Uranus in Taurus – The End of the World–As We Know It.

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I try not to give into fear by remaining rational and level-headed, but this upcoming ingress of Uranus into Taurus has me very concerned. This is because Taurus represents peace, normalcy, finances, food, nature, values and standards. Uranus is about upheaval, rebellion, chaos, sudden upsets, destruction, tyranny, sudden change, and perversion. Uranus also deals with groups of people, social causes, and activism. Uranus is considered to be in the “Fall” when in Taurus. A sign that places a planet in the “Fall”, is not a healthy placement for it. Uranus will first ingress into Taurus on May 16, 2018. The 16th is a day of catastrophe so I’m curious to see how Uranus will get things started.

I pulled a Tarot Card to represent the theme of Uranus in Taurus and it was the 5 of Swords. The 5 of Swords is one of the most troublesome cards of the Tarot Deck. It is ascribed to Venus in Aquarius and it denotes conflict, treachery, betrayal, rebellion, uprising, theft, hate, vindictiveness and artifice. What’s interesting and downright spooky is that Venus rules Taurus and Uranus rules Aquarius so the 5 of Swords is on point. It is not a card that is conducive to harmonious relationships and for the well-being of humanity. The 5 of Swords only confirms my suspicions about Uranus’ entry into the sign of the Bull. This card also proves that I am not just being paranoid nor am I giving in to irrational fear. 

So let me just cut to the chase with some bullet points regarding the possible ways in which Uranus in Taurus will manifest:

  • Rebellion against convention and all that is natural. The abnormal becomes normalized. Chaos replaces order. Upheavals. 
  • A major change/shift in global economic conditions—for the worse. Economic insecurity.
  • Tyranny—especially economic and ecological. A cashless system could be implemented. Money becomes totally electronic. 
  • Microchip implants will become more of the norm.
  • GMO foods will become even more the norm.
  • Perversion will reach an all-time high due to the erosion of values and standards.
  • The lines between Right and Wrong will be blurred.
  • Public nudity and other forms of indecency/deviant behavior will become more socially acceptable.
  • The battle between the sexes will reach an all-time high.
  • Racial tension will reach a crescendo; A race or civil war is possible.
  • Riots and social uprisings.
  • Being under total surveillance.
  • Air travel could be heavily restricted in some areas due to civil unrest or war.
  • People will develop more of a mob mentality.
  • The perversion or devaluation of the Arts. Ugliness will be considered to be Beauty.
  • An increase in natural disasters, crazy weather, mega storms, droughts. 
  • The weather will become totally manufactured (Geoengineering programs have been in place for many years now, but NASA claims that it will own the weather by 2025 http://csat.au.af.mil/2025/volume3/vol3ch15.pdf)

I don’t mean to be all about gloom and doom, but I am also a realist and I can’t ignore this destructive energy that is imminent. We will need more faith and inner peace than ever to get through these sour times that are on the horizon.

On the bright side, enlightenment will increase and people will gain more access to creative powers that are not of this Earth. Uranus in Taurus will usher in some state-of-the-art designs that have yet to enter our realm of human experience. There will also be an increase in entrepreneurs as Uranus enters Taurus since Uranus = Independence. This is also a very good time for Astrologers (also meta-physicians in general) since Uranus is the planet that rules Astrology and with Taurus representing money, but also realism, Astrology will be given more legitimacy. Taurus also represents advisors and with Uranus in Taurus, many people will be seeking answers that cannot be satisfied through conventional means. More people will consider becoming an Astrologer as a viable career option.  

~ Rahbinah Rastaban, Astrologer/Spiritual Advisor

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Venus in Pisces: Part Nun, Part Nymph

Venus in Pisces.

Venus is currently sailing through Pisces, the sign of the two fishes. Venus in Pisces can often be torn between two loves: her partner vs. her public life, work vs. family, extravagance vs. security, etc. Regardless of what these two loves are, one will usually have to be sacrificed for the other, but Venus in Pisces believes that someplace, somewhere it is all possible. Yes, Pisces Venus can be prone to yearning for a fairytale existence which is why she needs earthy people to keep her grounded. Venus in Pisces is in fact very compatible with the Earth signs–yes even Virgo. It’s just with Virgo, Pisces must be willing to be more present in the here and now and give attention to the little things that Virgo cares so much about. Virgo must be willing to allow Pisces to just be–even if that means going off someone alone for a little while. Know-it-all Virgo must also be okay with Pisces’s secretive nature.

