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What I learned from the skeptics challenge

For the past few years I have written to anyone who wrote a post or an article debunking astrology offering to do a free reading for them so that they can try it for themselves before making a judgement on a subject they knew little about. I received no response from any of these people. Last summer someone undergoing a painful experience wrote to me – he was skeptical of astrology but open to hear what I had to say, and we had a very meaningful exchange that was helpful for him and the process he was going through.

Then Paul came along, a dyed-in-the-wool skeptic, in response to my post quoting Richard Tarnas that skepticism without magic is an empty prison. Paul responded to the Skeptics Challenge and I sent him a short reading of a few of the major points in his chart, requesting that he reply to my email and let me know what he thought of it. He did not reply to that email, so I sent a second email, to which I also received no reply. However, a reply to his comment referred to his blog so I went there to take a look and found there a challenge to me for a scientific study of astrology. I thought it peculiar that he didn’t contact me directly about this challenge but instead posted it on his blog with no real way for me to find it except for a link in a post. You’ll find more details about  along with the longest comment thread ever seen on this site.

My goal for the Skeptics Challenge was that […]

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By |2018-11-23T13:37:43-04:00February 10th, 2007|Uncategorized|0 Comments

View of the Comet from Down Under

Diana shares her experience of Comet McNaught:

My first sighting of comet McNaught was with a group of people, all gazing expectantly into the darkening twilight, and it was a little girl who caught first glimpse. And as our eyes focused on the fuzzy bit of brightness, and its awe-inspiring tail…that same little girl squealed with delight, ‘it’s red! it’s red!’ Some of the adults shook their heads thinking this was an over-active imagination, but I recalled looking through a telescope with my own kids when they were small, and the astronomer who was assisting us, asked the boys what colours they could see…and they could see many colours in some constellations. The astronomer explained to me that children’s eyes see colour more vividly than we do, I think we lose that capacity around age twelve.

Another member of that family present on that first night, was a 92yr old woman, very frail, and poor of eye sight. We weren’t sure she would be able to see anything, but her family wanted to share the experience with her. For a few minutes she couldn’t see it and then there was a sudden twinkling, which we all could see, and the old woman called out, ‘I can see it, it’s sparkling!’. Now that old woman is not someone I would describe as ‘optimistic’ in fact she is very gloomy and longing for death…but that night, after seeing the comet, she said, ‘I feel….[and she struggled for the word]…content.’

I’ve seen the comet since that night. Sat and stared at it in absolute wonder. And I’ve got to say, […]

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By |2007-02-05T11:35:00-04:00February 5th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on View of the Comet from Down Under

Saturn/Neptune and Bird Flu – the panic arrives on schedule

I have to admit I was skeptical when astrologers predicted that the opposition of Saturn and Neptune would bring with it a deadly flu pandemic. The planets rarely act as they are expected to perform, and this was too easy a connection to make. Phil Brown looked past the obvious when

While many claim that the Saturn-Neptune opposition is “it,” this is only part of the developing picture. I believe that mundane Saturn-Neptune configurations can often symbolize trance states which sweep through culture.

Is the Saturn/Neptune effect the bird flu itself, or the panic that results in a fugue state where the mass consciousness takes over? Saturn and Neptune are moving closer to their opposition point at the end of February and suddenly bird flu is in the news again. The first death from bird flu in humans just occurred in , and an outbreak in birds in the UK resulted in the killing of thousands of turkeys (humans are not expected to be endangered). Japan just announced an outbreak of bird flu as well. As if there wasn’t enough other news to generate fear, panic on this issue is increasingly peddled in the world press.

Unfortunately, this may result in the “boy who cried wolf” syndrome and if a dangerous situation truly does erupt the rest of us won’t believe it.

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By |2007-02-05T01:22:00-04:00February 5th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Saturn/Neptune and Bird Flu – the panic arrives on schedule

February Skywatch and planetary news this week

After four days of wrangling with the web hosts who had no idea why I couldn’t upload to my site, the February skywatch article is finally posted!! I’m now including a comprehensive list of the major planetary aspects and events as well. Here’s an excerpt for this week:

The major aspects for February are the first phase of the conflict between Jupiter and Uranus in the square which occurred in January but will remain in effect through the end of the month, and the approaching second phase of the opposition between Saturn and Neptune. The Jupiter/Uranus combination can be potentially explosive – because this is a challenging aspect (the square), we tend to see the more negative manifestation of both planets. In Jupiter we see a reckless overconfidence and tendency towards self-righteousness, and Uranus is similarly reckless with a desire for change for its own sake and at any cost. This event has brought with it problems with communication and equipment similar to a Mercury retrograde period, and this could be exacerbated when Mercury turns retrograde on the 13th of February.

The opposition between Saturn and Neptune is a long range cycle that began last August and will conclude next summer, and we are entering the second phase now as we move towards the second opposition at the end of the month. Saturn lives in the material world and urges us to build on terra firma, while Neptune lives in the spiritual realm and calls us with a siren song to abandon terra firma for the abode of the divine. This opposition creates a tension between the material world and the spiritual that can be somewhat destabilizing, particularly for those of us with planets in the fixed signs of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio […]

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By |2007-02-04T12:45:00-04:00February 4th, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on February Skywatch and planetary news this week

An astrological tribute to Molly Ivins, the Radical Virgo

Although I was a fan of Molly Ivins for years, it wasn’t until the Bush administration that her biting yet hilarious wit became a must-read for anyone skeptical of the Bush presidency. Ivins was celebrated for her unconventional and unabashedly liberal views and her passion for life and for her rebellious disdain for those in power.

Click chart to enlarge. Molly Ivins was born with a powerful Virgo influence including the Sun. That will surprise anyone who knows that Virgos are typically shy and modest and dislike the spotlight. However, Molly’s Sun was exactly conjunct Jupiter, the planet that expands and enlarges our perspective. A Jupiter/Sun conjunction indicates someone who is bigger than life, who approaches every aspect of her life in a big way. Rarely do these people do anything in moderation, and there is an expansion (Jupiter) of the ego (Sun) which affords a healthy sense of self-esteem and self-confidence. Jupiter confers a strong sense of mission and someone with this planetary combination often feels they have been personally chosen to accomplish this mission.

This Sun/Jupiter conjunction is in conflict with (squares) the planet Uranus. Uranus is the rebel, the revolutionary. Uranus flaunts convention and can be unpredictable and erratic. When in a difficult aspect to the Sun, there is an almost relentless pressure to overturn the status quo and effect change for the simple sake of change. The addition of Jupiter here simply increases this tendency to “go off the deep end.” However, with Jupiter and Uranus there is a deep-rooted desire for justice and equality and the Sun adds the energy to fulfill the mission. From the beginning of […]

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By |2018-11-19T21:19:49-04:00February 3rd, 2007|Uncategorized|Comments Off on An astrological tribute to Molly Ivins, the Radical Virgo
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