Category: Science

Why Astrology Can Help Us

You might wonder why I have put this topic under “Science” since the scientific community rejects astrology as a pseudy science.  But astrology, properly understood, is a science. In the words of Carl Payne Tobey, a known astrologer, astrology is a mathematical study of biological and psychological dynamics. It is the oldest known science, and all other sciences appear to have been its children. It comes to us out of prehistoric times, and suggests the existence of a prehistoric civilization enlightened far beyond our own in some respects.

Astrology is scientific in its mathematical calculations, in its consistency of interpretation, and in its direct correlation with the heavenly bodies.  At the same time it is a spiritual art because it can explain the paradoxes of existence and reveals the life-plan of individuals.

The earliest astrological records still in existence, tablets dating back to around 17 BC, show simple planetary movements such as solar eclipses with accompanying predictions of  famine, feast or war and other big events. In regions as diverse as the Middle East, the Far East and Central and Southern America  the planets visible to the naked eye—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn—were observed, and even looked upon as divine gods.

Astronomer-astrologers made rough predictions based on the planets, as they moved forwards, sometimes halting and sometimes going backwards in the sky. The libraries of the Assyrian kings around 7 BC overflowed with collections of thousands of astrological predictions recorded on tablets.  You can find more examples on this site.

Modern textbooks carefully conceal the fact that the greatest minds they glorify are those of the astrologers of history. Some of these astrologers have been Aristarchus, Aristotle, Plato, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Copernicus, Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton, Paracelsus, Tycho Brahe, Benjamin Franklin, and many others. And famous followers of astrology were Shakespeare, Goethe, Catherine de Medici, Elizabeth I., Louis Pasteur, Carl Jung, Winston Churchill, John P. Morgan, the Reagans, Donald Reagan, the Blairs, and John P. Morgan. Modern astronomers like to teach us that Copernicus discovered that the earth was not the center of the solar system, but Copernicus was merely going back to a defense of Aristarchus, who proposed as early as the 3rd century BC that the Earth revolves around the Sun and who might have learned it from the work of Pythagoras who lived 500 B.C.

Astrology sees mankind as being not only influenced by hereditary factors and the environment, but also by the state of our solar system at the moment of birth. The planets are regarded as basic life-forces, the tools we live by as well as the basis of our very substance. These planetary forces take on different forms, depending on their zodiacal position and on the way they relate to one another.

Most of us know our Sun signs. But the Sun Signs are just the beginning of astrology. Astrology is as expansive as the heavens and as unique as you.  All 12 signs appear somewhere in your own birth charts and all the signs and planets influence all of us, no matter what our Sun sign is. Their energies “dance” together in many different ways making our life easier or create challenges. Based on the date, place, and time of our birth, the planets and signs in the houses of your birth chart create a metaphor for you. Learning how to read an astrology chart can give you insight into and discovering more about yourself. It shows you how your planets in their signs and houses can help you understand more about yourself and your life.  It explains not only what all those symbols for signs and planets mean, but also how they connect with your everyday life, why you do what you do, feel like you do and work where you work.

Fate is the lessons we need to learn in our life and they are unavoidable. Astrology connects your outer world to your inner world to reveal your potential but how you manifest your potential is where free will comes in. Sometimes manifestations are easy, sometimes there are energies that make manifesting our potential more challenging. We have to understand that nothing is going to stop us from learning our lessons – if we ignore them, life’s circumstances will continue to present us opportunities for learning until we get it.

We have to understand that the planets work to help us help ourselves. By applying pressure, planets help us to overcome inertia. At other times, they help us to see unproductive or even self-destructive behavior that we may have never noticed before but that we can fix. Astrologers believe that we must be accountable for our actions and recognize that we do have choices.

There are many websites where you can find detailed information about all the signs, planets, houses, and aspects.  On some of them you can find  articles and/or free lessons.  Excellent sources are the Correspondence Course in Astrology by Carl Payne Tobey and the site from Hank Friedman.

I am just giving you a quick overview of the basics hoping you get interested in astrology, hoping that you find a good and experienced astrologer who can be a great help on your path to Self-Knowledge.

Signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces) are the “how” of astrology and all zodiac signs appear in every person’s chart. Planets (Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) are the “what” of astrology. They represent various energies of a person, including one’s mental and emotional nature, desires, vitality, soul, will, consciousness, and subconscious, as well as the people in one’s life.

The houses are the “where” of astrology. Each of the 12 houses encompasses a specific arena of life and is the stage where the dramas of the planets unfold.

