I was reading “electional astrology – the art of timing” by Joann Hampar, and I was wondering how many of electional astrology greatest results are ” Bear Alarm”.
I took the “bear alarm” from an episode of The Simpsons:
Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm!
Lisa: That’s specious reasoning, dad.
Homer: Why thank you, honey.
Lisa: By your logic, I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Hmm. How does it work?
Lisa: It doesn’t work; it’s just a stupid rock!
Lisa: But I don’t see any tigers around, do you?
Homer: Hmm… Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
So we have a lot of electional astrology done for things that don´t need any electional astrology and that the default option is taken as “proof” that it was a good election, for instance:
- a car purchased at a used-car dealer
- to pass an examination
- to have a good travel by car
- electional to go for a physical examination
- election to file Tax return
I am not saying that none of her elections worked (although I confess I have my suspicions about her methods). I am saying that elections, unlike horary astrology, rarely have any kind of clear-cut result that show us if we are in the wrong path or not.
This is because of the principle of reality, we usually don´t know what was the original probability of the event to happen anyway.
Of course we are always worried about “we”, and our problems, but how many cosmetic surgeries happen every day at the hospital without any problems? How many cars are purchased?
How many times did you go out on travel by car and nobody died? How many times did you delivered your Tax without being audit?
The same way that the principle of reality says that you can´t elect something that you don´t stand a chance, you don´t need to elect a time when you already have it almost granted.
For instance, it doesn´t matter how good is my election chart, I will never be able to answer an exam on chinese philosophy. The other side of the problem is that, if I have a good knoledge of chinese philosophy, I don´t know how much my election did helped or not.
For example, an famous astrologer says that she “elected a secure time for her client to fly by airplane”. Well, there is one or two plane accidents every year, so I would say that this is a very safe bet from the astrologer! Every chart you elect is a very safe chart for travel!
Suggestions to avoid the “Bear alarm” problem
Did you have any special result? If you did, then maybe you are really making a probability shift.
Did your recovery from the surgery was a lot faster than the last time? Did the seller sold you the car for a substantial price below the market? Did you traveled a lot quicker than your average speed? Did your tax return came before anyone else?
Did the electional chart give you any qualitative indication that represented the reality of the situation?
For instance, was the sale quick or slow? Did the two parts in the judgment reach an easy agreement or fight to death in court? The flux of evens were in any way similar to the ones showed by the moon?
This and other questionings should be made for us astrologers to really improve the quality of our electional techniques, otherwise we risk to be, as Homer, very happy because our astrology is keeping the Bears at bay.