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The astrological quandary of new planet discoveries

Image by Vivek Sonar

Each time a new planet has been discovered, it has opened a new doorway in the field of astrology.  For thousands of years the visible planets told the entire astrological story, and life was considered to a march towards one inevitable destiny.  The planetary story of the natal chart was either exalted or debilitated, and one was forced to resign oneself to fate.

Beginning in the late 18th century with the discovery of Uranus, the astrological landscape began to change.  A flurry of revolutionary ideologies and a drive towards individuality, the hallmarks of the Uranian influence, spread like wildfire around the world.  Neptune’s discovery in the 19th century led to an increase of spiritual and mystical thought (as opposed to the religious dogma of the church state that was the primary governing force throughout the second millenium of the common era.  Pluto’s entry into the pantheon in 1930 opened the doorway for the great psychological teachers of our time (Freud and Jung) and oversaw the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs that were later used annhilate a large part of Japan (Pluto rules the underworld of the psyche as well as the process of destruction and regeneration).

Between 1801 and 1804 the four commonly used asteroids (Ceres, Pallas, Juno, Vesta) were discovered, although they were not included in the astrological pantheon until the early 1970s.   Chiron’s discovery in late 1977 was an intriguing event for astrologers because of the difficulty in identifying whether Chiron was an asteroid, a comet, or a small planet (read more about that here) and for many years astrologers grouped Chiron together with the other asteroids although astronomers classified Chiron as one of the Centaur minor planets.

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By | 2018-08-04T08:31:05+00:00 October 18th, 2015|Astrology, Science|2 Comments

Pluto in Aquarius: The Singularity arrives on schedule

pluto in aquarius caught my eye:

We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you’re going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines.”

These are the words of Louis Del Monte, physicist, entrepreneur, and author of .” Del Monte spoke to us over the phone about his thoughts surrounding artificial intelligence and the singularity, an indeterminate point in the future when machine intelligence will outmatch not only your own intelligence, but the world’s combined human intelligence too.

The average estimate for when this will happen is 2040, though Del Monte says it might be as late as 2045. …

“By the end of this century,” he continued, “most of the human race will have become cyborgs [part human, part tech or machine]. The allure will be immortality. Machines will make breakthroughs in medical technology, most of the human race will have more leisure time, and we’ll think we’ve never had it better. The concern I’m raising is that the machines will view us as an unpredictable and dangerous species.”

Del Monte believes machines will become self-conscious and have the capabilities to protect themselves. They “might view us the same way we view harmful insects.” Humans are a species that “is unstable, creates wars, has weapons to wipe out the world twice over, and makes computer viruses.” Hardly an appealing roommate.

Singularity can be defined as “ a point where a measured variable reaches unmeasurable or infinite value.”  The technological singularity has been discussed as the point at which technological (artificial) intelligence exceeds human intelligence.  

This concept is nothing new – it has its roots […]

By | 2014-07-09T08:20:11+00:00 July 9th, 2014|Science|2 Comments

Evolutionary implications of the holographic universe

Holographic Universe image from Mondolithic Studios

Modern science is turning our notion of what constitutes the Universe on its ear, and nowhere is this more evident than the theory that the Universe itself is a hologram.  Beginning with quantum physics and particle/wave theory, which suggested in the early part of the 20th century that the Universe is operating on many different levels than our three-dimensional reality would suggest.  One of its early proponents, Niehls Bohr, wrote: “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it”.

I make no pretense of understanding quantum theory, but I know that somehow it explains the nature of the multidimensional physical reality that mystics have talked about for thousands of years. David Bohm’s theory of the Implicate Order suggests that everything is connected with everything else – the principle that underlies all of holistic spirituality. Since everything in our Universe is made up of energy, and the movement of energy enfolds the entire Universe of space and time, this “enfoldment” may continue endlessly into infinite dimensionality.

It is psychedelicized thoughts like this that used to send me into a tailspin of terror!  But this concept of an endless flow of connectivity between dimensions is something that has been in the forefront of mystical thought since the beginning of time.  The very basis of astrological thought, the adage “as above, so below” is a holographic concept.  From the Upanishads, written in the second millenium bce:

As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, […]

By | 2010-11-28T07:38:19+00:00 November 28th, 2010|Consciousness, Science|Comments Off on Evolutionary implications of the holographic universe

Scientists create synthetic DNA

Jupiter and Uranus are preparing to conjoin in the sky, and the combination of Jupiter’s expansion with Uranian innovation has often been associated with technological and scientific advancement.  Uranus is the planet that inspires “Eureka” moments where we conceive of things that were previously inconceivable.

Scientists in Maryland led by Dr. Craig Venter have now created the first living cell controlled entirely by synthetic DNA.  You can .

This raises all kinds of questions – not only ethical and moral, but about the very nature of creation and life in the Universe.  Perhaps the idea that humans were created through genetic manipulation millions of years ago is not so far-fetched.  It also shows that science is far from being a static science – our understanding of the Universe is constantly shifting and transforming as new information comes available.

By | 2010-05-21T07:14:43+00:00 May 21st, 2010|Science|1 Comment

Leonardo daVinci and finding darkness in light

darkness and lightI found this article through the , and it brought up an interesting point for me.

As with photography and art, light and shadow can define an object, area, or even a planet. Placing yourself in a specific location can cause an object to appear different, thus your perspective of an object that’s unchanging, becomes fluid.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s perspective, although appropriately geared more towards an artistic sense, heavily relied on the Earth and the planets themselves. His works, more importantly his paintings, always reflected the correct light and shading of the background to produce the perfect outcome. Shading and light were the sources that drove Da Vinci to look to the Moon, thus prompting him to study the Moon in its crescent stage.

I really like this idea that if you place yourself in a different location so you have a different perspective of an object, your perspective of what is dark and what is light changes too.

Our perspective on our life works in exactly the same way.  We tend to think of certain experiences as being dark, or “bad.”  But if we shift our position just a bit to observe our life from a different perspective, we begin to see the shades of grey and perhaps even the light that shines from within those “bad” experiences.

DaVinci was trying to find the souce of the Moon’s light.  According to this article,

“earthshine is actually the Moon’s night side reflected from the surface of the Earth, and to be more specific, the clouds are creating the reflection. When we observe a crescent moon, we can clearly see a type of grayish luminosity. No one could really explain what this glow was […]

By | 2010-05-19T05:35:02+00:00 May 19th, 2010|Life, Science|2 Comments
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