Sun sign astrology

Another failure of Sun Sign astrology

I could probably be a lot more famous if I was willing to write a Sun Sign column. I don’t know why I’m so stubborn, without newspaper horoscopes hardly anyone would even know about astrology. And after writing the Vanity Fair horoscope column for at least 15 years Michael Lutin is finally getting to write about real astrology.

But (thanks to the Townleys for the link) show that sun signs have little effect on our ability to make any kind of reasonable predictions using astrology.

Last month a magazine from Jordan contacted me to write a “horoscope” article for their January issue and I thought about it for awhile before turning it down. But at some point it would be difficult to say no. What if the New York Times called me to write “horoscopes” using sun signs? Could I say no? Or would it give me a wider audience to whom to reveal the secrets of astrology?

And really, I write celebrity gossip profiles for crying out loud. Is that any nobler? Of course, my goal for these profiles is to make REAL astrology accessible to people who otherwise would know nothing about it.

These are all questions buzzing around my brain as Pluto begins its descent on my Capricorn Mars.

Still – we really owe it to the magic of astrology to avoid simplifying it into sun signs that add, in my mind, nothing useful to the conversation.

By | 2008-01-15T21:55:00+00:00 January 15th, 2008|Astrology in my world, Sun sign astrology|Comments Off on Another failure of Sun Sign astrology

Another study disproves Sun Sign astrology

I mean no disrespect to my esteemed colleagues who write sun sign columns, some of whom are readers of this very site and I certainly value their input. But are the reason that I wish we could once and for all eliminate these so-called “horoscopes,” which aren’t helpful to readers and don’t advance respect for the astrological art.

A new study of 20 million husbands and wives has concluded that a pick-up ploy linked with the Age of Aquarius is all wet.

According to a University of Manchester report released this week, asking a potential partner “What’s your sign?” offers no more insight into the relationship’s likelihood of success than consulting a Magic 8-Ball. The investigation, which draws from 2001 census data in England and Wales, is thought to be the largest-scale test of astrology ever undertaken.

“If there is even the smallest tendency for Virgos to fancy Capricorns, or for Libras to like Leos, then we should see it in the (marriage) statistics,” says study author David Voas, senior research fellow at the university’s Centre for Census and Survey Research.

Assuming even one set of lovebirds in 1,000 is influenced by the stars, Voas says, favoured combinations of signs would appear an extra 10,000 times in a sample of 10 million couples. But he says the spousal pairings were instead “just what we’d predict on the basis of chance.”

Because there’s disagreement among astrologers about which signs are most compatible, only the lowest common denominator was tested: that is, whether any combination of sun signs — Taurus, Aries, Aquarius, etc. — could be found more or less than would be expected by probability.

Georgia Nicols, probably the best-known astrologer in Canada, says she’s […]

By | 2007-04-11T23:49:00+00:00 April 11th, 2007|Sun sign astrology|Comments Off on Another study disproves Sun Sign astrology

What is my true sign? A cusp question

A question often asked: “I am looking to understand the “CUSP” between a Virgo and a Libra? After reading [horoscopes for] both for several months, I am finding myself more inclinded to be or leaning towards Libra. Can you give me any insite that might point me towards my true sign?”

This individual was born at 29 degrees 17 minutes Virgo. In my experience, if you were born in the last four or five degrees of one sign, the qualities of the next sign begin bleeding through. He is moving away from the characteristics of Virgo, the previous sign, and his focus is more on the next which is Libra. Mercury in his chart is in Libra, so his thought process is filtered through the Libran love of beauty and harmony rather than the Virgo desire for details and safety and this adds to his sense of the Libra qualities.

None of us have one “true sign.” The Sun sign is the biggest single piece of the chart but it is only one piece. Because the Sun represents our quest or mission, a placement in the last degrees of a sign shows that you are completing that mission and beginning a new one during this lifetime. That is not true for those born at the beginning degrees of a sign; once you have moved into the next sign there is no more bleeding through. Still, the rest of the chart adds a richly layered tapestry of other influences to complete the picture. This individual has Sagittarius rising, a Capricorn Moon, a Leo Mars, Jupiter in Cancer, Venus in Virgo. All very different influences that come together to create a unique individual.

By | 2007-02-13T12:33:00+00:00 February 13th, 2007|Sun sign astrology|Comments Off on What is my true sign? A cusp question

Happy Birthday Scorpio!

Art from Soul India

The Sun entered Scorpio today, following on the heels of the New Moon at the last degree of Libra and joining the Moon, Mercury and Jupiter already deepening the Scorpio experience. The entrance of the Sun into Scorpio marks the darkening of days, the time when the veils between the worlds grows thinner. There is a greater sensitivity to what lies beneath the surface, and this is the work of Scorpio.

Scorpio is the sign of intensity and profound transformation. Even though it is a water sign and therefore associated with the emotional realms of the psyche, Mars is its ancient ruler and bestows a fiery nature. This combination of fire and water produces an emotional intensity and strength of will that would burn out many mere mortals. Scorpio is well-known for its penchant for secrecy and appreciation for mystery. Like all fixed signs, Scorpio has a strong need for control and tends to exercise this control by probing into the secrets of everyone else and preserving their own inside a tightly locked box.

Like all water signs, Scorpio is sensitive to the emotional undercurrents of human interaction, yet the compassion of some of the other water signs may be missing. The fiery nature of Scorpio pulls them more in the direction of action and initiation than commiseration and bonding. Yet Scorpio has a powerful need for connection with others on a deeply soulful level. Scorpio lives intensely and disdains superficial conversation or activities, so every relationship, job or pastime must have significance in some way.

Scorpio’s modern ruler is Pluto – the god of death and rebirth. In facing death we understand the deeper nature […]

By | 2006-10-22T23:27:00+00:00 October 22nd, 2006|Sun sign astrology|Comments Off on Happy Birthday Scorpio!

Skepticism without magic: An empty prison

For years I have pursued skeptics, offering free readings to anyone who doesn’t believe in astrology. I am fairly certain that most skepticism arises from a disbelief in “sun sign” astrology and horoscopes, yet not one skeptic has ever taken me up on my offer which would demonstrate the difference between newspaper horoscopes and a real astrological consultation. There is no doubt that a certain amount of skepticism is a healthy thing and keeps us from falling into the Neptunian abyss of illusion and fantasy, but what is it that would prevent someone who doesn’t believe in astrology from being willing to explore it a little further?

I do understand that astrology cannot be quantified using a scientific method, but neither can many other phenomena that we take for granted. Weather predictions are less accurate than astrological predictions, but we call meteorology a science. In addition, the relatively new field of quantum physics defies many of the laws of classical physics. You cannot prove that you love someone using science, but you can experience it. In the same way, it’s difficult to prove how a birthchart describes the character of a person you have never met, but this too can be experienced.

I’ve just started reading Richard Tarnas’s book Cosmos and Psyche, and in the very first paragraph he describes the dry desert of a life a closed mind can bring:

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, Santayana declared, and the metaphor is apt. THe mind that seeks the deepest intellectual fulfillment does not give itself up to every passing idea. Yet what is sometimes forgotten is the larger purpose of such a virtue. For in the end, chastity is something one […]

By | 2006-10-03T11:36:00+00:00 October 3rd, 2006|Favorite posts, Science, Sun sign astrology|Comments Off on Skepticism without magic: An empty prison
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