Skeptics, Astrology and Robert Currey

(Astrology Explored) When Robert Currey asked if he could use my avatar for the image of quintessential astrologer looking to mount skeptics’ challenges to astrology, I was tickled pink. Robert Currey, the proprietor of Equinox Astrology, has been carefully taking apart skeptic’s objections to astrology for years. Too much a gentleman to rip them apart with my or even Matthew Currie’s (no relation) ferocity on the subject, he non-the-less continues the good fight by evaluating skeptics’ claims and taking them apart molecule by molecule. Below is Robert’s current comictorial on the subject.

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The Astrology of Disasters: Missing Malaysia Flight MH 370

(Astrology Explored) According to news reports, around 2:40 AM March 8, 2014, Malaysia Air Flight 370 mysteriously lost contact with air traffic controllers at the Vietnam border and did not arrive at its destination. Of the 239 passengers on board, three were American, including IBM Executive Philip Wood.

Vietnamese air force jets spotted two large oil slicks off the coast of Vietnam but it is not confirmed the oil slicks relates to the missing jet. Meanwhile, authorities found the names of two passengers on board with stolen passports and are investigating whether terrorist activity connects with the disappearance the plane. Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said they were looking into all possibilities.

There is also evidence that the plane turned back from its projected course.

Inspectors 10 days earlier found the airplane sound mechanically.

The lack of a radio call “suggests something very sudden and very violent happened,” said William Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

What can astrology tell us about this missing plane? Was it the target of a terrorist attack? Or the victim of mechanical failure? Continue reading

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The Astrology of Breakdowns and Breakthroughs: Step Away From That Saturn

White Rabbit(Astrology Explored) That powerful sucking you are feeling right now is a Moon-Saturn occultation in Scorpio. Fear not, it will pass.—Matthew Currie, FB Post

You felt it too. There was a little twisting in your gut. Something didn’t feel quite right. Is Pisces or Cancer a significant influence in your chart? You turned on the water works. If a white rabbit drove up in a car and told you to get in, you just might do it.

You entered the Saturn in Scorpio zone.

To be fair, it was a little more potent than usual. The Sun entered Pisces and perturbed Neptune and Chiron who are taking up residence there. Additionally, Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is trine Sun, Neptune, and Chiron! The Moon in Scorpio kicked it off, but we’ll feel the residual effects until the Sun moves off Neptune and Chiron. Continue reading

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Astrological Society of Connecticut February 2014 Events

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FEBRUARY
Lecture:
Thursday February 20, 2014 7:00 PM
Judy Tsafrir

Another Light on the Planets: Understanding Essential Spiritual Lessons in the Chart

Many astrologers identify particular temperamental, familial and professional predispositions in a chart; however the actual spiritual purpose of these traits and conditions is often not considered. A perspective on these issues framing them as essential lessons for the evolution of the soul has much to offer in terms of growth and healing strategies. Judy will go through each planet to elaborate the why behind their influence.

Judy Tsafrir, MD, is an adult and child holistic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Newton, MA. She is also a professional astrologer and tarot reader.

NEW AGE FAIR

Sunday February 23, 2013, Sunday, 10AM – 4PM

Four times a year we offer the public a sampling of metaphysical readings: Angel cards, psychometry, and of course, astrology! Plus aura photos, a variety of vendors and bodywork like reflexology, massage or Reiki. Free presentations covering the broad spectrum of the metaphysical world. Basics of Astrology class, 90 minutes, $15. Refreshments available. Free admission. Free parking behind the building, on the street, and across the street behind the fire station. For information, call the ASC InfoLine at (860) 568-8617 or email NAF@myASC.org.

Note: I will be at the fair giving astrology readings.


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Astrology and the Calculation of the Horoscope of the ‘Man From Mars’

(Astrology Explored) Casually, in a Facebook conversation, a friend mentioned that in Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land,” about the Earth adventures of a human born on Mars, there were instructions on how to calculate a natal chart for someone born on the planet Mars.

I had read the book so long ago, I didn’t remember. But then I ran across the entire uncut version of the book online. I was so happy to find an old favorite I read it all in two days.

In regards to astrology these were the first lines I found:

“Scientists indeed! Half guess work and half superstition. They ought to be locked up; they ought to be prohibited by law. Joseph, I’ve told you repeatedly the only true science is astrology.”

Well, that comforting for an astrologer to hear. But that was the opinion of just one minor character. Jubal Harshaw, one of the main characters, who kept four half-naked secretaries on staff, and calling “front” when he wanted something, ran down astrology in a later chapter. Jubal, just so you know, is the epitome of the educated man in this book being both a lawyer and a medical doctor. Continue reading

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Astrology and Christmas: All Posts Midwinter Festival

(Astrology Explored) Our ancestors watched the sun, moon and stars to determine the passing of time. Of particular importance, besides the full moon, were the solstices and equinoxes. The theme of both solstices and equinoxes was the interplay of the light and the dark, both being essential to the balance of the Universe. Winter Solstice stories revolved on the death of the old year, the old sun, and the birth of the new. In the middle to the cold and the dark was the hope that the sun would once again warm the earth. Over the years I’ve written a number of pieces about this time of the year, so I thought I’d share them with you once again.

