Recently, a longtime reader and friend of the blog brought up the idea of Magi astrology. This was something that hasn’t entered my mind for quite some time, so I was happy with the reawakening of the memories. That was, until I realized the memories that were awakened were unpleasant ones.
For those of you who don’t know, Magi astrology is a name given to this new style of astrology that supposedly came out of the woodwork in around 1995 with the publication of the Magi Society’s first book “Astrology Really Works!”. Apparently the Magi Society were afraid that there would be no interest from readers if it was the same old astrology just repackaged, so they decided to shake things up a bit by reassigning significations, renaming terms, and abandoning “outdated” techniques. Bashing traditional astrology and sun sign techniques, throwing out the “incorrect” idea of astrological houses, dignity and just about everything else, Magi astrology has somehow successfully distanced themselves from traditional astrological techniques. Most likely due to them not being able to cite an actual traditional astrological technique if their lives depended on it. Apparently their idea of traditional astrology is something similar to newspaper horoscopes and sun sign compatibility reports, though I do wonder if I’m misunderstanding what they mean by “traditional”. “Traditional” as in pre-1800s astrology? Or “traditional” as in not Magi astrology. I guess it could go either way, but meaning one or the other doesn’t necessarily excuse them for their ignorance of real Hellenistic astrological technique and their attempt to hide the “real” astrology behind the facade of popular astrology in order to sell their books and ideas.
After having discovered that house systems were all wrong thanks to the discoveries of their statistical, scientific research which isn’t readily available for review, they threw out the concept of houses. For unknown reasons, there doesn’t seem to be any references to signs or the concepts of planetary dignities. So, after all of that is thrown out, what’s left for Magi astrology to glean significance from? Planetary aspects and geometry.
A more interesting aspect of Magi astrology is its work with lesser astrological bodies. Much of the Magi Society’s relationship work seems to revolve around Chrion and Juno (Venus having been demoted to mere ceremony) and even relatively new discoveries like Sedna seem to catch their eye. While this work may be seen as innovative by some, it appears to be less of an act of curiosity and discovery than an act of necessity. Having deleted house symbolism, dignity symbolism, most sign symbolism, and mixing up planetary symbolism, the only obvious solution to the emptiness of the system is the inclusion of more and more planets. Since planetary symbolism and aspectual contact are the only considerations that passed the test, these are the only two areas that can be added on to. It’s probably too difficult to invent new aspects, but there are millions of celestial bodies to be potential candidates. Easy pickings, really.
Magi astrology claims to be useful for relationship analysis and financial advice. This limited field of applicable utilization makes me wonder just how useful this type of astrology is to more serious astrologers. While the Magi Society’s definition of “traditional astrology” is somewhat up for interpretation, that very field of astrology it claims to out perform is somehow infinitely more applicable than it is.
I’d also like to make a quick point that I find it almost comical that the central tenant in Magi’s relationship analysis appears to be “Trines are good, Squares are bad”. I haven’t read any of the books published by the Magi Society, but after going over their website, that appears to be the case. I find it comical because this system so quickly attempts to differentiate from “traditional astrology” – whatever that means – but then quickly gets back in line with its main tenant heralding back to astrological aspectual theory.
I had more things I wanted to say, but then I came to the bottom of the webpage and saw this:
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: By reading any of the material on this website you agree to our DISCLAIMER:
The Magi Society and The Magi Associates, Inc. make no claims whatsoever concerning the validity
of the information provided herein, and will not be held liable for any use thereof. No information
or opinion expressed here is a solicitation to buy or sell securities, bonds, real estate, commodities,
options, futures or any financial instruments whatsoever.
The disclaimer does two things. First, it separates the Magi Society from the responsibilities of any predictions made by the Society itself or from predictions made by other people utilizing Magi Astrological techniques. Secondly, the disclaimer completely undermines the one thing that supposedly separates it from the rest of astrology: statistical proof. It’s difficult to take this idea seriously with this newly discovered self-contradiction. On the one hand, the Society wants us to believe in its techniques and the scientific and statistical proof used to validate them, but then on the other hand, their own disclaimer undermines any attempt to take the validity of their techniques seriously. It’s this self-contradiction that makes Magi Society astrological techniques a literal gift of the magi just like the combs for Della and the gold chain for Jim. Sure, we’ve got them, but it’s not like we can use them.