Astrology Skeptics

Salem Witch Trial

Salem Witch Trial

Most astrologers will have to deal with harassment from skeptics in their lives. If skeptics or trolls contaminate an astrologers website it is not pleasant but easily fixed, just delete and ban them.

What is more unpleasant and not so easy to deal with is skeptics slandering and ridiculing the work of an astrologer on their own website. We have less control over this situation. Should we react or let the public slander go unchallenged?

Historically astrologers have just copped the punishment. Most of the Celtic Druids were slaughtered on the Isle of Angelsey in AD 60. The Roman Catholic Inquisitions and witch hunts by other institutionalized lynch mobs put countless astrologers in prison or led to their torture and often death

. It’s not surprising given the 2000 years of persecution that astrologers tend to be a little defensive when faced with personal attacks from skeptics these days.

Astrology is no longer a heresy punishable by death. We are free to study our craft and If we chose we can make it our profession and try to make a living from it. In much the same way as a naturopath is free to study and make a profession out of herbal medicine. If a naturopath has a website as a shopfront to share information and solicit business, they would not take kindly to skeptics defaming their reputation on other websites, in a public forum.

In the last few days our website has been defamed and ridiculed by some skeptics. They linked to my blog about the oil spill so I became aware of it via the ping-back. I commented on that blog saying it would have been more polite for them to have commented on my blog. I debated with them for a while and invited them to comment on something specific about my work, on my blog, instead of trying to disprove astrology in general.

Should I have ignored the slanderous blog? Deepwater Horizon foretold by astrology!!! (Well, post-told). Well I did feed the trolls which has led to If it smells like Funk, it must be astrology and People braver than I with choice quotes like “astrology is so obviously ridiculous that I don’t think I’d have the patience to deal with the peddlers of such trash”, “obvious fakery” and “making shit up and dressing it up as reality”.

True it would not have escalated if I had not reacted. They are not burning me at the stake, but it is a psychological attack and it is also an attack on how I make my living. I guess that is why I reacted, I don’t want to lay down an take the insults. Astrology is a legitimate profession and we should be proud of our craft and our history, many thousands of years as an integral part of society in all cultures. Something strong inside me doesn’t want to let the skeptics get away with continuing the persecution.

That original attack on my oil spill was posted less than one day after the recent solar eclipse which fell right on my Descendant, ruler of one-to-one relationships which included close allies such as the partner, and also open enemies. Fortunately my Descendant is sextile Jupiter by just 6 minutes. The solar eclipse was sextile Mars in the sky, and Mars was conjunct my Jupiter. That explains why I went wanted to fight.

104 thoughts on “Astrology Skeptics

  1. @Marina
    Hi Marina, I agree. That said, it is very human and understandable to seek to put a spin on things that justifies ones praxis. I think I have become reasonably objective in my approach as I have studied all major forms of astrology, gaining a personal experience of their strenghts and weaknesses. For instance, I began as a boy with western astrology in the early 1970s and found that, indeed there was something there. I especially liked the British mundane astrologers of the 1940s-1960s. However, I found that Western was almost useless for making consistent predictions. I dropped it after I found traditional hindu horoscopic and other astrology in the mid 1980s, initially based on Western interpretations but later the English translation of the ancient works. I liked the ascendant focus of vedic a lot, however, while I didn’t realise it at the time, I still hadn’t come across a consistent horoscopic approach. Moreover, as the modern branch of vedic is also full of contradictions and confusions, I dropped it for a few years in the mid 1990s. I needed some distance from all the different techniques and lack of cohesion. By chance, in 1998, I discoverd SA, whose ‘back to basics’ common sense and simplified approach with a singular focus on predictive/interpretive results pulled me in again. That’s when horoscopic astrology truly began to make sense to me. I’ve been working with it with fine results since. Applying basic horoscopic astrology, both in terms of the horoscopes of individuals and nations, and reading on the history of astrology gradually opened my eyes to the likely true historical development, which I now try to share – but also get feedback on. Importantly, we live and we learn – and that makes life vibrant and meaningful.

  2. Astrology is no more and no less a symbolic language we may find useful in assigning meaning to objects and events in our world. Mathematicians, newtonian and quantum physicists, psychologists, egyptologists, anthropologists, etc., are ALL engaged in using their own, idiosyncratic symbol systems to describe the world around us. Even code inside an IT system is made up of a bunch of 0’s and 1’s which, in their different combinations, are translated to mean something in our illusion of consensual reality. All of it is metaphor.

    No one way is any better nor more valid than any other. The STRAWMAN itself is just a symbolic representation of an individual within the cyber-corporate world of finance.

    There are large variables among the individuals wielding the tools of interpretation in all of these disciplines. There are Einsteins and PeeWee Hermans in every single one of them.

    It’s very simple, pick the discipline (or combination of them) that works for you and gives you a sense of understanding, meaning and belonging in your world. And find contentment in that.

    Destruction of the other is not necessary to our survival or sense of selfhood (well, western civilization has been taught that it is and that’s what we as a culture need to work on at a core level). If we wipe out everything on the face of the map we don’t like, well, it’s going to be pretty boring.

    • I wholeheartedly agree. Looking at disciplines as symbols of signs, patterns and relations is the only authentic way to assess their nature, and a critique (such as from a philosophy of science perspective) that is waged on the pure basis of pattern will strengthen any one of them, no matter how much their mutually hostile “social stink” places them at war.

      • ah, *systems* of signs, patterns, and relations is what I meant to say. 🙂

  3. @sistertongue
    Don’t worry. The intention is not to “destroy Western astrology.” It cannot be done, it is too much a part of the intellectual history of the West up to the present. That said, hopefully this information will be of use to those interested in improving their PREDICTIVE ABILITY.

  4. Any Canuck who tries to debunk
    Jamie and Marina Funk…is a punk.
    And probably drunk as a skunk,
    with junk in his trunk, and needs his head shrunk.
    Matter of fact, Imma call this Canuck a Canunck!

  5. A special thankyou to Robert Currey for going into bat for the Astrology 11 against the skeptics on Jason’s website. He has hit a few sixes and still not out!

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