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February 19th to 23rd 2001
MONDAY FEBRUARY 19
Aquarius and Pisces cusp
Yesterday, at 2.27pm GMT, the Sun entered Pisces. Babies born just seconds before 2.27pm are, therefore, Aquarians. Babies born after this moment are Pisceans. If though, you had been referring to the dates on this page, you would have assumed that all yesterday's and today's children were Aquarians. I apologise for this but I can only give AVERAGE dates because the actual times change so much from year to year. If you were born near any changeover date and want to confirm your sign, call the phone line and select option 7. The process should take less than two minutes.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20
People think that, if you consult two astrologers, you will get two very different readings of your horoscope. It can happen sometimes but it ought not to - just as it ought not to be the case that you get two different diagnoses if you visit two doctors. We all study the same sky and we are all trained to speak the same symbolic language. While we may have a different "chart-side" manner, the essence of our message ought to be the same. When we do differ about the finer points of a planetary picture, we swap notes. We even attend regular conferences with the aim of sharing our collective knowledge.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 21
When astrologers get together, we speak in shorthand. "Sorry I'm late." one of us will say, "I've got Mercury retrograding over my Mars." By this, they mean that their car keeps breaking down. "Don't worry about it." another will reply. "Progressed Neptune is trining my Moon." This roughly translates as - I'm feeling so floaty that I didn't even notice. After the pleasantries, we discuss the latest developments in our field. These may involve new discoveries in astronomy or they may involve ancient techniques that some historian has just unearthed. Tomorrow, I'll tell you about one of our big "hot topics."
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 22
When two astrologers meet for the first time, they can manage polite conversation for about a minute. Then, they feel compelled to compare techniques. "Which house system do you use?" "How you feel about Fixed Stars? Asteroids? Nodes? Midpoints? Arabic parts? Decanates? Harmonics? Progressions? Sabian symbols?" Etc. Though we all work with the same basic picture, there are minor variations between the different traditions. We love to debate these. Our favourite hot topic though, involves the start-date of the Aquarian Age. Next week, I'll have a LOT more to say about this.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 23
There's not a country or a culture in this world that doesn't have a long tradition of astrology. Not all astrologers read the sky in exactly the same way but, as they are all reading the exact same sky, their techniques do not vary that much. Nor do their methods of interpretation. Venus, for example, means much the same in Asia as it does in the West. That's why astrologers love to heatedly debate the minor differences between their systems. When you agree about the big things, little things matter far more.
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