The Astrology of Christmas Myths–Holiday Sales Will Save Us

The Astrology of Zodiac Ages: Christmas and the Next Two Thousand Years

The Astrology and Astronomy of the Star of Bethlehem

Astrology, History and the Winter Solstice: Our Christmas Traditions

Astrology and Mythology: Saturn’s Story and Saturnalia

The Astrology of Christmas: Winter Solstice Traditions

The Astrology of Christmas: Dickens and Scrooge

The Astrology of Christmas: History, Prophecy and Bad Uses of Astrology

Happy Holidays!

Photo published under a Creative Commons License by User GrizDave as explained on Flickr.


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Astrology and the Skeptics: The Evidence of Things Unseen

(Astrology Explored) My friend Matthew Currie recently challenged the good people at the James Randi Educational Foundation to provide citations for their claims in their instructional booklet “Astrology: Science or Superstition”. In support of Matthew’s challenge I’m presenting the comment that turned into an email exchange between me and one skeptic on the subject of astrology for your consideration.

The skeptic, Shawn, starts off in a comment to one of my blog posts:

I read the article you directed me to. Honestly, I found it confusing. Let’s go back to the beginning. My birthday is July 17th. Please tell me my sign and please tell me why (astronomically) that is my sign.
Thank you,
 Shawn

You wrote, “The sun was 24 Degrees 28 Seconds of the tropical zodiac sign Cancer
on July 17, 1978.”

Great- that’s what I thought. My question was: how is my sign determined? The
answer is: on my birthday, the sun was “in” the constellation Cancer. Yes?

My Answer:

No.

The Sun on the date given, July 17, 1978 was in in the area that we call Cancer in the tropical zodiac.

For those that still aren’t clear what the tropical zodiac is based on, we start the tropical zodiac on the Vernal Equinox, most commonly called the first day of spring. The sun advances roughly one degree per day. Therefore, degrees 1 to 30 is called Aries, 31 to 60, Taurus, 61 to 90 Gemini91 t0 120, Cancer and so on. Continue reading

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Astrological Society of Connecticut–New 2013-2014 Lecture Season

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Astrological Society of Connecticut
2013-14 Season
Opens Thursday,
Sept. 19 7:00 PM
at the Keeney Center

Our new season opens with Kelley Hunter enlightening us about Understanding Teenagers Through Astrology. Whether you’re a parent, aunt, teacher or neighbor, at some point everyone has to deal with a teenager. By knowing the astrological cycles that occur in the teen years, you can better anticipate a teen’s needs and behavior. Kelley has a strong background in teaching and the fundamentals of astrology. This should be a good lecture for newcomers to the study of the stars. So members, invite your friends and neighbors to attend with you!

To hear about the terms that will be used in the lecture, come at 6:00 PM for the Pre-Lecture, which will be taught this month by Beth Turnage. Lectures and pre-lectures are free for members. Non-members pay $10 for a lecture and an additional $5 to attend the pre-lecture.


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The Astrology of Neptune and Jupiter: Social Perceptions and Personal Addictions

View of Neptune via Triton (Astrology Explored) Bonnie (not her real name) comes to me with a problem. She and her boyfriend ended their relationship six months prior, but she finds her grief at the ending of the relationship has not subsided. Her friends, in fact, have grown tired of listening to her go on about the situation and suggested many times that she move on. The question she wants answered is, “Will we ever get back together?” This is her secret hope and her fervent prayer. After looking to see if such a thing is possible, and seeing that it is less likely than she thought, the challenge becomes helping Bonnie accept a new future. The reason that this is so very difficult is because of how the brain works.

In the middle part of the last century psychologists and psychiatrists held the view that a mentally healthy person had a reasonably good grasp on reality. A mentally healthy person’s perceptions about the world around him or her would align with how things “were.” Then in the 1980′s new research on social perception found out that this wasn’t the case at all. They found that our perceptions are based on “incomplete data gathering, shortcuts, errors and biases.” These errors in perception are called illusions(Taylor and Brown, 1988). These illusions promote three different perceptions that are out of synch with objective reality. The first is that we, all of us, have unrealistically positive views of ourselves. In other words we think we are better people than we are.The second is that we have exaggerated perceptions of personal control, that we direct and control the world around us to a greater degree than is actually true.The third perception we carry is an unrealistic optimism, especially for the future. We believe the future will bring better things and opportunities will get better, despite objective reality. However, far from the negative connotation of the word in general usage, illusions serve a useful and highly adaptive function.They help us navigate reality by shielding us from reality’s most damaging effects.This led to one researcher Robert Rosenthal to declare that “perception is reality.” Interestingly enough, researchers found that the people whose internal reality matches objective reality suffer from depression. In other words, most of us, except the depressed (ruled by Saturn) have fallen off the reality train a long time ago.

