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Courtney Roberts, MA

2017 was a tough year here, between Hurricane Irma and some health issues, but we still managed to get some cool research done. I can honestly say that the projects we’ve completed and the results we’ve generated, often against all odds, have changed the way I see the zodiac, the elements, the diurnal positions & the way I interpret charts – all for the better! Working from the evidence brings so much more confidence and clarity. I can only speak for myself, but throughout a lifetime in astrology, I’ve often been stymied by the myriad of conflicting ‘expert’ opinions, as well as conflicts arising from my own observations – not to mention the possibility of free will intervening! The evidence-based approach is a great relief for me, and for anyone working in areas like finance or business astrology which demand a definite answer. A solid body of evidence takes a lot of the confusion and guesswork out of those moments of unique doubt and conflict which only a horoscope can give rise to… I’ve tried to share that experience, as best I can, in my article on Evidence-based Astrology in the upcoming issue of Dell Horoscope; an article which also gives readers an opportunity to quickly test their own biases & see how they might be getting in the way. Check it out!

Pop Stars: Angular Houses vs. Gauquelin Sectors Our class research project (from the 2017 Online Forums: Research Astrology 101) has yielded some intriguing results. In designing this experiment, we asked a simple, but important question. If we collected a data sample of timed birth charts of Popular Performers/Pop Stars; multi-talented, stand-out personalities, many of whom were very famous at a relatively young age, would we find that they were born with more planets 1) conjunct the angles, 2) in the angular houses, or 3) in the Gauquelin sectors? We got some very definite answers, from the 1002 charts we compiled, which we will be sharing in detail on Day 1 of the Kepler Conference Online, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at 7:00pm EST in the Canaveral Research Open House. Were you taught that the ‘angles’ of the chart: the Ascendant, MC, Descendant and IC, are the most important, or sensitive points? How about the angular houses? Would they contribute more to fame than cadent or succedent houses? Has anyone ever conclusively demonstrated that those claims are true? Have you ever tested them? The Gauquelin work has been scrutinized and replicated more thoroughly than anything else in astrology, and our results actually point to the Gauquelin sectors, rather than the angles, as key for professional success as a popular performer, which confirms what other researchers have found for other professional categories. However, this project has also raised important questions about how we define the Gauquelin sectors, where they start and end, etc. Still, if you’re not using the Gauquelin sectors, why not? Many astrologers aren’t comfortable with Gauquelin’s findings, as they do seem to conflict with what traditional astrology has always taught. That apparent conflict gave rise to our second research question about Whole Sign Houses. Many classical astrologers used them, and Indian astrology still does. So what happens to birth planets in Gauquelin sectors if we switch to Whole Sign Houses? Do they suddenly become angular? Would that resolve the problem? Short answer: no. These results have renewed our commitment to better understand and more effectively use the Gauquelin sectors. We’re even planning a special Gauquelin Day for our online research forums in the spring, to keep the focus on these important findings. We hope you will join us.

Planetary Influence on the Success of NFL & NBA Head Coaches – A Replication At the risk of repeating myself, I have to say that doing this project made me a much better astrologer. I presented the initial findings at the 1st Kepler Conference a year ago, and Ed Snow published an ANS article on this shortly after. It’s a relatively simple project, but simple ideas can be the most powerful. All I did was compare the planetary positions of all the NFL Head Coaches who have won a championship in the Super Bowl era with all the NFL Head Coaches who didn’t. If astrological planetary influence is just a myth, there shouldn’t be any significant differences between the two data sets, and certainly not any complementary differences. In other words, if the champions are strong in one direction, the non-champions should not be strong in the opposite direction, etc. That was the Null Hypothesis, which has been overridden by the alternate hypothesis because that is exactly what we found: Significant differences between the two data sets, in both the signs and the elements of the Tropical Zodiac that are also significantly complementary. These results opened my eyes to important insights about ‘who’ & ‘what’ makes a successful Chief Executive, and who/what doesn’t! For instance, Capricorn is a big ‘yes.’ Gemini? A big ‘no!’ More importantly, it taught me distinct astrological differences between the kind of people everybody likes and wants to work with/for (air signs), and the kind of people who genuinely get the job done (earth signs). This is valuable information that you won’t find in any astrology book anywhere. It only emerges when we organize the data effectively. I completed the paper during the year, and it’s due to be published in the upcoming issue of Correlation. One of my favorite parts of this paper is the literature review. In the future, if/when anyone claims that there’s no evidence for the influence of zodiac signs or the astrological elements, please point them to that literature review. When we make the effort to compile and compound the evidence, it’s pretty impressive. Not only is there a lot of evidence out there, often in the most unlikely places, but when we pull it all together thematically, in one place, suddenly the lights go on! I can personally commit to doing a lot more of that in the years to come. So throughout 2017, we’ve undertaken the arduous task of creating the same two data sets for Head Coaches in the American National Basketball Association (NBA) That’s the most time-consuming and difficult part of a project like this: collecting the data and making sure it’s right. You can just go ahead and assume that the first edition will be full of mistakes, but you have to catch them upfront – not during the later stages of analysis! There’s only a limited number of people who can do this kind of work, and ever fewer who are actually willing! Still, the payoff at the end of all that hard work makes it more than worthwhile. While we would naturally expect to find some astrological differences between NBA and NFL Head Coaches; and we do, we also found many significant similarities; again in the signs and elements of the Tropical Zodiac. When we combine the data: NFL/NBA Champions vs. NBA/NFL Non-Champs, that’s when it gets really interesting! So I will be presenting this project, including the literature review and the new results with the NBA data, as well as what I have learned from it all, on Day 4 of the Kepler Conference Online: Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at 9:30am EST.

Plus, Rahul has done an inspired job in comparing the NFL Head Coaches’ natal planets in both the Western Tropical Zodiac versus the Indian Sidereal Lahiri Ayanamsha. It’s really not an either-or proposition, folks! We will be presenting those results, and the important insights they yield, in our special panel on Research as a Bridge between Vedic & Western Astrology on Day 3 of the Kepler Conference Online: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 11:00am EST. You can learn more, and register here. That’s our warm-up for our upcoming presentation in Calcutta, at the International Astrological Conference on Indian Vedic Culture and Western Astrology, where we will be exploring a series of studies on the same theme. These kinds of analyses showcase some of the inherent consistencies of both systems, building an important bridge between Western & Vedic Astrology. We’re more committed now than ever to using both zodiacs in our R&D. It’s a tremendous boost to our accuracy, as iron sharpens iron. BTW, hope you got a chance to read my article, ‘The Future of Astrology Meets the Astrology of the Future,’ in the latest issue of The Mountain Astrologer.

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