Judith Hill Interview

A Lifetime of Astrology

An Interview with Judith Hill

by Tony Howard
This Interview was first published in the December 2011 issue of The Mountain Astrologer magazine

Judith Hill astrologerJudith Hill is a lifelong, second-generation astrologer and award-winning author. She has given more than 6,000 in-depth personal astrology readings and excels in most branches of Classical Western astrology, but she is perhaps best known for her medical and vocational work, to which she has devoted much of her energy.

Judith is a gem and a great asset to the Oregon area, where she has a long and successful local astrology practice and teaching presence. She is truly one of Oregon’s best-kept secrets. Her books are practical and detailed; through them, she shares a wealth of knowledge, the kind that can only be gained over a lifetime of research and direct experience.

Her books include The Astrological Body Types; Medical Astrology: A Guide to Planetary Pathology; The Lunar Nodes: Your Key to Excellent Chart Interpretation; Vocational Astrology; The Part of Fortune in Astrology; Astro-Seismology; and The Mars-Redhead Files. Judith has recently written and lavishly illustrated a delightful book of twelve profound and amusing children's stories, entitled Mrs. Winkler's Cure (under the pseudonym Julia Holly).

Judith administers an online course in Medical Astrology through her website.

She can be reached at www.judithhillastrology.com

This interview with Judith was recorded in February 2010.

Tony Howard: Who was your first astrology teacher? How did you meet, and what was his or her most profound influence on you?

Judith Hill: My father was a fine amateur astrologer. When I was three, he would sit me on his knee, and we would peruse his fine collection of hand-drawn charts, which he kept in a blue binder. Being a strange child, I was fascinated and took to astrology quickly. Between ages 10 and 14, he tutored me in the fine art of reading natal and transit charts. I spent almost the entire ninth grade studying astrology.

Fritzi Armstrong’s Metaphysical Town Hall bookstore in San Francisco was one of the first stores offering a full shelf of astrological books. This was a major pilgrimage site of mine between the ages of 10 and 25. I’d bus downtown as a twelve-year-old and get lost in the book stacks.

I gave my first professional paid reading at 14 years old, following an intensive four-year study period and what one might call a semi-apprenticeship. In my later teens, books were my main teachers, augmented by lecturers. Breadth being important, I made deep studies of palmistry, phrenology, anthropology, numerology, prophecy, world theology, music, art, herbology, and gemstones.

Astrological lectures were held at Moe’s and Cody’s bookstores in Berkeley, California. In my twenties, I became one of the denizens and lecturers at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness, in Berkeley. The renowned physicist Arthur Young founded this incredible place. Friday night symposiums were conducted on an endlessly wide array of “far left” science and esoterica. During this period, I was privileged to rub shoulders and work closely with many of the greatest questioning minds of the late hippie era, including inventors, researchers, and scientists. We were studying Arthur’s theories, too, and no scientifically savvy astrologer’s education is complete without reading Arthur Young’s The Geometry of Meaning and The Reflexive Universe.

Arthur briefly hired me to perform astrological experiments with progressed astrology. I remember that we were tracing every detail of the life of actress Lillian Gish. I miss that place.

TH: The documentary, Following Sean, features Sean Farrell, a man looking back on his childhood growing up, as you did, in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco in the late 1960s. It was filmed in 2005 as a follow-up to the 1969 student short film, Sean, which includes candid conversations with four-year-old Sean on location, and both films offer a unique, intimate glimpse into those mythic times. Looking back, what is your perspective on the way that same environment shaped your understanding of, and interest in, astrology?

JH: Since I grew up in the Double H Print Shop (my parents’ business) right on Haight Street, obviously the neighborhood and times were a powerful influence on me. The most astonishing and brilliant individuals passed through our living room on a daily basis. The average hippie on the street was astrology-positive. Haight Street at that time was not dissimilar to an open insane asylum. Everyone was pushing the limits, challenging the boundaries. Any child growing up in that milieu would be exposed to a wide palette of alternative thought, and I was no exception. People’s interest in Eastern philosophies and mysticism was burgeoning. Astrology was far more accepted and in vogue among the young. My ten-year-old friends all knew their Sun signs and the general traits associated with them. This would be considered astonishing today, but it was normal to us. And I wonder if there are even any young people today who are enjoying such an experience.

TH: Can you recall any of the characters that passed through your living room during this time period who influenced your thinking?

