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. CIA/Army studies in psychic remote viewing determined this. 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). There were other code names projects used in remote viewing endeavors. I think Spottiswoode is first to correlate remote viewer performance with 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 relative to specific sidereal times. He also found that solar wind interferes with telepathy. My results, which offer a different point of view regarding Spottiswoode’s findings, are discussed several paragraphs below.

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 our spiral arms (imagine you’re looking at the side of a disk) at that LST time. Sgr A’s location is illustrated by a small red bullseye shown on the horizon with the orientation of the galaxy’s ecliptic plane’s center (i.e. center of the spiral arms) 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 this is the orientation of the galaxy for a meditator, or remote viewer, that is laying on their back looking up at the zenith; that is, looking out into open space unobstructed by our galaxy’s spiral arms which are also on the horizon at this time illustrated.

Spottiswoode states the best viewing time is 12:45-14:15hr LST. That time period is just before, to just after, Sgr A rises above the horizon. As an aside the cosmic radiation from the bulk of the galaxy’s central region is entering our atmosphere, from the side, tangential to the meditator lying down. As a result that cosmic noise is approaching thru the thickest part of the atmosphere toward the remote viewer. The thinnest part of the atmosphere would be at one’s zenith.

Spottiswoode further states in 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. As LST time progresses to 18 hr LST the core has risen from the horizon along with the galactic ecliptic (that passes through the center of the galaxy’s spiral arms), this rising up toward the zenith…just as the Sun does.

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 the second image (now nighttime in that pix) that the Earth has rotated a couple more hours and the galaxy’s arm have risen nearly to the zenith. At this time Sgr A is 17 degrees above the horizon and now 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, between 17.5 and 20 hr LST.

It is important to note that that time period is actually when the Milky Way galactic ecliptic (spiral arms) – not – the galactic center – is at one’s zenith. This is an very important difference; specifically 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 at times for us in the lower 48 states is the Milky Way’s ecliptic or the 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.

Visualize the Milky Way like a plate. The spiral arms are one the place and the plate itself would be the ecliptic of our galaxy. The Earth (Sun) is a bit more then one half the distance from the galaxy’s center to the outer edge of the plate. See illustration below left.

Depending on the time of day we may be looking toward the galaxy’s center and the rest of the galaxy that is on the other side of the center; the most dense part of the galaxy viewed from Earth. Other times we may be looking away from the central core, looking out thru the outer and thinnest 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. It’s clear from the illustration below that looking toward the center we see a whole lot more of the galaxy then when we look outward.

In January, for the USA, 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.

In the photo below it’s clear the GC does not pass overhead. What we see overhead as the Milky Way is 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 a 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 arm that extends 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. To the readers relief here I’ll begin to state my different point of view concerning the nature of the interference with remote viewing and/or psychic perception.

To frame this explanation I first 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 (see additional discussion below).

Using astronomy software and following the Earth’s rotation, one finds that in this example (Summer) the GC (the source of core cosmic noise) is hidden behind the Earth during the day around 2 PM. 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.

Ideally, to block out galactic core’s 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 with psychic perception intent.

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. It is the rising of the galaxy’s central region with galactic core above the horizon that is the problem, not the thinnest parts of the galaxy’s outer arms overhead.

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 I also corrected for my geographic location examining where i was at the time (i.e. 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 iron core shielding of the galactic core behind me.

What I call 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; nowhere near the horizon or above the horizon. 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.

To clarify, 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 optimal 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 regarding 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 specific four-month period of duds 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 contact with me. Aside of that 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 I’ve found the drop off in my experiences is readily dramatic and apparent as the galactic core rises from the horizon.

To illustrate optimal times for me during the day and as seasons pass I’ve made the spreadsheet shown below (USA Mountain Time). For the approximate mid-latitudes in the USA the best shielding times provided by the Earth’s core are designated by a ‘X’. This is the time of day when the maximum bulk of the Earth is between me and Sgr A thus best shielding of galactic noise which 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. Note the colliding particle could also be a massive alpha particle blown from some supernova or even an intergalactic super high-energy gamma ray. The diagram illustrates high energy particles that reach into the Earth from our zenith. Just the muons created in this cascade process are powerful enough to be significantly relativistic in velocity causing time-dilation for that 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. It’s important to note the collision illustrated here 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. That mean path however, is diminishing through the day. 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 he entering radiation isn’t directly incident at the zenith and the atmospheric mean path is longer offering some additional atmospheric attenuation. Anyway, the above mention spreadsheet could illustrate more times for psychic exploration.

Remember too 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 out near our Moon. This increase radiation shows up in more atmospheric scattered radiation. People flying commercial airlines have been shown to be getting more radiation during the solar minimum. 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 strongest and provides the most shielding of galactic cosmic rays. At solar minimum’s the shielding is weaker2.

Yet 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 million to 100 million supernova taking place somewhere in the Universe everyday; this arriving over larger periods of time; on average it arrives none-the-less.

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 shielding us from the cosmic noise that results from the flux of universal supernovae noise 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 that I think of it that advise likely pertains to this site too. Hmm.

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.

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.

Below 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 (

  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 radioactive materials underwent whole body radiation testing. That is we measure how much radioactive material a person had in their body before starting work. Everyone naturally has radioactive isotopes in their body. Later the individual could be tested again to determine whether the individual absorbed any isotopes at the lab. Because natural background radiation would interfere w/ detectors 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 much of the background radiation during the person’s measurements. In addition neutrino detection experiments are very delicate and require massive background noise shielding for the neutrino 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.