"REALITY CHECK"
Astrology has a very bad reputation.  However, every culture that has ever left a record of its
existence has had some kind of astrology.  Not because they were stupid, ignorant, or unscientific,
but because they looked up in the sky and observed.  Only in recent years, has western culture
tried to demonize it.  Based on unscientific and unsupportable supposition, many in the scientific
community have bashed the idea without examining it at all.  Simply dismissing it because it didn't
fit their world-view.

What modern science does not understand, and refuses to research using their own scientific
methods, is labeled as superstitious and silly.  Thomas Halley, of "Halley's Comet" fame, was
trying to give Sir Isaac Newton a hard time for his belief in Astrology, and Sir Isaac said to him:  
"Sir, I have studied the subject; you have not.".  Anyone who has studied it with an eye to disprove
it, has come away, a staunch believer.  This is because it is not a matter of belief, it is a matter of
being educated.  There are volumes of literature about this.

What happens at the Full Moon?  Ask a police officer, or those who work in hospital emergency
rooms.  Not that Full Moons are bad or problematic, they just coincide with a greater degree of
emotionally-motivated activity, than is usual.  The moon's presence, orbiting around the earth, has
a great physical effect on all of the earth.  Its orbit causes the tides of all of earth's oceans to ebb
and flow.  It also has an impact on the fluid in our brains.  Those who already have an imbalance,
are most severely affected.  This is why early science has labeled those most affected, as
"lunatics".  Its base root word is "lunar".

Knowing that the moon has such a phenomenal effect on us, is a base scientific principle, that has
lead to a deeper study on the effects, in varying degrees and aspects, that the other heavenly
bodies
also have, upon our very natures.  As a matter of fact, EVERY heavenly body has an effect
upon our planet and EVERY living and material thing on it.  Also, for better understanding, take
notice of the seismological events that coincide with the varying stages and phases that our moon
goes through.

We are all interconnected, not just with one another, but with every physical part of our solar
system.  We are all part of the same system.  You can then extend this out, knowing that we are all
connected with
everything in the universe.  This knowledge gives me reverential pause, and
comfort in knowing my place, within it.

Even the 'Signs of the Zodiac' are connected and are aligned with the galactic center.  The 'Signs of
the Zodiac' - NOT THE CONSTELLATIONS!  If you were to pay attention to the Sun, Moon, and the
planets placement and motion, and how it affects your life, you would see that it does work, you
would see, at the very least, that
something is going on.  Everyone is familiar with "The Seven-Year
Itch", because they have
lived it.  These things are Astrology.  Everything that is chronological and
cyclical, are astrological.

There are volumes of works by non-astrologers, that show conclusively, through the use of
scientific methods, a direct relationship between the planets motions and occurrences on earth -
physically, socially, and personally.*  How can anyone have a scientifically objective opinion when
they do not know anything about the subject?  Those who do not believe,
have just simply, never
looked into it
.

There are many other issues that I could address, and do so in my classes and lectures:  "The Case
That Twins Support The Validity of Astrology", "The Placebo Effect", "Plutoids", "The Supposed
Current 'Age of Aquarius' ", Suggestibility, and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy", to name just a few.  I even
teach classes about "Astrology and Christianity", straight out of 'The Bible', and have done so in
many churches back home in Wichita, Kansas.

Another reason Astrology has a bad reputation, is because of the simple and cheap newspaper
columns, and because of those who water it down with a mish-mash of other 'New Age' ideas.  For
these, and other misconceptions, understanding that there is a real science at its core and that
there
is a practical application, is difficult.

When I was sixteen years old, I reluctantly had my chart read.  Reluctantly, because I did not
believe in such superstitious nonsense.  I approached it as a skeptic would.  I was very, very
surprised at what it revealed.  From that moment on, I knew what I wanted to do.  After all, if there
really is something to this, the implications for the scientific and religious worlds are profound.  
That is what I found to be most interesting.  I made the choice thirty-eight years ago to forgo a
traditional education and socially accepted career path, to immerse myself in the scientific and
practical application of astrological principles.

Doing Astrology part-time was unacceptable.  My thinking was:  "Who would want advice from, or
go to a part-time doctor, surgeon, or therapist?".  And make no mistake, there is so much to the
study and practice of real Astrology that it
does require a full-time commitment to truly develop
proper interpretation techniques.  It is intellectually and temporally demanding.  This is why there
are not many full-time astrologers.  My approach to any new field of interest is always that of the
skeptic.  Since I have exacting and direct validation through my experience with the science of
Astrology, I'm no longer skeptical in this area.  I thoroughly enjoy my hands-on, real-world,
outcome-based application of this science.  Planet A, in Sign B, equals Effect C.  For more about
this, please read "
Astrology and Its Range of Influence".

