The Astrology of 2012. A Totally Biased and Unbalanced View of 2012
I attended Stanford University at the height of the era of student unrest (1968-71) but did not complete a degree in anything. Most of my time was spent playing the piano and studying astrology, tarot, the I Ching, and other divinatory arts. Needless to say, such ancient disciplines were not taken very seriously by the Psychology Dept. The major blessing of my early years came in 1975, when Dane Rudhyar, the most influential astrological thinker of the 20th century and a hero of mine since my teens, moved to Palo Alto, CA. I was very fortunate to make his acquaintance and to study with him and Leyla Rael, soon to become his fourth wife. Along with writing his last works dealing mostly with philosophical aspects of astrology, Rudhyar returned to musical composition at this time and produced a series of pieces for piano solo. I learned several of these and performed them at various locations in the Bay Area, most notably at 2 conferences held in Menlo Park (CA) devoted to Rudhyar's lifetime of creativity in diverse media.
Just weeks after Rudhyar's death in September 1985, I was hired by Walter Hewlett (eldest son of Bill Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard), director of the newly-created Center for Computed-Assisted Research in the Humanities (CCARH). This non-profit research entity has been primarily concerned with the electronic encoding and preservation of the complete works of major composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Since that time, I have been chiefly occupied with the creation of customized electronic editions of major works of Handel and Vivaldi (among others) for specialists in the music of this period such as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.