Webinar: Vulcan-the Planet that Wasn't by Enid Newberg


If you are not familiar with Esoteric Astrology as developed by the theosophist Alice Bailey in the early 1900s, you may not have heard about the planet Vulcan, the soul ruler of Taurus.

DATE: March 7, 2020
TIME: 1:00 - 2:30 PM PST / 4:00 - 5:30 PM EST

This webinar will look at the fascinating history of Vulcan's brush with existence and its use by astrologers.

With the discovery of Uranus and new models of planetary orbits, astronomers began looking for new planets mathematically. The Frenchman Urbain Le Verrier was a prominent figure in this effort. In the 1840s, he began working on his equations. Le Verrier's predictions about where Neptune could be found were verified by the telescope in 1846 by the astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle. With his success in finding Neptune and because he found perturbations in Mercury's orbit, Le Verrier predicted there would be a new planet inside Mercury's orbit. He named it Vulcan. In 1859, another astronomer claimed to see a transit of this proposed planet. Not everyone agreed.

For a time, astrologers held off on their opinion. But by the 1890s, a number of prominent astrologers were certain Vulcan's existence would be verified and began using it in interpretation. Vulcan does not exist. But astrologers were reluctant to give up on it, especially those using Alice Bailey's esoteric astrology. For them, Vulcan was the soul-based esoteric ruler of Taurus. Even today, as a result of the work of these early modern astrologers, you can still find an ephemeris for Vulcan and include it in your interpretations.

The Alexandria iBase Project, a 501c3 charity, is working to create a catalog of astrological materials worldwide and to help preserve modern astrological materials that are in danger of being lost as they fall out of print. Please consider this webinar a gift from us to you for any donation you can provide toward our efforts. 


enid.newberg 200x200aEnid Newberg, MA Whole Systems Design, discovered astrology in the 1970s when she went with friends to listen to a lecture by Dane Rudhyar. From that point on she was hooked. She particularly enjoys introducing students to the dynamic aliveness of an astrological chart. She is also fascinated by astrology's history and philosophy as well as its intersection with magic, culture, and spirituality.

Enid became involved in the dream of creating an academic college where astrology would be openly taught and joined the board of Kepler College in 1993. She was president when the college first opened in 2000 through 2001. In November 2004, she rejoined the administration and was president again from 2006 until 2019. She is still a member of the Board of Trustees and teaches a variety of astrological classes.

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