JH: The great author Tillie Olsen was close friends with my mother. They both grew up in the Yiddish-speaking communities of New York. There was the great Jewish artist Si Lewin (who is still living) and Chet Helmes, who ran Family Dog Productions. Janis Joplin, rock producer Bill Graham, Marty Balin (of Jefferson Airplane), and some of the great poster artists like Wes Wilson all paraded through the family print shop in need of poster production. The cartoonist Ashley Brilliant — I remember him well, a tall, handsome man with wild black hair and beard — was often chatting at the front desk with my mom. Recently, I read a book on the history of the early Haight Ashbury. It surprised me that our print shop was never mentioned, because it was such a hub of activity in that era, and right on the street! It was a wonderful place and time to grow up. Artists, musicians, writers, and activists of all kinds came through our space.

TH: So, it sounds like that environment allowed you to experience astrology without any doubt of its validity or of yourself for being interested in it. Was there ever a time when you reacted against this freedom with skepticism?

JH: A skeptic at heart, I had to prove astrology for myself. When the NCGR offered a skeptic’s challenge of astrologer's skills, I enthusiastically accepted. Two of us passed the test 100% — myself and Heidi Lutts. As a result of this experience, I've designed several methods to test astrology on its own ground, the way astrologers actually work. Someday, maybe we will get the chance to do this kind of testing. My approach in astrology is not to “believe,” but to test the validity of any claim with direct experience. When a lot of data goes continually in one direction, I begin to assume that something is going on. Each chart is a test. I learn new things with each reading, each client. You can see astrology working every day in your own life. However, you must learn to separate your own expectations and belief system from what you actually do find.

TH: A lot of your time has been spent doing astrological research. What are the key areas you have been interested in? And what are some of the discoveries that have most shaped your perceptions?

JH: Astro-genetics and astro-seismology are two areas in which I spent a combined ten years working with statistics and scientists. Mark Pottenger was most helpful with the genetics statistics. There were a lot of other helpful people, including professors and intentionally incognito experts who had privileged access to data. One thing that became obvious was how easy it would be to design projects that would prove astrology “works.” Astrologers have more than once fallen for the ruse of matching Myers-Briggs or similar self-descriptive psychological personality tests on paper to astrological charts. This does not work! It would be like asking someone to take a Spanish exam given by a Chinese interpreter without first establishing common definitions for pronouns. These personality tests provide information such as: “Subject 33 describes herself as level 10 ‘feminine’.” The astrologer is then asked to match her to a “feminine” chart. But no one has defined what this word “feminine” means as a testing definition. The hapless astrologer thinks of pink slippers and Pekinese dogs. Subject 33 thinks it means an aerobics class in tight leotards. And therein lies the conundrum. Astrologers can’t win at this game and, as a group, rarely score higher than 50%. And of course, the press has a heyday with this, denouncing astrology as “myth.” Well, of course they would! I’d be happy to share my research designs with anyone who is genuinely interested. We could prove that astrology “works” if we test highly skilled astrologers — separately, as individuals — on their own terms with their own methods.

TH: Tell me more about the testing method you’ve designed. Can you elaborate on your thought that “someday, maybe we will get the chance ...”? What do you envision?

JH: The tests I’ve designed place astrologers in their own environment, with their own tools, mind, and language. (Most tests separate astrologers from their own language and are thus designed to fail — for example, requesting that the astrologers match psychological surveys to charts!) These tests could be groundbreaking, because the results could prove to the general public the efficacy of true astrology in the hands of the proficient, experienced, and educated professional. This is something that has not been done successfully to date.

There are several ways this could be done properly. I'll describe one design here for an astrologically valid Astrological Skills Challenge using medical astrology:

The astrologers chosen for this skills challenge must be tested and proven professionals in full-time consulting practice, with at least ten years in the field of medical astrology. We would not ask a basketball player to test himself with a baseball exam. To the media, any astrologer accepting the skills challenge will be reported as representing all astrologers. Should the astrologer fail the exam, this result will be touted by the media for years to come as proof to the general public of a failure of astrology!

For this exam, the astrologer is presented with sets of two or more birth charts and must sort them by medical diagnosis. This test is unique in that the owners of the birth charts need not be present.

The horoscopes used must be for persons whose:

1. birth data are accurate from birth certificates only, and the Ascendants are not on or near the cusp of a sign.

