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The Astrological clock in Prague dates back to 1410 and is still
working. It shows the position of the sun and moon against the zodiac,
as well as the times of sunset and sunrise.
Astrology is the most ancient
science, becoming in many ways the mother of astronomy and
physics and perhaps a stepmother to mathematics.
The images and glyphs of the zodiacal
signs go back many thousands of years, appearing in inscriptions
throughout the classical world and in ancient Egypt. There are indications
that astrology is much older than that.
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Part of the Antikythrea Mechanism
We are discovering ancient analog
computing devices, that calculated the positions of the planets,
allowing astrologers greater ease in calculating charts.
The Antikythrea Mechanism, uncovered
from a ship wreck, is one of the more famous examples. It is dated to
about 78 or 79 BC, and consisted of about 37 or more gears, of which 30
have survived. The device is purported to have calculated the movements
and positions of the sun, moon and planets as well as eclipses.
What is Astrology?
by Roman Oleh Yaworsky. Copyright © 2014
It is difficult to answer what astrology is,
because it is really many things.
Astrology is both an ancient system that uses the movements of the planets in a way that is not unlike a
giant clock, as well as probably the most sophisticated quantum
computing device ever imagined.
However, in its essence, it is a spiritual science the bridges our inner experience with the universe around us that we co-create.
How Does Astrology Work?
Astrology works on many levels.
At the simplest
level, it is not unlike a complex clock, that uses the motions of the
planets in a similar way to the movements of the hands on a clock face.
For example, if someone looked at a clock on the wall, and it
said 8:45 am on a weekday, then they may justifiably remark that in all
likelihood, there is a lot of traffic right now as people are hurrying
to work. The clock is not creating the rush hour traffic. It is simply
acting as a reliable indicator of the time, and that information is
interpreted by someone reading the dial of the clock.
In a similar
manner, someone reading an astrology chart can interpret what the
positions of the planets indicate, by interpreting this information, or
making predictions based on accepted correlations acquired from
practical observations over many
This is a way to use astrology from a linear
perspective of time.
Astrology’s strength is that it also works in
a non-linear manner. It is this quality of astrology that has
placed it under the greatest attack, since a non-linear capability has
been taken to imply that it does not have a mechanism and therefore is
not really subject to scientific scrutiny or approval.
high school, most of us were taught that light behaves as if it were
particle or a wave. In fact everything behaves as if it were particle or
Particles interact in a linear way. Two particles
colliding, for example, have predictable resulting trajectories. There
are scientific laws that determine the behavior of both individual
particles, and complex structures of particles. The description of these
behaviors is termed the mechanism. When scientists are not provided with
such a mechanism, then a description of a process, it's explanation, or
it's understanding, is questioned.
Astrology does not work with
mechanisms. It works with relationships, patterns, tendencies, and
interpretations. It does not always give a yes or no answer. Where else
have we encountered this kind of phenomena? Well, how about quantum
As of this writing, various components of a
quantum computer have been assembled, but the final construction of such a
device has still eluded researchers. Part of the draw of a quantum
computer, is its anticipated ability to break out of a linear
programming model, vastly accelerating the computing process. However,
one of the drawbacks encountered, is that the answer is not always yes or
no, but can be maybe, or it depends on the question asked.
Perhaps the greatest strength of
astrology, is that it works with a fundamental consequence of the universe
being described from the standpoint of wave theory and the resulting
When we work with particles, and linear
time, we are working with causality. In a causal universe, everything is
a consequence of previous actions. In such a universe, if we can define
enough of the variables, we are able to predict the outcomes of a
Unfortunately, outside of a laboratory experiment, in
the real world, predicting events that result from a vast interplay of
underlying factors becomes an exercise in probability and brings into
levels of uncertainty.
On the other hand, the advantage that
astrology has in revealing patterns and tendencies, is that it shows how
we tune to the world around us. It is what we tune to that determines
our direction in life.