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Tests of Astrology Two exciting new books are crammed with research




Acclaimed books
Forty years ago the books on left were acclaimed by both astrologers and scientists as the world's best surveys of evidence-based astrology (that is, serious astrology, not sun sign nonsense). Today there are new approaches, new data, and hundreds of new studies, but no new surveys. So the original authors working together for the first time have updated their surveys in the books on right. Both books are readable and fully indexed. For astrologers, scientists, school libraries, and general readers they are essential for understanding how astrology works (or doesn't work) and how its application can be improved. Most of the information is not available anywhere else, not in astrology books, not in science books, not even on any website. It is your chance to be really informed! More good news -- both books are available from the publisher at cost and are ready for immediate delivery. Please scroll down for details.
Cover of Astrology under Scrutiny Astrology under Scrutiny ISSN 0929-8614
Published July 2013. 364 B5 pages (176x250 mm), 201,000 words, 249 graphs/diagrams and photos. Indexes, hardcover, sewn binding.

Contents Brief history of Dutch research into astrology. Summaries of the best 110 articles from 27 years of Dutch research including every empirical study (about half of the total). Rudolf Smit describes his life as a skeptical amateur astronomer who became a prominent Dutch astrologer and then a skeptical doubter again. A memorial tribute to Michel and Francoise Gauquelin whose work inspired generations of researchers.

The main part (220 pages) covers meta-analyses of empirical tests, the astrological literature, history of research, polls of astrologers, prize competitions, symbolism, intuition, psychic ability, astrology as divination, role of non-chart factors, lessons for astrology (from graphology, palmistry, the Tarot, alchemy, phrenology, wrong charts that work), use of astrology in counselling, how astrology was discovered, future of astrology, case for and against astrology, and more.

Price 25 euros (about $A37). Postage and packing costs are the same as for the other book, as are details for ordering, see below.
What reviewers said about Astrology under Scrutiny:
"The most informed and informative book of its kind Correlation 2014.
"Future comments on astrology will hardly be possible without it" Zeitschrift fur Anomalistik 2013.
"Remarkable ... will be a staple for the indefinite future" D&J Parker, authors of The Compleat Astrologer
But that was before its international sequel was published, see next:
Cover of Tests of Astrology Tests of Astrology ISBN 978-90-824929-0-3
Published March 2016 same publisher. 484 B5 pages (176x250 mm), 350,000 words, over 1200 references, and nearly 600 visuals. Rare material is described in detail so access to originals is not needed.

Contents Unlike Astrology under Scrutiny this one is international in scope and more test oriented. If empirical testing is less relevant to your interests, choose the first book. Some material appears in both.

The longest chapter (230 pages) summarises hundreds of empirical studies 1927-2015 taken from 57 books, 52 journals, 15 PhD theses, and other sources such as conference reports and websites. Other chapters cover personl experiences, discovery of astrology, evolution of tests, why tests are needed, Gauquelin research, overviews of chart factors, meta-analyses, funnel plots, symbolism, meaning, hidden persuaders (artifacts), future of astrology, case for and against astrology, and more. Glossary, author and subject indexes, softcover, sewn binding.

Price 29 euros (about $A43). Postage and packing 5 euros in the Netherlands or 13 euros by air mail to all other countries. Please email orders and queries direct to the publisher, see below.
What reviewers are saying about Tests of Astrology
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Publisher logo Both books are non-profit and are published at cost. The sole aim is to show what modern scientific research into astrology has discovered. So neither book is available from retail booksellers because their profit margins would inflate the selling price.

How to obtain copies
You can pay by euro cheque, PayPal or ebank. Sorry, no credit cards. For how to pay via the above options, to check book availability, and to receive answers to any queries, please email the publisher wout DOT heukelom AT hetnet DOT nl. Books are in the mail within 3 days of receiving your order.
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