2. diagnoses have been verified with the attending physician’s signature.

The astrologer segregates the charts into two groups from within the following pairs:

Group A: Persons of ages 20–45 who are not obese and who suffer from chronic, severe high blood pressure (hypertension), versus persons of ages 20–45 who suffer from chronic, severe low blood pressure, inhibited circulation, and edema at the ankles.

Group B: Persons who suffer clinical catatonia, versus persons who suffer violent mania with severe hyperactivity.

Group C: Persons over 40 from the same cities (in order to rule out the effects of variations in drinking water mineralization) who have suffered from repetitive, chronic kidney stones and/or kidney failure, versus persons over 40 who have never suffered from kidney stones, nor any other kidney ailment whatsoever.

Group D: Morbidly obese adults over 30 who have always been obese since childhood and cannot easily lose weight, versus emaciated adults over 30 who have always been severely underweight since childhood and cannot easily gain weight.

The astrologers tested should be permitted and encouraged to prepare for this test by studying the natal charts of non-test subjects who suffer these identical maladies. Following the test, each astrologer’s scores should be posted individually, not collectively. Why? Because this is an individual test of skills, and astrology is an individual “science.” This way, we avoid the trap of one inept astrologer’s score influencing the scores of the skilled. If several astrologers can perform at the level of 70–100%, then we would have a real victory for astrology.

TH: You received a research grant from Arthur Young and his Institute for the Study of Consciousness in Berkeley. What work did you do with the grant, and what did you learn from that experience?

JH: Arthur Young invited me to present the astro-seismology research completed by Mark Polit and myself at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness. In case your readers do not know Arthur Young, he was the brilliant physicist who developed the Bell Helicopter and solved several problems with helicopter flight. He was also an avid astrologer who resolved the connection between astrology and physics with his mind-boggling book, The Geometry of Meaning. The year before he died, he hired me to perform various tests on his astrological theories. I like to tell people this story because we must correct this notion that “scientists don't believe in astrology.” Some of them do! Some of them are astrologers, but of course this makes them unpopular with their fellows. The grant money I received was used to fund the Redheads Research Project, with Jacalyn Thompson. We studied Mars’ angular position to the Ascendant in the birth charts of naturally redheaded people.

TH: What did you learn from your study?

JH: Globally, we learned that natal Mars distribution curves by angle to the Ascendant vary considerably between populations of natural redheads and non-redheaded Caucasians. Non-redheads have a predictably “flat” line distribution through the chart, with a tiny rise here and there. The “Redhead Curve” has notably large peaks and valleys. We had approximately ten groups of redheads, and they all showed this anomalous curve line. It is visually clear.

Take Mars placements within 30 degrees on either side of the Ascendant, and compare these with Mars birth placements opposite — 30 degrees on either side of the Descendant — then place these numbers side by side for redheads and non-redheads. Invariably, the redhead population will have a higher ratio of Mars on the Ascendant side and a lower ratio of Mars on the Descendant side. The difference between the two numbers is the exciting thing — rather high in every group. This differential will vary between highly significant and just under significance, but the redheads will trump non-redheads every time both in plain numbers and in the look of the curve. Redhead curves visually look alike and nearly match each other. Non-redhead curves are nearly flat. The results of this last study and my final observations were published by Borderland Research Sciences Journal. Noted researcher Nick Kollerstrom also performed some private analysis and scrutiny of these last results, though I am not sure where his conclusions were published. We also noticed many other phenomena in the study, too numerous to explain here.

TH: You must have identified some interesting patterns while working with all those statistics. Can you share any that stand out?

JH: One discovery was that patterns always exist, and these patterns vary for each study topic. The seismic work we did (myself and Mark Polit) showed that each region of the Earth had its own earthquake patterns. There was no one pattern for all earthquakes worldwide. However, the patterns that we found were amazing and could not have occurred “randomly.” Areas of the globe turned out to be as unique as people. I’ve always wondered if this is due to the mineral content of the soils. Chemist Lily Kolisko proved — and Nick Kollerstrom later replicated in his astonishing book, The Metal–Planet Relationship — that some metals in solution respond (on camera!) to lunar transits to their associated traditional planets; this response is seen in the first ten minutes following the conjunction, as I remember. Following suggestions from Rudolf Steiner, the German chemist Lily Kolisko was the first to visibly demonstrate the effects of the transiting Moon upon metals in salt solution. These findings discount the claim that “there are no studies that prove astrology.” Actually, there are now several studies that show positive results. Arthur Young once told me, “You can win the battle but you can’t win the war,” when it comes to the current anti-astrology climate in science.

