Astrological Society of Connecticut: April Lecture and Workshop with Eric Meyers

Eric Meyers

Eric Meyers

(Astrology Explored) Author, psychologist and astrologer Eric Meyers will lecture on “Evolutionary and Spiritual Astrology in the 21st Century”, 7:00 PM, Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at the Keeney Memorial Center, Wethersfield, CT for the Astrological Society of Connecticut.

On Saturday, April 21, 2012 he will present a limited seating workshop “Elements and Evolution: A New Classification of the Elements” at 262 High Street, Middletown, CT from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Since the time of Greeks, the elements played a part in the definition of how the world works and how human personality functions. To the Greeks various mixtures of fire, air, earth and water constituted objects. Four temperaments connected with the elements governed human personality. Though our ideas of what composes objects changed, in psychology our ideas of what composes human personality still encompasses the idea of 4 basic types of temperament.

In the lecture, Eric will present an overview of the trends, books, and resources available to assist students in further study of how evolutionary astrology helps us understand “why we are the way we are.” Continue reading

Astrology and the Lottery: Will Mega Millions Drop the Dime?

(Astrology Explored)–The upcoming Mega Millions drawing this coming Tuesday, March 27 2012 is at $356 millions dollars, if won, the second largest jackpot in the mulit-state lottery’s history. The question remains though if six magic numbers are going to match anyone’s ticket.

In a previous post, this astrologer explored the chart of the Mega Millions game and found that when Mega’s natal Uranus gets hit, the jackpot drops. This upcoming Tuesday’s transits set for 11:00 PM, Lawrenceville, NJ doesn’t have hard and fast transits that might release millions of dollars to some lucky winner or winners. Continue reading

Atheists, Humanists and Astrology: What You Should Know

Minnesota Atheists in Parade (Astrology Explored) One of the most marvelous things about this country is that anyone is can practice or not practice religion. Whatever your belief or lack thereof about God, or a higher power, does not prevent you from enjoying the benefits of living in this society.

So then, it is a curious thing that atheists are organizing a “Woodstock for Atheists” today Saturday, March 24, 2012 on the mall in Washington, DC to “show their power in numbers and change their image”.

Certain segments of the atheist movement believe that American’s don’t like them much, as written aboutin an op-ed piece by two atheists published in the Washington Post. In this piece, while saying that atheism is rarely denounced in the mainstream they posit that atheists are subject to discrimination in the military and that surveys show that in Americans in general won’t marry or vote for atheists. They call this “stunning anti-theist discrimination”.

The Reason Rally organizers hope that by holding this gathering, it will give “closeted” atheists the confidence to “come out” and to show the religious majority that atheism is alive and well in America.

The rally is being sponsored by several atheist organizations, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Center for Inquiry, the American Humanist Association, and the American Atheists, which is holding its annual convention in D.C. the very same weekend.

Far be it from this astrologer to deny anyone the right to believe what he or she wishes. Go with or without God, be well, prosper.

However, one needs to be aware that the agenda of these non-theists is not so much about what they believe, but what they want you to believe and that is . . . what they believe.

Here is what the American Humanist Association says about themselves:

American Humanist Association – We strive to bring about a progressive society where being good without gods is an accepted way to live life. We are accomplishing this through our defense of civil liberties and secular governance, by our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.

In other words, as I’ve said before, they don’t want to be just in their business, they want to be in yours too.

Even though it seems that all there are many organizations involved in this rally, all the organizations above are inextricably tied to the American Humanist Association. Ed Buckner, board member and former president of American Atheists is cited as “a noted Humanist” Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation received the the 2010 Humanist Heroine award by the American Humanist Association. The Center for Inquiry is listed on one website as affliated with the Councile for Secular Humanism, American Atheists and the American Humanist Association. Its list of former speakers reads like a who’s who of American Humanist Association Members. This is small regional group claiming a membership of 400 though only 40 members actively attends meetings but still is helping to sponsor an event where 30,000 people are expected to be in attendance.

