Sidereal Time and Psychic Ability

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Some have heard of, or read about on the Internet, that sidereal time was determined to effect remote viewer’s accuracy. To briefly review: James Spottiswoode was a parapsychologist who worked at the Stanford Research Institute (Menlo Park, CA) during the StarGate Project (Fort Meade, Maryland). I’ll inject quickly here that StarGate had other program names as well. I think he’s the first to correlate remote viewer performance & sidereal time finding a statistical 400 percent spike in the success rate of remote viewing sessions as a function of sidereal time.That resulted from studying 20 years worth of data containing 1,524 trials among 22 different studies. In addition he also found solar wind interferes with telepathy. My results, which offer a different point of view regarding sidereal influences, are discussed several paragraphs below after this brief discussion about Spottiswoode’s findings.

Spottiswoode found the optimum time for remote viewing to be 13:30 hr local sidereal time (LST) which is always relative to a viewer’s location. He states the peak lasts about three and a half hours, that is from 12:45 to 14:15 hr LST. The pix below and right shows the orientation and position of our galaxy’s central core identified by the black hole Sagittarius A (Sgr A) along with our galaxy’s spiral arms at that time. Imagine you’re looking at the galaxy as if looking at the side of a disk.

Sgr A’s location – the center of our galaxy – is illustrated by the small red bullseye apparent on the horizon with the orientation of the galaxy’s ecliptic plane’s (spiral arms) depicted by black arrows. This illustration corresponds to the time 13:30 LST for mid-latitudes in the USA.

For the sake of this discussion, and my observation to be discussed below, it’s important to note that the galaxy’s central core is on the eastern horizon in the pix. To clarify, the meditator or remote viewer is laying on their back looking up at the zenith which at this time has an unobstructed view of deep space while our galaxy’s spiral arms are on the horizon in the east. If their head is pointed north, the galaxy is rising on one’s left.

Spottiswoode states the best viewing time is 12:45-14:15hr LST, and although he doesn’t explain it, this is just before, to just after Sgr A rises above the horizon. Starting with the spiral arms in the east, as 14:15 LST approaches, the spiral arms are arcing up toward the zenith.

As an aside the cosmic radiation from the bulk of the galaxy’s central region is entering our atmosphere tangential to the meditator from their left side as they are looking up at the zenith and laying w/ their head north. The cosmic noise is entering through the thickest part of the atmosphere.

Spottiswoode further states at 18 hr LST remote viewing was reported to be the worst. This turns out to be approximately when the galactic core (the red bullseye) is highest above the horizon; about 24 degrees above the horizon for the mid-latitudes in the USA. At this time the core has risen from the horizon along with the galactic ecliptic (that passes through the center of the galaxy’s spiral arms) rising toward the zenith.

The pix below and left illustrates that worst remote viewing time commencing; that is the core and galactic spiral arms are rising toward the zenith while Sgr A is near its highest point above the southern horizon.

Right and below is a pix of the time 20 hr LST (a couple hous later). Notice in this second image, now night time in the pix, that the Earth has rotated a couple more hours and the galaxy’s arm have risen nearly to the zenith, but at this time Sgr A has descended to 17 degrees above the horizon, commencing its motion to set below the horizon. Note also the spiral arms are overhead with Sgr A is still above the southern horizon.

It’s important to note that Spottiswoode’s report states this worst psychic performance time is when the ‘center’ of the galaxy is approaching our overhead, that is at our zenith; blocking our unobstructed view of deep space. And as mentioned above Spottiswoode’s study states this is when psychic cognitions are said to drop to its lowest point of performance; between 17.5 and 20 hr LST.

It’s important to recognize that the above discussed time is actually when the Milky Way galactic ecliptic (spiral arms) – not – the galactic center is at one’s zenith although the galactic core is near it’s highest point above the southern horizon during this time. This is an important difference to note: the position of the galaxy core‘s vrs the spiral arms’ position.

