Lame Excuse

June 2000

In the February 24 edition of The Spectrum -- the weekly student newspaper of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. -- there's a letter to the Editor from a freshman, one Thatcher Hallock, objecting to the horoscope that's run in the paper. Hallock reminds the Editor that Sacred Heart is a Catholic university, and that horoscopes are "not acceptable for anyone or anything affiliated with Catholicism" (and he quotes the Catechism to prove his point).

The Editor offers two excuses, the major one being that "Horoscopes are provided for entertainment purposes only."

O.K., we at the NOR can stand to be entertained from time to time, so we turned to that week's horoscope, which takes up about half a page. We read the whole enchilada -- and put it down feeling cheated. But don't take our word for it. We'll quote a representative segment: "Leo (July 23–Aug. 22). Shared money could cause confusion this week. Don't gamble on Monday, even if it looks like a good deal. You'll work hard for what you get on Tuesday and Wednesday. Do what your partner wants on Thursday and Friday. Figure out a way to pay off an old debt over the weekend."

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New Oxford Notes: June 2000

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The devil loves to use so called entertainments to enter our lives and corrupt us. This is stupid and that editor needs a thorough re-education in basic Catholic teachings about the occult. Horoscopes and the like are not "just for entertainment." They are dangerous for anything dealing with prophecy which does not come directly from God, comes from the other guy. Posted by: gespin3549
January 30, 2009 12:28 PM EST
All Western astrology derives from Vedic, or Hindu, astrology, and the advice printed in newspapers, magazines, etc., are no better than reading what financial advisors say about the markets or what meteorologists say about the weather (especially global warming). I think that should also be a secular part of the education these editors need.

It's interesting to note the Third Reich's use of the swaztika was coopted from the Hindu symbol for good luck, which Hindi still use today to adorn wedding invitations and get well notes. A German woman who was an occultist and mysticist in Germany around the time of Marx and Engels brought the swaztika to prominence. She also wrote the book, "The Secret Doctrine," which is the basis for books since, from and including, "The DaVinci Code" (and "God's Daughter" just before that). If you recall, the authors of the latter, sued Dan Brown, the author of the former, when all were equally guilty of rehashing an 19th century Marxist-based hoax in order to undermine the Church's leadership structure. Feminism, after all, is steeped in Marxism.
Posted by: j17ghs
January 30, 2009 12:55 PM EST
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