Astrology ‘can be a real revelation for some’


DUBOIS — Understanding sidereal astrology and your personal astrology chart can lead to a better life, according to a local, professional astrologist who was once a skeptic himself.


Timothy A. Wilkerson, 61, of Celestine led an interactive presentation at the Dubois Branch Library Monday night that scratched the surface of the practical uses of the ancient study that explores the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions in the sky.

“We’re going to talk about how astrology is useful in finding your advantages and help you balance your challenges in life,” he said shortly before the talk. “Kind of looking at it as if its an imprint from birth.”

Wilkerson’s discussion focused on sidereal astrology, which differs from the more mainstream tropical astrology most attendees entered the room most familiar with.

Sidereal astrology is a practice thousands of years old that changes with the movement of the stars in the sky, while the popular tropical astrology came about in the year 200. That year, the astrology chart lined up with the four seasons, but the stars have since moved and now the whole wheel is off, Wilkerson said.

Moon cycles were carved into stone in Alaska as far as 30,000 years back, and Mesopotamians practiced astrology 5,000 years ago.

Wilkerson said the tropical chart still holds value, though, because it shows how people interrelate and understand each other through their zodiac signs.

Reflecting on your sidereal astrology chart —  a map that includes stars and shows where all the planets were in their journey around the Sun from our vantage point on Earth at the exact moment you were born — however, will reveal keywords that Wilkerson said can bring people to a moment of clarity about how they feel about who they are.

“It can be a real revelation for some people and give them a quiet place to operate from,” he said. “Where they know who they are.”

While that might sound far-fetched to an outsider, Wilkerson admitted he didn’t buy in completely at first, either. But after using the movements of celestial objects to decide the best time to use alchemy to make herbal products, he said the astral knowledge made an impact on the quality of his work and informed him when the best time is to make them.

“There was something to it,” he said. “I could see the lab process worked better at certain times.”

Wilkerson and his wife, Teri Owens, operate Laughing Lady Bug Botanicals , a business that creates herbal remedies and hosts educational events.

During last night’s event, he cited examples of respected scientists and groups of people across the globe who studied astrology and its influence on personality and found a correlation.

Wilkerson himself is a professional astrologist who studied at the now-closed Paracelsus College in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1984. He is among the last of the school’s alumni still teaching the practice. He is a published author and his work can be found online at

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