I believe there is a misunderstanding in the studies’ reporting because the galactic core (GC), using the black hole Sagittarius A (Sgr A discovered in 1974) as the galactic center, is never at our zenith, presuming roughly United States lower 48 latitudes. To observe the GC overhead one needs to be in southern hemisphere.

What is overhead for us in the lower 48 states (where the study was conducted) is the Milky Way’s ecliptic, the central plane of the spiral arms (see Milky Way night photo a few paragraphs below). That photo is taken during the Summer when the GC is above our southern horizon at night with the galaxy’s ecliptic spiral arms extending toward the zenith. Remember the Milky Way is like a plate with Earth (Sun) set away from it’s center. See artist’s illustration below right for our Sun’s believed position in our Milky Way.

At times we may be looking toward the center, the inner most dense part of the galaxy, and other times we may be looking away from the center core looking out thru the thinner portion of the outer spiral arms.

In the USA during January the galactic arms are mostly overhead in the evening while the galactic core is highest above the horizon at about 10:00AM in the morning. Whether the galaxy’s outer arms are overhead, or whether the GC is above the horizon, or whether the GC is completely hidden behind the Earth depends on time of day and the time of year.

In the photo below it’s clear the GC does not pass overhead in the USA’s latitudes. What we see overhead as the Milky Way are the galaxy’s spiral arms, not the GC. For the locations Meno Park, CA (where Stargate began 1972) and Fort Meade, Maryland (where Stargate was based) Sgr A is just 20 degrees or so above the horizon for a some hours. So I assume the writers are referring to the center of the galactic equator, ie the ecliptic of the spiral arms, and not the actual center of the galaxy.

The night photo below of our Milk Way, taken during the Summer 2019, is viewed from 38 degree latitudes in Colorado. That is roughly within a few degree of FT Meade, and Menlo Park, CA in latitude. Note the bright star in the lower right of the image. That is actually the planet Jupiter. Sgr A, the galactic core, is found about 45 degrees down and to the left of Jupiter; hidden in the main dust lane on the ecliptic plane.

In the photograph below one notes the considerable brightness of the galaxy’s central core region when compared to the galactic ecliptic spiral arms that extend to the upper left corner of that image. The upper left region in the photo is our zenith. Keep in mind this sizable difference in brilliance and mass of brightness.

Now I’ll explain my different point of view concerning the source of remote viewing interference. First to restate, the galactic center is never overhead in mid-latitude USA. It is just above the southern horizon. It is the center of the galaxy’s disk ie spiral arms that are overhead during the worst remote viewing time. My thesis depends on the fact that it is the region of Sag A that is the principle source of galactic noise and it is the galactic core’s noise we need to avoid (Additional discussion below).

Using astronomy software, one finds in this example (Summer) the GC (the source of core cosmic noise) will be hidden behind the Earth during the day around 2 PM in the afternoon. At this time the USA’s Earth position has rotated away from the galactic center and at this time, early afternoon not the evening, the Summer GC position is blocked by the thickest portion of the Earth’s iron core sphere.

Ideally, to block as much core cosmic noise as possible, we want Sgr A to be 90 degrees below the horizon. This provides the greatest shielding of most of our galaxy’s cosmic radiation and I find, discussed below, this is the optimum time for remote viewing or meditation.

The atmospheric shielding from galactic noise is trivial compared to the Earth’s iron/nickel core and this is why remote viewing effectiveness is falling off as the galactic core is rising above the horizon toward the zenith.

I went back using my astronomy software to examine a great many dates in my records. Now my records do not represent a quality controlled study. The remoter viewer’s studies likely had specific protocols on scoring events. I’m not doing that and I’m not remote viewing typically. I assess my experience’s quality based on clarity, realism, profundity of clear conversation, and other aspects I subjectively use in determining whether I believe an experience is real, authentic, or valid. I also have LOTS and lots of failed mediations (duds) and I’ve been examining the timing of those too.

