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Jennifer Newton Helen Thomas. When is Mercury in retrograde in ? More on space and astonomy. October's Hunter Moon and moon schedule revealed. Sorry for offtopic. Post a Comment. Friday, November 21, Astrology chart of cricket player Sourav Ganguly. On special request I present the chart of Sourav Ganguly, famous former captain of the Indian cricket team, who recently 'retired' at age 36 after a disappointing year with Neptune opposition progressed Sun. This was followed by an inconjunction for having to let go by the transitting Jupiter.
I think that this retirement will allow him to do more what he really likes, since he is and was born rich enough to use all the potential of his chart, that you see here below. The natal chart has Neptune on the IC, for the importance of the amorphous world. Whereever he goes, he takes the image of the goddess Kali with him. Notice Moon on top and Ceres on the Ascendant: those planets represent the softer sides of human kind, the nurturing and caring side.
Unless there are only a few variables in both a horoscope and how a person lives their life, this is an extremely difficult process. Indeed the current encrypting methods used to protect the global financial world markets are based on the premise that this is a near impossible feat Positive Coding Once the qualitative data has been collected, the social sciences have developed different methods for analysis of the raw data.
One particular method is called positive coding where number values are assigned to key concepts that are revealed in the interviews or questionnaires. Positive coding has a long history in astrology. Indeed it is possible that astrology was the first to use positive coding of qualitative data. The method is well documented from the time of Ptolemy and is called almutens. By the 9th century the Arabic astrologer Omar of Tiberias raised positive coding to an art form with what is now called compound almutens - positive coding incorporating previous positive coding.
The author has used this technique in the area of sports predictions. This date was the commencement of the series known as The Ashes. Every horoscope was examined for the features described by Guido Bonatti in his Tractatus Sextus and each feature was allocated a number value. The winner of a particular match was the team that achieved the highest number score within the match's horoscope.
By grounding the scoring system in the historical data, the outcome of every match of the then forthcoming series was successfully predicted. Here the horoscopes and the results of the historical matches were the qualitative raw data.
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Bonatti's analysis was used to code the data. If a horoscope had certain astrological features then using positive coding, a number value could be assigned to the data, thereby enabling a quantitative judgement to be applied. Grounded Theory12 Grounded Theory can be thought of as a hybrid between quantitative and qualitative research.
It is an endeavour to apply rigour and standardisation to qualitative data in order for theory to be developed directly from the data. Originally developed by Glaser and Strauss in the s, its purpose is to develop a theory about phenomena. As the theory had to be grounded or rooted in observation and it draws its name from this process.
In brief, the research begins with broad general questions which helps to guide the research but is not intended to restrict it in any way. As the researcher begins to gather data, they begin to identify core theoretical concepts and make provisional linkages between theory and the data. This early phase of the research tends to be quite open and can take months. Eventually by constantly referring back to the data, a theory begins to develop and is then applied. Grounded theory consists of the following stages: a Collection of case studies — The raw qualitative data.
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In the author published a book Brady on the meanings of fixed stars within an astrological framework and later, in , released a software package with these meanings expanded. These meanings were discovered using a form of grounded theory Biographical notes linked to horoscopes were used as the qualitative data and employed the astrological functions under consideration as a filter to select which people's lives were to be examined. Each selected group contained fifty to one hundred people and the sheer volume of information propelled the author into developing a methodology which strongly resembled Grounded Theory.
Astrology and Research — Bernadette Brady 17 Demetra George in her work Asteroid Goddesse, also produced work which astrologers consider to be a new cosmology in that she presented new information regarding the meanings of asteroids in a horoscope. I interviewed her by email on the method she employed in this research project. Her entire reply is given in the appendix. George took a similar approach. First she would saturate the data with the historical or mythical information concerning a particular goddess whose name was linked to a specific asteroid.
I would read everything I could about that figure or family complex - like Athena includes Medusa, Metis, Jupiter, Zeus, Poseidon, etc. And then try to piece together the story taking into consideration the historical layers. Once she felt that the data was saturated, she looked for horoscopic examples.
She then looked for links between the mythological stories of the goddesses and patterns in the lives of her selected group. Having formed a theory grounded in the lives of her sample group, she then field-tested her theory in the horoscopes of people who visited Greece with the desire to see the various sacred places. In these two examples of astrological research, both have successfully from the astrological social world point of view and independently formed a type of astro-grounded theory that could be standardised and used by other astrologers. Pattern Matching — Cycle research work William Trochim, in his article The Theory of Pattern Matching14 described this method as: Pattern matching always involves an attempt to link two patterns where one is a theoretical pattern and the other is an observed or operational one.
Trochim refers to the methodology of Pattern Matching as either soft science or hard art. This is due to the fact in some forms of the methodology, there is a great deal of emphasis on the mathematical methods employed to match the patterns, yet it is still a qualitative method. These different ways of either finding a pattern to match or linking two patterns together led to the creation of variations within the methodology. These variations are tuned to suit the particular area of the research being undertaken. However, regardless of these variations, the basic principle of the methodology of pattern matching is to link an observable pattern to a less understood or overt pattern for the purpose of gaining information about the latter.
