AUSTRALIAN retailers are showing signs of slowing down their sales of astrology products after the government banned it from selling for the first time in 2018.
The Australian Astrology Society (AAS) says it is experiencing a significant decline in its membership, and a drop in the number of shops opening in Australia.
The AAS said the drop is due to the new regulations.
“We’ve seen a decline in membership from about 2,000 people to about 600 people,” said AAS President and CEO David Smith.
“That is down by around 20 per cent.”
Smith said there is a “fairly significant” reduction in sales in the Astrological Zone of the Royal Australian Astrolical Society (RAAAS).”AAS is no longer able to offer its products in our shops,” he said.
Smith believes there is also a “significant impact” on the availability of astrologics at the AAS.””
RAAAs members have no access to its products, however, they are still able to buy them at the shops.”
Smith believes there is also a “significant impact” on the availability of astrologics at the AAS.
“Astrology is becoming less and less popular in Australia,” he added.
“We’re seeing a significant drop in membership.”
The Australian National University’s (ANU) Astrology Education Group said it is seeing a rise in the use of astrologers.
“The use of a astrologer by an astrologist has risen substantially in recent years and there is evidence that it is increasing,” said the group’s executive director, Professor Brian Burden.
“Some people are using astrologists as a substitute for their doctor as well as for an astrology class.”
The ANU said it has noticed an increase in the frequency of astroturfing.
“There are some instances where individuals are attempting to obtain information from astrologians and astrology experts using a combination of astro and astrolabe,” said Burden, who also advises the ANU’s Astrology Club.
“However, there are some individuals who are using the astrolabes to conduct astrolographic research and there are concerns that this may have negative effects on astrology education.”
The use and distribution of astrography books, and the use and misuse of astromagnetic readings in public places are also concerns, the ANUs report said.
There are also fears that astrologics may be more open to using their powers to influence public opinion.
“It is believed that astrology is used by the elite to achieve political and economic power,” the report said, adding that the astrologic use of the “sign of the cross” was used by political parties to manipulate public opinion in favour of their own political goals.
“A number of politicians are known to use astrology to gain political advantage.”
The report added that astrolometrists often work with a variety of clients, including politicians, religious leaders, corporate executives and politicians themselves.
The ABC has contacted the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) and the Australian Federal Police for comment.
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