The astronomy software let’s me check the sidereal time, the positioning of the galactic core, location of the Milky Way’s spiral arms overhead, and I can also correct for my geographic location; examining where I was at the event’s time; was I at TMI in VA or in Montana for example. I simply took enough experiences to convince myself and this is what I got:

I examined 40 very strong experiences. I have a lot more events I could study but I stopped at 40 when the pattern was clear. In 98% of those events the LST was NOWHERE near 13:30 LST for me. In 94% of those cases I had good to excellent Earth shielding of the galactic core behind me as I’m meditating.

Optimum Earth Shielding is illustrated in the pix to the lower right. Here I identify the position of the galactic core during optimum viewing times for me. Note the small red bullseye with cross-hairs that shows the position of the core which is fully behind the Earth. That represents the maximum bulk of the densest part of the Earth (iron core), for my latitude, is directly blocking the radiation from the galaxy’s core region. This pix’s illustrates, for that time of year and my location, is about 6 hr LST.

In this configuration I am meditation while lying on my back, the Earth is behind me with the actual center of our galaxy (Sag A) behind the Earth. My findings indicate this is when maximum galactic core cosmic noise Earth shielding is for me.

Note the galaxy’s outer bands are seen faintly arcing around the Earth and then up toward my zenith; directly overhead. In the pix the outer arms are illustrated as faint glows with turquoise lines extending in the upper left and lower right of the Earth. (As an aside the specific image below represents what I refer to as fair conditions in my notes)

In this position, and at this time, I see the galactic arms overhead but I am looking out through the thin outer arms of the galaxy. I don’t find significant interference under these conditions. It’s worth having the core shielding maximized to me.

As a result, for me Spottiswoode’s conclusions of sidereal time are completely immaterial. What matters for me is whether I am exposed to GC noise from above the horizon or whether I’m shielded from the core’s noise by the Earth.

As explained above, at 13:30 hr LST Sag A the galactic core is generally rising above the horizon. In this case the core’s radiation is arriving tangential through the Earth’s atmosphere and this is where problems begin for me; the atmosphere provides little Cosmic noise shielding comparatively speaking.

I also examined 4 periods I had notes for during the last four years; each period being roughly four months long. In ALL cases the dead-times or ‘duds’ for me occurred when the galactic core was anywhere above the horizon even a little bit, as it is at about 13:30 LST. For me anytime the core is above the horizon, even a little, there is a problem.

To be fair, in one four-month period there were 5 remarkable experiences that contradict these findings. However, in each of those experience ‘non-Earth based entities’ – I’ll call them – opened communications with me and I responded. There is only a few percent inconsistently I found so looking at both collections of events – successes and duds – the relationship is obvious to me. In my notes’ comments, as the time of Sagittarius A (GC) rising above the horizon, the drop off in my experiences is readily apparent.

To illustrate the optimal meditation times of day for me as the seasons pass, I’ve made the spreadsheet shown below; for USA latitudes and Mountain Time. This represents for me the best Earth core shielding times. The spreadsheet cell with an ‘X’ is the time of day when the maximum bulk of the Earth is between me and Sgr A, best shielding of galactic noise for me1.

To represent the useful meditation time when the core is behind the Earth (galactic outer arms near overhead) the light blue bars represent plus and minus 2 hrs from that optimum time. I’m quite comfortable w/ plus or minus 3 hours. Examining the spreadsheet one sees the best time of the year for me is from January thru September while adjusting meditation times during the day to be coincident w/ the light blue regions and my lifestyle. I don’t meditate late night; rather be asleep.

This is not to say ‘nothing’ psychic can happen outside these time frames; this is just my time of optimum clarity. Practically speaking I limit myself to meditations from 9AM to 9PM. Generally I’m not a morning person but if the reader is an early riser any of the blue shader times are do-able for you, if you are in the USA close to MST.

