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Modern Astrology Folly, part III

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Imagine, an astrologer (who is widely known and seen as an “authority” in modern astrology circles) tells you, “You have potential to be a famous actor. But if you don’t strive to become one in the right ways, you’ll wallow in obscurity.”

Translation: that astrologer is hedging his bets and making his refusal or inability to do accurate assessment of personal fate your problem, unfortunately.

No legitimate professional in this field boasts 100% accuracy. The best an analyst or reader can do is offer their perspective and if they happen to be wrong once in a while, that’s acceptable. But to shroud one’s advice in New Age political correctness to the point of making it impossible for anyone to get direct answers to their questions is irresponsible.

Our empirical studies tell us that if someone is destined to become a famous actor they are fated to become a famous actor and will become a famous actor. Also, if someone is destined to serve in a modest support role in the play of life, that’s what they will do, this time.

We’re all for using modern-focused methods such as transits, secondary progressions, solar and lunar returns, and the more funky, creative, newer techniques (even though we’ve found many of those to be pure nonsense), as a means to firm up an existing comprehensive analysis based on tried and true ancient methods. However, to put the bulk of the emphasis on the modern methods and philosophies only invites vast inaccuracies, our research has consistently shown us.

You Only live 100,000 Times or More

If you look at your life as the result of multitudes of lifetimes and not just one (“You only live once”), it makes more sense why some seem to “have all the luck” and some don’t. It’s how you view and handle your circumstances that really matters.

Don’t worry about missing that one right “choice” that could potentially make all your dreams come true. Fate doesn’t work that way. You can relax, because if it’s meant to be, it will be. Keep forging ahead, make informed decisions, follow your heart, do what you need to do, and you’ll get to where you’re fated to be.

Psychology, Consciousness, & Modern Whimsy

Modern astrologers say they are excited about the astrological developments during the last century or so. They name Jungian psychology (being mixed into the science of astrology) as “groundbreaking,” yet we’re convinced it’s largely a way to sidestep real issues, like personal adversity, including poverty, and other life concerns connected to personal fate. Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate psychology when it’s approached constructively, but not the way many modern astrologers abuse it. You can’t interpret the charts through fuzzy psychological thinking and expect valid results.

“Progression of consciousness…” is a way of claiming that times have changed to the point where “…multi-dimensionality alters our realities beyond stoic fatalism…” We feel that this view is completely false and a poor excuse to deny that predicting personal fate is possible. It’s pure subterfuge and typical of the sort of skewed creativity modern astrology promotes to mask the original purpose of astrology (prediction of personal fate), which isn’t as marketable and profitable in the New Age.

Herd Mentality and Modern Methods

Furthermore, having 1000s of practitioners of modern methods, some of whom periodically gather for conferences through the organizations to which they belong, means very little as far as credibility goes. They may all pay $50 or more each year to belong, but it only means that they all share similar beliefs (e.g., denial of personal fate), and that they all largely go along with one another’s radical astrological creativity.

There is an abundance of people who favor modern methods, just like there is an abundance of modern astrological entertainment, excuse us, literature, on the shelves of book stores (next to the trashy tabloid magazines). Why? Because they’re taking the easy way out, at your cost. What sells well doesn’t have to be valid, it only has to be appealing and poetic or sexy, according to the whims of modern demand. No wonder the New Age has a bad reputation.

In conclusion, we recommend you maintain a sharp sense of discernment in dealing with modern, New Age methods and have the courage to go against the grain of conventional thinking. In doing so, you’ll have a huge advantage in your quest for spiritual awareness.

Copyright © 2009 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

Modern Astrology Folly, part II

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Astrologers enamored with modern methods claim that astrology must “…promote human freedom…” and that ancient astrology “…is not aligned with modern times…”

Instead, our findings tell us this: modern astrology’s psycho-speak, trippy subjectivity and softened-up-reality-to-the-point-of-distortion drives you to cloud and misjudge reality and tells you what you want to hear. The escapist and fly-in-the-face-of-truth inspirational babble of modern astrology makes it easier to sell books and drawn-out counseling sessions through its exclusive application. This is by design.

Ancient astrology calls it like it is, pointing out the hard, cold realities of life and giving you infinitely more clarity.

There’s nothing “limiting” about ancient methods involving astrology (and numerology) other than helping you limit delusional thinking.

The revered astrologers and number mystics of days of old wouldn’t be amused if they learned what has become of these ancient esoteric sciences.

