Monday, January 01, 2007

Tribute to Nick Strachuk

Just after Christmas I visited and was deeply shocked to read that Nick Strachuk was tragically lost on 21st December 2006.

I first met Nick in September 1999 when I attended an astrological conference in Moscow to do a lecture on Astro*Carto*Graphy. I also did some workshops on Astro*Carto*Graphy and local space astrology before the conference started. My visit to Moscow in 1999 was such a big success that Nick invited me back again and again for other lectures and workshops. Nick was also very enthusiastic about publishing my book in Russian and told me this would be completed
within a year. Much to my amazement, Nick made arrangements for my book to be translated and published in six months.

During the eight times that I was in Moscow I got to know Nick very well and had the privilege of staying with him and his family to celebrate the end of winter festival. Nick always did everything possible to make sure that international speakers were well looked after in Moscow. I will never forget when Nick said he had a big surprise for me so that I could feel at home. This was when he took me to a “Munich” restaurant in Moscow which I didn’t know existed. I was also in Moscow when Nick’s granddaughter was born, celebrating this event with him and other astrologers.

It is thanks to Nick that I had the opportunity to visit Moscow, make many friends and see first hand how astrology is developing in Russia. Nick recognised straightaway that locational astrology would be of great interest for Russian speaking astrologers. As a result of my visits to Moscow many astrologers are now doing Astro*Carto*Graphy and locational astrology for
themselves and clients.

My thoughts are with Gala, family and everyone involved with the School of Classical Astrology during this sad and difficult time.