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The APAI Council takes such misrepresentation very seriously and is in the process of liaising with accredited schools of astrology in the investigation of these cases. Orange was the AA journal's cover colour from through In the s the leading astrological body in the UK was the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society, which had been founded in by Alan Leo From until its president was Charles Carter , the leading British astrologer of his time, followed until by Ronald Davison The Lodge arranged many excellent lectures and discussions in its London meeting rooms, but there was no provision for research.
Some members led by Brigadier Roy Firebrace , John Addey , and Joan Rodgers , all of whom were or had been vice-presidents, felt that a new research-oriented organisation was needed away from Theosophy, and in June the Astrological Association was founded.
Within one year it had members. Firebrace was a sidereal astrologer, big in frame and heart, who had worked closely with the eminent siderealist Cyril Fagan and did not suffer fools gladly. Rodgers was editor of the Arts Council magazine and a model of good sense and clarity.
Addey was a remarkable combination of lucid and eloquent writer, practical mystic, inspiring organiser, brilliant theoretician, and unflagging experimentalist, who three years earlier had set out "to discover and demonstrate, if possible, a secure scientific basis for astrology. Being wholly convinced of the truth of this study I believed that such a demonstration would be relatively easy.
I was mistaken. Firebrace was the AA's first president, Rodgers its first editor, and Addey its first secretary. Firebrace wanted the new Association to be exclusively sidereal, but this was resisted, so in March he resigned to found the sidereal journal Spica. Addey was elected president in his place, holding this position until He was also editor following Rodgers' resignation due to ill-health, and originator of the AA's logo. The June issue of the Lodge magazine listed the aims of the new Association, which included "to enlarge the knowledge of Astrology in a scientific spirit", and had a brief statement by John Addey in which he urged using the scientific approach for "distinguishing factual truth from error, for checking theories.
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Eleven years later, in September , the new Association held its first conference, a one-day non-residential in London on The Future of Astrology. The talks were notably research-oriented, and "for the first time in Association history astrologers from London and the home counties were joined by country and overseas members to provide an altogether more vigorous and original mixture of ideas and aspirations" Astrological Journal Winter The Association was providing an environment where the slow move away from claims based on unreliable experience could now flourish, a move that in due course would revolutionise the understanding of astrology.
The Association was also inspiring the founding of research organisations in other countries, such as the International Society for Astrological Research and National Council for Geocosmic Research in the USA, and Nederlandse Vereniging tot Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek van die Astrologie in the Netherlands. For more on the AA's research orientation see Patron of research on this website under Historical. Feldman was a science writer and book reviewer for Dell Horoscope. When in The Humanist published its "Objections to Astrology" and a statement signed by scientists, he talked to people on both sides and concluded that the objectors were generally misinformed or ignorant about astrology.
The outcome was the above article. Excerpts relevant to the claimed evidence for astrology are given below. The headings have been added. The statement by scientists as seen by cartoonist Craig of The Columbus Dispatch.
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The afflicted astrologer is saying "My horoscope said this might happen". Soft evidence for astrology Where we have some practitioners devoted to little more than the Sun-Signs, we also have university professors utilizing astrology as part of their lectures on human behavior; where we have astrology buffs playing parlor games, we also have doctors of medicine insisting on seeing a patient's horoscope chart before he even sees the patient; and where we undoubtedly do have some astrologers whose aims are questionable, we also have psychologists like the late Carl Jung and Vernon Clark, as well as Ralph Metzner and Zipporah Dobyns, researchers like Carl Payne Tobey and John and James Williamsen, and writers like John Addey and Joseph Goodavage; all humbly offering the results of their work -- none of which has been disproven based on the tenets of modern science.
Any suggestion that the Sun, for example, does not have a profound influence on this planet because of the distance involved is wholly inadequate and inaccurate.
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Soviet scientists have been carefully studying two research trends established in 1 changes in the functional state of the human nervous system under the effect of solar factors; 2 studies of world statistics of epidemic diseases, where the large numbers could facilitate detection of the reflected effect of solar disturbances and planetary configurations. The results were extremely meaningful. A parallelism was soon established between the incidence of most epidemics, such as cholera, grippe, plague, diphtheria, relapsing fever, and cerebrospinal meningitis, and the solar activity cycle.
Statistically positive results then led to a study of the overall mortality rate, resulting in a detection of the same remarkable correlation in this field. The correlation coefficient for some of these curves is very close to unity" A Chizhevskii, "Physicochemical Reactions as Indicators of Cosmic Phenomena, The Earth in the Universe, It would be erroneous to assume that the ailments or deaths were caused by these radiations.
