About the “New Sign of the Zodiac” Hoax

Μου εστάλει ώς ηλεκτρονικό μήνυμα και συμβάλει με αρκετά επιχειρήματα στην υπεράσπιση Κοσμικών νόμων που μυωπικά οι ΥΛΙΣΤΕΣ επιστήμονες περιορίζουν στις μαθηματικές τους εξισώσεις επί πίνακι.

I was going to write about this in the previous issue, but forgot. So it’s going to be a special issue of sorts.

There was a round of news reports around the world saying that NASA has found a new sign of the zodiac, or something like that. In fact, this exciting discovery is very old news. In May/June 1996 issue of the Astrological Journal, which I happened to find recently, Nick Campion wrote that “there have been a number of sceptical criticisms of astrology in the ‘quality’ media over the last twelve months, usually following in the wake of the 13th sign hoax”. That was the year 1996.

In fact, this kind of news is circulated every few years, as soon as materialistic scientists, who are behind these regular attacks on astrology, believe that the general public has already forgotten about the previous “discovery”. Each time, astrologers publish detailed articles explaining why the 13th sign of the zodiac is a misnomer, this article by Deborah Houlding being a good example.

What I can do on my side is to keep educating people. Those materialistic scientists are counting on general ignorance about the basics of astrology, even among those who are interested in popular astrology, and so my educational efforts are a direct input into astrology’s defences against ignorance. Quite conveniently, the very next micro-lesson, to be sent around in a few days, is going to discuss the essence of the signs of the zodiac.

Something that keeps me astonished is the degree of hatred exhibited by materialistic scientists and the media under their command towards astrologers and astrology. The same issue of the Astrological Journal I mentioned before reprinted Richard Dawkins’s attack on astrology, and in it Dawkins wrote the following: “Astrology is neither harmless nor fun, and we should see it as an enemy of truth. … I am talking about fighting it seriously instead of humouring it as a piece of harmless fun”. And for the sake of this implacable fight people like Dawkins do not mind even spreading the same hoax every few years, again and again, something that usually would be ethically questionable.

I mean, if astrology is just a delusion, why hate it so intensely? There are many people with different delusions. Some even seriously believe that human soul doesn’t exist, and that love and beauty are nothing but side effects of chemical reactions in the brain. I personally don’t hate them, I just feel regret for them.

My theory regarding this irrational hatred is that scientists are mere people, and they also have souls. There is a severe conflict between a materialistic scientist’s intellect, that explains everything rationally and logically, using established stereotypes, and his or her soul that somehow knows that there is a deeper truth. This exactly conflict finds its expression in the form of vicious attacks on astrology and other ancient sciences that do have access to that deeper wisdom.

I am convinced that the brightest of scientists do understand, or at least suspect, that there is an important truth in astrology and similar fields of knowledge. Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Carl Gustav Jung definitely possessed such an understanding. However, the greatest majority of these scientists will never acknowledge their interest in any such subjects. There are many stories of scientists being ostracised, persecuted, even losing their jobs and whole careers when they made a discovery or were simply interested in something that was not approved by the establishment. And this is not in some dark ages, this is our times.

One example of an irrational scientific behaviour which I met across during my university studies and which illustrates my theory quite well is Franz Cumont.

Cumont (1868–1947) was a Belgian archeologist and historian. He was also one of the two chief editors of the Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Graecorum (CCAG), a twelve-volume catalogue of ancient astrological writings in Greek. He was behind a project that continued for fifty years; as a result of it, a group of scholars had catalogued all the existing Greek astrological manuscripts that survived in various libraries around Europe. They published the catalogue with a number of long excerpts from the texts. Therefore, Cumont played a major role in an unprecedented effort of restoration of astrological historical heritage.

Later astrologers who know ancient languages undertook translation of those manuscripts into their languages. In the English-speaking world the best known efforts of this kind were initiated by three Roberts: Robert Schmidt, Robert Handand Robert Zoller, and resulted in projects Hindsight and ARHAT.

So Cumont made a crucial input into the transmission of astrological tradition over centuries and millennia. And yet he also wrote an Introduction to his book Astrology Among the Greeks and Romans, and this Introduction is quite an amazing piece of text. It is quite brief, just over four pages, but it is over-saturated with all sorts of derogatory characteristics and epithets for astrology. Cumont was trying so really hard to demonstrate his hatred towards astrology that this Introduction is simply ridiculous. I had a strong feeling that it should be seen as a sinner’s repentance in the face of his peers. If you want to have a look at the essay I’ve written about this work by Cumont, it can be downloaded from here.

See you in the next issue,

Alexander

Περισσότερα στους κάτωθι συνδέσμους όπου καθαρά υπάρχει η παραδοχή ότι Η Ελληνιστική Αστρολογία ήταν μία προχωρημένη και χαμένη επιστήμη.

Πέρι Ευδόξου του Κνιδίου

 

Eudoxus of Knidos: Founder of Greek Astrology

I have an announcement that should be of general interest to the astrological community. It concerns the origins of Western astrology in the Greek world, and the new beginning it was given at this time.

 

Εδώ έχουμε έναν Προτεστάντη Βέλγο που ενώ έχει κάμει έργο ζωής άνω των 50 ετών την καταγραφή του ΔΩΔΕΚΑΤΟΜΟΥ ΚΑΤΑΛΟΓΟΥ ΤΩΝ ΑΡΧΑΙΩΝ ΑΣΤΡΟΛΟΓΙΚΩΝ ΓΡΑΠΤΩΝ ΣΤΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΩΝ-ΑΡΧΕΙΩΝCatalogus Codicum
Astrologorum Graecorum (CCAG) !!!! ΤΑΥΤΟΧΡΟΝΑ ΠΕΡΝΑΕΙ ΓΕΝΝΕΕΣ ΔΕΚΑΤΕΣΣΕΡΙΣ ΤΗΝ ΑΣΤΡΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΩΣ ΑΙΡΕΣΗ ΚΑΙ ΘΡΗΣΚΕΙΑ.

Critical Review of the Introduction to Cumont, Franz, Astrology Among the Greeks and Romans

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