Saturday, March 30, 2013
Lyons, March 27, 2013
"An Iranian man has broken the astronomical clock of the ancient Catholic Cathedral in the French town of Lyons. According to "Le Progres.fr", on March 23, a 28-year-old citizen of Iran tried to put out of action the mechanism of the 14th-century clock in the St John the Baptist Cathedral with an iron bar. A part of the mechanism has been damaged. The vandal was arrested soon. He explained his conduct thus: splendor of the clock prevents him from concentrating on prayer, reports Sedmitza.ru.
The St. John Cathedral in Lyons, which was built between 12th and 15th centuries, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cathedral preserves functional the astronomical clock, which is the oldest in France and one of the oldest in the World. The clock was constructed in the 14th century, and restored after destruction by Huguenots in the last quarter of the 16th Century. It received its current Baroque appearance in 1655. In the 18th century it obtained a dial with a hand. The clock indicates hours, minutes, dates, position of the Sun and the Moon relative to the Earth and also rising of the brightest stars above Lyons. The clock’s chime is accompanied by movements of figures situated in the upper part of the clock depicting scenes on religious themes, and can be heard four times a day."
By Rob Tillet ~ Astrology on the Web
Sacrifice and Resurrection
"The date of Easter, the holiest day in the Christian calendar, varies from year to year according to a complex formula, and this year, Easter Sunday falls on April 24, 2011. Easter is the central focus of Christianity, but there is more to Easter than meets the eye! Many ancient religions also celebrated the death and resurrection of their god. Much of the symbolism associated with these earlier stories has been incorporated into the Christian Festivity.
The Easter Season marks the most important ritual celebration in the Christian Church. It celebrates the passion, crucifixion, death and entombment of the Lord Jesus Christ, followed by his resurrection and return to a new life. Jesus Christ, who flourished in Palestine some two thousand years ago and whose birth (defined as year "1") marks the beginning of the current Western Gregorian Calendar, was the fountainhead of the Christian faith and is revered by Christians as the true saviour and Son of God. The Easter season begins on Easter Day (Easter Sunday) and the preliminary festivities are known as Holy Week, which is itself the last week of the 40 day purificatory period called Lent (Sundays are not counted in the 40, as these commemorate the resurrection). Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the day after Mardi Gras, but that is another story!" Read More
~Astrology in the Bible
"There shall be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars." - Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25
"The Bible is filled with references to astrology. This is because astrology was widely accepted as truth in Biblical times. Christians who believe that astrology is Satanic would be surprised to learn that the Bible is filled with astrology and even Jesus himself made numerous references to astrology.
People believed in the study of the stars in Biblical times. Everyone knew the influence of the sun on the Earth, and the sun was a star. It certainly made a pattern, so far as life on Earth was concerned - it shaped everything, or at least nourished everything - and the shape had to be such as to allow the sun to give life to it.
One of the great astrological stories in the Bible is the story of the star of Bethlehem. It is written that the star was a sign from God signaling the birth of the Messiah into the world. The three Magi, Persian astrologer-kings, determined the time of this birth by the position of this star. In 1600, Johannes Kepler hypothesized that this star was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Confirmed by modern astrology, this symbolism ties in with the prophecies of that era concerning a Messiah amongst the Jews. The conjunctions occurred at the end of Pisces, ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet of kings. Saturn is the planet that rules the Jews, thereby giving the king of the Jews. This was a very infrequent triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and it occurred in the year 7 B.C." Read More
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
~A Testing Aries-Libra Full Moon
By Astrograph Astrology
"Wednesday's Full Moon is yet another in the series of potent Full Moon configurations that have been happening around the end of every month. They have been taking place in the first ten degrees of their respective signs, bringing those signs into prominence and aspecting also the outer planets at similar degrees of Aries (Uranus); Scorpio (Saturn); Capricorn (Pluto); and Pisces (Neptune and Chiron). It is these signs that have also been hardest hit lately with the powerful currents of outer planet archetypes, although all signs, and all individuals, are vitally affected." Read More
~The New Scientific Revolution
By Rupert Sheldrake, Science Set Free -- Waking Times
"Before 2012 slips away it’s worth remembering that this is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Thomas Kuhn’s hugely influential book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, which was itself revolutionary, and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Almost every time you hear the word ‘paradigm’, Kuhn’s book is in the background.
Kuhn made it clear that science is not simply devoted to the rational pursuit of truth, but is subject to human foibles, ambitions, emotions, and peer-group pressures. A paradigm is a theory of reality, a model of the way in which research can be done, and a consensus within a professional group. At any given time anomalies that do not fit into the paradigm are rejected or ignored, and ‘normal science’ goes on within the agreed framework. But at times of scientific revolution, ‘one conceptual world view is replaced by another’; the framework itself is enlarged to include anomalies that were previously unexplained. Some well-known examples of major paradigm shifts are the Copernican revolution in astronomy, the Darwinian theory of evolution, and the relativity and quantum revolutions in twentieth century physics.
