Our friends Steven Forrest and Jeff Jawer along with Noel Tyl have been teaching workshops in China as part of an effort to bring western astrology to that country which has its own brand of astrology that is over 5,000 years old. I discovered this from this People’s Daily article giving the workshops some good press. However, it does illustrate some confusion over the type of astrology practiced by western astrologers such as Steven and Jeff and this:
PeiEn is a full-time astrologer who is also familiar with the teachings of Forrest, havingheard him lecture when he came to China in 2010. Most of her clients come to her after finding out about her online or through word-of-mouth feedback from satisfied customers. Their needs include requiring a reading ofthe future, finding out more about themselves or seeking help to overcome personalanguish. Pei then reads their future using an astrolabe, the predecessor of the sextant used to find the altitude of stars, and offers her advice.
Astrolabes are amazing instruments, but I don’t know of too many western astrologers that use them. The article also indicates a fair amount of suspicion. One woman is quoted as saying “Who knows where these ‘meanings” attached to stars come from? If it’s not from statistics, then where does it come from?” Which will open up a whole other door of discussion, but as most of us who follow astrology know, human behavior simply cannot be broken down into statistical variants. A claim that “the astrological profession is strictly regulated” in the US and Europe sent me off into a peal of laughter. Still, over the past ten years astrologers HAVE been able to educate the Western public about what astrology is and isn’t. China is probably a bit behind the curve. To read more about Western offerings in China, open this link and use the translator.
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