Every culture that has ever left a record of its existence has had some kind of astrology. Not because they were stupid, ignorant, or unscientific, but because they looked up in the sky and observed. Only in recent years, has western culture tried to demonize it. Based on unscientific and unsupportable supposition many in the scientific community have bashed the idea without examining it at all. It is simply dismissed because it doesn't fit into the established world-view.
What modern science does not understand, and refuses to research using their own scientific methods, is labeled as superstitious and silly. Thomas Halley, of "Halley's Comet" fame, was trying to give Sir Isaac Newton a hard time for his belief in Astrology, and Sir Isaac said to him: "Sir, I have studied the subject; you have not.". Anyone who has studied it with an eye to disprove it, has come away, a staunch believer. This is because it is not a matter of belief, it is a matter of being educated. There are volumes of literature about this.
When I was sixteen years old, I reluctantly had my chart read. Reluctantly, because I did not believe in such superstitious nonsense. I approached it as a skeptic would. I was very, very surprised at what it revealed. From that moment on, I knew what I wanted to do. After all, if there really is something to this, the implications for the scientific and religious worlds are profound. That is what I found to be most interesting. I made the choice forty-two years ago to forgo a traditional education and socially accepted career path, to immerse myself in the scientific and practical application of astrological principles.
Doing Astrology part-time was unacceptable. My thinking was: "Who would want advice from, or go to a part-time doctor, surgeon, or therapist?". And make no mistake, there is so much to the study and practice of real Astrology that it does require a full-time commitment to truly develop proper interpretation techniques. It is intellectually and temporally demanding. This is why there are not many full-time astrologers. My approach to any new field of interest is always that of the skeptic. Since I have exacting and direct validation through my experience with the science of Astrology, I'm no longer skeptical in this area. I thoroughly enjoy my hands-on, real-world,
outcome-based application of this science. Planet A, in Sign B, equals Effect C.
What happens at the Full Moon? Ask a police officer, or those who work in hospital emergency rooms. Not that Full Moons are bad or problematic, they just coincide with a greater degree of emotionally-motivated activity, than is usual. The moon's presence, orbiting around the earth, has a great physical effect on all of the earth. Its orbit causes the tides of all of earth's oceans to ebb and flow. It also has an impact on the fluid in our brains. Those who already have an imbalance, are most severely affected. This is why early science has labeled those most affected, as "lunatics". Its base root word is "lunar".
Knowing that the moon has such a phenomenal effect on us, is a base scientific principle, that has lead to a deeper study on the effects, in varying degrees and aspects, that the other heavenly bodies also have, upon our very natures. As a matter of fact, EVERY heavenly body has an effect upon our planet and EVERY living and material thing on it. Also, for better understanding, take notice of the seismological events that coincide with the varying stages and phases that our moon goes through.
We are all interconnected, not just with one another, but with every physical part of our solar system. We are all part of the same system. You can then extend this out, knowing that we are all connected with everything in the universe. This knowledge gives me reverential pause, and comfort in knowing my place, within it.
Even the 'Signs of the Zodiac' are connected and are aligned with the galactic center. The 'Signs of the Zodiac' - NOT THE CONSTELLATIONS! If you were to pay attention to the Sun, Moon, and the planets placement and motion, and how it affects your life, you would see that it does work, you would see, at the very least, that something is going on. Everyone is familiar with "The Seven-Year Itch", because they have lived it. These things are Astrology. Everything that is chronological and cyclical, are astrological.
There are volumes of works by non-astrologers, that show conclusively, through the use of scientific methods, a direct relationship between the planets motions and occurrences on earth - physically, socially, and personally.* How can anyone have a scientifically objective opinion when they do not know anything about the subject? Those who do not believe, have just simply, never looked into it.
There are many other issues that I could address, and do so in my classes and lectures: "The Case that Twins Support The Validity of Astrology", "The Placebo Effect", "Plutoids", "The Supposed Current 'Age of Aquarius' ", Suggestibility, and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy", to name just a few. I even teach classes about "Astrology and Christianity", straight out of 'The Bible', and have done so in many denominational churches back home in Wichita, Kansas.
Another reason Astrology has a bad reputation, is because of the simple and cheap newspaper columns, and because of those who water it down with a mish-mash of other 'New Age' ideas. For these, and other misconceptions, understanding that there is a real science at its core and that there is a practical application, is difficult.
The readings I do are thorough and complete. My goal is to make sure that my clients clearly understand as much as possible. My interpretations and counsel come from over thirty-six years of full-time experience. The classes I teach are aimed towards demonstrating Astrology's influence and usefulness. The texts that I write are specific, direct, and easy- to-understand. Many hours of work goes into each reading. Many of the people who have had a reading done, think that I should charge more for them. They are right. Some actually do pay more. They find the information and counsel helpful in the extreme. At this point in time, I am satisfied with the way things are because this way, I get to do a lot more readings, which increases my availability to most everyone, and allows me even more useful experience, education, and knowledge.
The more information I am able to derive from my client's experience-examples, allows me a broader understanding of the effects that transits and influences have on people in the real-world, raising the effectiveness of my readings. Someday, probably sooner than later, I will raise my prices. I understand and respect any apprehension that you may have in an investment such as this. Many know of the socially acceptable institutes for testing the proficiency and for the accreditation of doctor's and lawyer's.
However, without a larger mainstream awareness of the institutes that test for the proficiency and accreditation in the field of Astrology, it is hard to tell who is real and who is not. There are Astrological Organizations which offer 'Professional Proficiency Testing and Accreditation'. I have been tested by the "American Federation of Astrologers". This is one of the most respected Astrological Organizations in the world. This is an organization that was formed back in 1932 and since then, has played a major role in educating the general public and promoting Astrology's societal acceptance.
In 1982, I was one of the youngest people ever, to pass their eight-hour test and given my accreditation. This testing required all chart calculations to be done by hand, not by calculator or computer. I have over forty years of experience as a full-time professional astrologer and have garnered a faithful, world-wide clientele. The information that I have provided to my clients, over the years, has proven an invaluable tool to them. This is why I offer a 100% satisfaction money back guarantee on my full readings. Over the past thirty-six plus years, out of the thousands-and-thousands of readings that I have done, I have never had a client who asked for their money back.
It is important to thoroughly think through the idea of getting an Astrological Reading. I strongly believe in second opinions and encourage my clients to check out what other astrologers offer. Get a feel of what is right for you. Trust your intuition, and when the time is right, contact me.
*Michel Gauquelin has published volumes of research that is an exhaustive analysis and concludes that it is real. He was not an astrologer. He began, what became years and years of research, with the intent of disproving it, using the scientific method. He proved that it is real. His findings are published in many books, and in many other resources.
*Guy Playfair and Scott Hill, in the book, "Cycles of Heaven", shows a direct relationship between the planets and just about everything on earth.
*John Anthony West , in the book "The Case For Astrology", documents scientifically, in many ways, the fact that planets do have some kind of influence on the earth and its inhabitants. It also provides an interesting, historical perspective.