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Astrology: from quantum physics to spirituality ©
Different assumptions of how Astrology works

By Alejandro Christian Luna

To study the different assumptions of how astrology works, we should take it for granted that astrology works. But…does it? This question is irrelevant to those who study astrology in depth, for they are certain that it works. To them, it is just like an act of faith. Such certainties are subjective and nontransferable. At least, one might say “astrology works for me”.

The truth is that many will regard astrology as a phenomenon, while others will not. According to French astrologer Patrice Guinard, the three prevailing hypotheses concerning the astrological fact are: * Nothing is working. The supposed planetary effects are just due to human attribution. Astrology is just self-suggestion. (Geoffrey Dean's hypothesis)

• Everything is working, regardless of the chosen technique, even the wrong chart. (Geoffrey Cornelius' hypothesis)

• There are some real physical correlations between stars and living matter - correlations which produce changes in human psychic states; hence real research can be pursued which would be able to investigate and define these correlations.

In “Astrology, True or False?” astronomers Roger Culver and Phillip Ianna clearly state that astrology cannot be demonstrated according to the scientific method (at least not for the moment), and ask themselves “if astrology is good for nothing, why do people still believe in it?” Geoffrey Dean replies: “in fact, it works, but only in the minds of those who believe in it”. Generally speaking, its detractors place emphasis on the large number of fallacious assumptions upon which it rests (better not count the fallacious assumptions made by science), as well as on the experiments based on natal charts which fail to ratify traditional interpretations.

To get on with this work, let us assume that astrology does work, perhaps not according to the scientific method. In any case, we would be partial (and also inaccurate) if we believed that reality can only be validated from what science says.


Causality. Newtonian mechanics

Galileo and Newton introduced the scientific method, a way of interpreting reality which was completely different from that of medieval times, with its affinities and holistic correspondences. The scientific concept of force could be quantified accurately and related mathematically to changes in movement. Science, aided by mathematics, was capable of describing and predicting the universe in quantitative terms. By using the scientific method, it was possible to isolate and analyze even the most complex phenomena under repeated conditions, until they were reduced to known elementary units whose behavior could be predicted as a result of the interacting forces.

At the end of the nineteenth century, Newtonian mechanics had become a model for all other sciences, and it was believed that all phenomena could be explained in terms of a handful of physical laws, initially reducing the most complex fields of biology and chemistry to the certainty of physics. Technological advances kept up with scientific developments, and led to the discovery and controlled use of caloric and electric power, as well as to chemical activity, to name a few. J. C. Maxwell’s most significant achievement was aggregating a set of equations in electricity, magnetism and inductance into a unified model of electromagnetism, while wondering what kind of influence or force planets exercise on us.

The only known force which might have any influence at all is the gravitational one. This is how the attraction occurring between a nurse or doctor and a newborn is much bigger than that between the child and the planets. By way of example, the doctor’s gravitational force is 400,000 times larger than that of the Moon. This clearly shows that astrology does not work on the basis of gravitational forces. If we analyzed astrology from a causalist point of view, we would have more to lose.

If we took it to the physical material field, we should analyze it with the right tools, i.e. the scientific method. Only a few successful cases can demonstrate a direct relationship between the cosmic and terrestrial life influences, which shows once more how complex astrology is. I do not intend to undermine the scientific method, though I am convinced that it is a way of reducing - and therefore perverting - our object of study. Gauquelin’s well-known statistical study has led us to sensitive sectors of the astral chart (the endings of cadent houses) which were ignored in the past.

As Brazilian astrologer Alexey Dodsworth puts it, the successive repetitions of evidence led to different results from those outlined by Gauquelin; Astrologically-based statistics shows results which are way above the “pure coincidence” average. The trouble is that evidences are not “confirmed”; they only show outcomes which change considerably from one researcher to the other. Dodsworth himself proved it by repeating some research on male homosexuality, originally performed by the American astrologer Karl Roberts, and later by Dodsworth in Brazil. Roberts raised statistics comprising two thousand maps of men who defined themselves as “homosexual”, from which he perceived an incidence of over 75% having more aspects between Venus and Uranus.

However, when Dodsworth repeated this experience in Brazil, the major aspects between Venus and Uranus were only 25%, quite “by chance”. What is surprising is that a considerably large percentage (75%) was found in connection with major aspects between Venus and Saturn of the same order: squares, oppositions or conjunctions. Acausal explanations. Quantum physics Quantum mechanics, also referred to as ‘the physics of micro-particles’, is one of the most enigmatic disciplines in current science. So much so, that one might argue if it responds to a causal or acausal explanation, because deep down its acausability derives from a much more subtle causality.

Despite the complexity of mathematical formulation, the interpretations suggested are (dangerously) simple and significant. Everyone agrees that in the quantum sphere everything is interconnected, each particle seems to be made from other particles. Inside the atom almost everything is empty and everything is vibrating. If we perceived reality through quantum eyes, we would see that we form part of a large energy broth and that all the objects in the physical world are a conglomerate of energy floating in a universe of energy. In a way, there is no separation between us and the rest of the universe.

We may argue if the mind of the observer influences what is being observed, but one thing is certain: they both form part of a unit. Both theory and practice (see Alain Aspect’s experiment of Bell’s theorem) have proved that our physical world is sustained by an invisible reality which communicates at a speed higher than that of light, which defeated Einstein’s theory of relativity. The influence of bodies on particles regardless of the distance is great news to astrologers eager to find causalist explanations.

The thing is that quantum mechanics describes only the movement of systems where quantum effects are relevant. It has been documented that such effects are important in materials having roughly no more than 1,000 atoms. If we take causality to the limit, we will see that everything causes everything else, since everything is interconnected both from the classical and quantum physics standpoint. This reminds us of the primary Hermetic statement “As above – so below”, on which Astrology is also based. However, Hermes Trismegistus’ statement comprises different dimensions of reality or planes of existence, while quantum theory only refers to interconnection at the material level or physiosphere.

My assumption is that astrology cannot be explained, as detailed above, on the basis of the material level of reality. Astrology basically involves higher levels of reality more related to symbols, language, emotions, psychology, the soul and the spirit. The holographic paradigm The concept of hologram can be applied to anything that represents the whole image of an object. This is why astrology “is” holographic. The most relevant aspect of a holographic image is that, if we split it into sections, each section contains a complete image of the original object, viewed from a vantage point that corresponds to the section's position on the hologram. Thus, if the transparent plate containing a transmission hologram is broken, each piece will still be able to project the entire image, albeit from a different point of view.

This tri-dimensional image of a real object is formed on a plate by electromagnetic interference, a process similar to what happens in the unconscious psyche, according to psychologist Stanislav Grof. The part in the whole, and the whole in the part… does it ring a bell? For many scientists, this would be the intrinsic quality of reality. As used nowadays, holography is a technique which creates tri-dimensional images without using any kind of lens. When a hologram is made, light from a laser records an image of the desired object on film or a photographic plate. If we take a second look, it is not true that the hologram contains information of the entire scene. In fact, each hologram section contains information of the whole as seen from the location of the observer.

This is how we appreciate the importance of the spatial position of the individual whose natal chart is being made, for domification is a dividing up of the celestial sphere, of the different phases of its daily rhythm, a rhythm apparent in the rotation of the earth itself. It conceptualizes the spatial-temporal rootedness of the organism on the surface of the Earth and enables the ordering of successive daily positions of the planets for an observer situated in a specific place on the terrestrial surface. At some point, most astrologers realize that different features of the natal chart appear at different levels, as a series of things referring to the same thing, or to a holographic image.

A wide range of techniques provides different information which nevertheless has similarities that aim at the natal chart as a whole. However, we should not go beyond these interpretations. If we go beyond the physical level of frequencies, we see that the hologram works perfectly well as a metaphor to describe different and higher levels of reality. The ancient Hermetic alchemists, astrologers and philosophers used the Unus Mundi as metaphor, and the respective correspondences between Macrocosm and Microcosm. This is how the medieval minds used to look for an intersection in the cosmos which brought meaning to their existence. Today, our metaphor is that of the hologram.

Even though the hologram refers to a “non-material” reality, when talking about electromagnetic frequencies or patterns we are still at the level of physiosphere, i.e. the level of physics, optics and electromagnetism. As I said before, astrology cannot only be explained through these means, since they only refer to the material (and most basic) level of reality; but as a metaphor … it is excellent.


Astrology and synchronicity

In his book “The Interpretation of Nature and Psyche”, Carl Jung analyzes the phenomenon of synchronicity, a word he coined as a means to describe two seemingly random events that come together with great significance, where there is more than just luck. He used this term to depict meaningful coincidences; things that seem to happen by chance but nevertheless have some meaning for the person who experiences them. Synchronicity events have no causal explanation; that is, there is no identifiable thing that causes them to occur.  They also often seem to transcend space and time.  Synchronicity events are nonlinear in nature and are said to bridge the gap between matter and mind.

This idea has been adopted by a great deal of astrologers as a possible explanation of how Astrology works. Now we can explain why an external fact such as the movement of planets corresponds to the psychological aspects of individuals and the events in their destinies. However, astrologer Juan Antonio Revilla makes a few reasonable objections when he says that by "real time" we mean actual physical time, and his objections refer specifically to the assumption that the synchronicity is to be understood between events that coincide in time, time understood physically and objectively.

The term "real time" refers to the actual time elapsed or required for the continuation of a physical process. Psychologically, in terms of consciousness, "real time" does not exist. He says that the nature of the tools used in astrology (sky-to-earth correspondence) is said to be modeled in real time, while in reality it is not. Where should we focus our attention: on the simultaneity of facts or on their meaning? It is said that synchronistic events occur all the time, but they become synchronicities only when they become conscious.

Here we are moving at the mental and psychological level, since a meaning cannot be measured or thought of. It can be felt, lived and shared, in the best of cases. Meaning does not derive from coincidence but from the conscience of the individual who experiences it. This is particularly important, because the same external fact (objective) may have different meanings depending on the conscience of the subject involved. Neurologist and psychiatrist Victor Frankl developed Logotherapy, a type of existentialist analysis that focuses on a will to meaning as opposed to Adler's doctrine of “will to power” or Freud's "will to pleasure." Frankl’s principles of Logotherapy state that life has meaning under all circumstances, even the most miserable ones; our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life and we have freedom to find meaning in what we do, and what we experience. Logos is a Greek word for reasoning, sense, meaning, purpose. It also means spirit.

Perhaps the word astro-logy may be better understood with its spiritual implications, since it might indicate the quest for a transcendental sense of stars, a vital purpose of their movements … just like when it first appeared thousands of years ago. However, as Frankl says, there is not just one or abstract meaning to life. Each human being should find theirs. This meaning is specific insofar as it must be found by each one of us, and its sense will depend on our type of conscience.






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