Each zodiac sign has one of two energies, coupled with one of three qualities and one of four elements and creates unique picture.

The two energies are yin or yang:

Yang – masculine/direct/assertive/extroverted (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius) Fire/Air Yin – feminine/indirect/passive/ introverted (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces) – Earth/Water
Specific Holistic
Positive Negative

The three qualities are cardinal, fixed, or mutable.

Cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn) Fixed (Taurus, Leo , Scorpio, Aquarius) Mutable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces)
Independent Persistent Adaptable
Impatient Consistent Flexible
Go-Getting Reliable Mercurial
Efficacious Focused
Self-starters Determined

The four elements are fire, earth, air and water.

Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
Energetic Practical Intellectual Emotional
Courageous Skillful Social Intuitive
Passionate Down to Earth Thoughtful Romantic

The aspects are angles the planets make to each other and to other points of astrological interest (such as the ascendant)  and are measured by the angular distance in degrees and minutes.  Only certain angular relationships are regarded as aspects, and these are said to have intrinsic qualities – they are said to be “harmonic”, “dynamic” or “neutral”. These relationships influence how the planets work together.There are disharmonious aspects such as Opposition and Square and harmonious aspects such as Trine and Sextil.

By interpreting the roles of these players (the planets) and their qualities (the elements, signs and houses) and creating a synthesis, astrology is able to present a complete and comprehensive picture of the person and his potential, based on the natal horoscope.

Your Sun sign represents your self, your willpower, and your creativity; the ascendant, or Rising sign, is the sign that was rising over the horizon at the moment of you birth chart and represents the “you” that the outside world perceives, as well as your personality traits, needs, and physical characteristics. Your descendant, located on the cusp of your seventh house, represents how you channel your energy through partnerships and relationships. Your midheaven, or M.C., represents your ambition, career, or social role and public image. It’s the highest point that the Sun reached on the day of your birth and is located on the cusp of the tenth house. Your lower heaven, or I.C. is the point on your birth chart that represents your life’s foundation and psychological roots and is located on the cusp of the fourth house.

Remember, not all lawyers, doctors and accounts are the same and there are many astrologers who don’t really know what they are doing.  But if you find a good one he can give you insights and you can choose to make something of them!

 

 

Life before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives by Jim Tucker

Dr. Tucker examines in “Life before Life” in a rational manner the possibility of reincarnationCompare with Theosophy under Philosophy and with Initiation under Spiritual Development, explored through children’s accounts of past lives, which are usually between the ages of 4 and 7. Dr. Tucker has documented over 2,500 cases in countries all around the globe and attempts to address the various explanations for each.

He opens with the story of William, born five years after his policeman grandfather, John, was killed, with birth defects similar to John’s fatal wounds. William was able, at three, to report John’s last moments, of which he couldn’t possibly have had any knowledge.

One of the many stories he tells is about a Turkish child who insisted on being called by the name of a man who had lived 50 miles away. Taken to the man’s town, the child proceeded to the man’s home and identified the man’s parents in a roomful of people. All the stories were checked by scientist-interviewers, and all potential deception was eliminated; hence, Tucker introduces powerful grounds for credulous speculation.

Dr. Tucker acknowledges that mainstream science is by nature conservative, provides examples on how mainstream science turned its back on large amounts of evidence that challenged conventional wisdom, but also admits that mainstream science has rightly rejected many kooky ideas. He carefully explains what the alternative interpretations, the extent to which they are plausible, and the extent to which they probably are not. The cases he describes are in his words not about “proof”, but they are about evidence. He also explains that no criteria are perfect in all situations and addresses the issue of extrasensory perceptions.

He explains the concept of karmaCompare with Theosophy under Philosophy and Reincarnation and Karma under Metaphysics in the connection of birthmarks because in most cases the victims of a crime bear the birthmarks and in only three cases did children think their birth defects were retribution for acts they remembered in prior life.

Some of the children described in the book talk about the interval between the death of the previous personality and this birthCompare with Journey of Souls and Your Soul's Plan under Metaphysics, including events that took place in the mother’s womb. In 1,100 cases 69 cases reported memories of the previous personality’s funeral or the handling of the remains; 91 described other events happening on Earth, 112 reported memories of being in another realm; and 45 reported memories either of conception or being reborn. One boy names Lee said that he remembered deciding to be reborn. He said that other beings helped him with his decision to come down to EarthCompare with Your Soul's Plan and Journey of Souls under Metaphysics. Cases in which the previous personality died by natural means are slightly but significantly more likely to include statements about an existence in another realm than ones involving unnatural means – 19% of the natural means versus 13% of the unnatural means ones. The author also discovered that the more that the previous personality meditated, the more likely the child was to describe memories from another realm.

