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Here are some questions commonly asked by new readers of alt.astrology; the answers to each are given after the list of questions in one of the other parts of this large periodic posting. Maintainer's Comments June 2001 This FAQ has been in need of a facelift for some time. I've kept the original subject and the tenor of the answers, only updating the resources referred to. One question referred to a living person who no longer seems to be involved in the group in any way, so I've removed it. I have changed the answer to question 2.1 to reflect the actual contents of the newgroup message. The resources and ftp site are no longer available, unfortunately, so references to them have been removed. All opinions expressed on astrology are those of the original author, not the maintainer. Email your contributions and suggestions for questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, in an email with FAQ in the subject line (all other emails to that address are junked and will not be seen). ****** FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ****** Part 2: 2.1) For what sort of discussions is alt.astrology intended? *** Requests for services *** 2.2) Could someone please cast my chart and/or do a chart interpretation for me? 2.3) I have no idea what to do with my life. Here are my birth data. Can someone please tell me what I should do? 2.4) I was born on a day when the Sun changes sign. Which sign is my Sun in? 2.5) Which Sun-signs are compatible with mine? Part 3: *** Questions about how astrology is practiced *** 3.1) Is the Sun-sign all that is important for assessing personality and for prediction, or is there more to astrology? 3.2) How can one predict the nature of a relationship using astrology? Part 4: *** Questions about learning and researching astrology *** 4.1) Can anyone recommend a good book on astrology for beginners? 4.2) What is the best approach to learning astrology? 4.3) How can I learn about astrology's history and ancient techniques? 11) Where can I find scientific research on astrology? Part 5: *** General questions *** 5.1) I have seen people born within days/hours of one another whose lives are really different. How come? 5.2) What is the meaning of the term "the Age of Aquarius"? 5.3) How is it possible for astrology to work? 5.4) Does astrology control my future? Is it "wrong" to use astrology to learn what the future holds for me? I'm scared. Part 6: *** Questions about birth data *** 6.1) I notice that I need to know the time zone used in the place I was born and the latitude and longitude of my place of birth in order to erect a chart. How can I find such information? 6.2) I do not know what time of day I was born. Is there some way to find out? Part 7: *** Questions about astrological software *** 7.1) Does anyone know if there is any software available for astrology? 7.2) Where can I get a copy of the astrological freeware Astrolog? Part 8: *** Questions about offensive postings *** 8.1) I enjoy many of the postings in this group, but there are one or two people whose postings are offensive and/or there are certain topics that just don't interest me. Is there some way to avoid seeing postings by certain people or concerning a certain topic? Part 9: *** Questions about astrology and the law *** 9.1) Is it legal to practice astrology where I live, and, if not, what can be done about it? Part 10: *** Questions about astrological forums outside USENET *** 10.1) I don't have access to USENET. Is there some other way I can read articles in alt.astrology, such as having them mailed to me or using the WWW? 10.2) Is there any other electronic forum for astrological discussion? *** Questions About Other Astrological Resources *** 10.3) Where can I find astrology stuff on the World Wide Web? Part 11: *** Questions asked with surprising frequency by disbelievers *** 11.1) Every sensible person knows that astrology couldn't possibly work, so why are you people wasting your time? 11.2) How could planetary forces, of whatever nature, act upon an infant when it is outside the mother, but not when it is a fetus in the womb? Why should the forces only have effect at the moment of birth? 11.3) Don't you guys know that astrology depends on a geocentric astronomy? Copernicus blew it away. Astrology can't work because it depends on the view that we are at the centre of the universe, which we clearly are not. 11.4) Don't you guys know that no cause for astrological effects is known? Therefore such effects cannot exist. 11.5) Don't you guys know that tests of groups of astrologers show they do no better than chance? Therefore astrology does not work. 11.6) Don't you guys know that astrology makes an infinity of claims? You could never test them all. Therefore we can dismiss it out of hand. 11.7) Don't you guys know that you can't really prove a negative, such as astrology never working, anyway? Therefore we can dismiss it out of hand. 11.8) Legitimate scientists (or educated people, etc., etc.) universally despise astrology. Can such a weight of opinion be wrong? 11.9) Why don't astrologers consider the fact that when the Sun is in the sign of Aries, it is not really in the constellation Aries?