by Val Klavans
Ancient people had observed that how their personality traits correlate to certain astrological signs. Repeated observations of the astrological signs over long time spans led to conclusions being made regarding their character and behaviour. The Babylonian priesthoods were experts in astrology, and they used to consider it as a sacred knowledge. In Judaism, of which the Christianity is an offshoot; the teachings, festivals, and rituals are mostly designed to create a sense of harmony with climates and seasons. Therefore, astrology confers on a person an understanding of himself, and no way undermines the free will. For instance, a person with lactose intolerance would do better to stay away from dairy products, but the choice of making this decision still rests with the person himself. There are no accidental, chaotic, or unpredictable situations in reality; and what seems bizarre is only due to our lack of comprehension and responsibility. Every animate or inanimate object in universe has a conscious movement of its own including human beings, and that is what makes the birth time so important. Birth time serves as the inception of a movement according to the existing cosmic pattern of the time. The being might die, but the cosmos never changes because its movement eternally continues.
If two people are born at the same time and place they are astrological twins. There was a famous case back in the nineteenth century in England where it was recorded that an English lord – a count or a baron or something similar – was born in London at the same time and date that a chimney sweep was born there. They of course led drastically different lives, but they married on the same day to women who I think, if I remember correctly, were both named Ruth. They each had 2 children they gave the same names, and they died on the very same day, only minutes apart. In Paris in the 1960s, Pierre and Michelle Gauquelin, two statisticians, set out to disprove astrology. They had read in several astrology texts that Mars rising (near the ascendant or first house cusp), or culminating (near the mid-heaven or the tenth house cusp) was the mark of an exceptional athlete or a very successful businessman. Therefore the Gauquelins gathered the birth data for just over ten thousand athletes and businessmen and they found a striking correlation – Mars was from five degrees above to ten degrees below the ascendant, or from ten degrees into the tenth house to five degrees shy of it in an astounding 69.8 percent of the horoscopes of their sample. Statistical probability would have suggested a correlation in one out of twelve people, under ten percent. The Gauquelins were so impressed that they dedicated the rest of their lives to astrological research. Famous people with Mars in what has become known as “The Gauquelin sector: Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Tiger Woods, Sir Nick Faldo, Michaerl Phelps, Michael Jordan, Robert McNamara (ex-president of Ford Motor Company, Secretary of Defense under Kennedy and Johnson), Lee Iococca (ex-president of Chrysler).
Astrology is scientific in the sense that its calculations are rigorously mathematical, but it is undeniable that to interpret horoscopes should be considered as an art. Skeptical views arise when one fails to recognize the pattern in a subject, and therefore tends to reject it. Every subject including history, maths, and chemistry to cite a few, involve principles and patterns that are developed through trial and error. Astrology is considered to be most profound and scientific among other hermetic arts because it also involves mathematics, geometry, and psychology. Astrological notions have always been used to find patterns in human lives, such as seven days of a week based on seven planets, festivals of the seasons based on cardinal points, grading in school systems based on 12 astrological signs, formation of languages based on hermetic symbolism, cultural values and family structures based on planetary archetypes etc. etc.. Furthermore, astrology is always regarded as holy science in various esoteric circles because it has the power to unite humanity into one community, since subjects such as history, economics, and politics tend to bring more divisions and conflicts, though not many seem to question them. Victors write history, corrupt bankers derive economics, and devious politicians run states; only if astrology be taught to every child on the planet, than most of its troubles would have far been over. And now it appears to be very soon when astrology becomes the lingua franca of the world because of the rising consciousness about the subject everywhere.
Nevertheless, the absence of coincidences does not mean all is predetermined. If my choice is to take a certain action, and you also take a similar action concurrently then I guess you could call that a coincidence, but here I am stating it in a larger perspective than that. When you go to the library and open a book, and it turns out that you opened it to the exact page to read the exact message you needed to hear, I would not call that coincidence, I would call it synchronicity. I am not saying these things as a matter of faith. Quantum physics, in fact, has proved that we are all one. This is the unified string theory, which essentially says we are all agents of “cause.” We are all creators. I will grant you that astrology, like many other things, requires a measure of “belief,” but that belief is based upon observation and empirical evidence, if not science. The Gauquelin’s experiment, for example, was enough to change their view of astrology that the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, Venus, and all the rest are permeated with consciousness. Consciousness is within everything.
It is correct that accidents are not coincidences, which simply means that they have definite causes. If a blind man drives, than what can be expected anyway. Therefore, astrology gives an additional insight which helps humans to make the best use of their faculties. Freedom in making choices only means that we can always choose for ourselves, and never for others, as everyone is in a different state of physical, psychological, and spiritual development. We make our choices, and afterwards experience their consequences. Astrology offers a person the techniques of using forces in nature to the best of his advantage. Astrologers, like the Farmer’s Almanac, base their predictions on observations made when past cycles occurred. In today’s world there are increasing mutations and variations that cannot be foreseen very clearly but astrology certainly does help one to glide in air, to swim in water, to tread on earth, and to shield against fire in his best interests. Quoting a great philosopher who once said, “You have the free will to lift one of your legs whilst standing, but you shall fall the moment you lift the other”. Also, how much of dictation can a person give to the pattern of his life, as one sleeps, eats, works, and rests. Humans have always had choices, but limited choices, and astrology helps one to make the most of it.
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* Dr. Gordon Osinski, Associate Professor & NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology and Associate Director, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration takes Western University and other Canadian university students on a 10-day residential field experience examining various localities in northern Arizona (AZ) and southern Utah (UT). The most recent field school took place in May 2014. This region of the Midwestern United States is a world-renowned environment for comparative planetology; the Apollo astronauts were trained there in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Field stops focused on meteorite impact cratering (e.g., Meteor Crater, AZ; Upheaval Dome crater, UT), volcanism (e.g., Sunset Crater volcanic field, AZ), and canyon and valley formation (e.g., Canyonlands National Park, UT). Many of the locations visited are considered world-class terrestrial analogues for the Moon and Mars, such as Meteor Crater: the best-preserved meteorite impact crater on Earth.
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