Astrology and Skeptics: When An Opinion Is Not A Fact

2921288464_fec22107eb_z (Astrology Explored) It started innocently enough with a person asking an astrologer to read his palm. I declined to do this, but a skeptic weighed in with this response:

My advice is that you do not attach any significance whatsoever to anybody who claim to be able to tell the future by reading palms, the stars, etc. Palmistry and astrology is pseudoscientific nonsense and it has been thoroughly debunked scientifically.

To which I replied:

Please site the scientific papers that support your claims.

And this is the response I received:

Comment: “”The scientific community rejects astrology as having no explanatory power for describing the universe, and consider it a pseudoscience. Scientific testing of astrology has been conducted, and no evidence has been found to support any of the premises or purported effects outlined in astrological traditions. There is no proposed mechanism of action by which the positions and motions of stars and planets could affect people and events on Earth that does not contradict well understood, basic aspects of biology and physics. Those who continue to have faith in astrology have been characterized as doing so “…in spite of the fact that there is no verified scientific basis for their beliefs, and indeed that there is strong evidence to the contrary.”

Kindly see citations at the bottom:

en-wikipedia-org/wiki/Astrology

So of course I had to respond.

Dear Frans du Plessis,

1.) “”The scientific community rejects astrology as having no explanatory power for describing the universe, and consider it a pseudoscience.

It is not the entire scientific community that rejects astrology, but a specific group that promotes the rejection of anything they consider supernatural. This group us the Humanists who promote atheism. Anything other than a rejection of God or any “supernatural” force is unacceptable to the Humanists. I wrote about here:

Astrology and the Skeptics: Debunkers Tool of a Religious Agenda?

And here:

Atheists, Humanists and Astrology: What You Should Know

2.) Scientific testing of astrology has been conducted, and no evidence has been found to support any of the premises or purported effects outlined in astrological traditions

Again, this assertion that is patently untrue. I wrote about that here:

Astrology and the Skeptics: An Open Letter to Dr. Rebekah Higgitt

3.) There is no proposed mechanism of action by which the positions and motions of stars and planets could affect people and events on Earth that does not contradict well understood, basic aspects of biology and physics.

Then you are behind in your understanding of quantum physics. You can read my article here:

Astrology and Science: Scientific Determinism’s Dangerous Ground

4.) Those who continue to have faith in astrology have been characterized as doing so “…in spite of the fact that there is no verified scientific basis for their beliefs, and indeed that there is strong evidence to the contrary.”

I refer you again to point 2.

5.) Kindly see citations at the bottom:

en-wikipedia-org/wiki/Astrology”

Lest you think that Wikipedia Editor has presented a true account of astrology, you can read my recounting of the edit war against the people who are best qualified to present astrology—astrologers.

Wikipedia’s War Against Astrology: Jimmy Wales–Are You Listening?

Again, I invite you to provide direct scientific proof that astrology is false, from qualified, unbiased scientists. I’m sincerely interested in that. I’ve been unable to find same, but perhaps you have access to sources that I do not. In the meantime, I submit that you’ve only provided an opinion, which is your right. But opinion is not scientific evidence. Otherwise, we’d still believe the earth is flat.

Sincerely,

Beth Turnage

Photo published under a Creative Commons license from Flickr user Marcin Chady

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The #Astrology of the Red Blood Moon Eclipse

Red Blood Moon

April 4, 2015 Red Blood Moon

(Astrology Explored) WANTED: Reliable end of the world prophecy. False prophets need not apply.

Since the time man started to parse the heavens, we’ve used the stars as an excuse to proclaim God’s (or gods’) righteousness will descend upon us on such and such a date.

Wikipedia tells us:

The idea of a “blood moon” serving as an omen of the coming of the end times comes from the Book of Joel, where it is written “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of theLORD comes.”[4] This phrase is again mentioned by Saint Peter during Pentecost, as recorded in Acts,[5] although Peter says that date, not some future date, was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. The blood moon also appears in the book of Revelation chapter 6 verses 11 – 13, [6] where verse 12 says ” And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”

The is no different for the today’s Red Blood Moon, a brief lunar eclipse visible on the East Coast for barely an hour at dawn. Supposedly this particular blood moon has special significance: Continue reading

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#Throwback Thursday: #Astrology & #Easter

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Resurrection Stories of the Astrological Great Ages: Inanna

6,000 years before we memorialized our Easter celebration, the Sumerian culture had its own resurrection story. Containing the elements of death, redemption and resurrection it is the story of the Age of Gemini, whose essential nature is dualism.

