On the strength of tight versus wide and applying versus separating aspects by Kyösti Tarvainen, PhD Correlation, Vol. 35(1) 2022, pp 17-23 Abstract Many astrologers have stated that tight aspects (with narrow orbs) are stronger than aspects with wide orbs. But in four sets of data (altogether over 50,000 charts), no consistent support was found for this claim. Concerning another aspect classification, many astrologers use a larger orb for applying aspects than for separating ones. These aspect types are defined by Hand (1981) as follows. When the faster planet is moving towards the exact aspect but has not yet reached
Association between alignments of the outer planets and global news highlights – a study of mundane astrology 1984-2021
Association between alignments of the outer planets and global news highlights – a study of mundane astrology 1984-2021 by Johnson Holt, PhD. Correlation, Vol. 35(1) 2022, pp 9-16 Abstract A significant association (p < .01) was found between the occurrence of tight aspects (orb < 1°) that the five outer planets make in the sky and the occurrence of independently sourced historical highlights over the period 1984 to 2021. The aspects considered were all conjunctions and oppositions between Uranus, Neptune and Pluto and the same aspects these planets make with Jupiter and Saturn. The number of news highlights in a
The Physics of Astrological Ages by Robert Tulip, MA (Hons), GDIA The Australian National University Correlation, Vol. 34(2) 2022, pp 17-34 Abstract Astrological Ages are periods of 2,147.6 years in which the equinox points move backward through successive zodiac constellations. Their physical effect on the Earth can be understood through analysis of three orbital movements. Firstly, the precession of the equinoxes marks the slow shift of the seasons against the stars, observed since ancient times. Secondly, precession combines with orbital cycles of the perihelion, axial tilt and orbital eccentricity to drive long-term climate change. Thirdly, the movement of the Solar
Meta-Analysis of Recent Advances in Natal Astrology using a universal Effect Size by Robert Currey, BSc. (Hons), D.F.Astrol.S. Correlation, Vol. 34(2) 2022, pp 43-55 Abstract One of the key measurements in any quantitative study, the effect size (ES) is scarce in research into astrology. Often it is unreported, unknown or unknowable. When the ES is listed, it is in terms that are hard to compare with other studies. In a quest for a simple universal ES, six methods are reviewed. Cohen’s kappa is rejected due to serious issues in favour of a formula for calculating Pearson’s r from the p-value
How machine learning addressed an ancient claim Descriptions of 7,152 mundane events correlate with celestial positions. by Renay Oshop Correlation, Vol. 34(2) 2022, pp 35-41 Abstract The belief in a correspondence between the planetary positions at the time of a world event and those at a similar event at another time is ancient and still claimed today (Tarnas, 2006). Using a database of 7,152 dates of world events from Wolfram Research, the short descriptions that accompany each date are quantified using a technique known as embeddings. Embeddings, a gift from machine learning, are a way to measure similarities between text.
How aspects to a Pisces Sun enhance potential fame by Kyösti Tarvainen, PhD Correlation, Vol. 34(2) 2022, pp 11-15 Abstract This research is a continuation of Michel Gauquelin and Suitbert Ertel’s studies into whether eminent persons have more aspects than expected. “Extreme case sampling” is applied to this issue by anticipating that eminent people with the Sun in Pisces have more aspects to the Sun than expected. This hypothesis is based on the astrological notion that Pisces, as the last sign of the Zodiac, does not have a strong desire for personal advancement. Therefore, for attaining fame, those with the