Are further paradigm shifts likely? If science is to develop further, they are inevitable. And as old certainties break down all around us in the economic, financial and political worlds, in science the long-established materialist paradigm is in crisis." Read More
~SCIENCE SET FREE - Rupert Sheldrake
In this video, British biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world's most innovative scientists, describes how science is being constricted by unexamined assumptions that have hardened into dogmas*. These dogmas not only put arbitrary limits on the depth and scope of science, but may well be dangerous for the future of humanity.
According to these dogmas, all of reality is material or physical; the world is an inanimate machine; nature is purposeless; free will is an illusion; notions of higher orders of consciousness and absolute ("God") awareness exist only as ideas in human minds, which are themselves nothing but electrochemical processes imprisoned within our skulls.
So Dr. Sheldrake asks: should science be an ideology or belief system, or should it reclaim its birthright as an unbiased, open-ended method of inquiry? In his latest book, SCIENCE SET FREE, he argues that the materialist ideology is moribund; under its sway, increasingly expensive research is reaping diminishing returns while societies around the world are paying the price. In the skeptical spirit of true science, SCIENCE SET FREE turns ten fundamental dogmas of materialist science into exciting questions, and shows how all of them open up startling new possibilities for discovery. This book may well challenge your view of what is real and what is possible. YouTube
Quote of the Day: "All of us are living with dogmas that we accept as truths. When one of these is overturned, there's an initial gasp, soon followed by a rush of exhilaration." ~Deepak Chopra
Monday, March 25, 2013
-By Bruce Scofield:
The facts are indisputable - Astrology has no place in the major cultural institutions of our time.
"It is not a part of the educational systems. It is no longer a component of medicine. It is unrecognized by government. And it is despised by religion. This reality has historical causes that are still being investigated by historians of science, but the present status of the subject is not arguable. Astrology is marginalized at best, and under attack at worst. Given this situation, the people who study and practice astrology deserve a lot of credit for being able to survive in what is really a hostile cultural exile.
The larger problem, as I see it, is that astrology has not yet joined the scientific revolution. The difficulties here lie more in the definition of the subject itself and the language in which it expresses itself. These problems both have origins in the 17th and 18th centuries when other subjects, i.e. astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, and geology adopted democratic methodologies to test the veracity of their subject material.
The scientific method is a democratic, knowledge-generating process in which nature is studied closely and experiments are conducted in order to discover the rules by which it works. The method was actually applied to astrology in a few instances but these studies were weak because measuring the effects of astrology in units was more or less impossible in the 17th century.
The science of those times was completely reductionist and required units of something to do a proper analysis. Units of temperature, pressure, velocity, distance, etc. are easily applied to most natural phenomena and astronomy, physics and chemistry were well-endowed in that regard. Geology and biology presented more difficult problems but eventually became solid bodies of knowledge through close observation and testable theories. And, very significantly, all of these subjects eventually shed any theological explanations for their interpretations. Without a solid database reducible to units and explanations that were unprovable, astrology fell by the wayside.
A Clear Definition Lacking
A subject can be both a science and an applied art or practice. The lack of a clear definition of astrology as a subject is primarily due to the overwhelming dominance of astrological practice. This is like the field of psychology putting all its focus on just psychotherapy and ignoring research, scientific studies, theory, and its own history. There are close overlaps between applied psychology and applied astrology and it could be argued that natal astrology was the earliest system of psychology. It is true to anyone that bothers to investigate the matter that astrology as a consulting or counseling profession can offer people as much, and in many cases a lot more, than licensed psychotherapists. If psychotherapists really knew what astrology can do, and it wasn’t a taboo subject for them, probably many would learn something about it. And then realize that the subject matter it is a lot more sophisticated, and difficult, than they ever imagined. But not to digress, the point here is that practice is just one facet of the subject of astrology, the study of connections between the larger cosmic environment and the Earth. And practice should be based on scientific research.
Probably the single most important overall problem for astrology is that of a mechanism, that is how does it work? Not everything is explained by a simple mechanism. But in subjects similar to astrology, such as psychology and economics, there is an effort made to distinguish clearly between what is known and what is not known. Hypotheses are proposed and then they are tested; ideologies and beliefs based on opinions or assumptions are not considered explanations. This is the critical-thinking approach that astrology will need to take in order to more fully rehabilitate itself because the very nature of the astrological effect is complex, not easily reduced to units and therefore not applicable to conventional scientific inquiry except in regard to some correlation studies. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence, which is abundant in astrology, does not carry much weight in the scientific world.
