Thursday, June 30, 2011

Astrologer's Words of Wisdom ~ Bernadette Brady

Some words of astrologer Bernadette Brady have remained in my memory long after reading them, in Gary Phillipson's book Astrology in the Year Zero (published 2000). This a book of interviews with astrologers and researchers into astrology, edited and compiled by Gary Phillipson.

Bernadette Brady referred to the world that rejects astrology as "Flatland"; and the fable Flatland written by Edwin Abbot provides an excellent way of thinking about this issue. In Edwin Abbot's tale, beings that exist in two dimensions (as lines, circles, squares and so on) find their world being intruded upon by three-dimensional beings. These intrusions are incomprehensible; as a sphere passes through Flatland, for instance, it appears to the inhabitants as a circle that expands, shrinks and then disappears altogether. Their ability to make sense of the world is limited by the structure their minds impose upon experience. (page 195)

Bernadette Brady M.A. is a professional consulting and teaching astrologer who lives in Bristol, UK. She holds a Master's Degree in Culture Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University, UK . In September, 2006 she was honoured by the Astrological Association of Great Britain and awarded the prestigious Charles Harvey Award for "exceptional service to astrology".

A microbiologist at the time, Ms Brady came to astrology via her attempts to disprove it. There's a report of an interview with Ms Brady by Gary Phillipson at Skyscript. Her own website is HERE.


Wisewebwoman said...

On much the same topic, T, I am consistently astonished at the super-religious who refuse to even THINK about the size of the universe and will not LOOK UP.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~ Yes, another example of that Flatland-ish mentality.

Of course, the highly religious would accure me of having that same mentality with regard to their faith.

Hmmmm ...I guess we're all Flatlanders in some respect.

Twilight said...

I meant to type accuse - they'll never cure me!

James Higham said...

Well, one is hardly likely to "disprove" astrology, as there are no criteria by which it can be measured.

Twilight said...

James Higham ~~ Richard Dawkins and a whole army of skeptics/sceptics think differently.

The proof lies within the experience of each individual - if I can see astrology working - sometimes - that's proof for me that "something is happening here, but I don't know what it is". In the instances where it doesn't work that doesn't disprove it, it may be indicating that perhaps astrologers throughout the ages had it skewed a bit, or didn't/don't understand what they were/are dealing with.

Same with religion I guess. If an individual sees their God/god/goddess working, it's proof enough for them......etc.