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 Star Gate Project (Fort Meade, Maryland). I think he’s the first to correlate remote viewer performance & sidereal time. That resulted from studying 20 years worth of data containing 1,524 trials among 22 different studies. He found a 400 percent spike in the success rate of remote viewing sessions. He also found solar wind interferes with telepathy. My results, which offer a different point of view, are discussed several paragraphs below.

Continuing out review, 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 stated the peak lasts about three and a half hours 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 (Sgr A) and spiral arms (imagine you’re looking at the side of a disk) at that time. Sgr A location is illustrated by a small red bullseye apparent on the horizon with the orientation of the galaxy’s ecliptic plane’s (spiral arms) depicted by black arrows; in this case at the time 13:30 LST for mid-latitudes in the USA.

For the sake of this discussion it’s important to note that the galaxy’s central core is on the horizon in the pix. To clarify, for a meditator or remote viewer, they are laying on their back looking up at the zenith, looking out into open space unobstructed by our galaxy’s spiral arms which are also on the horizon at that time. 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 (just as our Sun rises in the East).

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 side; the cosmic noise is entering the thickest part of the atmosphere, toward the remote viewer.

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

The pix below and left illustrates that worst time commencing, ie the core and galactic spiral arms are rising toward the zenith. Right and below that is a pix of the time 20 hr LST (a couple hous later). Notice in this second image (night time in that 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 is 17 degrees above the horizon and has alr4ady commencing its motion to set below the horizon.

Note Spottiswoode’s report states this worst performance is when the ‘center’ of the galaxy is approaching our overhead, that is our zenith.

Spottiswoode’s study states this is when psychic cognition is said to drop to its lowest point of performance, between 17.5 and 20 hr LST. It is important to note that time is actually when the Milky Way galactic (spiral arms) ecliptic – not – the galactic center – is at one’s zenith although the galactic core is near it’s highest above the horizon during this time. This is an important difference; the position of the galaxy core and spiral arms.

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 latitudes. To get the GC ‘overhead’ one needs to be in southern hemisphere.

What is overhead for us in the lower 48 states is the Milky Way’s ecliptic or central plane of the spiral arms (see Milky Way 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 illustration below left.

At times we may be looking toward the center, the most dense part of the galaxy. Other times we may be looking away from the center core looking out thru the thinner portion of the spiral arms (the outer arms). Since the Earth is tilted, at times we can look up off the center of the plate so to speak.

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

In the photo below it’s clear the GC does not pass overhead. What we see overhead as the Milky Way are the galaxy’s spiral arms, not the GC. As just explained, for the locations Meno Park, CA (where Stargate began 1972) and Fort Meade, Maryland (where Stargate 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 photo shown 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. About 45 degrees down and to the left of Jupiter, then residing in the main dust lane right on the galactic ecliptic plane is the general location of the galactic center specified by the black hole Sag A.

In this photograph 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 begin to state my different point of view concerning the remote viewer interference.

First to restate, the galactic center is never overhead in mid-latitude USA, only the center of the galaxy’s outer disk ie spiral arms are overhead during the worst remote viewing time. My thesis depends on the fact that the region of Sag A is the principle source of galactic noise. It is the galactic core’s noise we need to avoid (Additional discussion below).

Next, using astronomy software, one finds in this example (Summer) the GC (the source of core cosmic noise) will become hidden behind the Earth during the day around 2 PM in the afternoon. At this time the Earth has rotated away from the galactic center and at this time in the Summer the GC is blocked by the thickest portion of the Earth’s iron core sphere. Ideally, to block core cosmic noise we want Sgr A to be 90 degrees below the horizon – optimally. 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.

So I went back using my astronomy software (telescope guiding capable) 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 that 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 have 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 then I also corrected for my geographic location examining where i was at the 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.

‘Optimum Earth shielding’ is illustrated in the pix to the lower right. Here we consider 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 is, the maximum bulk of the densest part of the Earth (iron core) is directing blocking the radiation from the galaxy’s core region. This pix’s illustration for that time of year is about 6 hr LST.

In this configuration I am meditation lying on my back, the Earth is behind me with the actual center of the galaxy (Sagittarius A) behind the Earth. My findings indicate this is maximum galactic core cosmic noise Earth shielding – for me. Note the galaxy’s outer bands seen faintly do arc around the Earth and then toward my zenith; directly overhead. In the pix the outer arms are the faint glows with turquoise lines extending in the upper left and lower right of the Earth. (As an aside the image below represents what I refer to as ‘fair’ conditions in my notes)

In this position I would see the galactic arms overhead but I am looking out at the outer arms of the galaxy and I do not find significant interference under these conditions. As a result for me Spottiswoode’s conclusion of sidereal time is completely immaterial. What matters for me is the location of the core and whether I’m shield from that.

As explained above, at 13:30 hr LST Sag A the galactic core is generally rising up above the horizon. In this case the core’s radiation is tangential to the Earth’s atmosphere and this is were problems begin for me as the atmosphere provides little shielding comparatively speaking.

I also examined 4 periods in 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 13:30 LST. For me anytime the core is above the horizon at all presents a problem.

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 – came for me or they opened communications with me. 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 dramatic and apparent.

