In episode 254, astrologers Chris Brennan and Leisa Schaim talk about a current article within the New York Occasions which claimed that astrologers didn’t predict the current world disaster and among the issues with media protection of astrology and the observe of secular astrology.
The place to begin for this dialogue was an article printed within the New York Occasions on Might 9, 2020, entitled Will Coronavirus Kill Astrology.
The writer focuses totally on solar signal astrologist Susan Miller, and the important thing argument is obvious that not solely did astrologers fail to foretell the Covid-19 pandemic, additionally they did not predict that it will be a tough 12 months for the world on the whole their predictions for 2020.
Because the episode progresses, we talk about the article and its claims, query the validity of a few of its conclusions, after which talk about some broader questions concerning the observe and notion of astrology.
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Mundane astrologers mentioned on this episode
On this episode we talk about the work of two secular astrologers, André Barbault and Richard Tarnas.
André Barbault was a French astrologer who died in October 2019. In 2012, he printed an article entitled “Overview of Pandemics” (Aperçu sur les Pandémies) through which he examined the orientations of the outer planet that coincided with the foremost pandemics of the previous century. This info was then used to make a prediction that the subsequent such alignment may coincide with a serious pandemic round 2020-21:
“Going again to the pandemics and again to the final century, the 4 crises of 1918, 1954, 1968 and 1982 are evident. The 2 sizeable ones are the primary, the well-known “Spanish flu” which is alleged to have claimed the lives of 25 million folks, and the final, AIDS, which is much more devastating and continues to be deadly. Since then, there has additionally been a small spike in influenza in 2009 from the final lowest cyclical index (2010). There could also be a critical danger of a brand new pandemic on the 2020-2021 mark, the bottom peak of the 21st century cyclical index, when the quintet of outer planets is gathered above 100 levels, a Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction can develop into extra particular and even particularly appropriate for the “tissue” of this imbalance. Nevertheless, this configuration also can switch its core of dissonance to the terrain of geophysical catastrophes with out in the end sparing the scene of worldwide affairs, since nature and society are affected indiscriminately. “
This prediction was printed in The astrologer Diary (L’Astrologue), Challenge No. 177, first quarter of 2012. The complete textual content of the unique article is out there on André Barbault’s web site. The interpretation of the above paragraph was completed on a Skyscript discussion board thread by astrologer Mark Cullen, and I’m engaged on a full translation of the article into English which will likely be printed shortly.
On this episode we additionally talk about the examine of secular astrology that Richard Tarnas printed in his 2006 e book Cosmos and Psyche, which additionally printed some fascinating research on how sure pandemics coincided with conjunctions of Saturn and Pluto, which is a conjunction So many astrologers famous it did not occur once more till January this 12 months:
“One other such definition [Saturn-Pluto] The hyperlink was that of 1348-51, which coincided with the outbreak and unfold of the Black Demise, which equally devastated Europe and set in movement cultural and financial modifications that profoundly modified European life within the late Center Ages. The Black Demise or the bubonic plague started in China in 1333 concurrently the earlier Saturn-Pluto opposition and reached a excessive level in Europe within the interval from 1348 to 51 throughout the conjunction. The same sample might be seen within the AIDS epidemic, which first grew to become widespread and was recognized throughout the Saturn-Pluto conjunction of 1981-84 and reached pandemic proportions worldwide throughout the subsequent Saturn-Pluto opposition of 2000, notably in Africa. 04. ”(Cosmos and psyche, p. 217)
Because the present progresses, we talk about whether or not research like this show opposite to what the New York Occasions article claims, why such hits are so frequent, and whether or not astrologers can do one thing about it.
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