Venus in Pisces is very romantic and emotionally sensitive. Of course she is artistic. She can also be very spiritual and in extreme cases, rather flaky. This watery Venus believes that almost anything is possible when you just believe. Venus in Pisces certainly believes in miracles and she can often make miracles happen just by envisioning her deepest desires with the utmost sincerity. This is a good thing since a miracle is often required to legitimize a secret love affair which Venus in Pisces is so prone to enter. The song Secret Lovers by Atlantic Starr is the epitome of Venus in Pisces. A Piscean Venus actually thrives in those relationships where there is a yearning to be with someone who is unavailable. This gives her vivid imagination room to run wild. Venus in Pisces has a need to dream, to long, to fantasize and being isolated from a partner provides much opportunity. Thus, Venus in Pisces is attracted to long-distance relationships, relationships inhibited by one’s career or other obligations, and love triangles. For Venus in Pisces it is a requirement that substantial time is spent in isolation, but not too much since Pisces can really suffer when there appears to be no reunion in sight.

Venus in Pisces can be rather hard to please since she’s so idealistic. She is easily disappointed with partners who don’t put forth an effort to keep her happy. She can be prudish at times and also preachy. However, it is Venus in Pisces who will be there when you are completely down and out, at rock bottom, or experiencing a serious turn of misfortune. She just may remind you later of how well she has played the role of the martyr for you. Venus in Pisces will make great sacrifices for her partner, but she will expect that same degree of selflessness to be reciprocated.

Sexually, Venus in Pisces can be somewhat reserved–even to the point of desiring to be a nun–unless she is able to transform fully into the spiritual fish, allowing herself to become vulnerable. When she does completely let go, she becomes the nymph of every man’s dreams as she yields fully to the penetrating force. Venus in Pisces wants sweet sounds, soft music, and seductive fragrances to set the mood. She is very eager to please, but sometimes she just wants to zone out and be carried away on the wings of a strong lover who takes care of everything. This is not to say that Venus in Pisces has the tendency to be a cold fish, she just likes being treated like princess at times–with grace, awe and reverence. Sex can be a religious experience for Venus in Pisces and she may begin to become addicted to the uplifting feeling that a certain kind of sexual partner can provide–just don’t interrupt her sleepy time for a 5 minute romp. A great temporary lover can be Venus in Pisces’s worst nightmare since she will be forever trying to find that same experience with others and becoming disillusioned in the process.

In terms of personal style, Venus in Pisces is all about glamour, glitter, costumes, signature looks, and enhancements. Venus in Pisces loves makeup and has a great talent when it comes to its application. When it comes to hair she prefers that it appears soft, free flowing and feminine. Clothing can be a toss up as she has the tendency to be a chameleon, changing up per the event or situation. Her flavor is at times abstract and sometimes classic. You never know what Venus in Pisces may enter a room wearing, but it will look good on her nonetheless. Pisces is the sign of jewelry so gifts of precious metals, gems and stones can really win her over.  Venus in Pisces may even be caught donning a bejeweled tiara on special occasions before she pirouettes out the door.  Basically she is drawn to that which is precious, rare and cherished such as an obscure fragrance. Don’t think you’ll get away with giving her something as an afterthought and she not take issue with it. Any gift for a Pisces Venus  must be special and endearing because she sees herself as such. 

~ Rahbinah

8 of Pentacles: 8 is Enough

Short Stories in the World of Tarot

8 of Pentacles: 8 is Enough

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Octavia had not seen such lean times in her 38 years upon the Earth. It was 2051. Certain commodities like sugar, tea, pasta, certain fruits and select meats including beef and veal were now outlawed (not so for the Elite) as a way to preserve what little bit of precious natural resources remained. The masses were thrown rations of mass produced chickens, Tilapia and of course pork bellies. One was lucky to get their hands on meat that was fresh as most cuts were frozen with ambiguous packaging information. Thankfully, root vegetables were still in abundant supply. Octavia never forgot what her mother told her:

“As long as you got some root vegetables you can make a meal”.

Octavia’s late mother had also taught her the Secret Law of 8. She had told Octavia that as long as she kept 8 key ingredients in her kitchen she and her loved ones would never fall victim to poverty. Of course these 8 key ingredients had to be kept secret so they will not be revealed here. With these 8 key ingredients and a few more, Octavia became widely known throughout her district for baking the best chicken pot pies.

