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15 January 2011 @ 03:25 pm
In Which Your Obedient Serpent spends more time than this story merits on a placeholder entry  
What all that Ophiuchus nonsense really means.

Short form:

  1. This ain't new.
  2. It's called "precession".
  3. Astrologers only pay attention to astronomy when it makes news.
    1. I suspect that most of the people bitching about Pluto's demotion are, in fact, more cognizant of astrology than astronomy. It took them decades to start incorporating Pluto; it will take them decades to start leaving it out.
    2. Contrary to the claims of some contrarians, this would, in fact, apply to "western astrology" and not just some obscure branch of "Eastern" or "Hindu" astrology (at least as much as any astronomical datum applies -- see 3. above). That claim is just as uninformed as any of the others.
    3. There is going to be an immediate explosion of "New Astrology" texts. Within a generation, possibly two, the "New Astrology" will be entrenched.

There might be more later, but really, I doubt it's worth my time.

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Your Obedient Serpent: coyote durp durp durpathelind on January 16th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
In which Your Obedient Serpent gets an inkling of context
... you've been commenting on the contents of my entire LiveJournal, haven't you?
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one in a billionsiege on January 16th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
Eh. Someone noticed it about 1850, 1900 years ago. Nobody cared then, they'd already devised their systems.

Supposedly, one system doesn't rely on what's visible in the sky, so much as what's in position on the system map. As far as I can tell, it doesn't matter.
Paka: pied crowpaka on January 18th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Hey, this is off-topic, but http://www.wocstudios.com/dracopedia.htm got mentioned this weekend and I wanted to make sure you had the link.