I have been meaning to write for some time now, to explain what is happening with Astrologywizard.com and my vision for the future. You might have noticed some plaintive requests imploring my tens of thousands of visitors to donate a small sum of money, decided entirely at their discretion, to reward the effort I have dedicated to providing everything free of charge, with a range of horoscopes and other features on a regular basis, updated at least twice each week for almost two decades, drawing on thirty years experience as a professional astrologer.
Clearly, this course of action has been my personal choice and my horoscopes in particular have been a wonderful advert for my work. While in the twenty years this website has been running, I have with few exceptions turned an annual profit, this does not justify the hours spent, seven days a week and every day of the year; nor the inaction and misgivings I am frequently faced with, on conveying this to my audience.
Naturally, this has not always been such a fact of life. I am grateful to those who have praised and supported me, commissioned my services, or bought one of my books with the intention of doing something other than discouraging further readers. Unfortunately, much as I have valued your confidence, trust and friendship; your number is dwarfed in percentage terms compared to those who simply never give back.
It has been pointed out recently in a manner I cannot ignore, how greater stability can accompany a role that is interesting and less arduous, offering free time and even holidays. I have worked with computer technology since the early Eighties, when apocryphally: “640 KB ought to be enough”. Back in the days of green screens, 5¼-inch floppy diskettes and the dominance of MS-DOS, I was one of those developing hard disk drives with the jaw-dropping capacity of 10 MB and the portability of a small asteroid. Over the years of running this website, I have gained experience of open-source and proprietary applications, discovering which hardware and software does the job on the move, for the desktop or to serve the World Wide Web. I have made purchase decisions, built PCs and servers, worked remotely and in the cloud as well.
I am especially drawn to computer security and tackling spam; dealing daily with both Windows and Linux, plus an array of other operating systems, from the populist to the unquestionably esoteric. This website is all my own work from the idea upwards, with original graphics and help in recent years from my partner, a keen illustrator. But we are both entirely self-taught and do not have the certificates to convince an employer of our capabilities, so I am hoping that among those reading there might be someone to make me/us an offer we can’t refuse, even short-term or part-time positions would be welcome. If not, then I will before long need to consider a change of career, or rather to focus in a more commercial fashion on a path that in fact, I have never left. Much the same goes for the Cosmic Snail, my sole contributor.
When I was training to become an astrologer, there was a new sense of optimism in the air. Astrology was enjoying a renaissance, in line with improved telescopes and new scientific discoveries. However, this soon became overwhelming for the rank and file, who retreated back to medieval and earlier techniques, alienating all bar a few by ignoring the solar system beyond Saturn and the year 1781. It is currently evident that astrology requires a rewrite: to cope with the dwarf planet Ceres as ruler of Virgo and to embrace a heliocentric approach: in an environment where arguably already, we cannot calculate the solar return of an astronaut in orbit, who is celebrating another birthday. The astrological establishment has grown self-seeking, decrepit, increasingly self-congratulatory and ludicrously out of touch, while the Internet has aided a wider lowering of standards, where anyone who can film or upload a video has some doubtful angle on what the stars portend.
So if you’d like to make use of my computer skills please contact me. If you don’t, remember I am not remotely surprised. I would like to work from home if possible, but the WWW means *you* can be based anywhere. Otherwise, this site has to become more mobile friendly, to move from a world where certain technologies were encouraged, to one where their support is beyond the folk whose casual use of their smartphone is their sole access. As I approach my second Saturn return I need to know this is worth the time and effort. If not, I will close this site rather than witness it suffering an undignified and lengthy demise. Did I mention, I am a talented domain administrator too? Or how about search engine optimisation? Or social media? Personally, I loathe the thought; but you may prove less principled and more pragmatic.
Anyhow, if you can assist in some way or know that I can help you, please drop me a line. Thanking you, very much in advance!