Years later, another self-taught female astrologer also did my horoscope. This time it was vaguely correct in a minor way, but not anywhere near enough to impress me. I promptly forgot it.
Then a third woman did mine. She was taught by an older woman who was a professional astrologer.
This time she was right on the money, scarily so. What she said had nothing in common with what the first two told me. And all I did was give her my birthdate, time, and location of birth.
Obviously, there is something to this stuff, when my horoscope can be so extraordinarily accurate that it very much surprised me.
Now as to why so many women are interested in astrology I have no explanation. I do know the whole thing can out get of hand (and has has in the past) with people running to astrologers (and other soothsayers) in an attempt to control their lives, avoid unpleasant things and predict the future. People are fools that way, always have been and probably always will be. There's a sucker born every minute.
Soon after the third woman did my horoscope I ran across an article about the Star of Bethlehem. The only thing I remembered about the Biblical account is that the magi (who years later I discovered were probably Babylonian astrologers), saw Jesus' "star" in the sky and so went to find him.
The article suggested his "star" was really the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, which at that time were less than a moon's width apart when viewed from the earth. The average person might think nothing of this or not even notice it (most of them probably being asleep) but the astrologers of that time knew it meant something.
Incidentally, I find it surpassingly interesting that such men probably lived at night to study the stars and slept during the day.
The only New Testament account of the Star of Bethlehem occurs in the Gospel of Matthew, where the magi arrive in Jerusalem during the reign of Herod the Great, asking about a newborn king of the Jews, having seen "the rising of his star."
During that time the conjunction happened on Aug. 12, 3 B.C. and Oct. 14, 2 B.C. And in September of 3 B.C., Jupiter came into conjunction with Regulus, the star of kingship, the brightest star in the Leo constellation. Leo was the constellation of kings (I am a Leo myself and far more sympathetic to monarchy than democracy)) and associated with the Lion of Judah. So the royal planet approached the royal star in the royal constellation representing Israel - the kind of astrological symbol that would arouse the interest of the magi.
Just the month before, Jupiter and Venus almost seemed to touch. The conjunction between Jupiter and Regulus repeated twice in February and May of 2 B.C. Then in June, Jupiter and Venus, the two brightest planets, appeared to touch; to the naked eye they became a single object above the setting sun.
Just as odd, Jesus was born at the end of the Age of Pisces, whose symbol is the fish (the fish was the original Christian symbol, not the cross). And what are the Gospels full of? Fishermen, fishers of men, water, baptism.
I have no idea how all this happened or even what it means. But it does appear to be more than a coincidence. But whatever the cause, it certainly is interesting to ponder these things.
Is this "science" or not? According to the current definition of it, no, but "current definitions" will change, as they always do.
For that matter, of what practical value is astrology? Babylon no longer exists and in fact was considered a degraded culture. Its astrologers apparently didn't see that coming and couldn't stop it. They predicted the birth of Jesus and went to give him gifts. Anything else?
The late James P. Hogan, who was a well-known science-fact and science-fiction writer, once told me that all true science automatically turns itself into technology.
If astrology is a "science," what useful, practical "techology" has it turned itself into?
"As above, so below"? That's a very old observation, and I don't even know exactly what it means. The macrocosm (the universe, whatever that is) influences the microcosm (us)? What's so strange about that? It just might be in ways we don't yet understand.
We're always trying to understand and influence the macrocosm. We understand a vanishingly small part of it so far.
The universe is vast, perhaps infinite, and time and space are beyond our comprehension except in tiny way. And just because we aren't able to understand something, and so dismiss it, is the height of ignorance and arrogance.
We're just at the beginning of understanding things, and humility and an open mind is is far more useful than hubris and a closed mind.