Sidereal Time and Psychic Ability

This discussion presents data concerning personal psychic ability correlated with sidereal time that differs from popular remote-viewer traditional understandings.

Some have heard, 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 here that StarGate had other program names as well.

I think Spottiswoode is the first to correlate remote viewer performance with sidereal time finding a statistical 400 percent spike in the success rate of remote viewing sessions as a function of sidereal time. That value 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 data and results, offers a different point of view regarding sidereal influences and is discussed several paragraphs below this brief review about Spottiswoode’s findings. As a sidebar note, also found below, I briefly outline how to determine optimum psychic time for your locality using available inexpensive astronomy software.

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 cross-section of a disk while being in the disk yourself.

Sgr A’s location – the center of our galaxy – is shown in the photo above by the small red bullseye apparent on the horizon with the orientation of the galaxy’s ecliptic plane (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 observations to be discussed below, it’s important to note that the galaxy’s central core is on the eastern horizon in the pix above. To clarify, the meditator or remote viewer is laying on his or her back facing the zenith which at this time has an unobstructed view of deep space while our galaxy’s spiral arms are on the horizon starting to ride in the east; the familiar band of the Milk-way we see at night. If the meditators head is pointed north, the galaxy rising is 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 in the east. Starting with the spiral arms, in the east, as 14:15 LST approaches the arms with the galaxy’s central region commence its rise toward the zenith.

As an aside, I note here, 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, that is as one is laying w/ their head north; the cosmic noise entering through the thickest part of the atmosphere to us.

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;

for the mid-latitudes in the USA. During this time the core has progressively risen from the horizon along with the galactic ecliptic (that passes through the center of the galaxy’s spiral arms); Sgr rising to its highest in the South.

The pix above and left illustrates when the worst remote viewing time is beginning, as reported. That is the core and galactic spiral arms are rising toward the zenith while Sgr A is also near its highest point above the southern horizon in the USA.

Right and below is a pix of the time 20 hr LST (a couple hours later) near the end of the so-called worst viewing time. Notice in this image (now night-time in the pix) 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, the galactic core, has descended to 17 degrees above the horizon; commencing its motion to eventually set below the western horizon. Note the spiral arms are overhead while 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, blocking an unobstructed view of deep space. 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.

In addition, it is important to recognize that Spottiswoode’s discussed time is actually when the Milky Way galactic ecliptic (spiral arms) – not the galactic center – are at one’s zenith (in the USA) although the galactic core is near it’s highest point above the southern horizon at 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 the galactic center 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 was taken during the Summer when the GC is above 17 degrees or so 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; our Earth (Sun) set away from the galaxy’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 central core looking out thru the thinner portion of the outer galaxy’s spiral arms.

In the USA, during January, the galactic outer 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 from us, all 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 its spiral arms, not the galaxy’s center. For the remote viewer project 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 some hours. So I assume the project writers are referring to the center of the galactic equator, ie the center ecliptic plane of the spiral arms, and not the actual center of the galaxy.

The discussed 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 at that time. 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 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 or mass of brightness between those two locations; region of Sgr A vs ecliptic plane.

Now I’ll explain my different point of view concerning the source of remote viewing interference and its timing. First to restate, the galactic center is never overhead in the mid-latitude USA; it is just above the southern horizon. Rather, it is the center of the galaxy’s disk, ie the plane of the spiral arms, that are overhead near the worst remote viewing time, while the galactic core is above the southern horizon. 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 in these meditative practices (Additional discussion below).

Using astronomy software (available for tablet and hand devices), one finds in this discussed photo (2nd one down) based example that the GC (the source of core cosmic noise) is hidden behind the Earth during the day around 2 PM in the afternoon. At this time, in the USA, the Earth has rotated facing 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 for us in the USA.

Ideally, to block as much core cosmic noise as possible, we want Sgr A to be 90 degrees below the horizon, behind our back lying down. 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 potential shielding, and this is why remote viewing effectiveness is falling off, as the galactic core rises above the horizon.

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 that I subjectively use in determining whether I believe an experience is authentic or valid; unclear what real means. 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. Currently I still clearly find optimum is when the Earth is behind me.

My study was a personal curiosity, not an endeavor to dispute Spottiswoode’s claims. Anyway, 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 was 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 galactic core which is fully behind the Earth. This represents the location of maximum bulk; the densest part of the Earth (iron core), for my latitude, which is blocking the radiation from the galaxy’s core region. This pix’s illustrates, for that time of year and my location, a meditation time of about 6 hr LST.

During 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 image below represents what I approximate as fair to good 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 or less dense outer arms of the galaxy. I don’t find significant interference under these conditions. It’s worth much more to have the core shielding maximized for me; rather then worry about the galaxy’s outer spiral arms’ position.

As a result, for me, Spottiswoode’s conclusions of sidereal time are completely immaterial. In sum, what matters for me is whether I am exposed to GC noise and the consequential spray of particles collision noise as cosmic rays impinge on the atmosphere from above the horizon, or whether I’m shielded from the core’s noise by the Earth.