To illustrate optimal times for me during the day and as seasons pass I’ve made the spreadsheet shown below (USA Mountain Time). This represents for, approximately, the mid-latitudes in the USA the best shielding times by the Earth’s core. ‘X’ is the time of day when the maximum bulk of the Earth is between me and Sgr A, thus best shielding of galactic noise and that is about 5-6 hrs LST1.

For the case when the core is behind the Earth (galactic arms near overhead) the light blue bars represent plus and minus 2 hrs from that optimum time. That is very conservative for me; I’m quite comfortable w/ plus or minus 3 hours. One sees the best time of the year is from January thru September while adjusting meditation times during the day to be coincident w/ the light blue regions

This is not to say ‘nothing’ psychic can happen outside these time frames; this is just the time for optimum clarity for me. Finally 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.

One more consideration, with respect to the remote viewer’s study, here’s an illustration of a cosmic-ray interaction/collision with our atmosphere. In this case a energetic neutron or proton collides with perhaps a oxygen or nitrogen molecule in our upper atmosphere. But note the colliding particle could also be a massive alpha particle blown from some supernova, or a solar proton, or even an intergalactic super high-energy gamma ray. 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 time-dilation for the particle which results in the muon’s half-life being much longer, allowing deeper penetration into our atmosphere (muon half-life time-dilation is one demonstration of Special Relativity’s correctness) . Many particles are strong enough to penetrate all the way into rock (see diagram). It’s important to note such collision illustrated is an incident collision at the zenith traveling the shortest distance thru the atmosphere.

Tangential particles, from the horizon, are more attenuated due to the longer collision path (thickest atmosphere from horizon) as would be the case for galactic core particles arriving at 13:30 hrs LST. But that path is diminishing through the day so lets consider a possible compromise.

The spreadsheet below shows in pick/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 from the zenith. I didn’t measure these exactly. This may offer some advantage as the originating galactic radiation isn’t directly incident at the zenith and the atmospheric mean path is longer offering some additional atmospheric attenuation.

Anyway this could also be an interesting time to continue exploration; wait for periods of low solar wind density (monitor at And remember at this time (Summer – Fall 2019) we are in a deep solar minimum and the radiation getting to us as a result of the weaker SOLAR magnetosphere has been measured to be doubled roughly. This shows up in more atmospheric scattered radiation. People flying commercial airlines have been shown to be getting more radiation. For more information about that scattering diagram see:

Additional Discussion

As an aside NOAA explains galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) are a slowly varying background radiation produced mostly by supernovas. The Sun’s magnetosphere which envelops our solar system shields us from this with varying effectiveness during the solar cycle. At solar max the Sun’s magnetic field is stronger and provides the most shielding of galactic cosmic rays. At solar minimum’s the shielding is weaker2.

Supernovae can’t explain all the energy found in cosmic rays. Researchers now postulate our Milky Way’s black hole core is the source of the highest energies observed3. Additional contributions come from the estimated 10 to 100 million supernova taking place somewhere in the Universe everyday; this arriving over time. This universal radiation surrounds us and we have no consistent orientation that allows us to escape that, other then the solar cycles. That is, 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 to protect us.

Review effective meditation or remote viewing times carefully for yourself. There’s just so much garbage on the Internet (people repeating other people without 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.

Now, being careful about noting the times of my meditations, I also track solar wind density and sunspots/CME (solar events). As a practice now I often don’t bother meditating in dud-time. I check for my optimum Earth shielding time of the galactic core in terms of time and season and then wait til that time for my meditations. Of course if that time is 2-6 AM I don’t bother; I’m just not awake enough.

If you’re interest you can check this 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, search on Sagittarius A or ‘Sgr A’ in that software, then ‘center’ the star map’s view. Roll through the day’s sky map watching the movement of Sgr A – recenter the display and 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.

Final final sidebar note: August 2019 we were sitting out the solar minimum. It’s useful to note that because we have less solar magnetosphere shielding during this solar minimum it has been measure at the lunar obit that the overall cosmic radiation is about doubled. So at this time even tho one may time meditations with greatest Earth core shielding the cosmic radiation is still about doubled during the solar minimum. That is if shielding gives us 85% protection (just an example) if the radiation has double the Earth would protect us from 85% of that.

What does it all mean? If your psychic abilities have tanked the 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 true. 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. It’s interesting that an entity I once met explained there would be seasons to the vision’s ability. Is this what was referred to? I won’t know the true effect of this until we’re well into enter the next maxima, Solar Cycle 25. Totally crazy huh…..

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

Update 2: (May 2020) Has Solar Cycle 25 begun? The strongest flare in two years: (

Update 3: June 2020. Solar Cycle 25 has begun (

Update 4: July 2020. The list to the right is from the site: SpaceWeather.Com. This list displays the number of days the Sun had sunspots 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 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. Later this could be tested again to determine whether the individual absorbed any isotopes at the lab. Because natural background radiation would interfere w/ the detectors, to examining the body the test was conducted in an iron vault surrounded by 9 feet of WWII battleship iron plate. This was done so the 9 feet of iron shielding would block out the natural background radiation during the person’s measurements. In addition, 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. The mine is 8,000 feet deep. 
  2. See See also the article: COSMIC RAYS ARE INTENSIFYING at See also Cosmic Ray Update at 
  3. See laymen discussion Science Magazine and Nature for discussions on the Sagittarius A black hole as the source of highest energy cosmic radiation.