Is astrology relevant to consciousness and psi?

Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (6-7):175-198 (2003)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Abstract: Many astrologers attribute a successful birth-chart reading to what they call intuition or psychic ability,where the birth chart acts like a crystal ball. As in shamanism,they relate consciousness to a transcendent reality that,if true, might require are-assessment of present biological theories of consciousness.In Western countries roughly 1 person in 10,000 is practising or seriously studying astrology, so their total number is substantial. Many tests of astrologers have been made since the 1950s but only recently has a coherent review been possible. A large-scale test of persons born less than five minutes apart found no hint of the similarities predicted by astrology. Meta-analysis of more than forty controlled studies suggests that astrologers are unable to perform significantly better than chance even on the more basic tasks such as predicting extraversion. More specifically,astrologers who claim to use psychic ability perform no better than those who do not. The possibility that astrology might be relevant to consciousness and psi is not denied, but such influences, if they exist in astrology,would seem to be very weak or very rare.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,069

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Tracking the soul: with an astrology of consciousness.Joe Landwehr - 2007 - Mountain View, Mo.: Ancient Tower Press.
A New Quantum Theoretical Framework for Parapsychology.Chris Clarke - 2008 - European Journal of Parapsychology 23 (1):3-30.
On the philosophy of psi.Magne Dybvig - 1987 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 30 (September):253-275.
What is beyond the edge of the known world?Jean E. Burns - 2003 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 10 (6-7):7-28.
Transcendence.Imants Barušs - 2003 - In Imants Baruss (ed.), Alterations of Consciousness: An Empirical Analysis for Social Scientists. American Psychological Association. pp. 187-210.
Trance.Imants Baruss - 2003 - In Mind. American Psychological Association. pp. 135-159.


Added to PP

624 (#25,772)

6 months
74 (#53,225)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Ivan William Kelly
University of Saskatchewan

Citations of this work

A Secondary Tool for Demarcation Problem: Logical Fallacies.Tevfik Uyar - 2017 - Kilikya Felsefe Dergisi / Cilicia Journal of Philosophy 4 (3):85-104.
Astrology Pseudoscience and a Discussion About Its Threats to Society.Tevfik Uyar - 2016 - Journal of Higher Education and Science 6:1.

Add more citations