TH: With your research background, how do you feel about the trend toward the “astrology of possibility”? And by that, I mean forms of astrology that focus on promoting the concepts of free will and personal choice over determinism in a reading. Your work suggests that you are aligned with this approach, yet free will and personal expression present a core problem when trying to “prove” something solid about a certain symbol. How do you work with that?

JH: One cannot “prove” anything specific about a symbol because a symbol can represent many possibilities. This is why Jacalyn Thompson and I chose to study Mars in the charts of redheads. One could not argue our results on psychological grounds.

My approach to this problem is to try to discern what actually happens in the lives of my clients by thinking about the concept of karma. Hindu theology accepts the idea of variable karma. One child has very fixed karma and perhaps is born with a harelip. Another might be born talented and wealthy. Another individual has flexible karma, where little is fixed, and whose life resembles a tumbleweed in motion. The average person is a combination of fixed and flexible karma. Fixed karma may dominate one area of the chart, and flexible karma another. Or we might find karma showing up strongly in one area of the life and not another. I have seen many examples of this. The birth chart gives us quite the window into the issue of fixed vs. flexible karmas.

There are many types of karma. In the West, we tend to think of karma as “what goes around comes around” or “tit for tat.” However, we have “practice makes perfect” karma, too. We start up new karmas all the time. “First Cause” happens each minute, as we perform new thoughts or actions that bear fruit later on. Yet, no first cause can occur without having itself been born of manifold rivers all flowing together “just so,” to produce this first cause. In one sense, free will exists, variably. Think upon your own life, character, and circumstances. Are you “free”? Where, when, and how much? We discover that our concept of free will is highly variable. The profound study of astrology leads the mind into these great questions. Wonderful!

TH: What sparked your interest in medical astrology?

JH: I've always been crazy about herbology and natural health. At eleven, I was reading Back to Eden and everything I could find by Edgar Cayce. Long hours in high school were occupied in Golden Gate Park (San Francisco), dodging among the hippies (literally) and studying wild herbs. I would have become a naturopath if I hadn't gotten sidetracked into astrology!

One day, a roommate brought home a rare copy of Introduction to Medical Astrology by William M. Davidson, and the game was on. Here was a real doctor explaining medical conundrums through the window of cosmo-biological charts. I found his other book, Medical Astrology and Health, even more interesting.

Then, there was Robert Jansky’s Modern Medical Astrology, which was fascinating; Cornell's Encyclopedia of Medical Astrology; Max Heindel’s 1929 work, Astro-Diagnosis, a Guide to Healing; and the book, Case Notes of a Modern Medical Astrologer, by Margaret Millard, M.D. I took to all of it like a duck to water. It worked. The mechanics of medical astrology are such that if one acquires depth of skill, a world of insight is opened into “unsolvable” cases. And of course, knowing safe timing for treatment and surgery is of immense value. Why, I wonder, with all this knowledge, are surgeries still scheduled during eclipses and Full Moons? It is well known, even among nurses and the police, that people hemorrhage more during those times.

TH: Medical astrologers like you are in short supply. Why do you think that is?

JH: It takes a bit of work. Anyone aspiring to practice medical astrology must also get a grip on anatomy, disease processes, etiology (causes), and nutrition. Perhaps, too, there is a legal barrier. You cannot legally diagnose or prescribe, so a lot of prospective medical astrologers may think, “Why bother?”

TH: Can you share one or two cases in which you've seen a medical astrology reading have a profound positive effect on a client?

JH: Oh yes, a good one. First, please note that I never give “Medical Readings”; I only give lessons in medical astrology, using the client’s birth chart as a hypothetical example. A well-known acupuncturist/Chinese herbalist fell quite ill. No doctor could find the cause, and she eventually turned up in my office. Her lesson chart suggested an insidious poisoning “in the air.” She admits that, at the time, she thought I was nuts. Anyway, she contacted me a few months later to inform me that I was the only one who correctly saw the cause. Some workmen visiting her home discovered that she had a carbon monoxide leak and would probably have died had she not slept with her window open! All five or so doctors had missed it, but there it was, right in the birth chart we examined in the lesson. It did not take a genius to see this, just a simple, direct knowledge of basic medical astrology.

