Much of what you think you know about astrology may
be wrong. Most people have never even met an actual
astrologer, much less consulted with one. Our culture
does not produce many astrologers, and too many
of those it does produce are poor examples of the
practice. This comes as no surprise. It's not like
modern society encourages our best and brightest
to take up this profession. Instead, it does everything
it can to discourage interest in the subject.
It is a uniquely demanding field. An astrologer needs
to possess the intelligence to master a complex subject, the commitment to study a discipline that the world almost unanimously condemns, and the ability to set aside all bias and analyze the data with complete impartiality. It take several years for students to master this subject, during which they receive no compensation or support from society, but are instead continuously urged to abandon their studies. It is no wonder that few try, and fewer succeed.
The media seldom bothers to turn the screws on other popular paranormal subjects like psychics, mediums, ghost hunting, haunted houses, Joseph Smith's golden plates, Mohammed's 72 virgins, the Shroud of Turin, crop circles, UFOs, angels, soul mates, destiny, miracles, or prayer, but for some reason they often seem to make a special effort to steer the public away from astrology.
That may soon change. It is an exciting time within the astrological community. The unprecedented astronomical, technological, and societal advances that have taken place over the last thirty years are revolutionizing the field. Astrology is, after all, nothing more than the comparison of the patterns of heaven with the historic record, and our ability to compare those two sets of data has expanded exponentially in recent years, due to improved measurement and collection of astronomical data, improved access to historical data, improved data manipulation, and improved collaboration and data sharing. As a result, astrology's potential has now moved into completely uncharted territory. The practice of astrology has never before been where it is right now, and today's astrologers have several tools in their hands that previous generations never even imagined. Because of these and other factors, one of Pathfinder Astrology's most exciting predictions is that world opinion about astrology will do a dramatic about-face over the next twenty years (especially after Pluto enters Aquarius in 2024).
You may never see a UFO, encounter a ghost, witness a miracle, or even visit a crop circle, but you already have your very own birthchart - the intricate design of the heavens at the exact moment you were born. This means you don't have to go to a seance or a haunted house to encounter the paranormal, because it has been a part of you since your very first breath.
Unlike ghost hunting and psychics, there is nothing eerie or frightening about the study of astrology, because it is nothing more than a careful comparison of the ever-changing pattern of our solar system with the ever-changing design of human history.
Exploring astrology can be a stunning experience. Discovering what is written in your birthchart can refresh your sense of wonder at the universe and your place in it. It can renew your faith in God. And it can be great comfort to learn that there is an order in our lives even during times of apparent chaos.
While the study of astrology promotes self-understanding and self-acceptance, a good astrologer should also be able to give advance warning about important changes coming up in your life. Astrologers can tell you when positive developments are coming so you can have something to look forward to, as well as telling you when hard times are coming so you can prepare for them as well.
If the stars somehow do reflect mankind's experience on earth, this reflection cannot be an accidental coincidence. Instead, it must be an intentional feature purposely designed into the fabric of this reality. If so, then the patternings of the stars might best be understood as a type of code or writing, almost like the Creator's shorthand. But therein lies astrology's Eternally Insurmountable Problem, because human beings can never hope to master the language or thought processes of their Creator. Because of this limitation, no astrologer can promise to provide a perfect translation of the heavenly script. While the stars reflect mankind's earthly experience, no human can read that reflection with complete accuracy. Pathfinder Astrology is no exception, and so cannot guarantee complete accuracy in its reports and consultations.
For that reason and others, over the last few decades it has become fashionable in the astrological community to downplay prediction and forecasting, and focus almost exclusively on "safer" astrological services that only offer psychological and character analysis - services that are so subjective the astrologer never has to worry about being proven wrong.
Pathfinder Astrology is not that kind of astrology practice. The prestige in astrology has always been in making accurate, clearly articulated and correctly timed predictions, and achieving that goal as consistently as possible remains the mission of Pathfinder Astrology.
Not every Pathfinder prediction will come true, and it is the responsibility of consumers to take that into account. But it is the intention of this astrology practice and others like it to provide enough evidence that there indeed is "something to astrology after all" to inspire mankind's best and brightest to once again take up this ancient field of study and run with it.
A practicing astrologer since 1979,
Novak has authored several books,
articles, and research papers on
astrology and other paranormal topics.
During his 35 years as an astrologer,
Novak has pioneered a number of
breakthrough astrological techniques,
championing the ancient Middle Eastern
practice of Progressed Lunar Return
analysis, and adding Aspect Clustering
and Superconjunction Patterning to the toolbox of the modern mundane astrologer.
Novak's original thesis arguing that an early sighting of the planet Uranus was the legendary Star of Bethlehem was featured in the 2006 book Forbidden Religion by J. Douglas Kenyon. His research was also featured in the 2000 book Searching for Eternity by Dr. Don Morse, and the 2001 book Muddy Tracks by Frank DeMarco. Novak's research has also been featured in a number of academic and professional journals, including The Journal of Contemporary Religion, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, The Journal of Religion and Psychical Research, The Journal of Near-Death Studies, The Journal of Regression Therapy, and The Christian Parapsychologist.
Novak's research has also been featured in such popular magazines as Fortean Times, Gnosis, and Omni. He has been interviewed on many nationally-syndicated radio shows, including Coast to Coast With Art Bell, the Laura Lee Show, Sightings on the Radio with Jeff Rense, Mike Jarmus' Reality and Beyond, and dozens of regional shows across the US and Canada. He has also presented his research on a number of TV shows, including the PBS series Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove, Seattle's Evolving Ideas with Elaine Smitha, and New York's Beyond the Unexplained.
Novak was a featured speaker at the 1999 and 2000 Conferences of the Academy of Religion and Psychical Research in Philadelphia, the 2000 and 2001 Conferences of the International Association For Near-Death Studies in Philadelphia, the Fifth Ecumenical Conference on Christian Parapsychology in Canterbury, England, and the 2004 Conference of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies in Colorado Springs.