As a result of the government’s sanctions on many foods, pot pies and casseroles experienced a major resurgence since most people had to cook with the odds and ends they could salvage from the local food distribution centers. It was impossible to get your hands on a whole chicken—unless you ventured into the seedy black market. Everything was virtually broken down into modular bits and pieces. One couldn’t even find one whole chicken breast. Supermarkets were quickly becoming a thing of the past. Most city dwellers were forced to wait in hour-long lines at the government-run mega food distribution centers. Many restaurants and individual food vendors jumped on the pot pie band wagon, but there was just something about Octavia’s pies that beat out the competition. They had that special something. Even high level politicians and a few celebrities had tasted the savory perfection of her pies.

As a result of her thriving pot pie business, Octavia was able to support herself, her disabled husband and their 3 children, plus her ailing aunt. They all assisted Octavia with the pot pie business, but their roles were compartmentalized for no one but Octavia could know the 8 secret ingredients. When it came time to assemble each pie, Octavia would shoo the others out of her kitchen. Alone with the pies she would commence her Earth magic and set about pouring the thick, aromatic, soup-like mixture into the homemade pie shells. Making pies was always a labor of love for Octavia. The fact that she could earn a decent living and fill hungry stomachs each week was the icing on the cake. Octavia removed the 8th secret ingredient from a locked tin can and sprinkled a liberal amount onto each pie. She said a melodic chant under her breath and then to proceeded to lay down the top crusts. She gave the pies a final once over before brushing the tops with egg wash. This batch she was preparing was the mini version of her pot pies and they were actually big enough to fill the bellies of 2 adult women or 3 children. 8 pies went into the oven—4 on the top rack, 4 on the bottom.

There were other things that Octavia’s mother told her about the number 8. Her mother had admonished her about the number 8 carrying a heavy responsibility for those who harness its power. Octavia’s mother had warned her of the latent ability to do great harm being contained within the number 8:

“Just as you can feed the hungry with the 8, you also have the power to poison them just the same. “You can increase things with 8, even wealth, but you can also decrease things, and that includes the ultimate decrease which is death”.

Octavia’s mother spoke of two kinds of poisoning: accidental and deliberate. The former was easy to avoid. It being simply a matter of maintaining proper sanitary conditions. Octavia’s mother taught her however, the secret to carrying out the latter—if the need should ever arise. For poisoning, the same 8 ingredients would be used, but they would have to be added in reverse of the proper order. Different chants were sung and in order for the spell to take effect, the victim had to either cross the threshold of the pie maker’s home to receive the pie or the pie had to be ordered by the target and delivered by the baker. Other key steps were also added, not to be discussed here.

It was in those days of very lean times that the current Leadership started cracking down on independent food vendors citing what Octavia saw as bogus claims of unsanitary conditions and excessive use of natural resource vouchers. The Food Regulation board sent out a team of natural resource evaluators along with food auditors and the doling out of steep fines began. It was a tactic with the intention of shutting down independent food vendors who the Leadership saw as not being dependent enough upon the system. The restaurant owners were not being targeted since their pockets were deep enough to pay off the culinary storm troopers.

Octavia knew the time was approaching when she would hear the unmistakable heavy thumps at the door. She had made a few special pies for this very occasion. She knew the Leadership’s guard dogs could not resist the mouth-watering smells that permeated her entire home. They would make the excuse that they had to conduct field tests just so they could eat her magical pies. Octavia smiled and chuckled a bit at the thought of the three goons gorging themselves on her delicious disks of sustenance, but she was dead serious. Octavia was dedicated to preserving her livelihood at all costs, bus she wasn’t keen on committing murder. Even her mother being heavily into the dark side of the occult warned her about that kind of revenge. She remembered her mother saying:

“It’s best to always err on the side of prudence”.

The poisoning pot pie spell was intended to cause great harm, but not death. It had just enough power to keep most if not all enemies at bay. After the target consumed the special pie, he would be struck with the worst case of gastritis that would last for 8 full days (the poor target would most likely be counting each hour—all 192 of them). The target would not be able to keep anything down and he would experience mind bending nausea, bile producing retching, and unbelievable abdominal pain. By the 8th day, the target would begging for death. On the 9th day, his health would return. From that point on, any thought, mention or feeling regarding the maker of the pie would induce the same gastrointestinal malaise giving the victim perfect motivation to block the pie maker out of his consciousness altogether. If he should so much as walk by the home of the pie maker or pull her dossier, the target would be beset with a strong wave of nausea followed by stomach cramps which rival the pain that a woman experiences when in the final stages of labor. The bad case of gastritis was also contagious so that anyone who had any involvement with Octavia’s case ran the risk of contracting the terrible condition. Eventually Octavia would become less than a distant memory as no one would dare to even approach her file.

