John also publishes his own magazine, The Astrologer's Apprentice, teaches his own correspondence courses on horary, natal and electional astrology, (the 'Apprenticeship'), has an active practice, and lectures widely. Further details are available on his website at http://www.johnfrawley.com.
The following article was originally recorded in 1997 and published in the spring edition of the Traditional Astrologer Magazine in 1998. John has given permission for it to be republished as it first appeared, with the incorporation of additional material, obtained in January and February 2000, which is appended at the end.
So this is why the real money options tend to get in the way a bit. I also find that my knowledge of football, my interest in it apart from astrology, obscures the issue as well. I tend to look at astrological judgements and think, 'Nah, that's not going to happen!'
After my TV predictions, I found myself under pressure from various quarters to provide lucrative predictions, and did disastrously. It's only now, when these people have washed their hands of me and I can do it for fun again that I'm getting predictions right. It's a question of focus: like in tennis - if your focus is on hitting the ball, you'll do fine; if it's on lifting the trophy, you'll lose. So in astrology - the focus must be purely on the prediction, not on the consequences of that prediction.
So always in horary - the focus must be absolutely on the chart, with no regard for what the client may or may not like. As soon as there is the slightest hint of trying to please the client, the focus shifts and error creeps in.
But she does do very well. I also find this whole data-heavy approach completely uncongenial. I'm not saying it's wrong; this is just a personal view.
It went quite well. And then the 'London Tonight' team just asked about Wimbledon. I just put up an event chart for the start of the tournament, and said that it would rain a lot - which it did, and that the favourites were not going to do well.
I've written up a couple of the judgements - Cup Final and England v Italy - in 'Astrologer's Apprentice' (3 and 5). The football ones offered the greatest scope for precision - with others, like Charles not marrying Camilla, Edward not marrying Sophie (though they were engaged, according to the press at the time) it was more a case of Yes or No.
An extreme example of self-interest is where someone you find attractive comes in for a consultation and asks, 'Should I divorce my husband?' And the temptation is to say, 'Wa-hey, yes, come on, divorce him, I'm free!' This is what one seeks to avoid.
As for spectacular failures - like everyone else I thought Princess Diana would get married again and have children.
That's your will.
This Saturn influence makes it comparatively easy to get the focus I spoke of above: one doesn't expect to please, so one can go rather more easily for what the chart shows to be true.
This is particularly difficult in a nativity if the Lord of the Ascendant is in the 12th. Tony Blair is a case in point: Lord of Asc in 12th, but is in mutual reception with Mars, which is exactly on the Asc, allowing him to achieve, but thru a kind of false persona (if that isn't tautology - but I'm sure you catch my point).
The objection raised was that 'OK, so they can't act in the world, but they can act on a spiritual level'; but to my jaundiced view, this is just the modern misunderstanding of spirituality: "I'm crap at life, therefore I'm deeply spiritual." That the possessors of these crowded 12th houses have nothing better to do on a weekday morning than attend astrology lectures rather proves my point, I feel.
With the idea of 'malefic', there is, of course, the sense that 'what doesn't kill me makes me stronger', on some level or another. But implicit in astrology is the idea that there is a set good and bad. If, for instance, the life is dissipated away in drink, whatever shows that in the chart will be malefic. It is unfortunate in both this world and the next - there is no silver lining to it.
The traditional view is that the malefic planets tend to be obstructive; planets debilitated by sign or house position tend to find it difficult to act.
We can see it as the product of social, political or religious change. The root was the abolition of the concept of essence, on which astrology depends. This suited the new socio-political structure and enabled the technologists of the so-called 'Enlightenment' to assume a place of honour.
If we wanted to label one specific cause, we could go maybe for the Reformation, which set Man above God, or possibly the printing press, with its consequent massive levelling down of intellectual standards.
Additional Q & A - emailed by JF 28th Jan and 2nd Feb 2000:
I have a long series of correct forecasts in high-profile football matches, often predicting the most unexpected outcomes: France beat Brazil; Norway beat Brazil; Hearts beat Rangers; Dortmund and Real Madrid both beat Juventus; Denver Broncos win the Superbowl - all these teams were written off by the 'experts', yet the astrology showed clearly that they would win. In many cases I have been able to predict the correct score-line as well.
Other examples include forecasting that the hot favourite in the most reliable car would drop out of the San Marino Grand Prix with engine trouble, and winners of the Grand National
At some point over the last few weeks, an elderly woman had gone out wearing a valuable shawl; she had hung it up somewhere but forgotten where. The chart showed that it was in a French restaurant a couple of doors away from her house. This was without any indication that such a place existed or that she had even been to a restaurant.
Another client had a pair of pistols missing. He was convinced that workmen who had been in the house must have taken them. The astrological chart showed that they were still in the strong-room, just where they ought to be. He denied this - but went back, looked again and found them there.
A client was planning to hold a garden party on a particular day in a couple of months time. The astrology showed that it would rain all day, which it did. Knowledge of this enabled her to make alternative arrangements.
The President was on trial for corruption, and was certain to be found guilty and dismissed. The chart showed that he would cut a deal with the judicary - who were determined to unseat him - and charges would be dropped. The client, who was close to the seat of power and in a good position to know, assured me that this was quite impossible - yet it is exactly what happened.