kim Farnell, President of the Astrological Lodge of London

  • Date: 30/03/1019
  • Time: 10:00-16:30
  • Location: Theosophical Society of England, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA

Electional Astrology Workshop

Explore the art of astrological timing. A workshop on how to choose the most auspicious time for events such as weddings, starting a business, pursuing a new career, or taking a trip.

Using example charts and practical exercises, you will learn and work with a variety of electional techniques. Both beginner and more advanced astrologers are welcome. The ticket price includes a short book on the art of Electional Astrology.

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Biography: Kim Farnell

Hindu Progressions and Human Destiny – With Pandit Sanjay Rath

With a lineage going back to the 16th Century, Vedic scholar and Jyotish Master Sri Achyutananda, Pandit Sanjay Rath is recognised globally as an authority on Jyotish teachings, having a unique understanding of this ancient wisdom and its place in the modern world.

  • Date: Saturday, 28th of April 2018
  • Time: 10:20-13:20
  • Doors open at 10:00 for 10:20 start.
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The Western Astrological concept of Secondary Progressions is a well-established technique used to explore stages of growth and unfolding human experience. Vedic astrology has a similar approach that focuses on Manusmriti – Sankrit writings that detail a system of progressions based around Hindu culture.

Astrological Lodge seminar PanditSanjayRath

Visiting the Astrological Lodge of London for the first time, the celebrated Jyotish Pandit Sanjay Rath presents an Eastern perspective on progressions and examines these two, philosophically, very different systems and yet mathematically similar methods of divination. Progressions based around Hindu culture.

In essence, Manusmriti deals with the laws of how life has to be lived. Manu, believed that the Gods spoke to us through us and mooted the idea that a day in the life of the Gods or Devas, corresponds to a year of human life. Hence, a passing day for the Devas equates to the Sun’s progression through the zodiac by one degree lasting a year. Each annual progression of a single degree is linked to one thirtieth of a zodiac sign. Called the trimsamsa, these thirty different positions have specific significance in divining the events and destiny of the individual, which Pandit Sanjay Rath will explore in this talk.

Pub Quiz Night


9th of March, at 7pm

At The Sun Pub, Drury Lane


The Sun Pub
21 Drury Lane
WC2B 5RH Covent Garden

Come and join in the fun with a bunch of astrologers and find out how much you really know about our art – and you may win a prize or two (and I promise no difficult Vedic or History questions like last time!)

Gill Dorren

£5 Entrance Fee

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