Octavia heard an authoritative knock at the door. She wasn’t expecting them so soon. Still, 3 individual pies were cooling on a baker’s rack. Octavia wiped her hands on her apron which was decorated with infinity symbols, checked her face in the small mirror which hung by the door and invited the 3 Food Auditors in. “It smells wonderful in here, Mrs. Lemniscate”, said the one with the boyish grin.

“We will need to conduct some field tests. We’ll take 3 pies, please”, the one with the haughty attitude and thick neck uttered in a deep growl.

“Certainly”, said Octavia as she turned towards the kitchen. “You’re just in time. I just took some out of the oven. It’ll only take a few more minutes to set before they’re ready to eat”.

“Very well,” said the thick necked one who was obviously in control. “By the smell, I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait”.

“Yes”, said Octavia, “It certainly will”.

-Rahbinah

Bill Cosby At a Glance: Does He Have What it Takes?

Portrait of Bill Cosby smoking a cigar. --- Image by © CORBIS

Portrait of Bill Cosby smoking a cigar. — Image by © CORBIS

Before I get into the discussion regarding Bill Cosby’s astrological profile I must make the following disclaimer:

According to Astro-Databank, the source of Bill Cosby’s natal chart, Bill Cosby’s actual birth time could not be verified and thus his natal chart was given a Rodden Rating of DD which stands for Dirty Data. As a result, certain aspects of Bill Cosby’s natal chart will not be discussed such as his Ascendant, Midheaven and houses. The degree of his Moon in Virgo will remain in question as well. With that being said, still much insight can be gleaned from his chart.

There are certain aspects in Bill Cosby’s natal chart which would make him in my opinion capable of committing the sexual crimes in which over 40 women to date have alleged. I will discuss these aspects briefly below starting with the most benign.

Sun in Cancer sextile Moon in Virgo

This aspect has provided Bill Cosby with many opportunities to groom and mentor women. The fact that Cancer and Virgo are involved reinforces the theme of helping or mentoring women.

Sun in Cancer conjunct Pluto in Cancer

This aspect can lead to prominence in one’s life and Bill Cosby is certainly no exception. Sun conjunct Pluto can also denote one who wields a great deal of influence over others. The darker manifestation of this aspect can deal with operating under the radar due to motivations that center on what society would deem criminal or taboo. The fact that his Sun and Pluto are in Cancer underscores the theme of his manipulation of women.

Sun in Cancer semisquare Venus in Gemini

With Sun semisquare Venus, Bill Cosby may have a difficult time respecting others as individuals and is more likely to see others as an extension of himself, or worse objects. There could be a lack of boundaries and mutual respect at play with this aspect–especially with respect to his relationships with women. This aspect can also deal with a man who has a difficult time being faithful especially since Venus is in Gemini which can deal with an appetite for different women. Furthermore, in a male chart, this aspect can deal with the tendency to lose sight of one’s purpose or role when in the face of attractive females.

Mercury in Cancer conjunct Pluto in Cancer

Mercury in bed with Pluto can point to someone who harbors dark or taboo thoughts. This kind of person may also know how to operate under the radar and avoid arousing the suspicion of others. Thus, with this aspect Bill Cosby has a mind that is prone to plotting, manipulation and Svengali tactics. In the darkest most literal sense, Mercury conjunct Pluto can deal with a mind that is geared toward overpowering others.

Moon in Virgo sextile Mars in Scorpio

This aspect can deal with Bill Cosby’s ability to meet new women and bring them under his tutelage. This can point to an ease with being alone with women as a result of gaining their trust. Again, I am seeing Svengali tendencies with this aspect–especially with respect to young women. Sexually, this aspect can point to him being attracted to women who appear weak, vulnerable or helpless.

Moon in Virgo trine Jupiter in Capricorn

This aspect in the most simplest terms is Bill Cosby being blessed with many opportunities to be in the company of different women–many of whom are looking for growth (Jupiter) in terms of their careers (Capricorn) This aspect also points to Bill Cosby’s ability to meet women from all over the world. He was also able to come across as a man of integrity and high principles–but certainly not so now. A dark manifestation of this otherwise positive aspect could be an insatiable appetite for women that becomes an ambition and the propensity to be a philanderer.

