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Russians think of their country as Aquarius ruled, according to Johnson’s “Russia List”. Johnson’s List is a daily e-mail newsletter with information and analysis about contemporary Russia from a wide range of sources. Maybe this is why they are so open to astrology. Aquarius is also the ruling sign for astrologers.

I was reading about some predictions Russian astrologers were making for the year 2002 in an article written at that time by Kevin O’Flynn for Johnson’s “Russia List” entitled “Stars Aren’t Smiling Down on 2002”.

O’Flynn, who quotes Russian astrologers like Yury Longo, Sergei Bezborodny and Alexander Zarayev, doesn’t seem to put much store in astrological predictions himself but he notes that “even several current and former Russian and U.S. leaders and their wives have shown an interest in astrological predictions”. I don’t know what Russian leaders he’s referring to but it is thought that President and Mrs. Reagan consulted astrologers like Sydney Omar, Jeanne Dixon and Joan Quigley.

The comment that caught my attention in the article, however, was this:

“Perhaps the most pessimistic of the astrologers doing the rounds in the Russian media was Alexander Zarayev. He predicted in “Argumenty i Fakty” that Russia would see a bumpy ride between February 28 and March 12 and an even worse time after July 27, with problems in the Middle East and other hot spots. It will be similar to the [ruble] default in 1998,” said Zarayev, who, like many astrologers, was short on details [emphasis mine].

Many writers who cover astrology interviews and predictions don’t understand or like astrology and cover it with thinly veiled ridicule.

There is a reason astrologers are “short on details” and that is what I would like to explain in this article. It has to do with the way our predictions are made and the way we think.

Astrologers don’t associate events by cause and effect. They associate them by analogy, much as poets do.

There are two reasons they use analogy. First, we are trying to explain things that are difficult to put into words, like poets. The poet says,”my love is like a red, red rose” because it is hard to put astrologie into words what an intangible thing, feeling or experience like love is without comparing it to something tangible, of rare beauty and ecstatic fragrance, like, for example, a rose.

Secondly, we are arriving at our conclusions by connecting dots that are invisible to the untrained eye but which exist in our formulas and calculations and lead us to our conclusions without physical evidence. This is why backing up some of our statements is difficult. We know two things are associated through time and space but we ourselves are not exactly certain what they will look like on the manifest earth plane. That is why the Russian astrologer said, “It will be similar to the [ruble] default in 1998.”

If I might qualify Zarayev’s statement, which he himself was not allowed to do in this once-removed report of his prediction, I would suggest that the events he describes are “similar” in gravity and scope, but also perhaps in “tone” and “texture” to the ruble default.

Here’s an example from something you may be more familiar with. I could say that 911 was similar to the Great Fire of London in 1666 and to the Galveston Flood in 1900 (the deadliest natural disaster that the United States has ever experienced) or the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 in scope because these are all catastrophic events of almost unimaginable proportions. But 911 is more similar in tone to the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the Viking raid on the Lindisfarne Monastery in Great Britain in 793 because although these events were catastrophic disasters they were also surprise attacks by foreign enemies on home soil.

Here’s an example of how this kind of reasoning is carried out in event forecasting. Suppose I see that Saturn is going to pass over your Moon in your fourth house. Astrology is a language. It is a way of describing energy. Now we try to come up with some events that are probable, given what we know about this energy. In some cases, we take the nature of the person we’re reading for into account — he could be an 80 year old man or she could be a 26 year old girl — and also what we know of their character and life events from information we request ahead of time.