Inanna was the Queen of Heaven of Sumerian culture associated with Venus, the morning and evening star, goddess of the fertility of the fields. The resurrection story, like the story of Persephone, ties the seasons into the actions of the gods.

The Sumerian year had 12-lunar-months, based upon phases of the moon and just two seasons.  Summer began on the vernal spring equinox, lasting 6-months through until the autumnal equinox.  Winter was the harvest season and outlined by monthly written characters for hand, seed, grain and cutting.

Her story is a journey of development and evolution. (Read More–>)

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The #Astrology of the Solar System: Astronomers Go Too Far

Solar system to be named after Lord of the Rings characters

Planets Named After LOTR?

(Astrology Explored) It was bad enough the International Astronomy Union, upon the discovery of Sedna, went a little crazy and started reclassifying planets. Saying that size does matter, Pluto, the master of domination and control was reclassified a “dwarf planet.” Way to emasculate the lord of hell, IAU. Bad enough that the IAU cast out the perfectly lovely name of Xena and stuck that planet with the sucky name and mythology of Sedna. Now the CBBC (a division of the BBC) floated the information that astronomers are going to rename all the planets in the solar system after the characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Continue reading

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The Astrology of Accidents: Death at the Gate of the Listening Post

Entrance to Fort George Meade

One entrance to Fort George Meade

(Astrology Explored) In a bizarre incident, two men reported to be dressed as women, attempted to breach the gate of Forte George Meade in Maryland, which houses the campus of the National Security Agency at approximately 9:00 AM, March 30, 2015. The vehicle the two men were driving was reported stolen from a nearby motel.

The driver of the vehicle, instead of following exit instructions drove into a NSA police vehicle that was positioned close to a road that ran to the NSA building proper. For reasons unknown, shots were fired at the black SUV before it crashed into the NSA vehicle.

According to news reports three people were sent to the hospital. One man died. Continue reading

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The #Astrology of Chiron: The Guerilla Guide to Life Repair

Chiron astrology(Astrology Explored) Bam! You go for a house, or a car, or any kind of credit and find a bill sent to collection sinks your chances for the loan or a decent interest rate. What do you do, lie there and take it? . A useful little book shows the way out of your financial woes: The Guerilla Guide to Credit Repair. As the title suggests, if you follow the suggestions in this book, your pedantic financial institution won’t know what hit it.

There are times in life, where an event seems to come out of nowhere, as in our like a guerilla attack and hits you where you live. This is Chiron, called by Barbara Hand Clow as the rainbow bridge between the inner and outer planets. Because Chiron can hit us in unexpected ways, we may feel we are under attack by guerilla forces. But it is also our own guerilla guide to life repair.

Chiron–The Wounded Healer

We call Chiron the wounded healer. Chiron was a centaur, half human, half horse. Although he was an immortal being, he suffered a festering wound in his hoof that would not heal. This wound demonstrates an important connection between Chiron and his spirituality. As Pisces rules the feet, and is the zodiac sign of spirituality, the wound symbolizes Chiron unable to close the gap between his higher self and his earthly body. Continue reading

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The #Astrology of the Solar Eclipse/Vernal Equinox: Firebomb!

Image March 20, 2015 Solar Eclipse

March 20, 2015 Solar Eclipse

(Astrology Explored) Sit up and take notice, people!

Oh, no. That’s not me saying that. It’s the Universe.

On the first day of spring 2015 we get the trifecta of lunar events, the new moon, eclipse and Supermoon. Toss in a Vernal Equinox and you get a potent and heady recipe for not just the next few days, but for the next six months.

The start of the eclipse and the actual ingress of the sun in the zodiac sign Aries is separated by 15 hours. At the start of the new moon eclipse the sun is at 29 degrees of Pisces. 29 of any degree is said to be the degree of decision. It is the holding of a breath before you draw in your next. The new moon is the start of a new cycle.

Solar Eclipse March 20 15

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The eclipse chart clearly, with a congregation of planets in the eleventh house of the collective, shows the influence of large corporations. In Aries, they want do something. Uranus and Mars together is violence, explosions and general mayhem.

2015 horoscope Vernal Equinox

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At the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun official enters Aries and the now the stellium sits in the seventh house, the house of open enemies.