Moon in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus

Moon trine Uranus can deal with a man being a magnet for different women and with Uranus in Taurus–a lot of these women could be strikingly attractive. We know that Bill Cosby allegedly targeted models and aspiring actresses. Uranus can also deal with being tall in stature which reinforces the model theme. I feel that this aspect also points to Cosby’s involvement with the Playboy Mansion and his friendship with Hugh Hefner since Uranus deals with that which goes against the norm and Playboy when first published certainly went against the norm. Uranus also deals with friendships and groups and one could say that the Playboy jet set were a unique group of prominent men. Moon in Virgo can deal with seeking perfection in women, an impossible ideal which Playboy has consistently tried to uphold.

Moon in Virgo conjunct Neptune in Virgo

In Cosby’s case, this aspect can deal with the drugging of women in the most literal sense because Neptune deals with intoxicating substances and the Moon deals with women. His Moon being in Virgo, points to Cosby’s involvement with women who were seeking his help or mentorship.  Most of these women were young in age at the time that these incidents allegedly occurred which is another characteristic of Moon in Virgo (youthful women). Neptune is not just the planet of intoxication, it is also the planet of sleep. Most reports of Bill Cosby’s alleged crimes involved the women waking up from sleep or unconsciousness and feeling violated. Also with this Moon-Neptune conjunction Cosby may have yearned for the perfect woman and perhaps a woman was only perfect in his eyes when asleep or unconscious.

What’s also interesting is that Cosby has two Grand Trines both involving his Moon. Grand Trines can point to one being self-contained, some kind of renegade or where something is being kept tightly under wraps barring any outside interference. Grand Trines can give a person free reign to do as they wish in certain areas of life.

Venus in Gemini sextile Saturn in Aries

This aspect provided Bill Cosby with plenty of opportunities to help women and become something of a mentor or parental figure. Saturn’s influence would have enabled him to gain the trust of numerous women. Saturn also deals with Cosby’s professional status which gave him credibility and respect.

Saturn can represent something that is severely lacking in one’s life and as a result it leads to a tendency for the person to overcompensate. With Cosby’s Saturn in Aries, he may have never felt that he was man enough and this could have stemmed from his relationship with his father. As a result, he may have been compelled to overcompensate in the area of sexual gratification. Most will agree that overcompensation tends to take things too far.

Mars in Scorpio sextile Neptune in Virgo

This is to me one of the most incriminating aspects of Cosby’s natal chart by far. On the surface it could simply point to a strong drive and effort to make it in show business/acting that pays off. However, this aspect is also in my opinion, what enabled Bill Cosby to utilize an intoxicating liquid (Neptune) concoction to feed (Virgo) to unsuspecting women as an attempt to have sex (Mars) whilst being overpowered (Scorpio). This aspect alone points to the ability to manipulate, drug and then subjugate through rape or sexual assault. I’m not saying that I’m 100% positive that he is guilty, but this aspect certainly makes those allegations extremely plausible. Remember, Scorpio deals with taboos including rape and Cosby’s Mars is in Scorpio. Mars and Neptune together can also point to using deceptive means to get sex.

Mars in Scorpio opposition Uranus in Taurus

While this aspect is very wide in orb (8 degrees), it still wields some influence in Cosby’s life namely in the form of him having alternative or perverse sexual desires. Since Taurus deals with possession, Cosby may have a sexual desire to possess women, but only temporarily since Uranus is involved. There’s also an element of danger interwoven in this aspect so perhaps Cosby would get aroused by the risks that he was taking when attempting to subjugate women to his will.

The Asteroid Lilith

Lilith glyph

Bill Cosby has some interesting aspects with the asteroid Lilith. According to Astrology, Lilith represents rebellion, sexual prowess and that which is taboo. Lilith is also about being a pariah or social outcast.

Lilith in Sagittarius quintile Moon in Virgo

With Cosby’s Lilith residing in Sagittarius, he has a great deal to lose by allowing himself to be ruled by his lower passions. This could deal with a sort of fall from grace where he is given saintly status at one point in his life and later demonized as a result of some scandal. With Cosby’s Lilith in quintile to his Moon, he was given special privileges and treatment where his relationship with women were concerned. He may possess a special talent for gaining women’s trust and making them feel secure in his presence. It is this special talent which would grant him carte blanche to become sexually aggressive with these women.

