- LONDON (Reuters) - Supermarket
queues will be shorter, road rage will ease and everyone will be getting
on better over the next few weeks thanks to a rare planetary grouping,
British astrologers believe.
- Absolute nonsense, say astronomers.
- From now until early June the five planets that can be
seen with the naked eye -- Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn --
will move into a rough grouping on the same, visible, side of the sun,
something that happens only once a century.
- "People will be able to see the planets with the
naked eye lining up about 45 minutes after sunset," Robert Warren
at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London told Reuters Friday.
- He said stargazers should watch the planets rising from
the western horizon where the five should be grouped within a span of 10
degrees of sky, or about the width of a fist held at arm's length.
- While astronomers are busy swinging their telescopes
westwards, astrologers are reaching for their charts and predicting great
- "The coming together of the five naked-eye planets
in conjunction with other cosmic influences will greatly affect the collective
human unconscious," astrologer Walter Berg told Reuters.
- Berg said a chart for April 30 predicted greater human
harmony and increased teamwork.
- "That will manifest itself in shorter supermarket
queues, quieter roads and people getting on better," he said.
- "It will be like an army marching in step."
- Joyce Hopewell of the Astrological Psychology Institute
agreed. "The focus is on Gemini which is all about communication,"
- Berg said the movement of planets through space affects
the solar magnetic field which in turn affects the geo magnetic field influencing
people's central nervous system.
- This in turn means people will be more in tune with each
other and better equipped to avoid the petty hassles and confrontations
of everyday life.
- But not everyone is convinced.
- "Complete rubbish," said Robert Massey, an
astronomer at the Royal Observatory.
- "It is bizarre to say planets have that sort of
an impact. It would be really impressive if the planets suddenly produced
world peace -- but I doubt it will happen," he said.