Interview with Astrologer Deborah Houlding (Part 3 of 3)

July 10, 2008 by  

Interview with Astrologer Deborah Houlding (Part 3 of 3)

This is the third and last part of Gryphon Astrology’s Interview with astrologer Deborah Houlding.  If you have missed them, read Part 1 and Part 2 of this interview first.

Deb will be lecturing on forensic astrology this September in San Francisco.

Can we expect a forthcoming book on horary astrology or on another astrological topic from you? What books do you have out already?

Yes, there will be a forthcoming book, and I hope to have several forthcoming books on horary before too long, but I have a few large projects currently nearing completion and these are my priority for the moment. I came close to publishing a book on horary astrology a few years ago, but then all of these new translations started becoming available, and I decided to research and re-evaluate my understanding of some of the traditional writings on horary technique before committing myself to print.

I am pleased now, that I have not rushed to publish a horary book so far, because I feel that my theoretical knowledge has become far more robust over the last few years, and I want the book that I write to be a sum of my astrological knowledge, and not a summation of a stage where I was still exploring some of the theoretical principles.

One of the long term projects I have been doing involves going through Christian Astrology again, annotating it with more explanations and cross-references to other texts. I published an annotated version of Christian Astrology before, but that is out of print, and it was getting ready for an update anyway. Unfortunately the electronic files were lost, so it has been the case of starting again from scratch.

Although it has been more time-consuming, in a way it’s a good thing that I’ve started again from the beginning, because now I don’t have any restrictions in being tied to an old format. I do enjoy this sort of work, but it’s a monster of a project. Sometimes I wonder if I am seriously preparing something for publication, or using it as a place to park my own endless notes and annotations! Of course, I also wrote Houses: Temples of the Sky a few years ago, and that is still available.

You have a well-established astrological presence on the web with your website. I discovered it a few years ago, but it took me some time to realize that it belonged to a Deb Houlding. The site really is not about you, but about astrology, which is rare and refreshing.

I did not want the site to be just about me, as part of me does not like too much attention (I have the Moon in Virgo in the 4th house), but because of that, I think, people have been extraordinarily generous in letting me use their content on the site. One person could never have done it all, and I think because the site was always about the astrology first and foremost, other people have contributed much more than if I had made it all about myself and my own views. I found that I would just start something, try out an idea on the site, and someone else would volunteer to make it happen and take it further; so if someone else was involved, I was now more invested in it myself.

I am finally now thinking of putting up a small personal site, separate from the Skyscript website, that will talk about upcoming events and such. But at the moment having time for students and my own research is my main priority, and in that respect I know that self-promotion is a double-edged sword, so I’m approaching it with caution.

Thank you for taking the time to talk, Deb, and I look forward to seeing you in California in September!

Deb Houlding kindly provided her birth data, and agreed to share her horoscope with us.  The horoscope is below.  I didn’t publish the birth data, as I’m old-fashioned and don’t believe in revealing ladies’ years of birth 🙂

Deborah Houlding\'s Horoscope


5 Responses to “Interview with Astrologer Deborah Houlding (Part 3 of 3)”

  1. Susan Archer on July 11th, 2008 2:02 am

    Hi Nina,

    Thank you so much for this excellent interivew with Deb Houlding who deserves much more attention than she generally receives – or probably wants! I met her ten years ago and found her formidably knowledgable, highly articulate, warm and generous, a combination that’s somewhat explained by her remarkable horoscope, which I’ve seen before but hadn’t registered properly: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all in the signs of their rulership! Deb’s website, and your own, are quite simply among the very best astrology sites around.

    Thanks again for the interview and your wonderful, thought-provoking and educational recent posts on mundane astrology.

  2. Nina Gryphon on July 11th, 2008 5:43 am

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for visiting and for your extremely generous words. Deb is all the things you describe, and yes, she is overly modest about her abilities!

    I am glad you like the posts on mundane astrology; it’s a huge subject and I feel I am only starting to understand it. But writing it down helps me keep it organized, at least.

    Best wishes,

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  4. Scott on September 17th, 2008 2:23 pm

    Thanks for publishing this excellent and up to the moment interview with Deb. As I was not able to see her at the Blast this week, it’s great to see where she is headed with this notion of forensic astrology. Temples of the Sky has long been my favorite book on houses. The interviews with Ben Dykes and James H. Holden were also some of the best I have recently read ; I don’t know why I have never seen this blog site before -but it gets bookmarked as of this moment! I will be exploring the archives on mundane…

  5. Nina Gryphon on September 18th, 2008 8:22 am

    Hi Scott,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the interview with Deb Houlding; she’s a fabulous lady and a highly skilled astrologer. Both Ben Dykes and James Holden are extremely knowledgeable, so interviews with them are pretty much guaranteed to be fascinating. Please enjoy the website, and don’t hesitate to pipe up if you have questions or comments.

    Best wishes,

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