A bit of confusion: astronomy, astrology, and Health Care

This comes from an article entitled, “Did NASA Unearth Life and a Hidden Ocean on Saturn’s Moon Titan?” published at:


NASA announced a few days ago that the Cassini spacecraft had made measurements of changes in Titan’s shape as it orbited Saturn, which they interpreted to mean that a huge underground ocean on the moon was undergoing tidal shifts due to the pull of the planet’s gravity. 

The whole article is worth reading due to its bizarre mix of science and… something. Here are the highlights:

From the article:

“Cassini’s detection of large tides on Titan leads to the almost inescapable conclusion that there is a hidden ocean at depth,” said Luciano Iess, the lead author of the report and a Cassini team member at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy in a news release issued by NASA.

Donna Stellhorn, an astrologer from somewhere (presumably the Earth), reached the following conclusions:

“From an astrological point of view this discovery signals that we should be asking ourselves is: ‘where do we need to stretch ourselves’ to gain what we want?”


“Saturn in Libra brings us a strong sense of duty and obligation to others whether they be friends or the community at large (hence the passing of the Affordable Care Act),” she said. “But Saturn in Libra can also make us inhibited around others, we want to guard and protect ourselves from potential danger and ridicule.”


Saturn will leave Libra around October 5 and “as he leaves he will take something from each of us; a friendship or relationship may end, your career may shift, or an opportunity may escape you.”

Gotta keep our eyes on those NASA satellites, eh? Never has it been clearer that space data can guide our lives, telling us how to vote and when to end relationships…

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I am a science writer at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, author of fiction and popular science books, an artist, and a professional musician who performs on the viola da gamba and Medieval and Renaissance stringed instruments. I edit manuscripts of all types and teach the full range of scientific communication skills. I am doing theoretical work in this subject - see for example https://goodsciencewriting.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/ghosts-models-and-meaning-in-science/

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