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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Is Eleven Plus Success Written in the Stars?

Cassius was talking to Brutus about Julius Caesar in Act 1 Scene 2. He was trying to set the stage.

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus, and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

What is in the stars of our eleven plus children? We know that stars are part of the `heavenly body’ and are distinct from our planets. We know too that an enormous number of stars have been charted – and fresh discoveries are constantly being made. Some stars are called `variables’ and so undergo changes of brilliance. These stars are ranked at different times under different magnitudes. (Hence our stars wax and wane!)

The stars were of great value for time keeping and navigation. The Pole Star, for example, marks the North and the South poles – while other stars are used for longitude and latitude.

Some of us even use the stars for our star signs. Our twelve star signs are derived from the Olympian Gods. A good astrologer will look at the time of day your eleven plus child was born, the day, the month and the year and then arrive at a forecast of what could possibly lie ahead.

We know, however, that the time is Australia is ahead of our Greenwich Mean Time. Today is the 12th of July – but in Australia it is already the 13th. The star sign for Taurus, for example, reads:

What time is it? Later than you think. What time is it? Earlier than you realise. What time is it? Time to stop worrying quite so much about whether things are running according to schedule. Time, as Einstein took pains to point out, is relative. It is certainly flexible. You know how some minutes pass in a flash and others seemingly last an eternity? That's not just subjective experience, that's proof of time's malleability. If there doesn't now seem to be enough time for what's needed, you can make that time. Now please, keep reading because, if you haven't yet had a full personal chart reading, calculated from your date of birth, you have been missing out. Change your future.

This was taken from the Australian Telegraph for today.

Some eleven plus parents may care to look at the stars to see what sort of work their child will do today. Using a horoscope from Australia may help some parents to plan for tomorrow. You could, for example, read the horoscope and point out to your child that some eleven plus minutes pass in a flash and others seem to last an eternity.

Remind your child, as did Cassius to Brutus, that the fault for not working hard is not in the stars – it is up to him or her to do the work. Remind your child too that if they settle down to do the work it could be done in a flash – rather than lasting for eternity. Chat too about Einstein and the relativity of time. And finally remind your child that the eleven plus in many areas is less than three months away.

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