What is on my mind? Too much, so let’s get it out just before I go to bed. My day has been filled with reading on the nature of astrology. I came across very readable stuff and here is the gist of it.
First of all I found out about an Englishman called Gary Phillipson. He wrote a book called Astrology in the Year Zero. There is also a companion website where he says about the book: “It’s a record of the thoughts and experiences of some people who have seriously studied astrology – including both practising astrologers and skeptics. It is based largely on interviews which were recorded between 1996 – 2000.”
He also put the last four chapters of the book on this website and astrologers here share about what they believe astrology to be. Also sceptical researches have their say on astrology.
In the interview that he gave to Darrelyn Gunzburg he comments on his book:
“I wanted to look at all sides of the picture [of astrology], including the skeptical case. I was fascinated that there are astrologers who’ve done all these really strong pieces of work where it seems blindingly obvious that astrology is working; yet, there are also perfectly intelligent, sincere people who’ve looked at the whole thing and concluded that it’s all smoke and mirrors. I think I always knew that my book was not going to be a smart move, commercially. People want to read “the amazing mystic science of astrology and how it will change your life.” They don’t want to read a book which says: “These people say it works, and these people say it doesn’t; now you figure it out.”
And also he refers to Geoffrey Cornelius’s book The Moment of Astrology: “I discovered it when I was halfway through Year Zero. If I’d read it before I started, then I might never have bothered to assemble my book, because he looks at the kinds of issues that I was just beginning to formulate, and he does a superb job of pulling them apart, setting out the skeptical case, and examining why we need to move on from the astrology-as-science model because it’s not going to work. He’s been a big influence on the way I think about astrology, and somebody who reads both books would see a certain commonality of thought.”
All these astrologers talk about the nature of astrology and many of my questions at this moment of time were answered. There are so many astrologies as there are astrologers is one of them. Pffff what a relief. It is ok that I do astrology my way. I do not have to fit into any system or understand all systems that astrologers use.