Protesting Astrology in Dorset

June 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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A group in the UK calling themselves the Christian Soldiers Dorset, intend to protest outside a Pagan Moot in Bridport on July 5th.

They mean it to be a peaceful vigil to warn people, especially the young, about the dangers of the occult. The group plans to protest other occult events as well.

Organizer of the Moot, Adam Marlborough, thinks that the group should be allowed to protest if they want to, though they’ll be disappointed if they’re looking for satanists. He believes in freedom of speech, and understands that everyone has their own perspective.

But he thinks the group could find better things to do with their time, and wonders whether they would have the courage to protest meetings of more mainstream religious groups.

I have to agree. There are a lot of problems in the world that are worth speaking up against. A Pagan meet-up about Earth Astrology and Colour Energy isn’t one of them.

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New Astrology Not Used To Determine Insurance Rates

February 9th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

bogus astro accident chart

Allstate Insurance thought they were being funny, but the joke didn’t go over so well.

Apparently, people don’t like their astrological signs being used against them. Especially when they’re not even their signs.

Last week the insurance company issued a press release listing accident rates based on the ‘new astrology’ we’ve been hearing so much about.

According to their list, Virgos and Leos are the most accident prone, while Scorpios and the new Ophiuchuses are the safest drivers.

This new astrology, however, is completely bogus. As was Allstate’s suggestion that they might be using it to determine your insurance rates.

People were upset anyway. Virgos and Leos especially, I’m guessing.

The company issued another press release retracting the first one. In fact, according to CNN, the first one has completely disappeared from their site.

The newest release makes things clear,

“Astrological signs have absolutely no role in how we base coverage and set rates. Rating by astrology would not be actuarially sound. We realize that our hard working customers view their insurance expense very seriously. So do we. We deeply apologize for any confusion this may have caused.”

It’s good to hear the insurance giant isn’t using the bogus new astrology to determine rates. But they might want to look again at astrology in its tried and true form.

Actuarially, they might find it quite useful.

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Winter Solstice and the Lunar Eclipse

December 20th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Tomorrow is the Winter Solstice. And it’s even more special this year than usual. Not only will it be the shortest day and longest night of 2010, but it falls on the same day as a full lunar eclipse. This hasn’t happened in 456 years!

The sun, earth and moon will begin to align at 1:33 a.m. EST causing the earth’s shadow to appear as a dark red bite at the edge of the moon. The ‘total’ eclipse will start at 2:41 a.m. and last 72 minutes.

According to NASA, the peak of the event will be at 3:17 a.m. “when the moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.”

Astrologically it’s kind of a big deal too. Eclipses speed things up. And often uncover what’s hidden. They highlight situations in our lives that require attention.

What comes up during an eclipse isn’t always easy to face, but it’s always worthwhile to consider. Let’s make the most of this one.

Happy Solstice Everyone!

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Here’s a time-lapse video of the total lunar eclipse that happened on August 28, 2007.

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