Artist’s Statement

There is a huge lack of understanding among the general populace about what astrology really is, its role in human civilization, and how it came into general disdain and ridicule. As astrologer Rick Levine says in an interview, “astrology has an incredibly complicated PR problem.” This is in no small part due to the popular newspaper and online horoscopes, which make most professional astrologers cringe.

It is not well known that astrology is a legitimate profession, practiced by incredibly smart people, some of whom have multiple academic degrees. Here and there, we get hints that professionals in banking and finance hire astrologers to time market transactions, but this practice also isn’t well known. Not many people know there even is such a thing as medical astrology, much less that it is used in conjunction with conventional Western medicine to help assess and treat illnesses. Increasingly, astrology is being incorporated into psychoanalysis, especially Jungian psychology. Astrology is a powerful tool for self-discovery and personal growth, in an era when more people are seeking greater spiritual awareness.

My purpose is to educate simply by putting the information out there, at a time when more and more mainstream media are beginning to address astrology. In early 2011, for example, all of the major networks and news publications carried the story about a Minneapolis astronomer’s astonishing (and totally inaccurate) “discovery” of an alleged 13th zodiac sign that ended up trending on the Internet for three days. More recently, Forbes magazine did an article featuring financial astrologers and their track record in predicting trends in commodities and money markets. Astrology is coming out of the closet, so to speak, and people are curious about it.

Finally, I firmly believe that astrology is a powerful tool for spiritual growth and healing. People who would like to try it but are afraid for fear of being ridiculed might decide after seeing this film that it’s really OK to consult a professional astrologer. And it might just make the world a better, saner place.

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