Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Case for Astrology

By Kat Starwolf on July 30, 2014
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While there is definitely quite a bit of excellent information here that does seem to prove `The Case for Astrology,' the way the information is arranged - as a case being presented to a jury (which, of course, it essentially IS) - was difficult to follow.

Being an astrologer myself, I understood the basic argument Mr. West was attempting to put forth. But unfortunately, he doesn't seem to understand astrology well enough to be able to convey a convincing argument. Most laypeople - especially skeptics who have not/do not study astrology or understand its application - in my opinion, would not only be further confused by Mr. West's argument for astrology, but prone to saying `I told you so!' in their own defense of astrology as far as it not making any sense, so how could it possibly work?

Although Mr. West heavily references the work of French psychologist Michel Gauquelin to prove astrology, again in my opinion, Gauquelin is not really the best proof for astrology's efficacy. In fact, Gauquelin actually attempted to DISprove astrology; though when he found that there might be something to it after all, he tried to put forth his theory of a `Neo Astrology' based on the movements/effects of the planets, while leaving out the signs, houses and aspects, the last which is actually especially necessary in order for even the planets to be considered.

And while I believe that there may be far more to the `why' of how astrology works than `mere' electromagnetism, as put forth by astronomer Percy Seymour in his book, Astrology: the Evidence of Science, at least Mr. West had the foresight to include Dr. Seymour's own proof of why he believes that astrology CAN and does work.

All in all, however, if you're looking for proof that astrology is a legitimate science, though one better explained through Quantum Physics or Hyper-dimensional/Torsion Field Physics, this book is definitely worth reading. It may not be easily assimilated, but West does a good job of highlighting the most important points.

Astrology: The Evidence of Science by Percy Seymour

An explanation of the scientific theory behind astrology. It describes how magnetic currents or tides pervade the solar system, stemming from the sun and boosted by the planets on to earth, affecting all life. The author has also written " Cosmic Magnitude".

                Way back in one of my first columns for FATE (August, 1991), I wrote of the apparent connection of geomagnetic fields (the fields generated by the Earth itself) and psi abilities.  Researchers had found correlations between highs and lows in the field and the incidence and apparent “strength” of psi experiences.  It has been postulated that observing the fluctuations of the geomagnetic field might allow researchers in the laboratory to decide when to try experiments for best results in PK or ESP.
                Of course, the geomagnetic fields generated by our planet do shift irregularly, and can be affected on a planet-wide scale by solar flares, cosmic radiation, and similar extra-terrestrial (natural) events, and on a local level by movements of the earth and weather.  This makes predicting best times for best results a bit tricky.
                Now a researcher in California has found another environmental correlation, but this one having to do with a specific time of day, though not one measured by our usual clocks.
                TIME AND THE STARS
                Dr. James Spottiswoode, a physicist with the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, set out to look for any correlations between laboratory results and either local time or sidereal time.  In his paper in the JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION (v. 11, no. 2, pp. 109-122, Summer, 1997) entitled “Apparent Association Between Effect Size in Free Response Anomalous Cognition Experiments and Local Sidereal Time,” Spottiswood found a time period in which ESP is three to four times likely to work than at other times of day.
                First, a few definitions for those not up on their jargon.
                Anomalous cognition is a fairly new phrase that has been applied to ESP.  It essentially means an inexplicable knowing, a transfer of information whose explanation is outside our current knowledge of perception and cognition.