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Why Astrology?

The vibrational frequencies emitted by the stars have an influence on what transpires here on planet earth… watching the stars tells you a lot about who we are, what characteristics we will manifest as individuals, what challenges and learning experiences we must master… but the stars can also speak very specifically about where we’re going….

As a science, if a metaphysical science to some, astrology has been with us since the beginning of time when our forefathers first noticed movements in the skies and correlated these to events that transpired here on planet Earth. Now, in the age of Quantum Physics, we are seeing the deeper meanings, the energetic flows between all of the heavenly bodies – and we are learning how to apply this knowledge to making day to day decisions in our personal lives.

Some day all employers will consult astrologers as part of the hiring process…. doctors will check the position of the moon before prescibing, every couple will check with their astrologer before setting a wedding day, partners will want to know what Jupiter is doing…

Why Astrology Works

by Craig Grant

I was first intrigued by by astrology at the age of seven, I would come home from school and turn on the TV and watch a show called BEYOND REASON. Three psychics would try to guess the identity of the mystery guest. Irene Hughes, a generic psychic, if you will, was in one of the cubicles, the middle cubicle was reserved for a guest psychic, a palmist, most often, and in the third cubicle was Geoff Grey-Cobb, the astrologer.

Using just birth time and place, he seemed to come up with the correct identity of the mystery guest more often than anyone, and I wondered why that was.

In the spring of 1981, I met a woman named who could do astrology charts.

And she did mine.

Having known me for less than an hour, she was incredibly accurate. My moon in Pisces, she said, meant that I was dreamy and intrigued by fantasy.

Yes. I’d read lots of science fiction as a teen-ager.

And I was very sensitive, prone to strange allergic reactions.

Yes. I was allergic to penicillin, orange peels, dog hair, furnace filters. Her brow furrowed. Did you almost die at the age of three? That’s the one that got me. Because I had. In response to one of my allergic reactions, some doctor had given me penicillin. I swelled up and turned purple. So he gave me some more. And I almost died.

I was so blown away that I didn’t ask how she could tell that. Now, of course, I suspect that she likely saw that Pluto, the planet that rules death, squared my natal Venus at the age of three, by a mathematical process that astrologers call solar arc direction.

So I asked her why astrology worked.

She looked at me blankly for a moment. She had no idea, she said, finally.

Since then, I’ve kept my eyes peeled to the far horizon, my ear to the ground, for the answer to that question. While also wondering if there’s a correlation between musical notes and the colours of the spectrum and the seven planets of Ancient Astrology and what might happen if you’re travelling at the speed of light and you turn on your headlights.

I’ve been known to go up to astrologers, in conference bookstores, or after their lectures, and ask them point blank why astrology works.

Every once in a while, a book would fall off a shelf, or somebody would point me in a certain direction.

And what I’ve come up with, after all that, is most definitely just a glimmering in the pit of a black hole of some metaphysical truth that will, perhaps be common knowledge in a hundred years time, when astrologers will rule the world, as they rightfully should.

But for now, at least, when I’m sitting in a booth at some metaphysical fair, and I’ve blown somebody away by pontificating about how that Saturn hitting their Venus/Mars conjunction in their seventh house of Aries, square Neptune, spelt the end of the love affair with the athlete on steroids, at least I’ll have some sort of answer ready when they ask me, so just how does this stuff work.

Here’s a vague approximation of what my long-winded answer would be, if it’s Sunday morning and there’s no appointments booked until noon.

To start things off, I might mention a study carried out at the Institute of Psychiatry by Jeff Mayo and Hans Eysenck, which showed, on the basis of approx. 4000 subjects, a marked correlation between birth sign and extrovert/introvert tendencies. The odds against that are 10,000 to 1.

“So there has to be something to this, right?”

And then I’ll briefly sketch in a smattering of info about the precession of the equinoxes, and how the signs just aren’t where they used to be, thanks to the tilt of the global axis and the movement of our solar system around the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy. Precessional changes mean that whereas at the time of ancient Greece the sun would physically have been in the constellation of Aries at the spring equinox, it is now framed by the stars of Pisces at this time. The fact that astrologers still call the first sign in spring, Aries, and not Pisces, is a convention that has not changed and is one of the reasons scientists dismiss astrology as a pseudo-science.

