I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical. ARTHUR C. CLARKE
I live in Colorado Springs. We are known for many distinctions: The Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods, the home of Nikolai Tesla during his work with the Tesla Coil, the US Olympic training center, Fort Carson and Peterson AFB plus NORAD, Linda Goodman wrote about the city and the now gone Chinook bookstore in Sun Signs, birth place of Lon Cheney, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira Mistress of the Dark), Katherine Lee Bates wrote “America the Beautiful” during a visit to the city, home of fictional TV character Medicine Woman, and most of all, we have churches, lots and lots of churches. You probably all know Focus on the Family and New Life Church and their crazy founder’s exploits. Yeah, all are located here… along with dozens of start up churches in every strip mall. The city is known for the conservative mouth pieces such as Perkins and his infamous eventually defeated amendment 2. There are more conservative Christians than you can shake a stick at… just saying.
My children have been raised Agnostic. They worked with me when I worked on very liberal political agendas. We have our presidential yard signs, celestial decorations on the house, and John Lennon bumper stickers on the fuel efficient imported car. The kids may as well have gone to school with targets painted on their foreheads. When they are young, they readily accept the indoctrinations of the parents. Their friends are good little kids on Sundays at least, and ready to preach their dogma to anyone that challenges what they have been told. My daughter didn’t care, her Leo Sun and Libra Moon had more important things to do and get to the serious business of playtime. Her brother is a mutable cornucopia. At the tender age of 8 told me he will register independent when he gets older, so his friends won’t be mad… he was also telling them he had the same Christian beliefs… He outgrew that eventually. What he didn’t outgrow was the whole, “yo Momma” thing.
Astrology quickly became off topic when he discovered that he was alone in the belief and these little friends had no problem telling him I was a fraud, insane, sleeping with Satan himself. (Jeez, even Bill Nye, the Science Guy threw me under the bus!) I was thrilled when he found his new friend, Ben. Ben comes from another liberal family and they are Atheist. Astrology as a subject still took a serious bashing. Ben here was taught the rigid “prove it” mentality and everything is a con. Ben told my son, “Astrology was invented by some guy that wanted to make money.” I think he enjoyed the hurt look in my son’s eyes… he wouldn’t let go of it and got more brazen over time. In a bid for, I don’t know, maybe attention? Within earshot Ben announces, “I do not believe in Astrology, it isn’t real”. Mercury conjunct Mars engaged and out of my mouth came, “I do not believe in you, you are not real”. It would sound silly to any other child, but this one was a Sagittarian with an existential bend. That will keep him up for a few nights. Months later the taunting started again and I decided to arm my son with some advice and irrefutable information and quotes by famous and respected people on the subject of Astrology.
Advice for anyone that is in conflict with non Astrology believers; one thing is, do not force your beliefs on someone else, seriously annoying no matter what side of the coin you live on. I have found to forewarn about a retrograde as the easiest way to open up and plant seeds. “Yeah, Mercury retrograde is coming up, be sure to stock up on batteries and keep an eye on electrical appliances… lots of miscommunications, don’t be surprised to find snafus with any type of communication, like email, phones, mail….“. Questions will come. Next, have a few examples and quotes on the ready.
Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.
~John Pierpont Morgan
“Astrology is a science in itself, and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It has taught me many things, and I am greatly in debt to it.”
~ Albert Einstein
“The celestial movements are the cause of all that takes place on Earth.”
“I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.”
~President Theodore Roosevelt
A quick internet search will find that: President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy used Astrology to make daily decisions. Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff (Donald Reagan) had said: “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use Astrology.”
Benjamin Franklin…. when not busy flying kites or inventing the Pony Express, studied Astrology and used the knowledge to publish the Farmer’s Almanac.
It takes some searching, but there are letters written between Jung and Freud. Mostly Freud insinuating even with “treasures” to be found with Astrology, the rest of their peers would consider it quackery.
For the Science is the only truth crowd….. um, the world is round, remember that old myth buster? If Science has all the answers, then why is there still research? Astrology just hasn’t been put under the microscope and studied with scientific methods. Usually it is just dismissed with a brush of the hand by scientists not acting very scientific. Ridicule until proven is the mode of operation. Oh, news flash…. just in a few days ago… http://www.space.com/15499-dark-matter-theory-galaxy-structures.html That tells us it looks like Dark Matter doesn’t exist…. whooopsi NASA http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/focus-areas/what-is-dark-energy/ I will refrain from calling it the dark matter conspiracy theory… um, no I won’t.
Armed with that information, I can comfortably look a 12 year old in the eyes and say:
Are you as popular as Reagan? Smart as Einstein or Franklin? As religiously dialed in as St. Thomas? Or even as loveable as teddy bear inspiring President Theodore Roosevelt? Do you have a toy named after you? Do you?? Well do you? Are you sure they are all wrong? Aristotle created the Animal Kingdom classifications, that is good, following Astrology, that is bad. You know what that is? That is cherry picking. And as his little eyes fill with tears threatening to spill over at the rant about NASA, I will just say, “Sorry, that is Mercury conjunct Mars Exhalted, I just can’t control the little rascals.”