Prediction: Your State of Mind is Everything

On Saturday 30th October 2021 at 9.00am in Bedfordshire, via Zoom, I’m talking about The Alchemy of News Prediction. This feature contains all the notes from that event. You can watch the clip on my YouTube channel.

Astrology is Alchemy

Alchemy in astrology is you (the astrologer), the calendar, others involved and the question. Mixing that up makes for date-stamped and accurate news prediction, but what part are you, the astrologer playing?

Jung’s interest in quantum uncertainty and the role of the observer in any experiment – like a reading – is worth debate when the world always wants to know the winner of an American presidential election – or the outcome of a pandemic. Your state of mind is everything in these experiments. It’s the crucial ingredient. As I’m discussing at the A.A. Conference, just like Lisa Simpson (below, from Twitter) we experience the universe as a projection of our state of mind. Astrologers project houses.

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Getting It Wrong: The 2016 US Election

In September 2016 The Guardian asked me who would win the US election and on Saturday 1st October 2016 they printed my prediction: Hillary Clinton would win, because Jupiter was in Libra and that favoured equality. A female president.

My state of mind at the time was: distracted, disinterested, busy and – I should not have made the prediction. Most of all, I loathed Donald Trump. I wasn’t a huge fan of Hillary Clinton either but I couldn’t even bear thinking Donald could be a serious candidate for President. (The Guardian story below).

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Wrong call. Bad call. Yet the wrong call was a great gift as it showed me that it is the astrologer’s state of mind, in forecasting, is everything. Beyond technique, as we’ll see in a moment. Because I used a diet cookbook for another election and got it right!

You Get What You Expect

You get what you expect: Jupiter in Libra during the November 2016 US election did mean Hillary Clinton did win almost 2.9 million more votes than Donald Trump. So I was right about women doing well with Jupiter in Libra. But I was wrong about the presidency.

I remember suspecting I would be wrong even as I told The Guardian that Hillary would win – but I didn’t have time to do the chart for Inauguration Day, January 20th 2017, and I didn’t have time to look at all the 20 USA charts in The Book of World Horoscopes by Nicholas Campion – and I certainly didn’t have time to rectify the charts of Trump or Clinton.

They badly needed rectification. The DD (Dirty Data) chart for Hillary Clinton was a problem and so was the fact that Donald Trump changed his birth time from 9.51am to 10.54am.

Astrologers are believers by nature and what you believe will get you the result you expect. I believed I was ‘getting by’ with the prediction, I believed it might not work, and yet I believed in Jupiter in Libra. Astrology delivered.

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Intention and Belief in Prediction

I’m yet to meet an astrologer who doesn’t believe in religion, Buddhism, Wicca or a higher power. Nicholas Campion researched this in his book, Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West (Routledge, London and New York, 2016) and I told him at the time I was a Roman Catholic who was drawn to Tibetan Buddhism. I still am.

The point is, astrologers and astrology readers tend to trust. They accept and take on faith. They believe in the invisible. And all of this is extremely important if we are to understand the science behind accurate astrology prediction.

For all that sceptics and critics say astrology is pseudo-science, it’s closer to the heart of the many worlds theory of quantum mechanics than most people will ever experience. And the gateway to many worlds is trust, belief, acceptance. When a Tarot reader sits down with a cup of tea, and her favourite deck – no matter how weird and wonderful – she is a quantum event.

George W. Bush and Crab Royale

Before I get on to the topic of the Many Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics (also known as parallel universe, or the multiverse theory of reality) I’d like to talk about a correct US election prediction. I hope this will prove my theory that it’s state of mind which is everything when seeing into the future.

ABC Radio called me up in 2004 wanting to know if John Kerry or George W. Bush would win. Exactly as happened with The Guardian, I found myself busy, pressed for time and so on.

The media typically want everything now, or the next day, and with 20 US charts and again, only a C rated chart for John Kerry, I wasn’t keen. (Rodden Ratings, based on the work of Lois M. Rodden in insisting on verified birth data, can drop as low as DD or Dirty Data, as they did for Hillary Clinton).

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I Used A Cookbook and Called It For George W. Bush

I used a cookbook instead. I was new to Bibliomancy, so I followed the rules. Total focus, intense concentration and a clear intention that I really, really needed to know the winner of the 2004 election.

I used the South Beach Diet Cookbook. I found a random recipe. Crab Royale. Clearly the winner would be Cancer-Leo. I looked up the John Kerry chart. Three factors in Leo. Nothing in Cancer. I looked up George W. Bush. Two factors in Cancer, four in Leo. I told the ABC Bush would win. He did.

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Walking Into A World of Prediction

In the Many Worlds theory of Quantum Mechanics, we walk into one world out of trillions whenever we measure it. Just the act of making a quantum measurement decides where we end up. Intention is all. You can use something as silly as a diet cookbook and have a profound result – an accurate result – using astrological symbolism (Cancer and Leo) – but only if you try.