There is no room for political correctness in delineation and prediction, and you have to wonder about those who promote such programs. Distorting the foundation of a body of science (based on empirical observation) to make it sexier, more appealing to the masses, and adhere to a sales target and philosophical agenda is a crime against those who worked so hard to develop the practices since the dawn of humanity. This tragedy has been occurring during the last 100 years or so. The truth will eventually come out, and we are happy to be a part of the process.

Although, thankfully, the world is moving towards equal rights for all, not everyone is born with the same levels of ability and the same amount of karmic reward in life. Your soul (not your personality in this life) may have chosen steep adversity in any number of life situations, yet being promised a magic solution, an imaginary escape through feel-good astrological poetry, is preposterous and snake-oil marketing at its worst.

Most Core Life Experiences Are Fated

The Led Zeppelin song “Stairway to Heaven” notes “…there’s still time to change the road you’re on…” and there is in some cases (which is likely fated too in our view), but remember our theory that at least 75% of all life circumstances-the main stuff, the core events of your life-are predestined.

Some have asked if it’s possible to use that remaining 25% to create whatever you want, no matter what, and if it would alter the rest of your personal fate. While we do believe it’s possible to “create” within the framework of your fate, we’ve noticed through empirical research that no one, no matter how aware or spiritual they are, can change the major conditions that are fated (and predictable) in their life. You certainly have free will, but it will not allow you to sidestep destined experiences. “Creating reality with your thoughts” only goes so far.

Outrageous Claims by New Age Marketers

We understand that our convictions contrast with some of the “experts” on the best-seller lists, such as those who claim “anything is possible.” Without having actually done the intuitive/psychic work and, or work involving comprehensive charting with astrology and numerology to test the “anything is possible” belief–we’ve found no other ways to properly examine the idea that immutable life circumstances exist for everyone-you must ask yourself how any ethical person in their right mind can make such wild claims as “infinite blessings are available to you–all you have to do is read my book, pay for my seminar,…” et al.

By declaring that the law of attraction alone was responsible for creating something, yet not having thoroughly examined if that something was already fated to happen, you must ask yourself, how can the author of The Secret legitimately make such claims? What about the many people who have bought the book or seen the movie who gave it their all in the context of The Secret guidance, but couldn’t manifest what they wanted? What is the author’s response to those people, besides holding them accountable, e.g., not “believing” enough, or ignoring an additional angle to The Secret that they must investigate for another $19.95?

Trap of Using Modern Methods Exclusively

Astrologers who move beyond modern methods eventually discover that a huge amount of information, past, present, and future, about your life can be seen in the comprehensive charts.

Those who don’t move beyond modern methods and philosophies speak of fate and destiny as two different concepts: “Destiny is just potential and fate is what happens if you don’t make an effort to reach your destiny.” In this line of thinking, the term destiny is made inspirational and fate is designated as something to be avoided at all costs. This is false and misleading, of course, and it’s the type of pull-the-wool-over-your-eyes, creative language that steers you away from truth.

Personal Adversity is Necessary for Growth

Such an approach inherently denies the necessity (spiritually speaking) and unavoidability of varying degrees of personal adversity. Destiny and fate show up in the comprehensive charts as the same thing, we’ve found, and we believe anyone who tells you otherwise may mean well, but ultimately is merely reading poetry to you instead helping you to constructively face and deal with the actualities of life through constructive analysis of your charts.

Copyright © 2009 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

Modern Astrology Folly

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Predictive modern astrology and numerology commonly include transits (e.g., transiting Saturn in Virgo as we type this), secondary progressions, Universal Year (2009), solar return charts, and other basic cyclical timing methods that, by themselves, limit respectable levels of accuracy unless you have consistently strong psychic ability and use the esoteric sciences as touchstones only.

We’ve witnessed it over and over: Modern-method-favoring astrologers shroud their avoidance of predicting personal fate in oh-so-creative ballads, even pinning fate against free will (“Free will prevails if you have the courage to defeat fate”) to try and gloss over the truth that predestination exists.

It’s simple, we’ve found: free will exists, but you only have so much of it while incarnated on Earth.

Your soul makes certain choices in spirit form before you incarnate so that you must face key life circumstances that will enable you to grow spiritually.

Personal Adversity Exists

We believe this because our sophisticated systems of checks and balances involving innumerable cyclical timing methods, along with intuitive and past life regression work, clearly indicate that everyone incarnates with unique destined (and unchangeable), measurable levels of personal adversity.