There could only be one explanation for this: what’s important in astrology is not the starry background of the zodiac, which in fact acts only as a clockface, but some cycle related to the sun itself. In other words, the crux as to why astrology astrology works lies somewhere in the orb of that sun in the sky. That sun which the ancient Mayans used to worship so vehemently.

It’s no secret, among radio operators, about radio waves are affected by the state of the earth’s upper atmosphere, and how things are apt to get garbled when there’s a lot of sunspot activity. In 1843, someone named Woolf noticed that sunspot cycles appeared to follow a rhthym of 11.11 years. At the beginning of the cycle, they’re near the poles and get nearer to the sun’s equator as the cycle progresses, and then it’s back to the poles by the time the cycle peters out. But each cycle varies considerably. For example, 1645 and 1715, there were hardly any sunspots at all.

Now the sun rotates like the earth does, on its own north/south axis. But since it’s not a solid entity and is composed of plasma gases, a solar day is weird: 37 earth days at the poles as opposed to 26 at the equator. It also has an unusual magnetic field: a north-south dipole and an equatorial quadripole. The quadripole field looks like four bubbles of magnetism spaced at equal intervals around the equator. These bubbles are of alternating polarity. And because the sun’s poles are turning faster than its equator, its magnetic flux lines get wound up into loops, like twisting spaghetti on a fork. Which apparently causes areas of intense magnetism to build up under the sun’s surface. When they burst to the surface, we see them and call them sunspots. But those sunspots don’t just stop at the surface. They get carried out into space on the solar wind.

Why do comets have tails that always point away from the sun, no matter how far out from the sun they seem to be? Because of the solar wind.

Recently scientists have been exploring something called black matter. In a sense, the stars and planets, etc. are merely bodies of highly condensed matter floating in a sea of thin, attenuated gases. The idea of ‘space’ as ‘vacuum’ doesn’t really apply.

And so, just as human beings have an energy field, an “aura”, the sun also has an aura. An aura full of solar wind. And that solar wind reaches out way past Pluto. That aura radiates throughout the entire electromagnetic spectrum: visible, radio, ultra-violet, x-rays….and there are probably some rays there we’re not even aware of yet. Those of us who aren’t shamans, at least.

Then I read an article in the New York Times by a reporter named Malcolm Browne, who was writing about an experiment some scientists in Geneva had done, in which they permitted two photons of light, more than ten kilometres apart, to respond to a stimulus applied to just one of them. (A photon is a particle of energy, of radiant heat, that moves at the speed of light and possesses a neutral charge.)

It was, ostensibly, a scientific investigation of the mysterious long-range connections that exist between quantum events, i.e. connections that are created from nothing at all. Connections that, in theory, can reach instantaneously from one end of the universe to the other.

In essence, the experiment by Dr Nicholas Gisin of the University of Geneva sent pairs of photons in opposite directions to villages north and south of Geneva, dispatched along fibre-optic lines, and when each photon pair reached the end of their separate lines, they were forced to make random choices among equally possible pathways. Since there was no way for the photon pairs to communicate with each other, “classical physics” would predict that their independent choices would bear no relationship to each other.

But when their paths were compared, the independent decisions made by the paired photons always matched.

The idea behind Dr. Gisin’s experiment is not new. Since the seventies physicists have been testing a quantum theory that suggests “entangled particles” (identical particles that share common origins and properties) remain in instantaneous contact with each other no matter how large the gap between them.

Dr. Gisin set a dramatic distance record by showing that the link between two entangled particles survives even when they are ten kilometres apart. Past experiments on entangled particles were carried out over distances of a hundred metres or less. In principle, he says, it should make no difference whether the correlation between twin tangled particles occurs when they are separated by a few metres….or by the entire universe

Malcolm Browne goes on to explain that an underlying enigma remains. One of the weird aspects of quantum mechanics, he writes, is that something can simultaneously exist and not exist; if a particle is capable of moving along several different paths, the uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics allows it to travel along all paths and exist in all possible states simultaneously. However, if the particle happens to be measured by some means, its path or state is no longer uncertain. The simple act of measurement instantly forces it into just one path or state. Physicists call this a “collapse of the wave function”. The amazing thing is that if just one particle in an entangled pair is measured, the wave function of the particles collapses into a definite state that is the same for both partners, even separated by great distances.