We live with ‘quantum uncertainty’ or constant randomness at the very small particle level. Everything is everywhere, all the time. Until we look. Until we observe. Then it becomes – that. The world in which I could tell ABC Radio the correct result of an election where the polls said Kerry but my cookbook said Bush – is just one of trillions of realities.

Clocks and Calendars

The most common measurement the average person makes is with the clock and calendar. Perhaps longitude and latitude. They wake up, see it’s Saturday 30th October 2021 in Bedfordshire, it’s 9.00am and it’s time to see Jessica Adams talk about prediction.

None of that is real. All of it is a construct. Yet the majority of people trust time, accept the calendar, and believe – this is real. Astrologers are peculiar because their construct is the ephemeris or the software and it’s based on the idea that you can predict the future by studying the past. Yet, according to the Hugh Everett III explanation for the weird behaviour of the quantum world, we’re perfectly in step with Many Worlds.

Many Worlds theory explains why we hit the Cosmic Jackpot with our planet. It’s also known as the Goldilocks World theory and physicist Paul Davies is its creator.

Our universe is fine-tuned for life. Not too hot, not too cold, just right. Like the porridge in The Three Bears and Goldilocks. But why? Davies argues that the multiverse, contains many different universes including ours, which is just right. We won the cosmic jackpot.

Monkeys Writing Shakespeare

This is the idea of there being so many trillion worlds, or trillion realities, that in one of them, monkeys with typewriters are writing Shakespeare. There’s a one in a trillion chance that could happen if you leave them in a room long enough.

Much as I hate to insult astrologers or astrology, the Many Worlds/Goldilocks/Cosmic Jackpot view of reality, so popular with physicists, nicely explains why our predictions come true too. There are a trillion universes where they don’t and we happen to end up in one that does.

Measuring Reality

Measuring reality makes it so. And with all their aspects and degrees, that is what astrologers do. This is the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. “There is nothing meaningful until the measurement is taken,” writes science author Brian Clegg in Dice World (Icon, 2013). “There is no point worrying about where a particle is or what it is doing, it’s just a probabilistic mess. Nothing really exists until the measurement is made.” The Copenhagen Interpretation dates from 1927 and the work of Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.

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Another spin on quantum mechanics is Many Worlds. This was Hugh Everett III’s thesis. “Each time there is a quantum ‘decision’, the universe splits into two. Both versions of the universe then exist in parallel,” according to Brian Clegg.

So, getting it right in astrology prediction is really well explained by our faithfully, unquestioningly, whole-heartedly walking into a world where we have measured transits, aspects, angles and the rest. We trust it will work and it does.

Normal people use the clock and calendar. Astrologers do too but we also use the tools of what Carl Jung called synchronicity. Quirky time. Weird time. You might say it’s a case of things liking to happen together. Like a recipe for Crab Royale and a Cancer-Leo President. If you are going to predict the future, you need to know yourself very well, and your state of mind very well – and to trust your belief so much – that you walk into Prediction World with complete acceptance and trust. Then, in my experience, it will come about for you.

Astrology is Divination

Astrology is divination, which is the view of Maggie Hyde and Geoffrey Cornelius from The Company of Astrologers. Their book with Chris Webster, Astrology for Beginners, Icon Books, Cambridge 1995), sets this out very clearly.

There is no single reality that an astrologer can discover with the right technique. Or a computer. The astrologers, the humans, are at the heart of the work. In their book, Hyde and Cornelius talk about Carl Jung’s “synchronicity version two” which is “implicating the observer in the things observed.” This is the “secret mutual connivance between the material and the psychic state of the astrologer.”

My favourite example of this on television is in Michael Palin’s Pole-to-Pole. He visits Patric Walker on Lindos, his Greek island home, while filming his travel series around Europe. Walker tells him Mercury is Retrograde. Days later, the Palin crew run into frustrating delays. Now, we all know Mercury Retrograde is an illusion. So what happened? (Palin tells the story in his book, below).

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Predicting the News Twice

As I came to know more about the important of intention, belief, trust, acceptance and wholehearted purpose – with astrology prediction – I began making predictions twice. I published them as far in advance as possible, used specific words and dates and got real. This made it more valid for me. It was like a second medical opinion. I used three techniques: The solar chart, the natal chart and the Tarot of Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur Waite, who were astrologers as well as Tarot readers. (The Smith-Waite Tarot, which you can find on this website).

I convinced myself. I walked into the world where it worked, because I trusted that it would, having tested it. And so it came to pass that I called Brexit twice and the 2020 virus twice. I walked into Astrology World.

Brexit Predicted 2015

5th July 2015

ENGLAND LEAVES THE EUROPEAN UNION, SCOTLAND LEAVES ENGLAND

Uranus also dominates the charts for England and Scotland. England will eventually leave the European Union.  Scotland will ultimately leave England. Europe is breaking apart and this is the start.