TH: A good astrologer learns how to navigate through a sea of possibilities when interpreting the symbols. With medical astrology, precision must be more important, especially when attempting to give people practical information. What is your approach in this regard? Do you tend to describe all possible interpretations to the client? Or do you have methods that help you to get more precise?

JH: First of all, you cannot legally give diagnostic advice or treatment. What you can do is give a lesson in ancient medical astrology, using the chart as a hypothetical example. And of course, you can use the art for your own study purposes. First, the student must have a thorough grasp of signs, houses, nodes, and planets — and what body parts, organs, and glands these “rule.” He or she must have a complete grasp of the case at hand and of both symptoms and causes (etiology). For example, there are many possible correlations for headache. The astrologer must know all possibilities, because the chart will potentially reveal which one is the correct cause for this particular case. And to make that determination, one must know the rulers. For instance, if the cause of the headaches was mineral deposits in the kidney tubules, you would need to know what that might look like astrologically.

TH: You’ve had an extensive focus on vocational astrology. And your book on the subject is very practical, especially with the inclusion of all of those chart examples! Have you had the opportunity to talk with someone a few years after a vocational astrology reading, to find out what they did with the information? And can you share one of those stories?

JH: Oh yes, this happens a lot. Twenty years ago, I gave a vocational reading for a 16-year-old boy, at the behest of his worried adoptive mother. He was living in a home for wayward youth. Everything in his birth chart suggested a great cartoonist and a fine skill with graphics, and I shared that idea with him. Although he was deadpan and silent throughout his reading (most teens are, in the office), he heard this.

Fifteen years later, I received a phone call from this same young man. He relayed that he had gone to great effort to find me because he needed to extend a big “Thank You.” Taking the hint from his chart reading, he went into cartooning and graphics. At the time of the phone call, he was a successful and happy cartoonist and Web designer.

Another fantastically amusing case comes to mind. My co-researcher Mark Polit had me do the chart of his infant daughter. I kept seeing “she will be looking into distant worlds, physically,” or something like that. This is how Mark relates it. I kept describing the physical objects, but also the quality of looking into the distance at the same time. It puzzled me.

Today, his daughter is an astro-geologist, with a working focus on the planet Mars. At that time, so many years ago, I had no idea that such a vocation existed! I could only describe it in the same manner that the visiting Polynesian tribal chief described his first sighting of doorbells in England: “small carvings of mammary glands that, when pressed, emit a shriek.”

TH: When you're sharing the options available for someone during a vocational reading, do you also point out choices that might be inappropriate?

JH: If the chart shows a tendency toward drowning, then I might find it appropriate to warn against a career in undersea photography. Sometimes, a client is drawn like a lemming to a self-destructive path or perhaps to a vocation where the “fixed karma” of their finances is stacked too heavily against them. In these cases, I may be compelled to mention something.

TH: I've been thinking about how some astrologers come across to clients as being very authoritative. But the client is in control of this perception, in large part. Some astrologers like to use the word “should” — for instance, saying that one should pursue a certain type of career, or that one should learn a certain lesson, as indicated by a symbol in the birth chart. To the client, this information appears to arise organically, as if the reading is dictated by the universe itself and is merely being deciphered by the astrologer. So, too much weight is given to the interpretation. And yet, the “shoulds” that come up are ultimately of human design. Also, the whole concept that we should move in a certain direction at all feels like a human construct. What are your thoughts on this?

JH: Wow. This is a supremely important question. This question should be used in all astrological training programs! Because of the human animal instinct to always seek leaders and alphas, we consulting astrologers do very much have this problem of “authoritativeness.” Our words can have too much power.

So, to work with this, we astrologers first need to be aware of our potential near-Godlike status to some clients, especially male astrologers who will be reading mostly women's charts. We have an enormous responsibility here. I've witnessed many female clients who were in complete despair, even anguish, due to what an astrologer told them. The client gave the astrologer’s words huge authority and power. The subconscious of the client can be wide open during a reading, and unknowingly, a hypnotic command can enter, substantially influencing the client.

We must each study up on how this process works, its potential, and how to avoid it! Each astrologer “should” have a means of diffusing the client’s tendency to take their word as absolute. When astrologers sense that a client has come to the table looking for The Great Authority, they need to clap their hands and wake that client back up!

