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Is Prediction Killing Astrology? ISAR Panel at UAC 2018

Is Prediction Killing Astrology? ISAR Panel at UAC 2018

This is a recording of a panel discussion that took place at the United Astrology Conference in Chicago last month titled “Is Prediction Killing Astrology?”

The panel was organized by the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) as a free pre-conference event that took place on May 23, 2018, as a precursor to the United Astrology Conference, which then took place over the course of the following week.

The panel featured the following astrologers, listed from right to left as they appear in the picture from the panel above: Samuel F. Reynolds, Christeen Skinner, Steven Forrest, ISAR Vice President David Railey as moderator, Chris McRae, Rick Levine, and Chris Brennan.

Here is the description of the event that was put out by organizers ahead of the panel: “A 6-member panel will discuss and debate this highly-charged topic, with the purpose of creating awareness – and possibly a consensus – on the role of the astrologer addressing the issue of future events.”

The panel was partially organized as a result of some of the failed predictions surrounding the 2016 US presidential election, and discussions that resulted from it in the astrological community, including a piece by Steven Forrest titled The Perils of Astrological Prediction.

The panel discussion ended up focusing on the role of prediction in astrology, and whether astrologers can and should predict events.

The panelists were selected through a vote by the ISAR membership last year.

There is both an audio and a video version of the recording of the panel available, and you can find links to both below.

Watch the Video Version of the Prediction Panel

You can watch the video recording of the panel on Youtube here:

Listen to the Audio Recording of the Prediction Panel

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  • Chris, thanks for posting this as I missed it at the conference. Many important points were raised, especially regarding the public image of astrology as portrayed to the media – can we as a community be more conscious and careful about how we do this? And about the wisdom of silence, which we learn from experience – not all predictions need to be imparted to the client. Astrology presupposes prediction – however we wish to phrase it – can we use it to help clients take responsibility for their lives? Can we use it with kindness, no exceptions?

  • As I was unable to attend the conference (indeed it’s been a few years since I have been able to attend any conference) I really want thank you for posting this panel discussion. It was fascinating, challenging and/or affirming to many of my own thoughts and I am re-energised to begin attending more astrology conferences in the future.