Trochim defines a pattern as: …. The term "arrangement" is used here to indicate that a pattern is by definition non-random and at least potentially describable. And then later in the same article Trochim talks of the predictable potential of pattern matching: The inferential task involves the attempt to relate, link or match these two patterns….. The astrological community has a strong tradition in this style of research known as cycle research work. Astrology has no difficulty in finding an observable pattern. It has the heavens and all the measurable, repeatable and predictive patterns of the sky.
Indeed some of the interviewees referred to this style of astrological research: I search for moments of great historical significance that have good historical sources for times and dates, and which form parts of identifiable series, such as invasions in the Second World War.
Then I look for aspects conjunction, square, opposition between the sun, moon, angles and one or two other selected planets, usually to within an orb of 2 degrees. And then another: With research into cycles I like to apply it both in multiple case studies i. There are numerous articles published within the astrological community using this style of methodology and provided the research is performed in a thorough manner, it yields good results of a predictive nature. There are many notable examples that could be quoted but a historically interesting one is the article published by Robert Hand in The Mountain Astrologer August, In this article, which he wrote at Easter , he examines the historical events around a particular astrological cycle.
He starts his article with the following paragraph, referring to the time period of August to September, If you live in New York City or on the West Coast of the United States, you may be reading this article by candlelight because of electric power shortages. He then continues to lay out the historical references for his statements, matching an astrological cycle with historical events and then using the pattern thus established to run the astrological cycle forward to show the timing of the reoccurrence of the same historical themes.
Thus by matching these two patterns planetary cycles with history , Hand made the following statement later in the same article: This brings us to the present group of aspects, where Saturn opposes Pluto from August 5, to May 26, So, what can we expect in the upcoming year, based on our experience of these aspects in the 20th century? Looking at the times of the aspects, we can see three major themes that seem to correspond with these configurations.
Several of these patterns have coincided with recessions or depressions — the one in was especially harsh. And since World War II, there has been a marked tendency for these Saturn-Pluto aspects to coincide more or less with unrest in the Middle East, especially involving oil. This methodology which is a variation on Pattern Matching is probably the most successful and therefore widely used in mundane astrology Indeed the results that astrology gets regularly from this type of research would greatly surprise opponents of astrology, yet the astrological community seems to have failed to develop this methodology which potentially could be one of its flagships.
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There are many other qualitative methods but as this paper has shown astrology has already paralleled the social sciences in its methods of case study, positive coding, grounded theory and pattern matching. Methodologies that could be adapted for the exploration of astrology by astrologers. As discussed, astrology has been more strongly focused on trying to justify its position rather than on exploring its own subject matter. It seems that where astrologers have produced work of a qualitative nature, it has been in an improvised manner with no common platform of methodology.
The work succeeds or fails depending on the quality of the research work behind it. In all instances the final work may be discussed within the community but never or rarely is the methodology challenged or debated. The astrologer's chosen method of qualitative research is largely uninformed, isolated, ad-hoc and random, thereby frequently producing, in worst case examples, totally useless or at times even ludicrous results It would appear, therefore, that the problem for astrology is that with no standardised astro- methodologies, the astrological community has no method of critiquing or even challenging poor work produced by its professional members, let alone the amateur.
This vacuum allows free reign to its critics. Sadly the resulting outsider criticism seems only to fuel the obsession for acceptance within the scientific model, driving astrologers even further from the rich and unexplored fields of qualitative research work. This is the Newtonian merry- go-round which astrologers have been on since Placidus bought them a lifetime ticket.
However, since astrologers do already use some forms of qualitative research, it would require only a small step for the community to turn these into a series of astro- methodologies. Common to each methodology is an understanding of the reliability of the birth data as well as comprehensive knowledge of the subject being researched. Comedians, for example, perform in different genres and have different motivations and reasons for being a comedian; therefore, logically a researcher needs to look for more than one possible astrological explanation.
The following are a few suggestions based on the work covered in this paper: Astrological Case Studies This is the most common of methodologies but it is generally used in astrology to demonstrate a theory rather than to explore or create one. Once the group had been collected, then the astrologer could conduct interviews with these people, loosely focused around the suspected expression of the horoscopic feature but broad enough to allow for the unexpected to emerge. With this raw qualitative data the astrologer could then proceed in a positivist, interpretive or critical manner Any results would be considered action research because it would potentially be of real value to other astrologers in understanding the examined horoscopic feature18 and provide a platform for other astrologers to conduct further qualitative studies which in turn would lead to the basis of a common platform of discussion amongst astrologers, as well as a bridge to other social worlds.
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Therefore this type of astro-technique could be applied to many questions on predictive work or simple statements such as possible chart signatures. For example, a new astrological experiment is currently being set up for left handedness19, where a simple distinction is made with regard to left or right handedness. This information is then linked to the person's horoscope. Positive coding methods could be very useful with this type of research. This particular experiment is an example of the need for standardised methodologies as it fails to consider that dominancy of hand use in humans is not a bipolar statement but rather a sliding scale.
