Lynn Hayes has posted about new consumer laws affecting astrologers, which came into effect this Monday here in the UK. Apparently Brit astrologers will have to put a disclaimer that says ‘for entertainment purposes only’ all over the place if they want to practice astrology with any serious intent. Lynn’s post with link to news article is here; (be warned that news article has obligatory ‘fortune teller should've seen it coming’ opener. Jokey journalism humour for entertainment purposes only, no doubt).
I had no idea this was going on, but hey, it's not too bad - it’s better than being burned at the stake like in the old days (and those public events were often for entertainment purposes only too), so in a weird way it shows how far we’ve come since then. I am a member of the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI) and already have to put the disclaimer at the end of the readings I do for them; I think it was done to protect us readers from lawsuits by those money hungry blame seekers that have been feeding on any opportunity in recent years.
Britain is certainly groaning under the weight of all its daft laws at the moment (remember Health and Safety going mad at a Christmas fete a couple of years ago, demanding a halt to proceedings until a risk assessment could be carried out on the mince pies, and warning signs erected to protect the public?), so what we really need are some more blanket-ban style laws that no-one really understands the small print of. From an astrology perspective it all points to Saturn, planet of law enforcement, social conditioning and conforming, which in the UK chart is placed in Leo, the sign associated with entertainment. This is also a fifth house issue, which is the astrological house associated with all forms of entertainment. But you know, the fifth house and Leo has that connection because it's all about where you find your joy, your heaven; where your heart finds its home, and where your art finds its creative expression. So the good news is it has just become law to perceive astrology as a creative path to the pursuit of happiness :-)