Countries that are ruled by Aries include Palestine, England, Germany, Poland, Syria, Israel, Lithuania, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

Palestine isn’t our friend, and Israel seems more like a frenemy now instead of an ally. Zimbabwe is in that zone as well, and some threat or danger could come out of there.

A look at the astro*carto*graphy chart of the combination of the Eclipse and Vernal Equinox charts seem to confirm additional troubles at this end of the world. Uranus and Mars, players in the stellium of planets brackets a good portion of the Middle East. Additionally, Pluto, the planet of transformation sits along with the line for Uranus. Continue reading

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The #Astrology of Eris: Eris in the Houses

Eris Glyph(Astrology Explored) Eris, the black winged goddess of Strife is a portion of the Sumerian goddess Innana, :

Inanna could be wily and cunning. She was a powerful warrior, who drove a war chariot, drawn by lions

Innanna ruled as a goddess during the dawn of human civlization and not only represented strength in battle, but also:

She endowed the people of Sumer with gifts that inspired and insured their growth as a people and a culture

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When the patriarchal tribes of Northern Greece over ran the Southern matriarchal tribes all the goddesses, including Eris, suffered a reduction in power and influence as the new patriarchal religious forms supplanted matriarchal forms. Those goddess images that survived with good press, Venus, for instance, morphed from stronger images of War Goddesses, to more docile forms. Eris, as “queen of battle” didn’t translate well into the new dichotomy and therefore became an “outsider” in the patriarchal Greek pantheon.

Eris defines the part of ourselves whose essential nature is as odds with our current cultural norms. This part of us stands against “what everyone does”. With Eris now recognized in our solar system and now part of our developmental path as a species, this is the time for us to recognize that true inner voice that does not bend to the will of the many. We may kick up some discord, but it is for our own good.

Eris in the Houses Continue reading

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The Astrology of Eris: There We Go With Them Apples Again

Eris(Astrology Explored) One of the recently discovered dwarf planets is Eris. As the goddess of Discord, her story is complex. In Greek mythology, she is the pathogenically produced daughter of the goddess Night. Night birthed in primordial unisex Chaos leaving Eris with no male heritage.

Eris, like her mother, could produce children without the aid of a consort. She was whole unto herself, not needing the male principle to complete her.

Except for Ares, the god of war, the Olympians ignored her. Called the Queen of Battle, and supposedly delighting in the bloodletting of war, she and Ares hung out on the battlefield. Was she excluded because of her unwomanly pursuits? Or was it that as goddess whose provenance was more ancient than that of the King of the Gods, (being the great, great, great grand aunt to Zeus); she had little appreciation of the pretensions of Zeus’s extended family?

Her battle buddy, Ares, was invited to Peleus and Thetis’ wedding, but she was not. Not to be ignored, Eris crashed the party. In the middle of the celebrating deities, she rolled an invaluable gold apple with the inscription “To the fairest.” Hera, the wife of Zeus and the goddess of marriage, Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess of sexual love and Athena, the goddess of wisdom, vie with one another for the prize. This competition set in motion the events that prefaced the Trojan War. This act of Eris’ earned her the reputation as the Goddess of Discord. Continue reading

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ASC Lecture: Janet Booth on Eris

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Lecture: Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00 PM
Janet Booth

Exploring Eris

Eris, the newest addition to the solar system, is a dwarf planet far out past Pluto named for the sister of Mars. We will look at its mythological roots, chart examples from the famous and infamous, and its implications in mundane astrology and modern history. For instance, it seems to play a part in women’s issues. This lecture focuses on ideas and speculation about interpretation rather than definitive research. Attendees can bring their charts and offer input.

Beth Turnage will give the pre-lecture starting on 6:15 PM on Trans-Neptunian planets and why they are important to us now.

Workshop: Sat., March 21, 2015, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Janet Booth

Follow the Ruler
With so much to look at in charts and forecasting, it is easy to drown in details. Going back to the basics can be very revealing! Using charts of well-known people and data provided by participants (their own or those of people they want to examine), we will follow the rulers of the Sun and Rising signs to see high and low points indicated by progressions, returns and transits.

Janet Booth (astrologybooth.com) has been immersed in the world of astrology for more that 35 years. She has a Level II certification from the National Council for Geocosmic Research and serves a national clientele of individuals, couples and businesses. Author of Janet’s Plan-its astrology calendars and host of a cable TV show, LOOKING UP, on West Hartford Community Television (whctv.org), she is a long-time member and a past president of the ASC.

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