At a meeting of the International
Astronomical Union in Prague, around 23 August 2006, the big debate
was over how to define a planet -- more particularly, how to define Pluto,
which was the ninth planet. Recent
discoveries have found other objects that seem to have every bit as much
of a claim to the name "planet" status as Pluto.
A proposal was on the
table at the IAU meeting which would define "planet" in a way
that includes Pluto as well as three others, expanding the number of
planets in our solar system to 12.
The astronomers aren't the
only ones who care about Pluto's planetary status.
When your view of the future depends on how you read the skies, it
becomes all important to know what's what up there.
This is the
www.birthsigns.co.uk viewpoint upon what happened at the IAU dabate after
the Astronomers voted to alter the definition of a planet which demoted
Pluto from planetary status.
Q. Do you say that Pluto
is a planet.
A. Yes, by the first
definition which is a body that can be seen to move with respect to the
fixed stars. Astrologers have
a similar problem as Astronomers have which is that with new discovery,
what or how do we classify these new bodies, where do we draw the line.
I believe the Astrologer doesn’t have a standard answer to that
Q. There are people who
have consulted Astrologers and they have been told that their future has
something to do with Pluto, can Pluto figure in someone’s Astrological
A. I think the
overwhelming judgment from people who do astrology is yes.
Q. The Astronomer’s union voted to down grade Pluto what can
you say about that.
A. Nothing at all really,
the definitions given by an Astrologer are independent from that of an
Astronomer. It should be
recognised that some Astrologers experiment with different orbiting
bodies. Some Astrologers use
comets, there is also a minor planet called Chiron which orbits between
Uranus and Saturn that is in wide spread use.
It’s really a matter of whether Astrologers feel they can get
meaningful symbolism out of what orbits out there.
In other words with Pluto, irrespective of what the Astronomers
want to name it, it is still out there and Astrologers say it still
affects us all in the same way it always has.
taken from the Documentary
Series, ‘Witness’ shown by Channel Four, Monday 19th June
It is said that more
than half the adult population, regularly reads a horoscope.
One Astrologer has recently turned down £1M. to stay at the Daily
Mail and decided instead to write for the Daily Express. Immediately sales of the Mail dropped, and the Express
Recently the Supermarket chain
Tesco commissioned a report looking for the links between customer
shopping habits and their star signs, they found definite correlations.
Leo’s apparently spend more time than anyone else at the daily delicatessen
counter. Arians are noted for
their masterful trolley command and Capricorns are happy rummaging around
looking for the perfect ingredients.
Scorpio’s have a refined taste for food, Virgo’s excel at
supermarket shopping and are always writing lists and so on...
Tesco has sent the report to all
its branches and used alongside loyalty card information has helped them
build up a detailed profile of their customer base.
Marketing and mail shots can be targeted accordingly.
Christine Skinner, has been working with clothing
manufacturer ‘High and Mighty’ International for over six
Judith Levy from the
company had this to say:-
people when they first come in to contact with astrology they think,
ladies in head scarves, crystal balls, black cats and voodoo and
stuff like that. It isn't like that at all".
almost scientific in its method, when you use it you use it as if it
were a science".
of people are using it, loads of people in the business world are
using it, Christine will not tell me who her clients are but
whenever I call her she is busy and seeing people all the
they don't want to say they use it, well I suppose it just comes
down to people don't understand astrology and people don't want to
Judith Levy High and Mighty International
Christine Skinner explains:-
think the potential for business astrology is huge, what business
astrology does is it essentially takes the same information you would do
for a child but this time you are reading things slightly differently.
You take the chart for the moment a company is incorporated and from their
look to see how the company is likely to develop”.
The Stock Market
Nowhere in business
is the use of astrology more controversial or potentially more profitable
than in the finance markets. A
number of big banks and investment companies are known to have astrologers
on the payroll, though they wont talk about it publicly.
Sean Lovard Financial
Astrologer, predicting the stock market movements had this to say on the
“A lot of astrology is
used in markets and a lot of the astrologers that use it, wouldn’t even
mention the word astrology. I
mean, I have heard all sorts of terms such as ‘cosmo biology’ and some
people talk about sun spots cycles’’ solar activity’s, they mean
astrology in fact. Everybody
wants to know the future day to day traders want to know what is happening
in 10 t0 15 minutes, people trading futures want to know what's happening
in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, people running pension funds will want to
know what is happening in 5, 15 and even 20 years the holy grail is to
know exactly what’s going to happen on a given date”.
