pattern collection

Astrology isn’t something you “believe” in.

No one says “Do you believe in psychology?” “Do you believe in biology?” “Do you believe in metaphysics?” “Do you believe in zoology?” “Do you believe in engineering?” “Do you believe in sociology?”

Astrology is a science (a social science, or a pseudo science), and it’s not something that requires “belief.“ It’s not a creedal religion.

Christianity requires a belief in the one true God; Vaishnava requires you to believe Vishnu is the one true God, and all others are various reincarnations of him. Astrology has no deities, no moral codes. There’s no rules of conduct, nothing (or no one) we worship. We do not lay claims to knowing the future or past.

Astrology is a set of data. Astrology is a collection of patterns studied vigorously to make predictions about future and past circumstances, and what those may indicate - much like meteorology. 

Astrology is a “science”, a tool, that’s "unverified’ because man lack the ability at this current point in scientific and technological development, in addition to other factors. Perhaps someday this may change; just as Psychology was originally considered a load of horse crap. Once man learned how the brain worked, how hormones and bodily chemicals affect us, studied how our environments mold us, and conducted many other studies - all of which happened quite recently - it became valid.

I believe Astrology will follow down a similar path, with similar results. But for now, let’s step away from the notion that Astrology is about believing in it; it’s about use. 

Either you find Astrology useful, or you don’t. 

Personally, I find it extremely useful. It’s easier for me to say “I have a Moon in Pisces.” than to say “I like time to be alone every now and then. I need to retreat from the world to recharge my batteries. I come back out after a while, but I need isolation.”

Astrology is our language. It’s how we say a lot with only a few words, it’s how we express vast ideas and concepts in an extremely brief sentence. It’s a tool for us to understand and communicate, and hope others understand too. 

Astrology is a tool to gain insight into people that we normally wouldn’t be able

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Three Thyreas.  The humpbacked bees are nest parasites, in this case they lays their eggs in the nests of Blue-banded Bees (Amegilla).  The glittery blue one was collected in the Philippines by C.F. Baker in the early part of the last century.  Baker collected insects throughout the islands and his important collection ended up in the Smithsonian after his early death in the 20’s.

The white one is an unknown species from Ethiopia.  You can see from frazzled ends of the wings this female was relatively old.  Like all Thyreus it breaks into the nests of Amegilla and perhaps other related species such as Anthophora.  An odd rather hump-backed shape for a bee, lovely patterns of short appressed highly plumose brilliant white hairs.  More designs for the fashionistas to copy.