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    Re: Oblique Ascension.
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2005 Aug 28, 09:33 +1000

    George wrote
    > Am I right in thinking, then, that the star that was rising at the moment
    > and place of one's birth was regarded as important by astrologers?
    > For a particular position on the Earth's surface, it seems to me that all
    > the stars that were rising at a particular moment would share the same
    > oblique ascension. Have I got that right?
    > Not that I'm attempting to steer Nav-l into discussing the nonsenses of
    > astrology. Honest.
    I don't know the answer to the first question, but the information on
    oblique ascension from the Astrology Encyclopedia seemed to deal with the
    inter-relationships of bodies located on the celestial sphere with this
    earthly one; thus common ground.
    As to the second question, if all bodies appearing at the same instant share
    the same oblique ascension, then this can be defined as a kind of hour
    angle, set not at right angles to the equator (like lines of longitude) but
    at an oblique angle defined by latitude?
    As to astrology being 'nonsenses'; I wouldn't know, not having studied the
    subject. Isn't the essence of rational thought not jumping to conclusions
    without evidence? Isn't taking a fixed position, perhaps based on prejudice,
    and refusing to look beyond it, something the whole scientific revolution
    has tried to move beyond?

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