Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jonathan Cainer - modern astrology

British astrologist Jonathan Cainer

"Jonathan Cainer (born 18 December 1957 in Central London, England) is a British sun-sign astrologer who writes a daily column on his website, which is reproduced in Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun newspapers in Australia and the Daily Mail newspaper in Britain, in addition to a variety of Internet sites in five or so different languages, including Japanese. He has also written for the (British) Daily Express and Daily Mirror newspapers. His website includes (among other things) daily and weekly predictions, contributions by other writers, and more recently, the weekly predictions for the first Saturday in each month include an overview of the coming month"  (wikipedia)

From Cainer's official website we learn that there is an amazing amount of information available in the heavenly system that supposedly is significant to human beings living on this planet. People are ready to pay good money to learn about what stars have to tell them.
  • Born on a cusp?
  • The truth about your Sign
  • Today's planets
  • Love and friendship
  • Your perfect career
  • About your child
  • Celebrity profiles
The list of what the workings of the Celestial clockwork supposedly mean to us is very practical and down to earth. Learning about the positions of planets is said to help in your love life, solve a problem with your friend, suggest the right choice for your career and the planets tell us also what to expect from the news today.

But on what grounds do the astrologers make such claims? What are the rules of the game, how did they learn about these things? From the ancient ones?

There is apparently an astrological subculture that includes people who speak the same language and use the same grammar, more or less. This does not, of course, indicate that two astrologers would predict the same thing for the same day - only that the expressions they use would be rather similar.

Celestial stamp on this week's new babies personality
Modern astronomy gives very detailed - and impressive - information about the Sun, Moon and planets that this and other astrologists can freely use in their ancient business. The data differs depending on our location on the surface of Earth so a personal accurate profile and forecast requires Time and Location.

"Give me your date and place of birth and you'll be amazed at what I can tell you" 
J. Cainer 

But alas for us laymen, the exact data about the night sky - as displayed in his web pages for October 15 2011 - does not include the significance of these facts. Therefore we need experts to read the stars for us. Here is therefore just a generic description of the principle of the influential aspects for newborn babies born anywhere in the world:

Babies born this week will be Librans - but, depending on the day they enter the world, they may have the Moon in Gemini, Cancer or Leo. All week long, our new arrivals will gain the influence of both Venus and Mercury in Scorpio. So will they be typical Librans?J. Cainer

Personal horoscopes
Practical astrology interests many of us for two reasons
- the possibility that they do get it right and predict something that will happen to us today or this week. (Many dailies carry Horoscope for the day, such as Daily Express and Daily Mirror in Britain - they are fun to read and indeed, sometimes they tell what actually does happen later on that day. You actually did meet an interesting person today, wow!)
- Personality traits, the Twelve Types according to the month in which you were born. You may be a Lion or a Scorpion and so you carry certain personality traits typical to all those born in those months that year of your birth.

Looking at our character in a mirror in this way is interesting and fun. For some people, it goes pretty far and dating services provide for this reason the Horoscope sign for the candidates. Should a Crab get married with a Virgin? Will Fish do well with an Aries?

Daily Express 2000
To learn more about this famous astrologer you can read about him at the official Web site that has his story from Daily Express 2000.

From the Web you can find information about many other modern astrologers.

This is a serious business.

But not all that new ...
From Iron Age Israel we hear God's word 

Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Isaiah 47:13 

And from the inability of the ancient wise men of Chaldea to interpret dreams we are told by the man of God, Daniel

Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;  But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
Dan 2:27-28 

Indeed, there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets - why not to ask His advice?

and Daniel got the job and high reputation

Here is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;

Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
Dan 5:11-12 

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