The First Fairy Tale
Dale K. Brown
The doctrine of Unconditional Election has been around in many venues other than traditional religion and most certainly pre-dates Congregationalism. Adherents to this doctrine can still be found in almost every major city in the western world.
There's a school of thought which holds that the month, day, and hour of one's birth, in conjunction with whatever jig the sun, moon, planets, and stars are doing at the time, somehow profoundly affects the nature and course of human life. Exactly what mysterious forces these objects possess are clearly delineated nowhere. Now, the idea that Mars, rising in the crotch of Taurus, has some weird effect on those born under the sign of the Bull is just that, to those who lack faith. For those who don't, almost every strait-laced newspaper in the country, without so much as a snicker, churns out daily columns of precise astrological data which is alleged to assist believers in making life's more difficult decisions. The following is unedited scripture taken from a popular magazine.
"It is apparent that both the joys and woes of life relate to Love, Work, Health, and Money. Current planetary activity, especially the New Moon rising in Taurus, and the Sun at ecliptic odds with Saturn, signify that professionally, emotionally, and financially, you need to continually refine your goals, while giving serious thought to your long term happiness, well being, and security."
Here, apparently, are clear, unambiguous directions, carefully designed to maximize ones potential, while providing that much needed edge in today's raw and uncertain world.
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