Lilith in Sagittarius opposition Venus in Gemini

This aspect between Lilith and Venus can deal with both Cosby’s inclination towards unbridled, deviant sex acts with numerous women and his subsequent fall from grace once the women began speaking out and filing charges. This aspect can also deal with having to pay out large sums of money as a way to quiet some of the women making these allegations.

Lilith in Sagittarius trine Saturn in Aries

This aspect between Lilith and Saturn could give Cosby the motivation to sexually assault women since Saturn is in Aries and this placement can deal with overcompensating for a lack of masculinity. This could certainly be true for Cosby since he has a great deal of feminine energy in his chart (Sun, Mercury, Pluto in Cancer, Moon in Virgo, Mars in Scorpio). Also, as mentioned previously, his professional status greatly enabled him to live out his deviant sexual desires.

Lilith in Sagittarius trine Pluto in Cancer

This aspect can certainly point to sexual proclivities that border or center on overpowering women. This aspect could also enable him to engage in these deviant activities without being detected. Furthermore, since Pluto deals with prominence, Cosby’s celebrity status also facilitated his ability to engage in criminal behavior and remain untouchable. As of today, Bill Cosby has never been criminally charged for the acts that over 20 women have alleged he committed.

A Few Other Points

In terms of Chaldean numerology, Bill Cosby is a 12 which means Sacrifice/Victim. 12 also breaks down to 3 which has the same vibration as the planet Jupiter. Thus, one could say that Cosby suffers from a God/Zeus complex and women have been victimized (allegedly) in the process. 3 is prone to excess and as stated above a sizable number of women have came forward with these allegations. Furthermore, Bill Cosby’s North Node is in Sagittarius which means that in this lifetime he has to try to live a life of temperance, high morals, and faith. The flipside of these Sagittarian virtues are excess, wantonness, a lack of discipline and over-indulgence so he could really go either way; it’s his choice. With Cosby’s South Node being in Gemini, the hardest South Node of all, he most likely faced constant temptation to do wrong even though he knew better. His immediate environment as well as his close associations could have fueled his predacious drive.

Summary

The purpose of this post was to show the planetary energies at work that could have enabled Bill Cosby to commit the sexually deviant acts in which he has been accused. A natal chart cannot indicate whether a person is actually guilty or innocent. However, it can show the propensities, tendencies and motivations of the particular individual in question. I believe that Bill Cosby’s natal chart does show that he is very capable of committing the crime of drugging women in order to take advantage of them sexually. The proof is in the astrological pudding if one knows where to look.

Cosby

-Rahbinah

Eight Things Skeptics of Astrology Don’t Get

Eight Things Skeptics of Astrology Don’t Get

Written by: Matthew Currie    Tags:  , , , , , , , , , ,     Posted date:  November 28, 2013  |  No comment

 

Or the most common arguments skeptics use when they try to poke holes in it

Astrology is an incredibly ancient art, but there is at least one method of seeking The Truth that is older: doubting things. As long as there has been astrology, there have been those who didn’t (or didn’t want to) believe that it works, or could work, or could in fact have any usefulness whatsoever. For about that same amount of time, astrologers have faced most of the same objections repackaged into different forms.

If you are a person who uses astrology to make your life a better, happier, and more meaningful place… or even if you’re just open to the idea… take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the most common arguments skeptics use when they try to poke holes in it. Then, next time someone tries to make you feel foolish about it; you’ll be able to provoke some real thought.

THE OBJECTION: “There are really 13 Signs, not 12, because of the constellation Ophiuchus.”
THE RESPONSE: “That’s not what ‘Signs’ are.”

The whole Ophiuchus thing got a lot of press a couple of years ago, when a news story hit claiming that the 13th constellation in the Zodiac (Ophiuchus) meant you weren’t really a Virgo anymore, or whatever. You might be surprised to know that long before there was even a distinction between Astronomy and Astrology, we knew about this.

When astrologers refer to “Signs,” they are actually referring to a system that divides the sky into 12 equal sections that do in fact roughly correspond with 12 constellations, which is where those Signs get their names. But the Signs are not entirely dependent on those constellations. If that were the case, “Pisces” would take up a much larger chunk of the calendar than “Cancer,” which (visually) is a much smaller constellation. This also covers the whole argument about how The Signs keep moving over time against the backdrop of the stars — which is called “precession” — thus if you’re a Taurus you’re “really” an Aries.

