Astrology in 2021 / Appreciating Horror Movies

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Date Host George Noory
Guests Maria Shaw, Chris Alexander

Psychic and astrologer Maria Shaw specializes in the astrology of karmic love, past life love, and soul mates. In the first half, she discussed how current astrological alignments point to major changes in 2021. The year 2020 was mired in a Pluto-Saturn conjunction, which led to breakdowns, she pointed out. However, 2021 has more hopeful astrological aspects, she said, as we have the planet of good luck and abundance, Jupiter, in conjunction with Saturn (a very karmic body). Both of these planets are in the sign of Aquarius, which relates to humanity, friendship, and coming together. While America will still be divided, she continued, the populace will be less combative. We have really entered into the Age of Aquarius, which will be opportune for social justice, she added.

The full moon on February 27th (called the Snow Moon) is an ideal time to practice an affirmation for releasing or letting go of something you no longer need, she shared. In 2022, Jupiter will be in the sign of Pisces, which will magnify good luck, and this summer, between May 13th and July 28th, we'll have a preview of that increased luck, Shaw forecast. Regarding relationships, certain signs such as Virgo, Cancer, and Pisces tend to stay partnered for the long haul, even when it's detrimental, she detailed. Whereas, Aquarius and Sagittarius may move on more quickly. During the last hour, she gave astrology readings for the callers.

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Chris Alexander is a Canadian-based, internationally published writer, filmmaker, and editor-in-chief of such magazines as Fangoria, Gorezone, and Full Moon Entertainment's house magazine, Delirium. In the latter half, he recounted the history of horror in TV and film, and the enduring appeal of the genre. Part of the attraction of horror films is that they give us a sense of control over our own mortality, he commented. "We can leave that darkened theatre after seeing the most explicit atrocities...and when the lights come up, we're alive, and there's a sense of empowerment and survival that we've come through this." Horror, he added, taps into the sense of dread, showing people what they don't want to see but secretly do.

Historically during times of upheaval and strife, there is often a renewed interest in the horror genre, and better quality films made during that period. He noted how at the start of the pandemic, the 2011 movie Contagion suddenly reigned as one of the most popular movies on Netflix. He talked about how some of the monster films in the wake of Japan's "Godzilla" became increasingly bizarre, such as 1966's "War of the Gargantuans." Among Alexander's favorite movies are "The Omega Man," a great blend of horror & sci-fi from 1971 with Charlton Heston hunted by albino mutants, "Demon" from Italian director Mario Bava (1985), and the original "Dawn of the Dead" (1978). He cited George Romero, Brian DePalma, John Carpenter, Dan Curtis, Roger Corman, Jordan Peele, and James Wan as some of the best horror filmmakers.

News segment guests: Lauren Weinstein, Steve Kates

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