Astronomy and Astrology: Why Astrology Should Be Taught in the Schools

Sun and PlanetAn observation by a British astronomer points to the need to teach astrology in the schools if only as a check and balance for the pronouncements of some astronomers.

On April 1, 1976 British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio 2 that at 9:47 AM a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event was going to occur that listeners could experience in their very own homes. The planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth’s own gravity. Moore told his listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurred, they would experience a strange floating sensation. When 9:47 AM arrived, BBC2 began to receive hundreds of phone calls from listeners claiming to have felt the sensation. One woman even reported that she and her eleven friends had risen from their chairs and floated around the room.

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The Astrological Society of Connecticut New Age Fair

Astrological Society of Connecticut LogoJust after the spectacular full moon in Leo, the Astrological Society of Connecticut is holding its second New Age Fair of the 2010-2011 season at the Keeney Memorial Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The time after a the full moon is a time to reflect on the activities and the accomplishments of the first half of the month. What better way to do that than getting a reading from one of the astrologers, psychics and intuitive readers at the fair. Whether you’ve had readings before or just curious this is an excellent way to meet with experienced counselors and get a taste of what they have to offer.

At the fair are a variety of vendors of often hard to find books, crystals, New Age jewelry, hand crafted soaps, perfumes as well as other items.

Through out the day there are free lectures.

New Age Fair – Free Presentations – Sunday, February 20, 2011
{Snow Date, Sunday, March 6, 2011)

11:00 a.m. Relationship Aspects in the Sacred Mayan Calendar – Gevera Bert Piedmont
Starting a business? Thinking about getting married or adopting a child? Wondering about a new love relationship? There is a simple way, using the 260-day Sacred Mayan Calendar, to get a snapshot of the energy of two (or more) people, or even a person and a calendar day. Time permitting, relationships from the audience will be parsed.
Gevera Bert Piedmont is the author of the Jaguar Nights series of Mayan-Aztec calendars and related books. She offers horoscopes and a variety of readings based on those calendars through
12:00 p.m. What’s Your Sign? Has It Changed? – Janet Booth
A lot of hubbub ensued last month when astronomers announced a new sign and re-assigned calendar dates for the zodiac. We’ll look at what was behind this statement and how that affects your sign. (Hint: It has NOT changed, at least not according to astrologers!) Bonus: find out how the answer relates to the Age of Aquarius.

Janet Booth’s astrological studies since 1976 built on her BA in Behavioral Studies from Drew University. An ASC member since 1978, she was president at the millennium. For 30 years, she’s been in practice and taught and lectured on all levels of astrology. She’s hosted “Looking Up” on West Hartford cable TV and her “Janet’s Plan-its” calendars have been sold throughout North America since 2001.

1:00 p.m. Playin’ with the Queen of Hearts – Karen Hollis
Karen will talk about relationships, both committed and non-committed, dating, and the suit of Hearts in the regular deck. Some people who attend the lecture will be asked to pick out a card from the regular deck’s suit of hearts. Based on the card that they pick, Karen will do a mini-read of how they view their relationships in the present. Karen’s lectures are insightful and entertaining!
Karen Hollis is a clairaudient intuitive and successful business woman whose clients span the globe. For more than 25 years, Karen has used her unique skills as a means to help individuals and organizations tap into their intuition and make meaningful decisions. Her clients value the accuracy, integrity and compassion Karen brings to her work. Karen believes that it is her soul’s purpose to now help individuals find happiness by accessing their inner knowing through the cards.

3:00 p.m. Jennifer Page – Meditation (this is what she did in Nove 2010)
Today Jennifer will speak about cleaning and claiming our own energy field, our guides, and differentiating between our own emotions and fears vs. our intuitive insights. She will then guide us on a meditation to one of her favorite journeys, to our own “Temple in the Clouds.”
Jennifer Page has over 20 years experience working in the metaphysical arena, her spiritual awareness began when she was a child. Between the guidance of the Masters and the playfulness of the fairies; Jennifer is aware of how important it is to remain balanced between the spiritual world and our daily lives. Growing up in this manner Jennifer has learned to overcome challenges that sensitive people often experience. It is her goal to assist others in their learning process so they can harness their abilities and become the powerful, unique person they are meant to be. Jennifer utilizes her experiences, Reiki, hypnosis, NLP and intuition in this process.

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.

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The Practicing Astrologer: Working Within Context

cosmic-eyeA couple years ago, I worked a popular psychic hotline as an astrologer. One of the things that struck me about my clients was their expectation that in a psychic version of a Zipless F***k, (read your Erica Jong, will ya?) I would know everything about them.

Now as astrologers go, I think I’m pretty good, but there was no way that I was going to know EVERYTHING through the horoscope. There is just too much variation in expression of the energies of the planets. Someone’s Moon square Uranus square Mars is just a bad day at the office while another’s is the day her boyfriend beats the beejeezus out of her.

Even now, sometimes it seems to shock clients when I ask about their job or their marital status. Hey, it’s their dime, but things move along much more quickly and we can get farther when I have some context to work with.

As an example of how context can help in an interpretation, let’s take a look at the composite chart I did of Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg. One of the striking features of the chart is the inconjunct from Uranus in the twelfth house to the Sun which is part of a stellium of planet including Mercury and Chiron. This stellium is loosely sextile the Moon/Neptune combo. In the composite chart the Sun represents the man (usually) and the Moon, the woman (usually).

The twelfth house is packed with all sorts of symbolism. What then does the Uranus in the twelfth inconjunct the Sun mean? The Sun sitting alongside Chiron indicates a wound in the vitality of the Sun. Does it mean that illness has the man in an out of hospitals? Does it mean that the guy has mental health issues? Does it mean that there is some issue with religion and spirituality that affects the relationship? My days at Syracuse University taught me that while some Jews may date non-Jews, my Jewish girlfriends told me the family pressure is to marry within the religion. Was this the issue between Spielberg and Capshaw? I remembered that Capshaw converted to Judaism before her marriage to Spielberg *. Was this indicative of pressure from Spielberg and/or his family?

As it turns out, no. Here internet research was helpful to frame the context. Spielberg was born an Orthodox Jew, but his family didn’t practice the religion outside of attending some temple and lighting candles on Saturday. His family purposely didn’t make a big deal of Capshaw converting “to show it didn’t matter to them.” However, when Capshaw gave him a son, suddenly a desire to explore his Jewish roots and religion made sense to to Spielberg. Capshaw made a preemptive move to ensure family cohesiveness through a shared religion, preparing the way for Spielberg to rediscover his own roots. This then, out of all the possibilities, was the meaning of the Uranus in the twelfth and the connections to the planets as described.

For astrologers: Do you feel the need to elicit some information from your clients and if you do, how do you handle it?

For everyone else: How do you feel about astrologers asking you for some information during a reading?

Note: Aquarians, while lacking the ability to remember to put the laundry from the washer to the dryer will remember decades old trivia without any trouble.


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