So while not all atheists are humanists, it’s the humanists that drive the mission to make our society a secular, atheistic one.

And though the American Humanist Association claims atheists are discriminated against in society, in concert with its ideology it actively denigrates any form of belief that it deems “unscientific”. The paragraph below is taken from its own website:

In the wake of articles in The Humanist which were critical of pseudoscience, the AHA established in May of 1976 the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Through its membership of humanist leaders and scientists, CSICOP launched the Skeptical Inquirer, challenged pseudoscientific claims, and exposed much of the faulty experimentation, frauds, and fallacies of “psychic research.” Now called the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, it is a dynamic, independent consumer-information organization.

The above paragraph makes it seem that CSICOP was only investigating “psychics” but the truth of the matter is that CSICOP and the Humanists took especial aim at astrology. It published “Objections to Astrology” in the Humanist magazine, sponsored the NCGR-Berkeley double blind test which purported to disprove astrology but upon independent peer review was found to be fundamentally flawed, and attempted to skew the peer review of the famous Mars Effect as discovered by Michel Gauguelin by rearranging the data sets to favor their position.

James Randi, another member of the American Humanist Association is a speaker at this rally. He calls himself a debunker of astrology. However his debunking techniques have been debunked themselves, shown as mental “slight of hand” tricks that actually prove nothing.

Various wings of the American Humanist Association have taken quite a few potshots at astrologers calling them frauds and charlatans, and thieves of consumer’s money for taking payment for practicing their profession. It’s just not really called for. Even other skeptics call for a toning down of the rhetoric.

In light of the contempt opponents have for the intellectual abilities of both astrologers and their customers and in light of utter ineffectiveness of their attacks, what is the point of these anti-astrology polemics? What really is at stake? And what really is accomplished?*

What is accomplished? It’s the attempt to further the Humanist worldview of a totally secular society with no room for other viewpoints.

Hey, you want to be an atheist, go be an atheist. Protest your treatment at the hands of the non-secular world. It’s your right. But no one, no one movement, group or organization has the right to foist its worldview on the rest of America. That the Humanists attempt to do so is what makes this astrologer queasy about their agenda.

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Astrological Society of Connecticut Lecture: 2012 Maya Madness

Bruce Scofield

Bruce Scofield

Nationally known astrologer and researcher Bruce Scofield will lecture “2012 – We are here – Venus transit, Sunspots, and the Maya Madness!” for the Astrological Society of Connecticut on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

Meticulous keepers of time, extraordinary observers of the movements of the planets, and inventive mathematicians, the Maya devised a system of astronomy that saw the cycles of the planets as interrelated. Their dark cosmology saw humans as fighting the lords of death to secure immortality. Their astrological system of prognostication was as regular and predictable as their calendar.

This year’s winter solstice, December 21, 2012, coincides with the end of the Maya long count calendar. Some take this to mean that the Maya predicted this day as the end of the world while others disagree. Also this year a rare transit of Venus across the face of the Sun correlates with anticipated peaks of sunspot activity.

Given the astronomical basis of the “Mayan Calendar” what should we believe about the end of this cycle of the Maya long count calendar? Are these calendar and astronomical events meaningful and should we be prepared in any way?

Bruce Scofield, an astrological consultant for over 40 years, has authored seven books and numerous articles on astrology and frequently speaks at conferences. He has served on the education committee of NCGR since 1979 as both member and director. He holds an M.A. in history, a Ph.D. in geosciences, and teaches at Kepler College and UMASS.
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The lecture will be held at the Keeney Memorial Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. For more information visit the ASC webpage at www.myasc.org.

The lecture is free to ASC members, $10 for the general public. A pre-lecture for $5 will be held a 6:00 PM explaining the general terms and principles of the upcoming lecture. For more information visit the ASC webpage at www.myasc.org.

The Astrological Society of Connecticut is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization; one of the largest and most active local astrological organizations in the United States, it is dedicated to educating people interested in astrology, sponsoring lectures, workshops, fund-raising fairs, and social activities.

