By  POPPA  HOWARD  DAVIES , , , ,  July 2011.           

Saved as: “ASTROLOGY Questioned.doc”  (Also Saved as  “STARS Optical Illusion.doc”)

INTRODUCTION  Here is something for you to chew on.  I have no logical answer myself, perhaps you can come up with something.   I will simply point out the INDISPUTABLE  SCIENTIFIC  PROVEN  FACTS and then you can then draw your own conclusions.

1: FACT: Our nearest ‘Star-Neighbour’ is “Alpha Centauri AB”  (”AB” because they are actually ‘Twins’). Incidentally, it (they) is the third .brightest of all the stars in the night sky.  It is 4.37 light-years away from us, which means that, if we had a VERY powerful telescope, we would see events taking place there only 4 years after they had actually occurred. It could have exploded and completely disappeared or turned yellow with blue stripes in the meantime, , , , but we will only see this  4 years later.!!

2: FACT: The light from very distant stars, takes millions of years to reach us. By the same token, as above, therefore, if their inhabitants also had extremely powerful telescopes, they could, right now,, be watching Moses wandering in the desert !!!.

3: FACT:  All stars are on their bicycles at unbelievable speeds. Therefore, the night sky, as we see it now, is NOT as it is NOW, but AS IT WAS, maybe millions of years ago.

4: FACT: Yet all these stars form the various constellations that we call  ‘The Zodiac’ which, in turn, form the whole basis for ‘Astrological Calculations’.  So we are only seeing the stars in the Zodiac constellations as they WERE, millions of years ago, , ,Furthermore, the distance across the knowable Universe is about 15 BILLION Light Years., therefore the ‘Margin of Error’ is, in fact, anything between  4 -Years (i.e. Alpha Centauri) and 15 Billion Years !!!!

5: FACT : At this point in time, any stars that  we are looking at, could actually be millions or even billions of years distant away from where we think they are , busy making shapes of entirely new constellations, that only future generations will see.  If, today, at this VERY EXACT MOMENT all the stars were to suddenly disappear out of all existence, leaving an entirely empty night sky, , , , , the VERY VERY EARLIEST that we would become aware of this would be in FOUR YEARS FROM NOW, and at the latest, only perceived by future generations in many many years to come!!!



SO,, , , , ,  THE BIG QUESTION IS THIS:  How can Astrology base its findings on stars that are not even  there  because they are now, at this very moment in time, in completely new constellations that only our Great- Great- Great- Great-  Grandchildren will see ???!!!.

My own ‘Theory’  about how Astrology sometimes does seem to work is as follows:- By some kind of  ‘’mass hypnotism’’, an ‘Energy Field’ of some sort  is generated that actually creates the various situations that are erroneously prophesied by Astrologers. Then we say to ourselves  “Gosh!! Astrology really works!!”  (Have you any better ideas??!!)., , ,  As I say, , , I am only stating SOLID FACTS where 2 plus 2 doesn’t seem to add up to 4 !!!

I asked a few people who are interested in Astrology what they thought of my conclusions, but none could give me any logical explanations. The general opinion was that my conclusions are probably correct, but we will just have to take Astrology ‘In Good Faith’ .







Also saved as: :“Optical IllusionPlanets.doc”


In our own ‘little’ Planetary System we also have an Optical Illusion of our very own!




Here is a nice little summary you might like to Copy / Paste and Print for your own records.


a: OUR EARTH  Light and energy from our Sun takes just over 8 minutes to reach us.  This is calculated as follows:-


i:  We are 93 million miles away from the sun.


ii: Light travels at 186,000 miles per second.


iii: Therefore, this will take 93,000,000 / 186,000 =


= 500 seconds  =  8.33 minutes to reach us.



b: MERCURY (nearest planet to the Sun) is 36 million miles away from the sun, and is, therefore,  (93 – 36) =  57 million miles away from us.  Its light must take 57,000,000 / 186,000 =  259 seconds =  4.8 minutes  to reach us..




c: VENUS (next to Mercury and also next to us) is  67 million miles away from the sun, and is, therefore, (93 – 67 ) =  26 million miles away from us.  Its light must take 26,000,000 / 186,000 = 140 seconds =  2.3 minutes to reach us.



d: MARS (next to us on the outer-space side) is 142 million miles from the sun, and is, therefore,


(142 – 93)  =  49 million miles away from us.  Its light must take 49,000,000 / 186,000 = 263seconds =  4.4 minutes  to reach us.    .



e: JUPITER (next ‘’outwardly’’) is  483 million miles away from the sun , and is, therefore,  (483 – 93) =  390 million miles away from us.. Its light must take 390,000,000 / 186,000 =  2,096 seconds =  35 minutes to reach us.