The latter may only provide the impetus, which, in the presence of suitable conditions in the organism, causes its death. Gauquelin [Feldman notes without giving details that there have been "numerous statistical studies conducted over the years, mostly by astrologers. It should be remembered that Gauquelin sought desperately to disprove astrology, but, much to his amazement and shock, he found that planetary influence is a fact.
Evidence against astrology First, no one has ever disproved astrology, and I do not expect science even to try, for it is not practical to expect anyone to prove a negative. It is like expecting someone to prove that God or UFO's do not exist. What astrologers would prefer is that science actively become involved in serious empirical research in this field. Secondly, if anyone has established scientific evidence that the astrological premise is invalid, it has yet to reach my attention.
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Astrology's popularity As Professor Mimi Lobell of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn recently commented, "The reason for astrology's popularity is that it offers people what science does not; a psychologically meaningful link between the individual and the cosmos" Science News : Letter, October 4, It is a call for cognitive frames which describe not only the order of the universe, but also give the individual a sublime sense of participation in that order. Future of astrology It seems there are two possibilities: Either astrology will eventually come into its own as an interdisciplinary scientific field of inquiry, or it will be assimilated into other disciplines of science.
In other words, as one astronomer put it, "science is already 'chipping-away' at various astrological accomplishments, including them as part of existing fields, and claiming all along that astrology has had nothing to do with it. Science will rename the phenomena -- such as astrobiology or cosmopsychology -- and reclassify their disciplinary origins, with no mention of astrology as having paved the way. Astrology has contributed to the knowledge of modern science in no small way. See John Nelson, Cosmic Patterus , AFA Washington DC , and Giorgio Piccardi, The Chemical Basis of Medical Climatologp , Springfield IL The fact that this field always seems to be a few yards ahead of science should be considered commendable: for although we cannot yet fully understand the phenomena we study, we have long-recognized them as being in existence.
So too with astrology. In hindsight we can see that Feldman's comments, like O'Neill's, were based more on extraterrestrial influences mostly solar than on astrology itself. But direct tests were only just emerging, as were the results of the AA's focus on research, so there was no real alternative.
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The appeal to "a psychologically meaningful link" with the cosmos was true of any religion and hardly amounted to claimed evidence. The idea that "astrology has contributed to the knowledge of modern science" and will end up as science was plausible only by redefining astrology as physics, which most astrologers today would vigorously reject.
Overall a reminder of how limited our scientific understanding was of astrology only thirty years ago, and of the great advances made since then as will be evident from the articles on this website under Doing Scientific Research. Through his magazines and books he converted a prediction-oriented tradition into a systematic method of psychological analysis with a strong spiritual basis that reflected his Theosophist views. In he founded the Society for Astrological Research, the first of its kind, but it lasted only one year. Initially there was the same lack of hard evidence: Supporters argued that planets are occupied by gods who influence our affairs; commercialisation is deplorable but does not silence the truth; critics should verify for themselves that birth charts accurately indicate character; planets rotating in the ether emit radiation that acts on earth; critic X's letter is hot-headed and exactly matches his chart; astrology is the science of subtle electro-magnetic energies; an astrologer reading my chart got more details than anyone could know outside myself; astrology works and theoretical reasons why can be given; astrology is not mystical but subject to laws ascertainable by experiment; in the June issue of Astrology a correct weather forecast was made a month in advance this was from leading British astrologer Charles Carter who features in the next section.
Prominent were two astrologers claiming to be scientific: Edgar Bray BSc urged ignoring second-hand opinions in favour of testing the claims. Edgar Bray was a friend of Charles Carter, who described him as "in his own field one of the best" in The Lunar Principle, Astrology 26 3 , Bray published articles in Astrology , and died prematurely in the s from a cerebral tumour.
William J Tucker was a British astrologer of some standing. His first contact with astrology came in at age 33 through the writings of Alan Leo, whose mystical content he did not like. So he aimed to put astrology on a scientific basis. By he had written 24 books, most of them self-published, and over articles during alone. From his Autobiography of an Astrologer Here both astrologers become much more prolific, definite, and flattering.
Bray says I am highly gifted and artistic, with a noble character and an accurate sense of values. Tucker says I am very emotional, strong, determined, practical, very artistic, logical, intellectual, precise, loyal, hard working, ambitious, sensitive, obstinate, and sympathetic.
Now the crude controls. Earlier today I got character readings from three different weighing machines [insert a penny to receive your weight printed on a card with a character reading on the back]. They agree with each other about as well as Bray and Tucker do.