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Q: Why are the dwarf planets important?
A: They are too big to ignore. Let's put it this way. The Kuiper Belt is like the forbidding darkness in your backyard at 3 o'clock in the morning. Pluto is that raccoon back there that you've seen and know about. What I'm telling you is, that raccoon has family, and you really need to know about them, too.

Q: When will your book be available?
A: More Plutos is now available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and on the shelf at Vroman's in Pasadena.

Q. Why do you use large orbs for semisquares/sesquiquadrates (up to 4 degrees) and sometimes 8-9 degrees for major aspects?
A: The reason for generous orbs (not too generous - astrologers once used 10-15 degree orbs!) is that natal aspects usually sound the "theme" of the person. If you track someone's life in secondary progression (a staple technique of astrologers as I'm sure you know), when that wide Sun semisquare Pluto becomes p. Sun square p. Pluto, so often that's a milestone of some note. The birth angle is always a few degrees from exact, but in progression to an important achievement, you so often see the angle within a degree. When I saw that happen again and again, I realized that natal Sun/Pluto flavor - even with what you call a wide orb, and to a "minor" aspect - should be considered a "natal theme" (which I talk about in the book), some innate trait that is developed during the person's life. Maybe I should have been clearer in the book that even when natal aspects that seem "loose," if they "tighten up" into major angles during secondary progression corresponding to a big career milestone, you can BET that really is an important trait noted in the birth chart.

Q: Do you do chart readings and how much would that cost?
A: Although I'm working on a second book, I will consider any requests for readings on a case-by-case basis; just send me an e-mail.

Q: What is your birth data?
A: July 2, 1955, 9:54 p.m., 40N41'10", 79W29'50". I put it that way so as not to give away any password challenge answers.

Q: What is your mother's maiden name?
A: Haha, very funny. See above.

Q: Does astrology really work?
A: Yes.

Q: How can astrology work?
A: You need to read my book!

Q: Is your book a serious book or is this all a joke?
A: The book is very serious, but hopefully will be fun to read, especially if you are interested in all kinds of famous people. There you will also see the beauty of great moments like the Announcement of the Salk Vaccine (Cure for Polio), or the Return of Apollo 13, and tremble to view disasters like the Challenger Explosion and the 2004 East Asian Tsunami.

Q. Do you have something against Mike Brown?
A: Heck no, he's a fine man and a great planetary scientist. How can I dislike him when he's the father of my favorite planetary children, so to speak? I just wish he'd name OR10 and AW197. Mike, is that you? Cough up a name, you can do it! You're great at this naming thing! Stop looking for the gas giant and name these guys!

Q: Do you have a Facebook page?
A: Yes, see More Plutos on Facebook

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