Among several proposed explanations for all this is the “many worlds” hypothesis: the notion that for every possible pathway or state open to a particle, there is a separate universe. For each of the ten possible pathways a quantum particle might follow, for example, there would exist a separate universe.

But that would take us into another whole area of discussion. The world of multiple universes.

The article goes on to talk about how this discovery might be of use to banks and spies to encode and decode financial transactions and “ultra-secret messages”.

You have to admire that kind of thinking. Here’s this New York Times reporter writing about the proof of how astrology works, and, well, you know, this could come in handy when it comes to transferring Visa debt info and spying on Saddam Hussein.

Soon after reading that article, I came across the Aug/Sept 1998 issue of Mountain Astrologer ( and read an interview with Dr. Percy Seymour. Dr. Seymour believes that the sun, moon and planets telegraph their effects to us via magnetic signals. His multi-link theory proposes that the planets raise tides in the gases of the sun, creating sunspots and their particle emissions, which then travel across interplanetary space to strike the Earth’s magnetosphere, ‘ringing it like a bell’. He goes on to say that on days when the geomagnetic index was high, the planetary heredity effects of Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and, to some extent, the moon, were enhanced. “The level and intensity of solar activity waxes and wanes within the eleven year solar sunspot cycle. My theory proposes that certain planetary alignments affect solar activity…….” Dr. Seymour then cites Jane Blizard’s work for NASA, which showed evidence that heliocentric planetary conjunctions, oppositions and ‘certain’ 90 degree alignments give rise to violent solar disturbances.

Which, conceivably, are then perceived – and encoded? – by the neural network of the fetus inside the mother’s womb.

Think of each of our cells having its own radio antenna, composed of photons, protons and electrons, which picks up these signals based upon the frequency that was stamped upon them at birth.

More from Craig: The Asteroids

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In the December, 1999/ January 2000 issue of NEXUS Magazine (, in an article entitled, NEO-ASTROLOGY: Statistical Evidence for the Influence of the Planets?, Anthony Craig writes, “If it be supposed that each body cell – a watery sac, ideal for the reception and conduction of electromagnetic frequencies – is receiving the vibrations in the atmosphere, and that the glands are sensitive to frequencies of a definite pitch, then we have an ideal theoretical framework for the mechanics of celestial influence.”

Added to that, we have the lunar daily magnetic variation that is caused by the moon tugging at the layers of plasma, or charged particles, trapped in the earth’s magnetosphere.

According to Dr. Seymour’s calculations, the next solar maximum would likely be triggered by the Grand Conjunction in May, 2000, as opposed to the Grand Square Cross eclipse on Aug 11th.

As I write this, in mid-July, 2000, a visit to the NASA web site

(no, there’s no dot after the www…..) and the web site of the Big Bear Observatory

confirms that the sun is going haywire right now. Solar flares are even mentioned on the news. Greenland is melting.

Now this, admittedly, is much more than my client bargained for. Goes to show you. Be careful what you ask for.

But it strikes me that something on the level of quantum physics just might be trying to bonk us on our collective heads.

I’ve often said that if the Grand Cluster in Taurus heralds a paradigm shift, I hope it’s related to quantum physics and the proof underlying astrology’s dynamic mechanism. It seems to me that we’re already sitting on it. It just needs to be acknowledged.

End Notes:

Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics, SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS, 1976
Adrian Gilbert & Maurice Cotterell, The Mayan Prophecies ELEMENT 1995
MichaelTalbot, The Holographic Universe, Harper Perennial, 1991.
Mountain Astrologer, Aug/Sept 1998, Percy Seymour interview
Nexus Magazine, Dec ’99 – Jan ’00, Neo-Astrology

Additional Reading:

Rodney Collins, The Theory of Celestial Influence
Martin Gardner, The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry, from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings
Brian R. Greene, The Elegrant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory.
Michio Kaku, Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the Tenth Dimension.
Percy Seymour, The Scientific Basis for Astrology.
John Anthony West, The Case for Astrology.
Rick Levine, Quantum Astrology.

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