The readings I do are thorough and complete.  My goal is to make sure that my clients clearly
understand as much as possible.  My interpretations and counsel come from over thirty-six years
of full-time experience.  The classes I teach are aimed towards demonstrating Astrology's influence
and usefulness.  The texts that I write are specific, direct, and easy- to-understand.  Many hours of
work goes into each reading.  Many of the people who have had a reading done, think that I should
charge more for them.  They are right.  Some actually
do pay more.  They find the information and
counsel helpful in the extreme.  At this point in time, I am satisfied with the way things are because
this way, I get to do a lot more readings, which increases my availability to
most everyone, and
allows me even
more useful experience, education, and knowledge.

The more information I am able to derive from my client's experience-examples, allows me a
broader understanding of the effects that transits and influences have on people in the real-world,
raising the effectiveness of my readings.  Someday, probably sooner than later, I
will raise my
prices.  I understand and respect any apprehension that you may have in an investment such as
this.  Many know of the socially acceptable institutes for testing the proficiency and for the
accreditation of doctor's and lawyer's.

However, without a larger mainstream awareness of the institutes that test for the proficiency and
accreditation in the field of Astrology, it is hard to tell who is real and who is not.  There are
Astrological Organizations which offer 'Professional Proficiency Testing and Accreditation'.  I have
been tested by the "American Federation of Astrologers".  This is one of the most respected
Astrological Organizations in the world.  This is an organization that was formed back in 1932 and
since then, has played a major role in educating the general public and promoting Astrology's
societal acceptance.

In 1982, I was one of the youngest people ever, to pass their eight-hour test and given my
accreditation.  This testing required all chart calculations to be done by hand, not by calculator or
computer.  I have over thirty-six years of experience as a full-time professional astrologer and have
garnered a faithful, world-wide clientele. The information that I have provided to my clients, over
the years, has proven an invaluable tool to them.  This is why I offer a 100% satisfaction money
back guarantee on my full readings.  Over the past thirty-six plus years, out of the
thousands-and-thousands of readings that I have done, I have never had a client who asked for
their money back.

It is important to thoroughly think through the idea of getting an Astrological Reading.  I strongly
believe in second opinions and encourage my clients to check out what other astrologers offer. Get
a feel of what is right for you.  Trust your intuition, and when the time is right, contact me.

Thank You and Best Regards,                                  Darrell Steen,
P.M.A.F.A.                                                    Copyright, June 8th, 2010

*Michel Gauquelin has published volumes of research that is an exhaustive analysis and concludes that it is real.  
He was not an astrologer.  He began, what became years and years of research, with the intent of disproving it,
using the scientific method.  He proved that it is real.  His findings are published in many books, and in many other
resources.

*Guy Playfair and Scott Hill, in the book, "Cycles of Heaven", shows a direct relationship between the planets and
just about everything on earth.

*John Anthony West , in the book "The Case For Astrology", documents scientifically, in many ways, the fact that
planets do have some kind of influence on the earth and its inhabitants.  It also provides an interesting, historical
perspective.

There is a multitude of good resources on this subject.  I encourage you to check them out
for yourself and to have fun expanding your horizons.

                  
darrellsteen@darrellsteenastrology.com
This picture is a close-up of one of the giant Pillars that is jetting dust and gas out of the
Carina Nebula, taken by the Hubble Deep Field Camera.  These jets are being pulled from
the nebula as the result of the monstrous forces from, and being worn away by the radiation
of nearby stars.  The Carina Nebula is 7500 light-years away from Earth.  To read more about
this nebula, please check out the larger image and description of the nebula I have posted
on my home page.

         One light-year = traveling @ 186,000 miles per second,
             x 60 seconds per minute, x 60 minutes per hour,
                 x 24 hours in one day, x 365 days per year!
            Multiplied By 7,500 To Reach The Carina Nebula!

To walk 1 light-year, at a moderate pace of 20 minutes a mile, it would take you 225 million
years to complete your journey, (not including stops for meals or the restroom).  If you
started just before dinosaurs
appeared on Earth, you'd probably be finishing your hike just
about now.  Even if you hitched a ride on N.A.S.A.'s Mach 9.68x- 43A Hypersonic Scram Jet,
the fastest aircraft in the world, it would take about 95,000 years to cover the distance.

You'll need a pretty big travel bag too; for walking such a distance requires substantial
supplies.  You'd need 2 trillion Power Bars to fuel your trip.  You'd also produce a heap of
worn-out shoes.  The typical pair of sneakers will last you 500 miles, so you'd burn through
some 11.8 billion pairs of shoes; and all that effort wouldn't get you very far, astronomically
speaking, because the closest star to our Sun, is Proxima Centauri which is 4.22 light-years
away!