You may or may not share his political allegiances, but Tory MP David Tredinnick, who represents Bosworth in Leicestershire, must surely be respected for being so open about his belief in astrology. In an interview in the latest Astrological Journal, the magazine of the UK Astrological Association, Mr Tredinnick, who sits on two parliamentary Select Committees (Health and Science & Technology) states his view that astrology, and complementary medicines, could save the NHS money. He also argues for more research.
Needless to say, his views have attracted the usual opprobrium from the press, scientists and some members of the public, though he has also had many private messages of support. He is also the subject of an online petition to unseat him from the two Commons Select Committees he sits on (Health, and Science and Technology).
From diagnosing illness and suggesting treatments, to modern astrological counselling, astrology has from its inception been used for healing. As a counselling tool, astrology provides a rich symbolic language that helps clients talk about themselves, their relationships and life-choices freely and from a more enlightened perspective, whilst imbuing the passage of their life with a greater sense of meaning. This can lead to greater self-acceptance, calm and emotional resilience, all components of good mental (and therefore physical, since they are intertwined) health.
Astrologer Alison Chester-Lambert, who gave a fascinating talk a few years ago at Aquarius Severn, on the subject of the raft of newly-discovered outer planets such as Eris and Quaoar, has written a counter-petition in David Tredinnick's defense, and in support of healing therapies.
If you believe that Mr Tredinnick should have the right to sit on both committees, and that astrology may have a valuable contribution to make towards mental and physical health, please sign Alison's petition and send a vote of support.
Kris Lee and Graham Boston are astrologers who help run Aquarius Severn.
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