For instance, I often explain to clients that my reading is not the Word of God, and I can be wrong. The information that I share from the chart reading comes from ancient sources, many astrologers who have recorded their experiences, plus my own experience and intuition. Still, I can be wrong. Or I can be close and still not saying the precise word the client needs to hear. Also, the chart may suggest hundreds of things that I do not understand. Despite all that we know, your chart is a brand new thing in the universe — an individual.

So, I may say to a client, “Keep your ears open to what feels right for you. There is much we do not know.” The planets are as weather, and the client is the farmer. It is so important to place psychologically subordinate clients right back in the driver’s seat! Hand those keys back to them, and empower them to use their transits to the best avail.

All that said, occasionally I do see something so clearly that the “should” or “shouldn’t” word is used. Still, I make it clear that the course of action is always the client’s choice.

TH: Regarding your work with the lunar nodes, do you feel that the Moon's nodes clearly outline a direction to move in that is healing for the client? And if so, can you share one client story in which you’ve had the opportunity to know how the client applied such energy to positive effect, after learning the information from the reading you presented?

JH: This is a huge question. A book could be written — and just was: my book, The Lunar Nodes: Your Key to Excellent Chart Interpretation. (Editor’s Note: This book was reviewed in the Feb./March 2010 issue of The Mountain Astrologer.) Many clients have been saved from financial ruin merely by my warning them to leave the stock market prior to Jupiter or Saturn’s arrival on their South Node. I have received some thank-you letters around that kind of advice. My experience, though, is that most clients don’t listen to such warnings. I may say, “Don't go horseback-riding when Mars crosses your South Node.” And naturally, this is exactly when the client will go horseback-riding. One client called to say she remembered my words as she was flying through the air. It makes me wonder...

TH: How do you feel about the current state of astrology as a profession? Do you see the profession as being in a growth phase? Do you see astrology one day gaining enough respect that it will again be taught and studied in our universities?

JH: I am concerned about what may be a decline in interest. And of course, with all the easy fast-food astrology, I wonder how the skill level is out there. I don't know, but I suspect it’s slipping. As a student, I read the best of the Illustrated National Astrological Journal (1933–35), and every article in it was genius and clear. My view is limited to the West Coast, but the general culture in my area derides astrology as much as ever. Younger students are continually confused about what to give weight to in a chart (is Jupiter equally important as an obscure asteroid?) and which books are the best. The information and choices available are all vastly more complex, and yet the attention spans are not trained to focus on clear thinking and chart-reading skills. I start my students on memorizing the basics, collecting horoscopes, and mental training. It has been difficult for me to find students who will finish the simplest homework assignment, much less memorize anything. One can only hope that my experience is not universal.

Old slow-style learning trained the mind, hand, and heart. Drawing up charts by hand plugs one personally into the universal oneness and source of information, in an ineffable way not so easily accomplished with “cold” computer-generated charts. Before reading a chart, I always, without exception, take the extra trouble to put it in my own handwriting. I take this as an act of respect to the soul of the client. Everything slows down when we get away from the computer. There are some conveniences lost in doing so, but much regained.

Being primates, our nervous systems are imitational. Now our nerves are attempting to imitate the speed of a computer. This may explain the epidemic of insomnia and also why so many people are hyper. Have you noticed the disjointed and rapid-fire speech patterns of our youth? An astrologer who wishes to really “feel” into the universe needs an inner core of peace. We need to slow down. My students must take the extra time to cogitate over a chart drawn in their own hand. And in the same way that compost creates a healthier garden, this investment will help them to develop a profound mind.

As far as new astrologers entering the profession, potentially brilliant astrologers may not choose a field where they face derision and suspicion. However, I see a bright future for astrology in science. Today we are seeing the development of chronomedicine (www.londonintegratedhealth.co.uk/chronomedical_assessment.html) and chrono-oncology, both of which involve the importance of timing in medicine. MDs, naturopathic doctors, and nurses abound who attend medical astrology seminars. I rarely meet a naturopath or an acupuncturist who is not interested in astrology. The old prejudice is falling away in some circles. But there appears to be considerably less interest among young people to invest themselves in a dedicated academic study of professional-level (non-pop) astrological sciences than there was in the 1960s. No doubt there are complex reasons for this decline, and some of them are likely financial. The good news is that the younger generation seems far more accepting of all persons traditionally outcast, including astrologers. In time, this will produce a new climate for astrology.

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