Our credentials are the result of empirical research involving our work (clients, public figures, and people of all walks of life and real-world concerns) and we state our findings as theories; we (and anyone else) are unable to disprove them.

It’s Possible to Assess Life Circumstances

We’ve found it is possible to assess significant wealth, fame, abundant romantic life (and other areas of life), the opposite of all three, or anywhere in-between.

Modern Astrology Approach Example

Advising a client based on only one indicator, such as natal Mercury conjunct your Midheaven, is typical of the modern-astrological-method-based astrologer. They’ll say, “Mercury is conjunct the Midheaven, so that means livelihood involving communication, but it’s purely up to you if you’ll become an hourly employee or a $50,000 per speech famous orator.” They say this because exclusive reliance on overly-simplistic and subjective modern astrological methods doesn’t permit them to look more deeply into a person’s fate.

Then there are the modern astrologers who say things such as, “Let’s look at this from an ancient astrology perspective: Your Jupiter is very well-placed. Therefore, you are ‘royal’ and should enjoy high status and will win most of your life battles…” This type of surface and erroneous approach, misrepresenting the ancient science of astrology, would be laughable if it weren’t so destructive.

The Myth of “100% Free Will”

Relying exclusively on surface astrological and numerological methods could easily allow you to embrace the mistaken notion of having “complete free will (after incarnating).”

Worse, if you have the bad fortune of being advised by someone who embraces new and innovative modern astrological methods (read: destructively creative nonsense) and they use only these in their practice, you could easily, and incorrectly assume that you have 100% free will and nothing is destined. Your astrologer not being able to interpret personal fate doesn’t equate to you having “100% free will.”

We’ll be clear: no amount of “coming into your true path in life” will allow you, for example, to “create infinite abundance” if your personal financial fate dictates only modest finances.

Yes, it’s true, we’ve found that the majority on this planet are fated to live within modest to ordinary financial means, relative to their native society.

Surely you would rather have us truthfully state our findings instead of selling you snake oil? But don’t worry, our findings also indicate that a lot of the rewarding stuff in your life is destined too.

The Important Choices You Make Are Fated

The modern astrologers talk about “facing crossroads,” and deny that important “choices” a person makes in their life are also part of personal fate. If, for example, you like your job and employer a lot and they offer you a major promotion and more money with a relocation to New England from the Midwest, this isn’t “facing crossroads” as if you’re somehow redefining your personal fate by “choosing which way to go” since your choice is destined too. Even the tougher “choices” are predetermined, we’ve found.

How do we arrive at this conclusion? We see it over and over through our work; the specific “choices” people select ultimately involve circumstances down the road that show up in their comprehensive numerology and astrology charts or an intuitive reading that wouldn’t have been connected to the other “choice.”

Take it in stride when faced with a choice in life. The more you accept that you will make the right choice at the right time, the easier the process will be. Also accept that tough bouts of indecision, for example, are fated too. If everything in your life were a breeze, you wouldn’t evolve. Our findings tell us that if you follow such advice, you will be fulfilling your personal fate along with using your free will.

The Advantage of Accepting Predestination

Why are we so passionate about helping people understand personal fate and karma? Many may find the concepts unappealing at first, but once you comprehend the nature of life clearly, you’ll avoid wandering aimlessly down the foggy “anything is possible” New Age path and instead open up to aligning yourself with your unique life purpose. Also, besides knowing when to capitalize on your good karma (through comprehensive astrology and numerology or intuitive readings), you’ll be better prepared for future challenges to make the most of your life.

Copyright © 2009 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

“Best Astrology Matches for Me?”

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Instead of considering only astrological Sun signs, we believe that the comprehensive astrology and numerology charts must be scrutinized if one wants to consider true personality, compatibility, and personal timing (prediction and forecasting), to find your best astrology matches.

Also, thorough handwriting analysis done by a well-trained professional adds a great deal of additional insight about subconscious character, much of which that can’t be found through modern, psychological astrology.

On the surface, you may think you have great astrological compatibility on paper with two seemingly easy-going, compassionate people (signified in part, for example, by both having an abundance of Pisces and Cancer energy).

However, it’s discovered that one has very compressed, narrow, extreme right-slanted, sharp, angular, heavy pressure script with rigid baselines and downward slanting, weak-ending, pointed letter t-bars. Plus, strong patterns of over-balanced “8” and “1” energy are found in the comprehensive numerology charts. All of this with other corroborating information alerts the analyst to the strong possibility of that person being a domineering abuser.

