Modern science, whose systematic and formulated knowledge decided that life is random, has unscientifically declared that astrology is dangerous and evil. And unregulated knowledge unless organized and constrained by system and order does have a dangerous potential. It encourages incompetents and charlatans to hoodwink the public. So in the 1930s the Astrologers in California launched a campaign to establish a standard system of astrology. Astrology must follow definite rules – be systematic – be evidence-based where possible – and have clearly defined capacities and limitations. It was time to protect the public from the mystical Piscean nonsense, the sun-sign astrologers, the frauds and fortune-tellers.
Contrary to current astrological culture there will not be a diversity of astrological laws expressing through a diversity of astrological systems. If life is influenced by astrological laws then these laws will be universal in their application. Scientific astrology must determine what these laws are and the rules that influence their expression. Universal astrological laws will have a diversity of expression or they won’t. And it was against this background of unregulated diversity in the 1930s that the astrological community in America made a concerted effort to establish a Standard System of Astrology.
Standard means customary, accepted, common and universal and a standard system of astrology should endorse a commonly accepted birthchart that (1) is constructed according to accepted standards, (2) displays the commonly accepted astrological markers and (3) is subject to a method of interpretation that follows customary astrological rules. At the time new systems of astrology promising remarkable results were arriving annually and while it was recognized that a new system should not be condemned without giving it a thorough test, a standard system would regulate all the crackpot ideas and provide the public with guidelines as to what was accepted astrological practice and what wasn’t.
Most astrologers at the time did practice standard astrology. Its practical application provided satisfactory results. But the public had to be protected from incompetent quacks and charlatans and the false claims of scholastic dictators. So the major astrological associations that taught and disseminated standard astrology established a Standard of Practice to protect standard astrology and the public from the frauds, imposters, cheats and swindlers. Astrological groups throughout America signed a Code of Ethics and formulated a Minimum Requirements of Astrological Education which defined in precise terms Standard Astrology. It was a very important development in the astrology story.
In the past the astronomers and religious authorities caused astrology harm, but at the start of Aquarius the quack astrologers were doing all the damage. The true-believers recognized the need for united action and for the first time took action to regulate the bad behavior and inform the public on how it could be recognized. The public needed to know. It meant that those astrologers who practiced standard astrology and who did the right thing would no longer be classed in the public’s mind with the fakes and charlatans.