Though few seem to notice, astrology has been advancing on the front lines of science for decades, astrologer Courtney Roberts, MA, reports in an article for the December-January issue of The Mountain Astrologer (TMA) magazine.
“New astrological research results are piling up, thanks to the heroic efforts of dogged researchers who are working away unfunded and largely unnoticed. We have our heroes, those who have made every sacrifice to stand up to skeptical pseudo-science.
“They all deserve support and recognition,” she writes.
Roberts is organizer of the Kepler Conference, an annual event to showcase the latest efforts by research astrologers to test the efficacy of astrological truth claims. The 2018 conference was originally scheduled for January 25 -28 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., but the recent hurricane season forced organizers to reconsider plans.
The Kepler staff moved the international conference online after Irma ripped away the beach and destroyed infrastructure at the conference venue. The dates for the online conference remain the same.
Roberts is director of Florida-based Canaveral Research. She is a graduate of the MA program in Cultural Astronomy at Bath Spa University (UK), and her academic specialization is the role of astrology in the history of science.
“Johannes Kepler was a passionately spiritual scientist who was one of astrology’s foremost researchers. The idea for an international conference named in his honor arose out of a meeting with astrological researcher and software developer David Cochrane in 2015.
“Both David and I envisioned an annual research conference to deliberately cultivate the growing body of astrological research results. The response from the community was swift and heartening,” she said, adding:
“Astrologers and researchers from five continents gathered at the beach on Florida’s Space Coast to share their most promising work at the first Kepler Conference in 2017.”
Roberts says the conference organizers aim to deliberately compile and compound the evidence for planetary influence, and to encourage the replication and publication of research results. The desired overall endgame is a genuinely evidence-based astrology with reliable products and services.
Many of the world’s leading research astrologers will be participating in the online conference. Program details can be found here.