The key to good positive coding is the necessity for the values to be derived from and well grounded in historical or interview-generated data. Grounded Theory This methodology is one highly suited to any astrological research that required the creation of original theory or new thought in astrology as in the examples previously discussed. There would need to be a sufficient amount of qualitative data available in the form of text or interviews and this data would need to be saturated.
The case studies method could be enhanced with grounded theory if generalisation was the goal of the research. Nevertheless this type of method would not suit all astrologers and the quality of the results would depend on the experience and insights of the researcher. However, it is one of the few if not the only non-scientific methodologies that can lead to generalisation.
Pattern Matching Developing standards with pattern matching would probably bring astrology its quickest results in terms of legitimisation, simply because of astrology's strength in this area. Standards could be set for sampling historical data and for the pattern recognition to be well grounded in the data. In addition, there could be guidelines established around the frequency of the astrological cycles used and the ethics of representing all occurrences of the cycle in the research.
Where possible the historical research should draw on a variety of sources.
In the case of historical global events the research should be grounded in different publication sources or in the case of an individual's life, from interviews, diaries and even other family members. Such guidelines would also need to stress that the original theory being explored through pattern matching was broad enough to allow for the unexpected to be noted, thus allowing the researcher the potential to reveal new insights into the subject.
Astrology and Research — Bernadette Brady 21 In conclusion The astrological community has been in limbo since the time Placidus de Titis attempted to create an astrological theory in order to gain acceptance in the new world of science. Furthermore the community has perpetuated the situation by seeking justification in the eyes of science exclusively and obsessively.
As a result the community is ignoring or ignorant of other methodologies which could empower them to explore astrology rather than prove astrology. With no research astro-methodologies the community has as a consequence been unable to take upon itself what is the right of any epistemological group —to critique the work of its own professionals.
This is a serious weakness which has resulted in the community and therefore its culture being vulnerable to, and damaged by, severe outsider criticism. Yet the rewards of adopting different research methodologies, aside from the compilation of a corpus of qualitative work, could be larger than one may dare to anticipate. The newly emerging science of Complexity Theory has as its central tenet the discovery that complex systems exhibit a tendency to organise themselves into patterns.
Thus at the heart of Complexity is a recognition that, when there are a number of variables that can all react and co-react in the same world, then instead of unpredictable chaos there will be a natural order. In other words, such systems tend to organise themselves into established patterns. The astrological community shares much in common with this thinking. They also believe that complex systems will evolve into established patterns, whether in the life of an individual, the history of a nation or the behaviour of non-living systems like weather.
Indeed the astrological community is in its strongest position when talking of cycles, for at the heart of their culture is the measurable and predicable cycles of the celestial sphere and the planets. Whether such a meeting between Complexity and astrology will prove fruitful is just speculation. Nevertheless it can be argued that if the astrological community can shake off its obsession with wanting justification in the eyes of Newtonian thinking and begin to explore, undertake and give credence to qualitative research projects, it may well find itself legitimised in the eyes of other epistemological bodies and, more importantly, may even start to discover a new future form.
Then perhaps the doubt which was expressed in Gary Phillipson's article may be doubt they no longer need to have. Consequently as the stars rose above the horizon they began to have an influence. Therefore, he concluded, it is time alone which separated the celestial influences and thus it is by time, not space, that the houses should be delineated. Thus there is 80 years of quantitative research. The question of astrology and religion was raised on an audio tape set they produced for the purpose of denouncing astrology.
However, this is a logical conclusion that one can reach when reviewing the last 80 years of astrological research. To unlock the code one must know the two primes used in making the key. This process is called factoring and there is no known mathematical method that can untangle the two primes except by trying every possible variation. If the two primes are of sufficient length, then the factoring process can take more than a million years for the world's most super computers. When generated and stored in a database the particular star and planet combinations for each horoscope yielded a total of nearly , star and planet combinations.
This was the raw data. For every star and planet combination that needed to be researched, the data base was scanned for horoscopes with the particular star and planet set. This gave a possible 50 to horoscopes with thus 50 to biographies to be analysed. Each biography was analysed and notes were attached to each one to aid the coding.
Often additional reading was required to gain greater biographical information or additional mythological information about the constellation or star. A core concept would emerge from this process over a period of weeks and, at times, months.
This concept would be developed into theory and then tested in the original data. Often this testing showed the weakness or inadequacy of the theory and it was then necessary to revisit the coding and memo stages. If the theory, which in this case was the astrological meaning of the star planet combination, was well grounded and thus supported in the data, then it was tested in the field via clients and the general astrological community.
In a few cases the meanings needed to be refined. The entire process for 64 main stars linked with 10 planets took a little over five years to complete. The astrologer agreed and of course failed to predict the winners of any races.
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Unfortunately astrology could not rebuff this foolish experiment because it has no agreed methodology for this type of research. Yet this type of research may respond well to positive coding of horoscopes, grounded strongly in historical data, a methodology which regrettably the participating astrologer had not used. These are then used generally to test a theory. Interpretive research does not predefine dependent and independent variables but focuses on the full complexity of human sense-making as the situation emerges.