In chapter 9, in which Dr. Tucker addresses opposing views to reincarnation, he states, that “the idea that consciousness can be considered separately from the brain is in many ways at the crux of the question of reincarnation” and delves into quantum physicsCompare with Quantum Enigma and Quantum Physics under Science. He shares with us, that John Wheeler, an important physicist, thinks that on a quantum level the universe is a work in progress in which not only the future is still undetermined but the past as well.  He describe other ideas of well respected scientists and states that we should consider consciousness separate from the brain, that modern physics can be used to explain paranormal phenomena, and that consciousness is an essential part of the universe. This way we get a view of consciousness that is very different from the materialist dismissal of it. He goes on to say, that researchers in several areas have produced evidence that consciousness is not confined to an individual brain.

He reminds us, that in Judaism, the Kabbalah includes reincarnation; that some early Christians, particularly the Gnostic Christians, believed in reincarnation, and that some ChristiansCompare with the Gnostic Gospels under Religion in southern Europe believed in it until the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 c.e. He also quotes some bible passages that imply reincarnation. He adds that some Shiite Muslim groups believe that an ultimate Judgment Day comes after a series of lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview Effect

On the 40th anniversary of the “Earth” photograph taken from space, “Planetary Connection” created a short video showing astronauts’s life-changing stories from seeing the Earth from the outside.

“They were realizing at some deep level the interconnectedness with that beautiful blue ball.”

David Lay
Philosopher

“The Earth is one system and we are all part of this system and there is a certain unity and coherence to it.

Frank White
Author

“The experience is of total unity and oneness.”

Edgar Mitchell
Astronaut

Here is the link to another spectacular video about our planet.

 

Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner

Even though I have a separate page that summarizes the most important conceptsSee Quantumphysics under Science about quantum physics that are relevant for this site I decided to create a separate page about this particular book because it is one of the most concise and simplest explanations of various quantum phenomena. I found this it easy to read although I had to go over some passages more than once since I am not a scientist. It covers concepts such as the old Universal Law of Motion based on Newton’s worldview, Schrödinger’s Equation and the new Universal Law of Motion, the Observer Problem, the EPR paradox, Bell’s Theorem and the Copenhagen interpretation.  At the end of the book the authors discuss the link between quantum mechanics and consciousness.

The authors have created a website that includes a book description, a table of content with the quotes they have used for each chapter and a page titled “Enigma in a Nutshell” which I found particularly interesting. In addition the authors address the controversy of this book saying that it is “the mystery beyond the physics, that’s controversial”. The further state:  “One concern is that some people, seeing the solid science of physics linked to the mystery of the conscious mind, might become susceptible to all sorts of pseudo-scientific nonsense. We physicists can also be uncomfortable seeing our discipline involved with anything so “unphysical.”

The authors provide a list of additional readings for both the general reader and advanced student and a detailed index of topics at the end of the book.

 

 

Overlapping of Science, Religion and Philosophy

James A. Gardner, a complexity theorist and essayist, wrote in his book Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe, that the “overlapping domains of science, religion, and philosophy should be regarded as virtual rain forests of cross-pollinating ideas” and that “the messy science/religion/philosophy interface should be treasured as an incredibly fruitful cornucopia of creative ideas”.

This idea of overlap is addressed in the Theosophical Society, where the second objective is “To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science.” You can find out more about the Society under “Philosophy.See Theosophy by John Algeo”. In the Theosophical view religion, science and philosophy are three different approaches to the truth and when rightly followed are not contradictory. In fact they blend into one another. They are three ways of viewing the truth of the universe, and what at one time is religion or philosophy will be science at another time. As a British scientist, John D. Barrow, has written (Theories of Everything, 4):

Today, physicists accept the atomistic viewpoint that material bodies are at root composed of identical elementary particles, as [that view is] well supported by evidence. It is taught in every university in the world. Yet, this theory of physics began amongst the early Greeks as a philosophical, or even mystical, religion without any supporting observational evidence whatsover… Atomism began life as a philosophical idea that would fail virtually every contemporary test of what should be regarded as “scientific”; yet, eventually, it became the cornerstone of physical science. One suspects that there are ideas of similar groundless status by today’s standards that will in the future take their place within the accepted “scientific” picture of reality.

Carter Phipps refers in his book “Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Conscious to Jean Gebser when he explains that there is “evidence that integrative, cross-disciplinary thinking may not be the latest and greatest idea of the cognoscenti but an actual higher mental function that represents a further step in the evolution of consciousness itself.”

You can find more about Gebser on this website under “PhilosophySee The Ever-Present Origin ”, but in this context it is important to mention that he understood consciousness as “being present”. His major thesis was that human consciousness is in transition, and that these transitions are “mutationsCompare with Initiation by Elisabeth Haich ” and not continuous. Looking back into our human past he distinguished four levels of consciousness: the archaic structure, the magical structure, the mythical structure, and the mental structure.” He describes at great length these levels of consciousness in his work, Ursprung und Gegenwart (The Ever-Present OriginUnder Philosophy on this website). Working from the historical evidence of almost every major field including religion, physics, philosophy and natural sciences he saw traces of the emergence (which he called “efficiency”) and collapse (“deficiency”) of various structures of consciousness throughout.

Gebser saw through the quagmire of “the decline of the West” the emergence of a new structure of consciousness, the integral structure. This structure requires our conscious effort through personal and collective self-transcending practice. In the chapter about integral consciousness of his book “Verfall und TeilhabeThis book was not translated into English” [decay and participaction]  he writes in this context, that the necessary changes in humanity won’t be reached through attempts of making the world a better place.  In his opinion those so-called “do-gooders” are shirking their responsibility to work on and improve themselves. They are playing the game of demanding from others what they are too lazy to do themselves. In his words they are not only betraying themselves but the whole world.

In the same book he explains in the article “Dualismus und Polarität” [dualism and polarity] how the classical view of “either and or” (dualism) which has been valid for thousand of years has to be substituted with the view of “as well as” (polarity).  Based on the scientific discoveries of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg about Quantum PhysicsSee also Quantum Physics and Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness and the Theory of Relativity we can’t avoid to change our way of thinking. We must integrate these new concepts into our way of live.  With these discoveries our model of the universe expanded rapidly and advanced theoretical physics demonstrated that everything in the universe is subtly dependent upon everything else.

Whereas in dualism opposite views were irreconcilable (e.g. good and bad; the here and now and the afterlife; fear and hope; beautiful and ugly), in polarity you understand that everything is interdepend and can’t fight each other with impunity or exclude each otherSee also Initiation by Haich under Metaphysics (e.g. male and female principles; employer and employee). These “poles” are dependent on each other and build a whole (Yin and Yang).

Quantum Physics

Below are the main ideas that are relevant for this website and that I have gotten from my readings directing us again to the fact that we have to work on ourselves to improve the world.

Quantum Physics is a branch of science that deals with discrete, indivisible units of energy called quanta as described by the Quantum Theory. Fundamental to contemporary Quantum Theory is the notion that there is no phenomenon until it is observed. This effect is known as the ‘Observer Effect’ (see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/02/980227055013.htm).

According to Alex Paterson (see http://www.vision.net.au/~apaterson/science/observer_effect.htm) the implications of the ‘Observer Effect’ are profound because, if true, it means that before anything can manifest in the physical universe it must first be observed. Presumably observation cannot occur without the pre-existence of some sort of consciousness to the observing and therefore the Observer Effect implies that the physical Universe is the direct result of ‘consciousness‘.

This interpretation is supported by Jim Tucker, the medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He explains, that because Quantum Physics shows that events involving its smallest particles only occur once they are observed, the material world is derived from consciousness, not the other way around.  He also points out, that this belief has been shared by a number of quantum physicists, including Max Planck, the father of quantum mechanics and Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 1918.

That means, the substance of the universe is not matter but consciousnessSee also Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness under Science. This is extremely important to understand because of most people’s belief today that the substance of the universe is matter and therefore they attempt to accumulate as many material possessions as possible. And if consciousness creates the material world, then it may not be dependent upon that world to exist, meaning that consciousness does not depend on a living brain to exist. So if consciousness does not require a brain, it continues after the brain stops working. Tucker goes even further and bases his hypothesis of how reincarnationYou can find more about this concept in The Gnostic Gospels and the Bhagavad Gita under Religion and Theosophy under Philosophy could exist  on these discoveries.

In addition, Quantum Physics is beginning to realize that the Universe appears to be a dynamic web of interconnected and if we understand that there is a common spiritual bond between all things in the universe and that we are all part of one Divine Intelligence, no phenomena such as telepathy and clairvoyance is unexplainable.

But what does this mean for us? It is further evidence that we are all part of the One, the Whole, the Divine Intelligence – whatever you want to call it – and that it is with our deeds and actions that we can change the world (see also http://www.thespiritedway.com/lifepurpose-quantum-physics.html).