Long overdue … a greatly enjoyable book. Reading the book is like watching a very informative TV documentary based on solid research grouped around clear themes … This book, which makes captivating reading, invites astrologers to reflect upon the nature of their art in a spirit of genuine inquiry. It also provides a thorough introduction to the subject for non-astrologers … it will be a rich source of information for future historians about the state of astrology and about the attitude of science at the present time. --The Astrological Journal, September/October 2000
A very fascinating book … very rich reading and offers a wealth of information that is not usually accessible … A really excellent and significant contribution. The balance [between astrologers and scientists] is equitably distributed between these opposing camps … an excellent read. --Horoscope (UK), March 2001, Horoscope (US), April 2001
From the Publisher
Balanced appraisal of astrologers and their beliefs
From the Author
This book is based on more than 30 interviews with astrologers - who present compelling examples from their case-books - and scientific researchers, who suggest that all astrological phenomena can be statistically proven to be meaningless. Serious and informed argument from both sides is provided, so that anyone interested in evaluating astrology may do so for themselves.
A sub-text of the book is a discussion of the ways in which we evaluate phenomena which do not make sense in the context of current views of the world. Can we rely on science to answer all questions? Philosophically, how do we address the possibility that the universe may hold more mysterious possibilities than the rational mind can allow?
...Here is a list of the main interviewees whose words are presented in the book:
Bernadette Brady, Adam Fronteras, Arthur Mather, Nick Campion, David Hamblin, Maurice McCann, Geoffrey Cornelius, Robert Hand, Christeen Skinner, Pamela Crane, Mike Harding, Rudolf Smit, Martin Davis, Pat Harris, Komilla Sutton, Geoffrey Dean, Robin Heath, Graeme Tobyn, Adrian Duncan, Maggie Hyde, Noel Tyl, Dennis Elwell, Ivan Kelly, Shelley von Strunckel, Suitbert Ertel, Warren Kenton, Robert Zoller, John Frawley, Lee Lehman
Lastly, here is an excerpt from the book - this is the first page of the first chapter. (Copyright © 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
"Beginning with a Mystery:
"Astrology amazes everyone who thinks about it. Some see a universe in which the stars signal the quality and course of their lives, and find this amazing. Others see a superstitious minority, mired in beliefs from a medieval world, and find it amazing how gullible people can be.
"These two kinds of amazement both suggest reasons why astrology is worth thinking about in the first place. If it really works as astrologers claim, there would (obviously enough) be good reason to study it. But if all the astrological work ever done has been pure fantasy, there would still be compelling reasons to learn more about it.
"If astrology grew entirely from imagination, then it is a dream which humanity has dreamed, a collective myth which has been formed, sustained and developed by our race in an attempt to make sense of the world; an intellectual fossil whose form shows what we do when we try to understand the world and our place in it. This, together with the fact that a belief in the power of the stars has influenced humanity and its institutions through much of recorded history, means that the study of astrology even if astrology itself is not considered objectively valid can disclose new perspectives on this world and the way we relate to it. If we can decide what we are looking at, it will be worth looking but, given the range of misconceptions about the subject, this seems to be easier said than done. Astrology tends to polarise opinion. Sceptics frequently argue that astrologers are at best delusional, at worst frauds; many astrologers insist that their craft works so clearly, so reliably, that only prejudice keeps critics from embracing it. Such simplistic views commonly lead to intellectual deadlock between the two camps, with neither willing to concede an inch. This is in the interests of no-one: those who seriously investigate the subject and believe they have substantial evidence either that astrology works or does not work - are denied a fair hearing, because of a common assumption that the case is already closed. And those who have no axe to grind, but might simply be interested to know the facts, find it difficult to penetrate through a fusillade of propaganda from both sides.
"This Books Method and Structure
"In an attempt to get away from misconception, to the core of astrology, this book presents what astrologers do, and why they do it, in their own words. The text has largely been assembled from thirty-three interviews recorded between 1996-2000 with some of the most eminent, and/or interesting, figures in the field. Amongst the contributors there are people who believe completely in astrologys validity and accuracy, some of whom present compelling evidence of their subjects scope and power. There are also scientific researchers who present evidence to show that nothing has been proved, that all conclusions are either partial or just plain wrong. I have tried to present the issues, and the range of opinion, faithfully - so that readers may draw their own conclusions "