This week, we interviewed Frederick Woodruff, who writes WOODRUFF, a publication about astrology, tarot, and culture.
It's telling that the majority of comments here are obviously from people who didn't read the f-ing interview, where Woodruff states clearly that astrology is not a science, it's an art form that involves one's imagination with the larger cycles that define our day-to-day reality on earth.
The movements of the sun and the moon, the four seasons, all of our holidays, all of the names that demarcate the days of the week are part and parcel of the same ancient astrological origins. So you might deride astrology but you live, move and have your being within it 24/7.
There's a cogent quote from Camille Paglia on Woodruff's site and I'm gonna leave it here as she parses out succinctly the entire puzzle of rationality, ignorance, art, divination and astrology:
“People who dismiss astrology do so out of either ignorance or rationalism. Rationalists have their place, but their limited assumptions and methods must be kept out of the arts. Interpretation of poem, dream or person requires intuition and divination, not science.”
I'm surprized at all the negative comments here, something I haven't seen much on Substack. Astrology is "anti-science" when Mr. Woodruff clearly states that it's an art, not science? Also, there's nothing "absolutely true" about science; f.e. Descartes declared that animals can't feel, not pain, not joy, not sorrow. Because they don't have a soul and therefore are nothing but machines. This "scientific truth" has changed considerably, although there are still some scientists who don't have a problem with Descartes's view. Read Thomas Kuhn: "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" and paradigm shifts.
What a breath of fresh air this interview is!
It's so cool of substack to feature an astrologer who uses Jungian archetypes and next-level psychology in his readings. I've read Woodruff for a long time now. The wit, the smarts, the art references. I suppose whenever you do something different, shine a new light on an old subject, all the trolls come out to tell you how they would do it differently. Of course, the trolls' whole trip is to complain as they are unable to create.
I need only repeat what Susan Sontag said when Pop Art was causing hysterics, dismissed as unserious or, by the real idiots, as anti-American. Sontag said:
"The only valid criticism of a work of art is another work of art. "
Lunatics attempting to explain the houserules for the inmates. Forecasting anything using the infinite complexity of the layout of our entire universe of universes, is an ethereal dream/scam. Nice gig if you can get it - hope they don't have to pay by the hour. Bye-bye Substack.
I would appreciate that you totally ignore me and my life. Thank you.
Astrology is actually witchcraft. (Not astronomy; ASTROLOGY.-don't confuse the two) The Bible warns us very clearly to steer clear. 💥💥💥💥
Do we really need more deception? 🤦♀️
this guy was the guy complaining loudest about the new verification badges
I guess you complain loudly enough and they will feature you out of pity
You should consider getting a paper route, and learn to earn a living like the big boys who wear long pants.
Thank you for this post.
Be very interesting to ask FW to have a look at the I Ching.
As a divination tool the I Ching does actually tap into one's own subconscious directly.
I understand his use of computers to draw charts.
The electronic I Chings are useless. As a major facet & important part of the process, requires the seeker to handle the sticks that will make up the hexagrams.
Thanks Frederick, just trying to understand how this works. My first wife was a Tarot reader... still is I imagine, from that cool pool of IS'ness where she lives now. Got stuff to do right now but I think you must be on my list now...
You can call me double 00Fuzz... or Fuzz for short.
Well, if anyone would like any life advice based on the wisdom found in movies, which includes ancient wisdom as well as modern understanding, "moviewise: Life Lessons From Movies" is here:
Really? I'm surprised that Substack would highlight anti-science superstition that increases the sum total of ignorance in the world. But that's the way of the world these days, I guess.
Eschew the woo.
So can I assume your opinion is based on your study of the subject? I don't believe in Germ Theory but my decision is based on a number of books I've read about it and openness to the possibility that I could be wrong.
You'll see......everyone will.
How can I respond to some of his questions?
I am an American living in Lithuania near Ukraine.
We help Ukrainian refugees fleeing from Russian Terrorists. We have Ukrainian volunteers who risk their lives bringing food and supplies to the innocent civilian population. We care we share. I simply publish firsthand accounts of the Ukrainian people's stories of what it is like to be the target of Putin's Terrorist war on the people. I will have a new post this week. I was visiting my family in the US the last 2 months.