I’m a fan of Jonathan Cainer, astrologer extraordinaire. I don’t know how, but he always seems to provide an appropriate message for the day – stay calm, hold back, go for it and so on. Always seems to say the right thing on the right day. I suspect there are thousands of people worldwide who would agree with me.
Jonathan takes his job seriously, doing in-depth research into the ending of the Mayan calendar and providing assurances it isn’t the end of the world by going to South America, Machu Pichu and looking into things. What he says about the calendar being a 5000 year cycle and 2012 is the end of one of these cycles thus NOT the end of the world is reassuring. He also assures that climate change wouldn’t be the end of civilisation as we know it. Seems to me if anyone can provide reassuring messages in a topsy-turvy and scary world, it’s a good thing.
There is of course a dichotomy between loving science and thinking astrology has something to say. Science is about proof and scientists say astrology has no proofs. Hmmmm. OK, maybe not the tested hypothesis type of proof that works for science. But you would think that something that has been useful to people for over 5000 years (Egyptians used it extensively and so it seems did their predecessors), might have something useful to say. Might have worked the kinks out of the theory and gotten the inherent psychology of the practice right. Of course, that is where things fall down. It sounds like a religious statement about beliefs.
Yet human experience is about beliefs. Scientists believe their system of hypothesis and proofs tell them everything with little room for doubt. But then a new theory comes along and disproves or changes the older, proven and tested theory. Of note is the issues between Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and Quantum physics – the difference between big and small things. No reconciliation or ‘theory of everything’ available yet.
It seems to me a good astrologer uses his/her tools of planetary alignments and thousands of years of interpretation to provide a general overview of the ‘feel’ of a specific period – a day, a week etc. After all, science says that planets exert gravitational influences on the solar system, so why not humans. For me that works. Being told the day’s ambience is that things could go wrong but that staying calm will make things easier allows me to be prepared and set up a good mindset. So it works for me. I feel in control. Things go wrong, I’m calm, things go better the next day or week. All good, I’m good, the things and people in my life are good. On top of that, the people in my world don’t have to put up with a stressed me.
So I, like scientists who believe in an almighty deity, can rationalise my beliefs. Makes me happy and an easier person to be around.
I need to understand the science to write science fiction. I need to understand psychology to understand people to write about them (well I do anyway). I need imagination to write. Hard facts, even if they are often stretched beyond recognition, as well as imagination are essential to all writers.
So go Jonathan, keep up the good work. And go CERN scientists and find the Higgs Bosson. Can’t wait for the next installments.