They Tell You About Tomorrow (Jan, 1952)

I love the side bar on the second page which predicts that WWIII will occur in late 1952.

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They Tell You About Tomorrow

Call astrology a science or just plain hocus-pocus, millions of people not only believe in it but actually live by it.

By Lester David

CAN the stars foretell your future? Can the sun, moon and planets pierce the veil which shrouds the years ahead and tell you if you will become a millionaire, warn you of tragedy swirling your way, predict how long you will live?

Three million people in the U. S. and countless millions the world over fervently believe they can. These are the devotees of astrology. They include industrial tycoons who won’t sign a contract or build a factory unless their horoscopes say they should, top diplomats and rulers eager to know about world policy trends, and Hollywood stars who won’t start a film without a nod from the heavenly bodies.

Recently, the president of one of New York City’s largest banks, accompanied by the head of a far-flung mining company, came to the office of astrologer W. Kenneth Brown in Manhattan for advice. They had an opportunity to join in the purchase of a vast stockpile of metals in England, but if the venture failed it would be a great financial blow to both. Was it a good idea or wasn’t it? What did the stars say?

Mr. Brown, whose clients include some of the top-flight names in business and finance, charted horoscopes for his visitors, studied them carefully and several days later gave them this advice:

“Go ahead with the deal; it will turn out successfully for both of you.”

But to the mining company president he issued this solemn warning: “Saturn is coming in opposition to the sun on your horoscope and it means your health and vitality will be adversely affected. I advise you to retire and take it easy after you complete this deal, otherwise the strain of work might be too much for you.”

The mining executive went to England and subsequently made a fortune on the metals deal. But he did not heed the second bit of counsel. Three months after he returned to this country he dropped dead of a heart attack!

Was it coincidence? Was it superstitious mumbo-jumbo? Or was it the inevitable influence that powerful cosmic forces exert on the life of every individual on earth ?

Whatever you believe, this much is certain: time and again predictions, ranging from forecasts on world events to prophecies on an obscure individual’s business problems have come true with startling accuracy. Millions of people attest to it— housewives, store keepers, teachers, insurance men. They seek guidance from the heavens on their careers, health, love affairs, the proper time to have a baby, get a divorce and even when to hit the boss for a raise.

There are at least 25,000 practicing astrologers in the U. S. providing this guidance and they have established a fantastically thriving business in the process. They receive fees ranging from $25 to $250 for consultations, many of the more exclusive ones drawing checks as high as or higher than those of eminent surgeons and psychiatrists. One astrologer, who practices in Boston, got a total of $50,000 from Wall Street operators alone in just one year. Another, who handles the socially elite, regularly earns $100,000 a year.

Scientists have attacked astrology in words both genteel and sharp, labelling it everything from “a discredited science” to “the slickest fraud ever perpetrated on a gullible populace.” The Boston and Cambridge branch of the American Association of Scientific Workers, following an intensive investigation by a special committee, concluded that astrology is wholly without scientific foundation, has long since been superseded by present-day knowledge and that “our fates rest not in the stars but in ourselves.”

Professor Adolph E. Meyer of New York University declared witheringly: “Each year astrologers rake in something over $200,000,000, soothing the worries and woes of the U. S. in reassuring mumbo-jumbo that Einstein himself would have a hard time following.”

The astrologers, on the other hand, battle back furiously against their critics. They point to astrology’s 4,000-year history and declare that science cannot casually dismiss the records and observations of 40 centuries. They claim astrology is as much a physical science as geology, depending on ascertained facts. They believe in it, as Grant Lewi, a noted practitioner, puts it, “for the same reason others believe in the multiplication table or the intoxicating effects of alcohol—it works.”

And they use as their sharpest weapons of rebuttal such amazing stories as these:

In Chicago, a manufacturer had a chance to buy a warehouse full of high-quality cloth at a ridiculously low figure. It was a steal at the price—he couldn’t possibly go wrong. But he sought advice from his astrologer. To his utter astonishment, the planets advised firmly against the investment. He wrestled with the problem for a week and the lure proved too strong—he bought the stuff.

A few days later, with the contracts signed and delivered, a fire broke out in the warehouse, destroying every bolt of cloth inside. But the full extent of the catastrophe was yet to come: the fire insurance on the merchandise had lapsed and the buyer suffered a total loss on his purchase.