One more consideration with respect to the Spotteswoode’s study: here’s an illustration of a cosmic-ray interaction/collision with our upper atmosphere. In this case a energetic neutron or proton collides with perhaps a oxygen or nitrogen diatomic-molecule in our upper atmosphere. The colliding particle could also be a more massive alpha particle blown from our Sun or some supernova, or even an intergalactic super high-energy gamma ray. These would have different interactions then illustrated but have significant interactions none-the-less.

In the simpler cosmic ray collisions with out atmosphere just the muons created in this cascade process are powerful enough to be significantly relativistic in velocity causing well know time-dilation effects for the particle which results in the muon’s half-life being apparently much longer; allowing deeper penetration into our atmosphere (muon half-life time-dilation is one demonstration of Special Relativity’s correctness) . Many particles in the interaction are strong enough to penetrate all the way into rock (see diagram). It’s important to note the characterized collision illustrated here is an incident collision at the zenith, thus traveling the shortest distance thru the atmosphere toward the Earth’s surface.

Tangential particles, from the horizon entering collisions, are more attenuated due to the longer collision path through the thickest portion of our atmosphere, then from the zenith, as would be the case for galactic core particles arriving at 13:30 hrs LST. But that path length and atmospheric shielding is diminishing through the day so lets consider a possible compromise.

The spreadsheet below shows, in pink-orange, times we still have reasonable Earth core shielding and tho the galactic spiral arms are up off the horizon they are not yet at the zenith. In pink-orange the spiral arms are about 45 degrees or so up from the horizon. I didn’t measure these exactly. This may offer some advantage as the originating galactic radiation isn’t yet directly incident at the zenith, thus the atmospheric mean path is longer then that from the zenith, offering some additional atmospheric attenuation. Given the choice however, I always select times with the best Earth core shielding.

Anyway, the pink-orange period of time could also be an interesting time to continue exploration; could also wait for periods of low solar wind density (monitor at http://www.spaceweather.com).

Finally, remember at this time (Summer – Fall 2019) we are in a deep solar minimum and the galactic core’s radiation getting through to us is stronger as a result of the weaker SOLAR magnetosphere. This difference has been measured at the Moon to be doubled roughly. People flying commercial airlines have been shown to be getting more radiation during solar minimums. For more information about that scattering diagram see: http://cosmicray.com.au/what-is-a-cosmic-ray

My suggestion: review effective meditation or remote viewing times carefully for yourself. There’s just so much garbage on the Internet, people repeating other people without having their own direct experience or knowledge, if you’re getting your information at some New Age sites you need to check the facts for yourself.

If you’re interested you can check this galactic core location and sidereal times yourself. One iPhone astronomy app that will do this for you is called Sky Safari Plus … about 8 bucks. It will give you sidereal times associated with your time and location. To find the galactic center, set the coordinate system into Horizontal, not Equatorial mode. This sets the display to show the Earth at your feet. Then search on Sagittarius A or ‘Sgr A’ in that software, next ‘center’ the star map’s view. Roll through the day’s sky map watching the movement of Sgr A – recenter the display. Watch for when the Earth is below your feet and Sgr A is indicated behind the Earth. Note the sidereal times reported in the Settings. In those settings it helps to set the Milky Way’s illumination to high. This will make the galaxy brightly apparent in your star view.

When is the best time for one’s psychic capability? It is during the best years during a solar maximum and then when one has the best shielding provided by the Earth’s core, in my opinion.

Additional Topics of Interest: Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCRs)

NOAA explains galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) are a slowly varying background radiation produced mostly by supernovas. Contributions come from the estimated 10 million to 100 million supernova taking place somewhere in the Universe everyday; a varying fluence.

This universal radiation surrounds us and we have no consistent orientation that allows us to escape it other then what the increase in our sun’s magnetosphere during solar cycle maximums provides. The Sun’s magnetosphere which envelops our solar system shields us from this with varying radiation source more effectively during the solar cycle. At solar max the Sun’s magnetic field is strongest and this provides the most shielding of galactic cosmic rays. At solar minimum’s the shielding is weaker2.