Brexit Predicted 2016

This ran as soon as David Cameron, then PM, announced the referendum date and a chart could be drawn up.

If the result is ‘Goodbye EU’ in June 2016 the revolution will only gain in heat, energy and power and it’s going to bring in Scotland, headed for Indie status. If for any reason the result is ‘Stay’ in June 2016 then nobody will accept it. This is not the end. If anything, it will only add to the push for independence, later.

The Virus

28th March 2019

ITV  followed this prediction up with an interview on This Morning which has now received one million views on YouTube. It ran on the front cover of The Daily Mail.

“Between Monday January 6th and Monday January 13th, 2020, there will be a critical change in the balance of power between the United States, China and Europe. It will also involve New Zealand, either on questions of trade or as a major non-NATO ally. We, the people, need to track this before it even comes to pass to make sure the stakes are kept as low as possible.

One Last Note – Post-Millennium Bugs, Hackers and Viruses

As an astrologer, I always deal with American readers who type day, month and year dates in reverse order to British and Australian calendar dates. Yet, no matter how you key in the date of the eclipse on 10th January 2020, you end up with what looks like a memorable code. I am going to leave this with you. This is not my area. But I need to mention it. Over to you! This eclipse falls right in the extreme Capricorn ‘change’ weather zone. And when keyed in numerals, it looks like this. Very odd.

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Result: China Reports First Death from New Virus” The New York Times – January 10th, 2020

The Second Virus Prediction – Date-Stamped with WHO

November 11th, 2019

Prediction: “Where is the Chaos in Your Life on Sunday 8th and Monday 9th March? This period is particularly chaotic because we also have a Full Moon in Virgo (organisation and order, clashing with flooding and confusion) and the Sun’s conjunction to Neptune (randomness) across this period. In fact, you can circle these dates in your diary now, because we’re going to see computer and human viruses, and regular traffic, air traffic and shipping affected by wave after wave of rain/flooding.”

Result: “WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic” The Guardian – March 11th, 2020

Cruise Ships Scramble To Find Safe Harbour Amid COVID-19 Crisis” The Guardian – March 16th, 2020

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Synchronicity and the Tarot – Lining Up With Astrology

I hope it’s really clear that it’s intention and focus just as much as technique that brings us accurate prediction. All of the above were used with Tarot cards as well as solar and natal charts.

Please use the Tarot on my website now – quite free to try – with an extended interpretation for Premium Members. See its comment on your horoscope this week, today or this month – which is based on your solar chart. If you are feeling adventurous then use your natal chart as well. This is just another technique, of course, but the key is that you can get confirmation visually, and sometimes see the astrological symbols in the card. This convinces and confirms for you. It builds trust and acceptance. So you can walk into Astrology and Tarot World.

Changing the Past to Change the Present

Can you change the past? Based on quantum mechanics, you can walk into a world where the past can be seen very differently. And that in turn can change your present and future. If you dislike your life then change your house system. There are over 30 houses systems to choose from in Solar Fire. Try to read your own history through all of them until you find a history you like.

A True Story

I’ll give you an example of this. During the Global Financial Crisis a famous pair of glossy magazines would not pay me. This was back in 2008, 2009 which were very tough years for British media astrologers! The tax bills came. I was in trouble. My chart told me I was in trouble, using the Placidus house system. I had Second House and Eighth House oppositions being triggered by some horrid transits.

Changing Your Horoscope and Reality

One day I ran every house system I had in Solar Fire software through the Second World War. All the big events: the start of the war, the D-Day landings, Pearl Harbour, the end of the war, Hiroshima, Nagasaki. I did that until I found a house system that actually worked in back prediction. It was something new to me and I called it the Natural House System. It put Aries on the cusp of the First House, used whole sign equal houses – and so the angles went into houses too. Quite radical!

Testing the Natural House System

All my Premium Members have this chart system delivered to them, so you can try it now if you don’t have one. When I ran my own chart through Natural Houses I ended up with lucky Jupiter in my Second House of money and possessions, and lost the difficult Second House and Eighth House oppositions. I could not believe my good fortune.

I thought about my history, through that filter. Had I been lucky with money and possessions over the course of my life? Yes. Actually, I had. I had won scholarships to university worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. As a teenager I had entered and won dozens of competitions: it used to be my hobby.

Changing the Past Filters

By changing the filter on the past, I had a new horoscope. I could validate the truth of it though I had never entertained having Jupiter in the Second House before! But here’s the clincher. A few hours after sitting with the new chart and throwing out the old Placidus horoscope, I checked my bank account. The thousands of pounds owing to me from the two famous glossy magazines had been paid. Every last penny. If you want to see how others experience life with the Natural House System, just read any of the Comments, below any of the features on this website. There are many thousands of testimonials.

Intention Experiments With Astrology

The point is, in our many, many, many worlds – there is a world which can convince you it’s real – which you can walk into any time. And it may well be a better astrology world than the one you are in now. You just have to try!