The other person’s comprehensive charts involve, in part, lots of under-balanced “2” energy which suggests dependency and self-deprecation. In support of these notions, that person’s script includes martyr/victim traits such as small overall script size, light writing pressure, close word spacing, excessively rounded and immature-looking writing, droopy rhythm and connectives between letters, pinched circle letters, low and weakly crossed letter t-bars back to the left instead of to the right, and x-formations where the letter x is not present.

In this case, a surface astrology interpretation would unfortunately leave open the potential for a very toxic, if not dangerous match.

An aside, psychology was not part of astrology until about 100 years ago. The approximately 2000 year tradition of the science of astrology involves mostly prediction instead of psychological character analysis.

Unfortunately, in our view, most astrology found today in print or on-line is primarily modern, psychological astrology, and involves a frivolous and distorted approach to the science.

Astrology that’s largely for entertainment only (although usually not presented as such) includes, for example, Sun or Moon sign horoscopes, and readings done by astrologers who commonly promote falsehoods such as, “…(numerology or) astrology isn’t predestination or fate…how things play out is going to be up to you,” stated to cover a refusal to do in-depth delineation, or mask an inability to do accurate prediction.

Some popular modern astrologers even go so far as to offensively suggest escapism, wishful thinking, self-fulfilling prophesies, and a failure to take responsibility for one’s actions and life in response to the idea that some astrologers and numerologists (like us) say it’s possible to measure and outline personal fate (i.e., impart the general inclination of fate, and frequently, even precise future circumstances and events). Worse, they deny that fate exists, and also deny the reality that varying degrees of unavoidable adversity (which is also measurable) in people’s lives serves a divine purpose.

The truth is that their form of astrology or numerology isn’t about predestination or fate and that original ancient predictive astrology and numerology are absolutely about predestination and fate.

It’s ironic how fully embracing the concepts of karma and fate is directly related to taking responsibility for one’s actions and that much of the modern astrology found today offers mainly an escape from the hard realities of life.

Reviewing Sun Signs, Moon Signs, or any other individual aspect without considering the rest of the charts’ contents and patterns within those charts, will only give you surface insight. It tells you virtually nothing about the reality of the personality, or the compatibility between you and another person.

For example, the Sign of Aquarius is considered to be relatively harmonious with the Sign of Sagittarius. If you select ten random people with Aquarius Sun Signs and match them with ten people with Sagittarius Sun Signs, it’s entirely possible that none of them will get along with each other. It’s also entirely possible that all of them will get along.

The best romantic matches for a Libra Sun and Cancer Moon combination, for instance, depends entirely upon the health of the respective planets (strong and well, or involving afflictions including planets in detriment, badly aspected planets, weak house placement, retrogrades, etc.), their rulers and the health of those rulers, along with the rest of the several hundred aspects, and patterns comprised of those aspects, throughout the comprehensive charts of each person.

It’s possible for a person with a Libra Sun and Cancer Moon, for example, to have wonderful compatibility with a person with an Aries Sun and Capricorn Moon, both oppositions.

Oppositions are commonly considered to involve poor compatibility, but sometimes very close oppositions (opposing planets that are very tightly aspected by a degree or two, within the compatibility charts) offer more reward than challenge, especially if the remaining composite contents are harmonious.

Oppositions are as follows:

Aries is opposed to Libra.

Taurus is opposed to Scorpio.

Gemini is opposed to Sagittarius.

Cancer is opposed to Capricorn.

Leo is opposed to Aquarius.

Virgo is opposed to Pisces.

Conjunctions, same sign combinations, represent intensification of the sign’s energy, and is sometimes positive and sometimes negative. Generally, it’s a “hard” aspect, and not as easy flowing as trines and sextiles.

Although we feel that modern astrology places too much emphasis on Ptolemaic aspects, it’s good to have an understanding of them.

The basic, major Ptolemaic aspects include oppositions (180 degree angle), conjunctions (0 degree angle), squares (90 degree angle), trines (120 degree angle), and sextiles (60 degree angle).

Square aspects are combinations of signs that are of different elements (see below), like Taurus with Leo, and generally indicate challenge and tension. Trine aspects are combinations of signs that are of the same element, such as Scorpio with Pisces (both water), and are generally agreeable. Sextile aspects are combinations of signs that are of compatible, but different, elements such as Cancer with Virgo, or Leo with Libra, and are also generally favorable.