Myra Kingsley, astrologer to a host of theatrical luminaries including Basil Rath-bone, Conrad Nagel and Gladys Swarth-out, predicted the end of the European and the Japanese war almost to the month. Hellene Paul, a New York astrologer, predicted King Edward’s abdication and his marriage to Wallis Simpson. And in January of 1940, she said Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands would be ousted by Hitler. In her book, Astrology, Its History and Influence in the Western World, published in 1942, Ellen McCaffery wrote that America’s part in the war will last four years and that “victory for the Allies comes in sight after January, 1945.” She hit it on the nose.

Miss Kingsley once told a young girl her stars showed she was destined for a career as a movie actress—but she also had two brothers, of whose existence she was totally unaware. The girl refused to believe the second half of the story—refused until she discovered shortly afterward that she had been adopted as a child and her real father had remarried and was raising two sons. Later she went to Hollywood and you know her today as one of filmdom’s reigning movie queens.

Nicholas de Vore, president of the Astro-logic Research Society, once predicted that a newborn baby would fall into a coma on the fourth day after birth. Despite scoffing by the doctor on the case, the mother who had requested the horoscope insisted that a special nurse be assigned to watch the baby constantly. The symptoms came on schedule and the nurse swiftly summoned the doctor. They fought for six hours and the baby survived. Had he been allowed to slip into the coma, his life would have flickered away in the nursery.

The late Evangeline Adams, high priestess of modern astrology, jolted the nation time and again with her astounding forecasts. In fact, she did it with her first client, the proprietor of the old Windsor Hotel in New York City. She read his horoscope and alarmed him with the prediction that disaster was rushing at him full tilt. A few minutes later, the Windsor Hotel burst into flames. The awed owner told the story to the newspapers and the next day Miss Adams found herself a national figure.

In 1918, she teamed up with G. E. Jordan, Jr., and together they predicted a staggering array of historical occurrences, including the stock market crash of 1929 and the attempt to assassinate President Roosevelt in Miami in 1932. In 1923, Miss Adams and Jordan were married. As the final event in the strange partnership which had stunned the world with its accuracies, Jordan forecast the date of death of his own wife.

Evangeline Adams died peacefully in November 1932, within 22 minutes of the exact time Jordan said she would!

These were just a few of the times when astrologers hit the nail of the future squarely on the head. But are they always right? No! Astrologers have also flopped dismally in their predictions.

Take the time, back in 1939, when one of the most highly touted and successful Hollywood practitioners published the following forecasts of things to come:

Adolf Hitler will meet a violent end within two years.

Franklin D. Roosevelt will not run for a third term because if he did, he would lose. Shirley Temple will not marry until she is 24 and when she does the marriage has every chance of being happy and lasting. So what happened?

Hitler was alive and well and waging a frightful war when the two years were up.

Franklin D. Roosevelt not only ran for a, third term and won but ran for a fourth and won that, too.

Shirley Temple married at the age of 19 and the marriage broke up shortly after.

Consider this point too: many astrologers predictions come true but couldn’t this be because they make so many?

After all, even you can chare a few hundred forecasts and the law of averages will see to it that some of them come true.

Yes, leafing back over some of the astrological forecasts can sometimes be mighty embarrassing. A British seer was certain that World War II would not arrive until the mid-1940’s. A French astrologer was equally certain that the war, once begun, would end no earlier than 1950. And many have predicted the demise of one Josef Stalin long before this but Uncle Joe is still around.

These are only a few of the actual, recorded feats, both successful and unsuccessful, of the astrological cult. Let’s look still further—what is astrology anyway? What’s it all about?

Is it occult stuff served up with darkened rooms, heavy incense and practitioners who dress in flowing robes and pointed caps like sorcerers of the middle ages?

Far from it. In fact, the astrologers themselves are the first to blast the phonies who label themselves wizards and cunningly extract big dough for their hocus-pocusing. Says Paul G. Clancy, editor of American Astrology magazine, one of the leading publications in the field: “It is truly unfortunate that sincere astrologers are at present powerless to prevent ignorant and unscrupulous persons from calling themselves astrologers and using astrology as a front for rackets.”

The true practitioners are members of the American Federation of Scientific Astrologers, which has its headquarters in Washington, publishes a yearbook and holds annual conventions. Members, many of whom have swank offices in professional buildings, adopt none of the trappings associated with crystal-ball gazing. They are briskly businesslike and a consultation, far from resembling a seance, is no different than talks between lawyer and businessman or psychiatrist and patient.

Astrology says just this—the character of every human being is determined by the position of the stars, planets, moon and sun at the moment of his birth. Thereafter, he is affected for better or worse, according to the original astrological sign of his birth, by the changing positions of the heavenly bodies all through his life.