THE OBJECTION: “Astrology doesn’t line up with any known force, like gravity or electromagnetism, so how can the planets influence us?”
THE RESPONSE: “Take a pill.”

People have been taking acetylsalicylic acid (most commonly known as Aspirin) for a long time now to get rid of pain and inflammation. Long before Aspirin was developed, people used a very similar molecule — salicin — for the same purposes. Its use dates all the way back through known history, in the form of things like willow bark tea or wintergreen. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the actual physiological mechanism by which salicin works was clearly pinned down. Not knowing how a thing works doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work.

THE OBJECTION: “How can 1/12th of the people on Earth all be having exactly the same kind of day?
THE RESPONSE: “Obviously, they aren’t.”

“Sun Signs” are the great double-edged sword of modern astrology. On the one hand, everyone knows their birthday and can look up their “Sign,” and can see certain personality traits of that Sign that line up with their own. Astrology, like humans, is a lot more complex than just that. Most people get into astrology because a birthday is easy to look up… but how many people know how to find their Moon Sign or Mars Sign or Jupiter Sign, which all have a bearing on your life and personality too?

If your parents were alcoholics, that doesn’t mean you automatically become one too. If your first business went bankrupt, it doesn’t mean subsequent ventures will fail too. And if you’re a Scorpio, no… you’re not always seeking revenge against someone.

THE OBJECTION: “Astrologers are just making money off of the gullible!”
THE RESPONSE: “Got any stock tips?”

The argument that something is a scam just because someone makes money off of it is an interesting one. In fact it can be used to dismiss the validity of pretty much anything a person can make a living at. “Drugs don’t work — pharmaceutical companies are just exploiting the fears of the sick!” “I’m still depressed — psychiatry is a scam!” “It rained at the company picnic… meteorology is a fraud!” and “I pay my investment adviser plenty, and I’m STILL not a billionaire!” all come immediately to mind.

Okay: maybe there’s some validity to that last argument. Long term stock predictions have been demonstrated time and again to usually be about as accurate as throwing darts at the Stock market page and choosing your investments that way. Also: believe me, there are a LOT of ways to make a living that pay better than being an astrologer… like being an investment adviser, for example.

THE OBJECTION: “Other planets have been discovered since Astrology began, so how can that old Astrology still be accurate?”
THE RESPONSE: “I have a bone to pick with you.”

This is one of my favorite objections to Astrology, because it’s one of the most fun to pick apart. Long before medicine determined how cells differentiate into different body parts, medicine still managed to figure out that there are different body parts. Yes, (shockingly!) thousands of years ago healers could tell the difference between a broken fibula and an infected wound, and they knew which one to put in a splint and which one to plaster herbs on. This, despite not having college dark degrees. Likewise, the roles of the Sun and the Moon in the birth chart remain the same, even though we now have Uranus and Neptune to work with.

THE OBJECTION: “Where’s your proof that Astrology works?”
THE RESPONSE: “Can I borrow a cup of Dark Matter?”

Astrology has been used successfully for thousands of years, and it’s only relatively recently that it has fallen so out of favor with the intelligentsia. Of course, science is an incredibly good and useful thing… but it’s not every idea that gets sufficient funding to properly test and experiment upon. Also: a lot of ideas that mainstream science “believes” in have not been demonstrated properly yet anyway. Billions of dollars in research salaries and scientific instruments have gone into finding out what “dark matter” is — the mysterious force/substance that explains how much of the Universe appears to work — and yet so far we haven’t found any. That doesn’t mean the Physics Department of your local University is filled with con artists.

THE OBJECTION: “Isn’t Astrology just another form of bigotry?”
THE RESPONSE: “Sure… if you’re a bigot.”

Yes, there are people out there who will say things like “don’t date him, he’s an Aquarius and they’re unfaithful” or “I’d never hire a Gemini because they’re too scattered” or “don’t get a dog unless it’s a Virgo, otherwise it’ll be too messy” and so on. That sort of thing isn’t astrology’s fault… it’s how people use it to back up their own biases. The same impulses that make people look down their nose at others based on ethnicity or religion or handedness or belief in astrology or whatever can just as easily be twisted around into astrological terms. Having said that: Yes, Virgo dogs are usually fairly easy to housebreak, in my experience.

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