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In Defense of Astrology

June 12, 1988

With regard to "Astronomers Question Astrology's Appeal" (by Paul Ciotti, May 16) I think it is high time we astrologers spoke out. For years, we have been subjected to endless abuse by members of the so-called "scientific community" who admit that they know nothing about the subject, but continue to ridicule it and denigrate its students. These so-called "scientists" are operating purely out of a preconceived notion that "it cannot be explained, therefore it is invalid."

The most widespread argument against astrology, recently expounded upon on "60 Minutes" by professional cynic Andy Rooney, is the idea that astrologers put forth that "your fate is indelibly written in the stars." I know of no reputable astrologer or student of astrology who believes that or teaches it.

One's fate is not hopelessly written in the stars. One's astrological horoscope may be compared metaphorically to one's genetic heritage. A tall person has all the freedom in the world to do whatever he pleases--as a tall person. He cannot turn himself into a short person. We all have our potentials and our limitations. The astrological horoscope is simply a map of those potentials and limitations, and a reputable astrologer's job is to help the client decide how best to make the most of potentials and work within limitations.

The reason astrology is becoming more and more popular is simply this: It works.

I do not claim to know the actual astrophysical reasons why astrology works, but I know that it has helped many, many people to come to a better understanding of themselves. I have been told on more than one occasion by a client, desperate for some kind of guidance, that I have told them in an hour what it took their psychiatrist a year to discern.

MARY DEVLIN

Venice

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