“I noticed the turning
points in the market, specially tops in fact more than bottoms were
associated with significant planetary conjunctions.
This is particularly true in the UK particularly the conjunctions
between Mars and the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
It works about 70% of the time but gives a much better average than
most theories can produce. In 1987 I made the forecast in August that the market would
top in the autumn and then fall quite dramatically down to about 1,600.
As we got closer to the Autumn the market just kept rising in fact
it reached 2,455, 3 days before I had forecast it would be 1,600 and
everybody suggested that I had got everything completely wrong nobody
though that it was going to go down. I remember the afternoon, watching it on television, I think
I went to make a cup of tea and when I came back it had fallen a couple of
hundred point and I just kept watching it falling and falling and it came
in spot on my forecast and I knew that the planetary patterns and cycles
were correlated perfectly with the market”.
“I don’t think since
1929 there has ever been a period when the markets have fallen in a
three-day period quite so dramatically.
I had said that the price will reach this on a certain date, and it
(Financial Astrologer predicting the stock market)
approached Anita Roddick, The Body Shop’
At their suggestion they agreed to have their chart done and
receive an astrological business appraisal. After a meeting with
Christine Skinner the Business Astrologer , Anita had this to say:-
“I don’t think there
is a hope in hell that this company the Body Shop will except or be
interested in taking her on but I personally would and I know other
companies that would. I mean
she’s right you know, it is hard for me to say this but she has hit on
half a dozen things that are pivotal in conversations at this company at
the moment and very tense. I
mean she is either a marketing genius and she doesn’t know it, or it’s
coming out of her processing, it’s a bit scary actually.”
Anita Roddick, The Body Shop
Astronomy and Astrology
A senior Astrophysicist, Dr.
Percy Seymour, broke ranks with his with fellow Astronomers by
producing a theory in support of Astrology.
The planets tug away
on their electromagnetic field around the sun, causing violent sun spot
activity. Which in turn, has
a disruptive effect on the earth’s own magnetic field.
Seen as it’s most spectacular the northern lights.
But Seymour thinks the disruption is felt by each of us internally.
From our time in the womb our central nervous system acts as an
antenna, resonating to different frequencies of planetary interference.
Dr , Percy Seymour
had this to say on the program:-
“The whole point of resonance
is that you can have a small force having a large effect if the frequency
of the force matches the natural frequency of the system to which it is
applied and it is something that you find throughout science.
A radio set can tune in to the signals of a given transmitter and
ignore all the other signals, and it is not to do with strength I mean
they can be transmitters closer by that are pouring out more energy than
one further away the concept is resonance, if we can tune, take the
natural frequency of our radio set and tune it to the natural frequency of
a transmitter then we get a big response”.
“ Scientist have for so long
said that astrology can’t work and they can’t back track on that.
Most of the comments have come second hand, you know people have
said Percy your theory is nonsense you know it can’t work but they
haven’t looked at the calculations”
“A lot of scientist’s would
like to see present, current day physics accepted as fundamental ultimate
truth. And I don’t
believe that is so.”
Percy Seymour (astrophysicist)
Author of The Evidence of Science.
of modern astrology
Mr. Elwell added his expertise to the documentary,
“Scientists say no the
planets cannot influence human beings and I agree, and I have been doing
this and I have never believed in any direct influence from the planets. All that one can say for sure, is that things are
interconnected and probably interconnected in ways that are only quantum
physics would understand. Subtle
ways, interior ways on dimensions that are outside the senses.
For example a chess game, every square is interconnected with every
other if you move one piece every other square on the board is
automatically affected. Everything
is interrelated, this is what astrology is saying, it is also what modern
physics is saying”.
“If you understand the
laws of the game the possibility arises of making interventions.; My interest in astrology is not so much in predicting but
were this is possible it is changing* what happens”.
“Back in 1987, I wrote to
P&O and said could we try and prevent a disaster of titanic like
proportions because the positions of the planets in the skies were
strongly reminisant of the times which sank the titanic and they wrote
back and said well thank you but, no thank you we can cope with whatever
comes from any quarter. Well
ten days after that reply, their ship The Herald of Free Enterprise rolled
over and it was a national trauma.
“The disaster coincided
with an eclipse which was contacting the planets Jupiter and Neptune and
under those kind of coming together of those planets, there will be
trouble on the ocean waves. Why,
because the experience has taught one that this is how it is and will be
the case in the future. But,
who do you tell?”.
(200 people died that night in
the waters off Zeebrugge)
of modern astrology