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Politics and Predictions: a Post-Cartesian Perspective (interview)

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~Hippocrates, Father of Medicine

It is intriguing and can be very useful to notice tendencies, via astrological interpretation. But these are primarily tendencies, and cannot overcome focused free will. For as Shakespeare noted, if things go wrong, "the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves."

So I decided to interview a longtime friend, transpersonal astrologer Stephen Poplin, on what he saw in the political skies. With degrees in philosophy and humanities, he has taught in several universities, and was the Co-Director of the Astrology Institute West, outside of San Francisco, CA.

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Meryl Ann Butler: Thanks for visiting with us, Stephen! I've enjoyed many of your lectures and presentations, and am especially interested in exploring the relationship to politics. You have called yourself a practical mystic and a superstitious heretic ! Can you explain?

Stephen Poplin: I started out as a good boy, obedient enough to enter the US Army and follow orders. I was good with power tools and being resourceful. Then something happened. I had a mystical experience at age 21. I recognized that things were not as they seemed. I got curious, started asking questions, started looking around. Do you know the root meaning of heresy, and so a heretic?

"One with the ability to choose."

The problem came when the follower did not follow, he or she became a "heretic" by choosing another way. The larger group or tradition did not like that. Heretics do not conform.

Mystics and Intuitives are listening to another frequency. Some mystics consult with the stars and constellations, some talk to the dead, some to guides, masters and even ghosts!

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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