But supernovae don’t explain all the energy found in the cosmic rays we detect. Researchers now postulate our Milky Way’s black hole core is the source of the highest energies we observe3. In general, in terms of shielded cosmic noise from universal supernovae all one has is the shielding provided by our Sun’s magnetosphere but in the case of our galactic core radiation we have the magnetosphere and the Earth’s iron core.

Our Recent Solar Cycle 24’s Minimum:

Sidebar note: August 2019 we were sitting out the solar minimum. It’s interesting to note that as we have less solar magnetosphere shielding during this solar minimum it has been measure at the lunar obit an overall cosmic radiation increase that’s about doubled as a result.

So at this time even tho one may time meditations with greatest Earth core shielding the cosmic radiation is still greater during the minimum (https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2019/07/16/cosmic-ray-update-new-results-from-the-moon/)

What does this suggest? If your psychic abilities have tanked then above may be the explanation as to why; consider adjusting your psychic meditation time and relax, the solar maximum will come in a couple years so viewing should improve, that is if any of this is correct. As an aside my strongest vision was at the last solar maximum and has fallen off as the solar minimum commenced.

At the bottom of this page is a Wikipedia plot of recent solar maxima and mins. Useful websites for tracking the state of our current solar cycle is NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction site (https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/solar-cycle-progression) and Spaceweather.com (https://spaceweather.com).

Solar Cycle Chronological Updates:

Update 1: The current Solar Cycle 24’s minimum broke a 100 year record this past December 2019 for most days without sunspots. The Sun was spotless for over 270 days. The record holder was back in 1913. (see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/12/16/its-official-we-are-in-a-deep-solar-minimum/)

Update 2: (May 2020) Has Solar Cycle 25 begun? The strongest flare in two years: ( https://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=29&month=05&year=2020)

Update 3: June 2020. Solar Cycle 25 has begun (https://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=03&month=06&year=2020)

Update 4: July 2020. The list to the right is from the site SpaceWeather.Com. This list displays the number of days the Sun sunspotless over the years. This is what defines the Solar Cycle. It’s clear to see the recent solar maximum during the years 2011-2015 judging by nearly zero days having any sunspots. Then one sees the number of sunspot-less days increase until the solar minimum is in 2019 when we had 281 days of no sunspots. In 2020 we clearly see the sunspot-less days decreasing as we head into the new solar maximum.


  1. Years ago I worked at the University of Utah Medical School – Radiobiology Lab. Our experiments pertained to plutonium. New employees expected to handle the materials underwent whole body radiation testing. That is we measure how much radioactive material a person had in their body before starting work (We all have radioactive isotopes in our bodies naturally). Later this could be tested again to determine whether the individual absorbed any additional isotopes while working at the lab. Due to the presence of the natural background radiation, which includes cosmic rays entering thru the atmosphere, there is addition radiation the detectors would measure. To minimize the background radiation the whole body radiation tests were conducted in an iron vault; made from 9 feet of WWII battleship iron plate. This was done so the 9 feet of iron shielding would block out most of the natural background radiation while the person’s measurements were taken. Similarly, neutrino detection experiments are very delicate and require massive background noise shielding for the detectors. The first neutrino experiment was conducted in the Homestake Mine in So Dakota. That mine is 8,000 feet deep. In this case the signal is so sensitive it needs the most shielding available – deep mines. 
  2. See https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/phenomena/galactic-cosmic-rays See also the article: COSMIC RAYS ARE INTENSIFYING at https://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=07&month=12&year=2019 See also Cosmic Ray Update at https://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=13&month=12&year=2019 
  3. See laymen discussion Science Magazine https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/milky-way-s-black-hole-may-be-spewing-out-cosmic-rays?r3f_986=https://www.google.com/ and Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/nature17147 for discussions on the Sagittarius A black hole as the source of highest energy cosmic radiation.