As explained above in the initial paragraphs, at 13:30 hr LST Sag A the galactic core is just 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 and is cascading with various atmospheric cosmic ray collision processes.

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, that’s the 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 most productive 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 at 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 assuming 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 one energetic proton collides with perhaps one 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 which produces a different cascade; having different interactions then that illustrated, but all imply significant interactions none-the-less.

In the simpler cosmic ray collisions within our 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 represent an incident collision at the zenith, thus traveling the shortest path thru the atmosphere toward the Earth’s surface; straight down to us.

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

The spreadsheet below shows in pink-orange the times we still have reasonable Earth core shielding and tho the galactic spiral arms have risen above the horizon they are not yet at the zenith. In pink-orange the spiral arms are about 45 degrees up or so 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 for meditation/phasing.

Anyway, the pink-orange period of time could also be an interesting time to continue exploration. One could also wait for periods of low solar wind density (monitor at

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 strongest and most abundant as a result of the weaker SOLAR magnetosphere that shields our solar system. This difference has been measured by instruments on the Moon. It is measured to be roughly doubled rather than during a Solar Maximum. People flying commercial airlines with dosimetry instruments have been shown to be getting more radiation during solar minimums too. For more information about that scattering diagram see:

My suggestion to the reader: 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, that if you’re getting your information at some New Age sites you need to check the facts for yourself.

Sidebar note: I see this page is popular enough (actually the most popular page of my site) that I’ve provided instructions below concerning how you may check optimal time for viewing in your personal area. As I stated above: the spreadsheet shown is for my location the USA mountain time zone.

You can determine the desired times yourself for your location. This can be done with a number of astronomy apps but here’s instructions for one app called Sky Safari Plus … about 8 bucks. It will give you the sidereal times associated with your time and your location. This would help for you to find the optimum Earth-core shielding time for you.

To find that time for your locality do the following:

1) Open Sky Safari. Go to the Setting\Locations section and be sure the information for your location and time is complete.

2) In the upper left corner of the main viewing screen, just below the location, see a group of numbers that look like coordinates. Click on that to open a small window. Set the display coordinate system into Horizontal, not Equatorial mode. This sets the display to illustrate the Earth below the horizon at your feet in the sky map.

3) Next click on the Search icon in the toolbar lower left. Search on Sagittarius A or ‘Sgr A’. The app will pop up an information screen about Sgr A.

4) Then in the lower left click on the Center icon. The search app will return to the main view. You’ll see a map of the sky, the horizon, and ground below. The location of Sgr A is represented by small crosshairs. One needs to keep track of that. If in the course of these instructions one looses track, just click the Center icon again and check the time.

5) Then in the center of the toolbar, at the bottom of the page, see the time display. It will show the date and time. In that toolbar tool there will be something that looks like a media player. This allows you to move the map forward and backward through time. To the left of the player is displayed the time measure you are stepping through: months, hours, days etc. See the small underline under one of those date/time sets. That indicates which measure you will step through. You want to step through hours for the day of interest to you.

6) As you click on the button to progress the hours notice the map is moving. Since you are centered on Sgr A there will be a small set of cross-hairs on the location of Sgr A. Keep moving the hours forward until the cross-hairs move below the horizon to the center of the ground below the map. It looks like one is looking down at the Earth below one’s feet.

7) Tinker with the hours, moving forward or backward, to get the cross-hairs centered on the Earth below in that map view.

8) When one gets those cross-hairs centered on the Earth below, this is the time of maximum shielding for your location according to my hypothesis given above.

9) If you wish to see the associated time in LST, which is likely immaterial at this time, goto the Setup\Date & Time options. In the right window pane click on Advanced. The next screen displayed will show the LST for your location at the time you have Sgr A centered, in the lower left.

Finally, if you wish to see more clearly the position of our Milky Way in the star map, go to Settings\Milky Way; then in the right-hand panel of settings be sure “Show Milky Way” is On. Next look below for a setting called Intensity. Turns this slider all the way up. This gives the Milky Way a bright glow in the star map. That’s it. You’re done.

When is the very best time for one’s psychic perceptions? It is during the maximum solar maximum years and 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 by our sun’s magnetosphere during solar cycle maximums provides.

The Sun’s magnetosphere which envelops our solar system shields us from this varying radiation source more effectively during 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 and worst for meditation/phasing.

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 now about doubled as a result of the lack of magnetosphere (

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, during the last solar maximum 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 ( and (

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

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 2022. Solar Cycle 25 is fully presenting. Concerning cosmic ray exposure see this brief article from SpaceWeather.Com which clarifies what I discussed above. See Cosmic Ray Update topic in:

  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 effects entering thru the atmosphere, there is additional radiation the detectors would measure in addition to the individual’s signal. To minimize that natural background radiation’s interference during the whole body radiation measurement, these 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, as much as practical, 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 South Dakota. That mine is 8,000 feet deep. In this case the signal is so sensitive it needed the most shielding available – deep mines. 
  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.