If you accept the trivial approach of reviewing only the Sun and Moon signs, which might offer a preview at best, then it’s good to look at the elemental combinations of the signs for some basic awareness.

On the surface, fire and air are harmonious, and earth and water are harmonious. In addition, each element commonly mixes well with itself (fire and fire, etc.).

Fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.

Earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.

Air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.

Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

A surface approach will involve Libra Sun, Cancer Moon compatibility with an air or fire Sun, along with a water or earth Moon, but that’s just the beginning.

If you want to go a little deeper, yet still not get into comprehensive analysis, considering the nature of the sign is also helpful (Fixed, Mutable, or Cardinal), as is considering the masculine or feminine nature of the sign (fire and air are masculine, and earth and water are feminine).

We also strongly recommend contemplating each person’s personal timing when considering compatibility. Personal timing, comprised of scores of short, medium, and long-term continuous and non-continuous numerological and astrological cyclical timing methods, regularly symbolically makes or breaks relationships. The collective cycles can be divided into groups that are the basis for pattern recognition.

Two people can seemingly have nothing in common aside from their current personal time cycles (some as short as a day, others as long as many years), and when those time cycles change, the relationship changes, or even dissolves.

It should be noted that we understand that it is possible for someone who has strong, solid psychic ability and a good, general understanding of astrology to successfully use Sun and Moon signs exclusively as psychic touchstones.

But few have this talent where they can get consistent, accurate reads without a comprehensive approach.

Again, an astrologer must consider all comprehensive charts in determining compatibility, along with the comprehensive timing charts, and not just the Sun and Moon signs if one really wants to uncover existing compatibility. Again, we have found that you also must consider the comprehensive numerology charts, along with handwriting analysis (subconscious fears and defenses, etc.), if you want a high level of accuracy.

A skeptic saying that they “…don’t believe in astrology,” to us, is a reasonable and understandable statement if they have only been exposed to Sun Sign astrology, which is the basis for most astrology horoscopes today.

Comparing Sun Sign astrology to an in-depth analysis as referred to in the above paragraphs is like comparing conspiracy theory half-truths to confirmed CIA intelligence.

Copyright © 2006 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo

Twins Expose Major Flaws of Modern Astrology

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Why is it that twins who have almost identical astrology charts can be so different, or that people born within a few minutes of each other in the same area (also having almost identical basic charts) appear to be such different souls?

The last two words of the above paragraph hold the key: Every person has a unique soul.

Astrology is only one way to outline the uniqueness of personality. Unfortunately, modern, psychologically-based Western astrology is far less exact than other forms of personality analysis in accurately discerning differences between twins and people who were born within a few minutes of each other in the same area.

This is one of the newer types of astrology (also known as “pop astrology”) and has been around for about 100 years. It’s the form most people are familiar with since it’s the basis of the vast majority of mainstream astrology books, web sites, magazine articles, and newspaper horoscopes.

In contrast, ancient forms of astrology (such as Egyptian, Hindu, Greek, and Arabic) offer far more accuracy than modern astrology in most ways, yet we haven’t found them to be the best means to clearly outline differences between twins and those born in the same city at about the same time.

There’s a popular theory that twins divide up their horoscope charts and that one chooses some of the energy and the other twin acts out the rest of the energy symbolized by the charts. There could be some validity to this idea, but as identical twins, we don’t feel there is much. While we find modern astrology useful, the lack of significant astrological differences in the charts of those born within minutes of each other in the same general location represents a significant flaw of the science.

Fortunately, there are much more accurate metaphysical delineation and predictive tools available; comprehensive numerology and handwriting analysis have proven to be very accurate, even in delineating differences between twins.

Comprehensive numerology as a character delineation and predictive tool, and handwriting analysis as a means to discern subconscious and conscious personality are invaluable for the following: predicting the probabilities and likelihoods of love, family, career and money issues; identification of personality strengths and challenges; identifying romantic or workplace compatibility; identifying periods of heightened spiritual growth; event analysis; political strategy and probabilities; financial trend forecasting; business negotiations and acquisitions; legal issues; investigations; duration potential involving events and partnerships; career guidance; child development; and any other area of life involving personality, compatibility or predictive analysis.

Although modern psychologically-based western astrology is a useful tool for generalized personality and timing analysis, it is best used in conjunction with other methods to assure a reasonable level of precision.

Copyright © 2004 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo