In the News (April 2010)

India is issuing a special set of postage stamps - the 12 signs of the zodiac.

The stary-eyed view of stocks. “The chances of a pullback in Indian shares in April and May are greater now due to the close opposition aspect of Saturn and Uranus that occurs in the last week of April.” Read more

Year of the Tiger. "The Year of the Tiger will see a continuation of drought, diseases, flooding and violence in Cambodia, the capital’s fortune-tellers said on the eve of the new year, but the anticipated disasters will do little to seriously impact the Kingdom’s economic development in the upcoming year."  Read more

How can astrologers combat the naysayers? This article and its comments are far too common - so many misconceptions. "Astrology doesn’t work. Shocker, I know. I’ve written on this topic extensively, but of course astrologers send me email — seriously — saying how their flavor of magic works, or that I wasn’t fair, or that if only I faced the right way and triantrilated my fibbertygibbet, astrology would be correct, despite my article very carefully showing that no matter how you slice it, astrology doesn’t work."  Read more

In light of the above, thank goodness for David Cochren's new software. "Astrological Researcher Says Software Product Produces Statistically Significant Results in Promising Pilot Studies"  Read more

But then as astrologers, we must also contend with the fact that astrology scams are now one of the most prevelent on the Internet. "The FBI said this familiar scam has resurfaced in which a victim receives spam or pop-up messages offering free astrological readings. The victim must provide his/her birth date and birth location to receive a free reading." Read more here and here.



What in the world is the sun up to now? "NASA solar physicist David Hathaway reports that the top of the sun's Great Conveyor Belt has been running at record-high speeds for the past five years." Read more. For some fabulous pictures of the sun, click here for the First Light for the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Are Venus and Earth in a long-distance relationship? The heart of Venus may belong to Earth. "Whenever Venus and Earth arrive at the closest point in their orbits, Venus always presents the same face to us. This could mean that Earth's gravity is tugging subtly on Venus, affecting its rotation rate."  Read more

Unlocking the Secrets of Jupiter's Giant Red Spot. "New thermal images from powerful ground-based telescopes show swirls of warmer air and cooler regions never seen before within Jupiter's Great Red Spot."  Read more

The Multiplying Mystery of Moonwater. "We thought we understood the Moon, but we don't," says Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute. "It's clear now that water exists up there in a variety of concentrations and geologic settings. And who'd have thought that today we'd be pondering the Moon's hydrosphere?"  Read more

Moonlets and maelstroms: mysteries of Saturn revealed. "During its six-year scrutiny of Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft has resolved many questions about the ringed world – but it has captured unexplained phenomena too, says Rachel Courtland" Read more

With Gravity’s Help, Cassini Puts On a Saturn Spectacular. "In six years of cruising around the planet Saturn and its neighborhood, the Cassini spacecraft has discovered two new Saturn rings, a bunch of new moons and a whole new class of moonlets." Read more

New pictures of Pluto reveal an icy molasses-colored world with a surprising amount of activity.  Read more

Need a laugh?

    Check out Random Funny Astrology Bits "A differing sense of humor is an unbridgeable gap that divides ordinary humans. Amongst astrologers, it’s the house system they use."