Saturday, January 16, 2010

What will be, will be!

A man went to an astrologer for a reading. The astrologer told him that he would die 3 days later being hit by a car. The man thought, "If I stay home, then I will not be hit by a car and I will not die."

Three days later, the man stayed inside his house enjoying a well-earned holiday at home. It was a house with a loft overlooking the living room where he watched TV. His five-year old son was playing with a diecast alloy car on the loft. The car flew off the loft, dropped and hit the man's head. He died.

The astrologer was very accurate, right? The story passes out a fatalistic message that no matter what you do, you cannot change your fate.

There is a song in the fifties: Que Sara Sara. This is the first part of the lyric:

When I was just a little girl,
I asked my mother, "What will I be?
Will I be pretty, will I be rich?"
Here's what she said to me:

Que sara sara,
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours to see.
Que sara sara,
What will be, will be.

A lot of people misinterpret this song as saying "Whatever will be cannot be change no matter what we do. " Therefore, will a child grow up to be pretty and rich will all be predetermined. There is no need to know our future. Just accept whatever come to us.

In fact, the line "The future's not ours to see" is the essence of this song. It tells us that the future depends on what we do today. Therefore it is not ours to see today. What will be, will be the result of what we do now.

Astrology can be accurate about what comes to us. It cannot be accurate about the outcome because we have a choice what to do and what not to do. This affects the outcome.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Experimental Error

When we collect data to be applied to a formula, we talk about accuracy. That is to say, we want the accuracy to be as close to 100% as possible. This involves the accuracies of the instruments used to get the data. This also involves the way the measurement is taken.

Let us say, we have to measure 4 items: A, B, C and D.

Assume that A can be measured correct to 1 decimal place, B correct to 2 decimal places, C correct to 3 decimal places while D correct to the nearest whole number.Then the accuracy of the experiment is not even correct to the nearest whole number.

The problem of using the birth year, month, day and hour to get the correct natal chart is from the birth hour. Yes, we use true solar time to define the birth hour. Since we are using the clock to measure time, we have to take care of the accuracy of the clock, we have to adjust to standard time if there is Dayligh Savings Time. We have to adjust to longitude and we have to take care of the equation of time. All these are in our control.

However, we do not know for sure how and when the birth hour is taken. It may be half an hour after the baby is born as it is very busy in the delivery room.

Well, then the accuracy is not better than half an hour off no matter how careful we have taken care of all other items.

Therefore, there is nothing to boast about how accurate the natal chart is. The ancient astrologers have taught us that if the chart does not reflect the life of a person, then we must examine two other charts.