f:: SATURN (with its ‘’Rings’’) is 887 million miles from the sun, and is, therefore,  (887 – 93) =  794 million miles away  from us. Its light must take 794,000,000 / 186,000 = 4,269 seconds = 71 minutes = 1 hour, 11 minutes to reach us.



g: URANUS is 1,780 million miles away from the sun, and is, therefore, (1,780 – 93) =  1,687 million miles away from us.  Its light must take 1,687,000,000 / 186,000 = 9,070 seconds =  151 minutes = 2.5 hours to reach us..



h: NEPTUNE is 2,800 million miles away from the sun, and is, therefore, (2,800 – 93) =2,707 million miles away from us.  Its light must take 2,707,000,000 / 186,000 = 14,554 seconds  =  242 minutes4 hours  to reach us.



i: PLUTO is 3,600 million miles away from the sun, and is, therefore, (3,600 – 93) = 3,507 million miles away from us.  Its light must take 3,507,000,000 / 186,000 = 18,855 seconds =  314 minutes = over  5 hours  to reach us.   



j: OUR MOON  is only 238,857 (mean) miles from us which means that its light takes only just over one second to reach us.(i.e. 238,857 miles divided by the light-speed of 186,000 miles per second = 1.28 seconds. compared with 8.33 minutes  in the case of the Sun (see “a” above).







MY OWN CONCLUSIONS , , , (But yours may differ considerably!)  So, what does all the above tell us ?   Well, to my simple little mind, what I THINK I SEE IN THE NIGHT SKY,  cannot possibly be there at all!!  Even if I were to study the rings surrounding  Saturn with only an average sized telescope, what I see NOW in my lens was what the rings were  like 1 hour 11 minutes ago  (They could have toddled off to their Time-Share Beach Cottage in the meantime!!)





THE SO-CALLED PLANETORY “LINE-UP”                                                    Here is something else to chew on  , , ,  Consider the situation, not all that long ago, when the Astronomers  all went ballistic because our planets would  SUPPOSEDLY  all be lined up like coconuts in a coconut shy. But now, in view of the foregoing FACTS, how could this have possibly done so ?   Not a single one of them would have been there on time !!  In fact, the outer guys had come and gone many hours before the supposed ‘’line-up’’ event.!!  It was no surprise to me, therefore, that nothing at all startling happened !!


GOD’S LITTLE  LEG-PULLS.                                                                                       God has a very real sense of humour, as He just loves to play to play little tricks on us, not so ?   For instance, it was not all that long ago that we all thought that the earth was FLAT.(at any rate, it definitely is where I live, and what is more, I can prove it conclusively  with an extremely accurate Spirit Level!).  Another little trick played on us was to make us all think that the Sun and the Stars ROTATE AROUND US AS THEIR HUB , , ,  (Any idiot can see that the Sun rises in the east then proceeds to rotate overhead during the rest of the day!).


And now we have yet another huge leg-pull, whereby we are only shown ‘’Snap-Shots’’ of the Night Sky AS IS WAS THOUSANDS OR EVEN BILLIONS OF YEARS AGO but masquerading as the present !!




TAIL PIECE                                                                                                                            The actual present position of all the Stars and Planets with their enormous Magnetisms and Radiations certainly MUST  have far reaching effects on many other things such as our Earth Quakes, Hurricanes, Tornados,  Destructive Tidal Waves,  Polar- Ice-Cap-Melting,  Shift-of-Magnetic-Poles, Tilting –of-the-Earth’s-Axis,   Possible Collisions by Asteroids and so on.  But these Asteroids are not actually physically located where we think that they are at this moment , and this makes it impossible to calculate long-term predictions of a possible collision with the earth with any degree of accuracy.  


This is why I question Astrology, , , Even if a person believes in Astrological Predictions  I don’t see how such predictions  can possibly work.  This is because, based on my diggings into the facts and my resulting  meditations, how can you base something on something that is not even  there ?   It also puts into doubt Ancient Prophesies that were based on Star Locations. 



If anyone has any plausible answers, or can add to the foregoing, do please let me know, because I haven’t a clue!!!!.  , , ,     I will be MOST interested !!!.                         




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I am a retired Electrical Engineer (Pr. Eng.) and worked for the Johanesburg Electricity Department for 30 years (being Head of a large Department), I am a Pianist and a Church Organist (I have given Recitals on the Johannesburg City Hall Organ at lunchtime Concerts). At presentI I play for Chapel Services at Elphin Lodge and at the Aldersgate Methodist Church., , , I came out to South Africa in 1953 to represent Ferguson Paiilin Switchgear Ltd. Manchester U.K.., , ,I was born on Merseyside (home of "The Beetles" !!) and served my Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship on Liverpool Docks., , , During the War I was evacuated to a Welsh Farm in North Wales ("Caerwys") and attended the Holywell Grammar School eight miles distant. There is lots more of course but this will give you just a tiny glimse of Yours Truly.

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