The keywords in what is described above are illusion and optimism which are tied into a single psychological process. For an astrologer, illusion and optimism are two different processes, the first being tied to Neptune, the second to Jupiter. But even in our own tradition, Jupiter and Neptune are bound together in a cyclic process described by Dane Rudhyar.In a 166 cycle of conjunctions, with Jupiter moving forward to the next zodiac sign signifying social evolution. Rudhyar says:

Jupiter deals particularly with social-cultural-religious feelings and the expansion that comes to the individual who operates warmly in terms of these feelings, reciprocated (usually) by others, either emotionally (happiness) or in terms of concrete values (wealth)

While Neptune:

is, thus, related to everything that is vast, immeasurable, indefinite, universalistic, but also loose, unfocused, misty, glamorous, unreal, escapist.

Under the dictum, “as above, so below” inherent in us, reflected in the presence of Jupiter and Neptune in the macrocosm, we all have the ability to make our own reality. We frequently do.

The evidence then suggests that we process our perceptions as we see fit and normally this works well. However, when it come to processing a situation where loss is profound and does not resolve itself under the normal grieving process, the situation gets very interesting. The lover (what psychologists call the secure attachment) is gone, but the feelings remains with nothing to anchor to in objective reality. What is left is the shadow side of Jupiter and Neptune. The shadow side of Jupiter is overindulgence; of Neptune delusion. The combination of overindulgence and delusion becomes no less than an addiction.

So it is we see people like Bonnie, asking us if we see any hope for their relationship as desperate as anyone on crack.

Of course, our job as astrologers is not to provide therapy but clarity. In gently defining the problem for the client and sending them to someone who can help them, we do the best thing we can. Hopefully they can release their addiction and come back into the light of the normal process of dismissing reality.


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Horoscope for the Week of September 9 to September 15

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Aries—Open mouth and insert foot, Ram. With the planet of communication opposite your sign a lot is coming out of your mouth without much thought. It’s not as adorable as you might think. Nor should you run to authorities looking for favors They aren’t buying your story. Same thing for the traffic cop. Oh, geez. Just hide at the house for the next week.

Taurus—Venus opposite your sun brings you new social opportunities, though you might not see them as such. It’s a case of too much too soon, as new friends take valuable time away from the things you need to do. Children may need some extra attention. Avoid extravagance and exaggeration. People really do love you for who you are.

Gemini—While many of your friends swirl about in their melodramas, the Twins mixes, mingles and has a good time. You have notion to take a road trip, which is a very good idea. But don’t check your good sense at the door. Watch what you drink, eat healthy foods and get yourself plenty of sleep. Under these energetic stars you might find yourself on your last nerve.

Cancer—The planet of love and money moving into harmonious Scorpio brings you rare opportunities for romance and cash earning opportunities. If you haven’t had much luck lately, because I don’t know, you’ve hidden inside your house, its time to fly and find out what life has to offer. This is a limited time offer, so get off your tuffet and get out there!

Leo—Master or Mistress of the Universe that you are, Lion, even you need to obey the traffic signs. This includes the signs to follow the speed limit, stop, and slow down! If you think I’m being literal, I’m not. With the planet of lover, Venus, making a challenge to your sun, this applies to your love life too.

Virgo—Big worries over a minor health issue sends you careening into the nearest vitamin store. But a cleanse, or a diet or even those smoothies you love so much isn’t going to cure what ails you. The planet of transformation is pushing you gently, at least for him, towards shedding attachments, and earthy you wants your attachments. Meditate on who you really are.

Libra—With the planet of Love and Money leaving your sign, it is time to do a good Fall cleaning of your finances. This means no more free spending ways, Libra, not for some time. Balance your checkbook, put away your credit cards, and pay your bills. Open the phone lines for your friends. Talking with them will keep your mind off your financial diet.

Scorpio—With the planet of action challenging your sun, you feel the need for speed. Problem is the other planets lining up so favorably only encourages you to ignore caution. Add to that your natural propensity to seek out risks, and well, things can go boom. We aren’t just talking household tasks, and roadway antics. With the planet of love moving into your sign that too is a danger.

Sagittarius—The Archer likes to look to look at life philosophically. As such you look at thing as how they could be instead of how they are. The problem is that with the planet of delusions challenging your sun, you are not looking at things clearly. You tell yourself all sorts of things that aren’t true and allow yourself behaviors that aren’t good for anyone. Meditate.

Capricorn—Responsiblities on the home front are frustrating your plans for fun and frolic. You have an intense desire to get away, to be released from the shackles of your present conditions. If there is anything that it is true, Capricorn, it’s that the world is a better place for your sense of duty. Use those surefooted feet of yours to find the right balance between work and play.

Aquarius—Fun and friendly Waterbearers don’t like to be drawn into angst filled affairs. With Venus in Scorpio, however, that mysterious stranger comes knocking at the door. Flirt that you are, you won’t realize until too late that you’ve been drawn into something hotter than you expected. Can you keep it chill? Nope, Mars in your opposite sign only heats it up.

Pisces—Headtripping Chiron, which is making a long slow transit of your sign, connects with the planet of love, bring you a situation that you can only describe as “It’s complicated.” Chiron connecting with Pluto promises a funhouse fun ride, which may or may not be your cup of tea. What is true is that you’ll be turned around giving you a much broader perspective of the world.


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