Astrology and Astronomy: The Maya System–All About the Numbers

Editor’s note: Most of the post below was published on the now defunct 451Press AstrologyExlored.com site shortly after Bruce Scofield lectured at the Astrological Society of Connecticut in April of 2009. Bruce is returning to the ASC for our March 15 lecture “2012–We Are Here, Venus transit, Sunspots, and the Maya Madness!”. (See the ASC site for more details on this lecture.)

Kukulkan Hieroglyph

Kukulkan

In a real sense, Bruce Scofield prepared for twenty-five years to give the lecture to a small group of Astrological Society of Connecticut members. “All we have,” he says “are fragments of the astrology of the Mayans.” It is reconstructive work in progress.

Scofield is a cautious man, so cautious that he takes a full seven hours of the lecture to propose that Maya astronomy is a full fledged astrological system. This may have to do with his Saturn sitting on his ascendant, and perhaps his twelfth house Cancer Sun. In any case he lays out his case methodically with few embellishments about the mythology of the Maya. With a masters degree in history, he made connections with cultural development of the Maya to the development of other world peoples. He is quick to point out that some “New Age” authors who tie historic events with the Maya astrological system may be stretching a point. He wants to tie down the facts. Even with all his study, traditional academe does not take the work seriously, he tells us, because there is too much speculation in it.

But aside from statistics, numbers do not lie, and Maya astronomy and astrology is all about the numbers. Unlike Western astrology, which is based on planetary movements within space, the Maya system is based on cyclic patterns of blocks of time.

The Maya calendar is starts with a day called a kin (keen) but then loses its immediate connection with the solar year. Each day is connected to one of twenty day signs, each one governed by one of the four directions. According to Scofield these days signs appear to function as the ascendant and Sun sign would in Western astrology.

The Maya observed that the Moon cycles with the Sun thirteen times in one year. This gave rise to another measure of time, for which we use a spanish derivative name Trecena (for thirteenth). The trecenas mesh with the 20 days signs to give us the 260 days in the Maya religious calendar.

Bruce says of this calendar:

There is no presently known reason why the Maya and Aztecs used only 20 signs. Perhaps they had discovered an important biorhythm or cycle. But besides the 20-days, they also used a 13-day cycle (or sign) and these intertwined with each other. While the days of the 20-day cycle each have a name, the days of the 13-day cycle are numbered from 1 to 13. If you start both cycles together, the first day of the 20-day cycle coinciding with the first day of the 13-day cycle, it will take exactly 260 days for all possible combinations of day and number to occur.

It’s All About The Numbers

One of the problems of our Julian calendar is that while we think in terms of 24 hours days, the universe isn’t quite that precise. At the end of each year we are left with roughly 1/4th and some change of a day that’s left hanging out there mucking up our perfectly good solar good calendar. To handle this problem we add one day to the year every four years. Except for the people born on February 29, everyone is happy. Still, it is an imperfect solution.

The Maya on the other hand, weren’t having any of that. They were into neat and precise whole numbers. Though the Maya did not (from what we know now) have a concept of the earth revolving around the Sun, they were perfectly aware of the inconvenient 1/4th plus some of the day that hung like a dangling participle in their astronomy. Continue reading

The Astrology of Zodiac Signs: Deciphering the Heart of Aquarius

Heart of AquariusAstrologer Jo Tracey writes in her blog about her Aquarius Moon child:

My child, TTM, is an Aries Sun, with an Aquarius Moon and Capricorn Rising- I see all of these in her…and, being as Piscean as I am, struggle to understand these parts of her- especially when I say stuff like ‘but how do you feel about that?’ and she looks at me with that so whatever look on her face and says, ‘Mum, I’m OK. Love you. Next?’

Next! Here is this Pisces person outpouring warm parental love looking for a measure of return of that glow, and she gets—“Next.”

Aaargh. Continue reading