The keystone of astrology is the horoscope, from which all predictions, character analyses and judgments about what should or should not be done are made. It is called a chart, a wheel or a nativity. It is a circle divided into 12 “houses,” each of which relates to some phase of human life, such as money, love, work, old age, hopes, wishes. Superimposed on each house are the 12 ancient signs of the zodiac, each of which relates to certain parts of the body. These include Gemini, related to the hands and lungs; Virgo, the intestines and bowels; Libra, the loins; Scorpio, sex; Sagittarius, the thighs; Pisces, the feet; Taurus, the throat; Aquarius, the ankles and calves; Leo, the heart; Cancer, the stomach and breasts; Capricorn, the knees, and Aries, the head. Finally, the horoscope includes the ten heavenly bodies (eight planets, the sun and the moon) each of which represents some motivating power-Venus, for example, means drawing power or attraction, while Mars means energy.

When a client comes in, the astrologer wants to know the year he was born—the place, month, day, hour and minute, if possible. From this and other information, he draws up a horoscope in which the houses, zodiac signs and planets have a different relation to each other, depending on the specific information given.

Then the astrologer makes his interpretation, a vastly complicated thing based upon the known inter-relationships of the marks he has made on the horoscope. He might come up with something like this: “Saturn is in the 12th sector, and Mars is on the cusp of the 1st in Pisces, opposing Neptune.” Gibberish to you—but to an astrologer that means you are a psychopathic case.

The complex art is by no means a new fad. Developed by the ancient Babylonians, it spread to Greece, Rome, India, China, Egypt, reaching such a point in Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries that kings would not declare wars, sign treaties or enact laws unless the stars said they could. In fact, in 480 B.C., the Spartans refused to march to the support of the Athenians against the Persians at Marathon because the moon was in the wrong phase.

Rulers of old were not the only ones who sought counsel in the heavenly bodies. There once was a man named Adolf Hitler, who appointed generals to command his armies only if they had a good astrological aspect, and who waited until the stars were right before he made a move.

Hitler became interested in astrology back in 1923 when the German astrologer, Baron von Sobottendorff cautioned him against any major undertaking in November. But Adolf spurned the warning and launched his beer-cellar putsch in Munich, which got the little corporal carted off to jail. His cell-mate in the Landsberg prison, Rudolph Hess, reminded him of the astrologer’s words and Hitler began boning up on the stars in earnest. From then on, he believed in them utterly.

One of the most amazing, and least-known facts of World War II is that the Allies actually waged a counter-astrological warfare against Hitler.

Knowing that the Nazi leader took his horoscope mighty seriously, Britain established an agency known as the Psychological Research Bureau and placed at its head a noted astrologer, Louis de Wohl. Captain de Wohl plotted the horoscopes of Hitler and his -chief aides, following as closely as possible the “good” and “bad” days. Britain thus knew at all times what Hitler’s astrologers were telling him. It was the first time since the Thirty Years’ War, de Wohl said later, that astrological warfare was waged.

Here’s how it worked. In 1940, after the fall of France, all Britain was girded for a Nazi invasion but the big question was when. De Wohl was asked to determine what Hitler’s astrologers were advising him. He came up with this—Hitler could count on luck for a major enterprise between November of 1940 and mid-February of 1941. But weatherwise, an invasion of England at that time would be sheer folly. The first really good opportunity for an invasion of an island after that, de Wohl continued, would come only in the last part of May, 1941.

Britain marked time all through that long winter. Hitler did not invade. And then, in May, the Fuehrer launched his invasion of an island. But the island was not England. It was Crete!

Probably the most astrologically-minded nation on earth is Siam, where few things are ever done without consulting the seers.

From political coups to love affairs, the astrologers predict. Here is what happened when a father asked astrologer Hellene Paul to draw up a chart for his daughter.

In July or August of that year, Miss Paul told him, the girl will marry a man much older than herself and of a different nationality or religion. In mid-July, the father went to a railroad station to see his daughter off on a trip.

Standing with her on the platform was a man to whom he was introduced and together they said goodbye to the girl. When the train pulled out, the stranger faced the father and said:

“I have known your daughter quite a long time, sir. With your permission, we’re going to be married within the next few weeks.”

The stranger was much older than the girl. And he was of a different religion. And they were married in August.

Was it superstition? Coincidence? Hocus-pocus? Or can astrologers really tell you about tomorrow?

In any event, while the controversy continues, astrologers all over the world disregard the skepticism and go busily about their way predicting wars, love affairs and long trips—sometimes correctly and sometimes not.

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  1. huh says: July 14, 20085:00 am

    That’s a fairly impressive prediction for “WW3”, which was really just the cold war. It’s pretty accurate.

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