The astrological effect is a phenomenon that probably requires a multidisciplinary approach using system science, the general term for cybernetics, complexity and chaos theories, to unravel its workings. In a sense, astrology has been waiting for scientific methodologies to evolve to a point where they can be applied to the subject. This is also true for other fields, such as meteorology (long-range weather forecasting), biology (what exactly is life), and geoscience (how the Earth remains chemically stable).
Progress is Being Made
Despite the difficulties inherent in these big topics, scientists are methodically chipping away at the problems, in many cases using system science. And they are slowly establishing reliable foundations. Most importantly, these subjects use the common language of science and don’t defer to unprovable metaphysical notions. They are therefore recognized as legitimate subjects by the global cultural institutions of our time. In part because of its intrinsic nature, and in part due to the lack of scientifically-educated students and practitioners, astrology currently uses a highly specialized language and entertains unprovable metaphysical notions that are often taken as truth and not stated simply as hypotheses. This needs to change.
This prescription for the field of astrology (getting with the scientific program and speaking in a language the other fields can understand) is one the astrological community will find controversial- and expensive. Because of its marginalization, astrology gets close to zero funding. In fact, I’d bet that the total amount of funding received by a typical university science laboratory for a month is greater than the total amount of funding put in the hands of research astrologers during the entire 20th century. This is the circular dead end here: no funding equals no progress and no respectability, which in turn equals an inability to attract the brightest minds and funding for worthwhile projects. However, despite these difficulties, astrologers have steadily made progress in rehabilitating their subject and deepening their understanding of it. Astrology has essentially been reinterpreted for modern times without losing its core principles.
So what is to be done regarding the disconnect between astrology and the rest of the world?
Actually, quite a lot has already been done and credit must be given to those who have studied astrology scientifically, excavated its ancient history, and explored its theoretical dimensions – mostly for no pay. In recent years some well-educated astrologers (who we should note had to get advanced degrees in subjects other than astrology) have been interacting with professionals in other fields, mostly history and psychology. There are a few astrology journals today that publish papers on the subject, some of a high caliber and comparable with publications in history and psychology journals. Also, some of the larger astrological organizations and some private schools have created education programs and offer certification. However, most education programs are primarily concerned with how to read a horoscope. And none of the certification programs are particularly difficult by the professional standards of other disciplines that require first a four-year degree and then some serious graduate work. But at least some boundaries are being established and this is a step towards modernization of the field.
To build on this the astrological community would benefit by raising its standards in much the same way the other subjects did centuries ago. This adjustment would include distinctions between professionals and amateurs, unified education and certification standards, and recognition that the scientific method is the best method for democratically generating knowledge. If this were to happen, astrology would be looked at very differently by the rest of the world and may actually begin to once again participate in and contribute to the ongoing evolution of our culture."
About the author
Bruce Scofield, PhD.
Bruce Scofield, Ph.D., is an author and practitioner of astrology and a speaker at conferences. He is a strong advocate for astrological education and certification and has been involved with the National Council for Geocosmic Research’s educational program for more than 40 years. He has taught for Kepler College and has taught geoscience and evolution at the University of Massachusetts.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
"Wednesday holds a very powerful Full Moon, and a lot of planetary turbulence. It’s the day of the week that the Moon sweeps over our familiar Uranus-Pluto square - the "bold change combo" - and there are numerous other aspects that make this one very intense Full Moon. Change or be changed! The Libra Moon symbolizes relationships, harmony, and balance; the Aries Sun symbolizes assertion, movement, initiation, and confrontation. Interpersonal issues may be brought to the surface to confront. Resolving things peacefully and productively will require skill, consciousness, and connecting in relationships. Bring both your heart and your mind into situations that call for attention and resolution. Sabian symbols shout out the meaning of the energies of this Full Moon. For the Sun at 7 degrees Aries: “A man succeeds in expressing himself simultaneously in two realms; the first realization of the dual nature of man and of the possibilities it implies.” For the Moon at 7 degrees Libra: “A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks.” The Full Moon calls out a message to live expressing love and bold possibility rather than fear and conflict. Now is the time to act on the seeds planted at the Aries New Moon on March 11." ~Cathy Coleman
Saturday, March 23, 2013
A good write-up on Venus in Aries, by Jeff Jawer
-March 21 until April 15
"The planet of love and relationships runs hot in this fire sign. Traditionally, astrologers considered this a difficult placement because of the contrast between passive Venus and active Aries. It seemed to be such a harsh place for comely Venus. It is the symbol of a female warrior, an independent woman for whom love is of her own choosing.
Venus in Aries is about self-love. This may be expressed as selfishness, but it is a necessary element of any healthy relationship. One's own likes come first now. If it's your habit to make others comfortable before attending to your own desires, this is a good period in which to explore another approach. Knowing what you want, without consideration for your partner, can provide a healthy foundation of honesty for your relationship.
This is also a time in which a desire for new experiences may grow strong. Newness is valued highly here as routine becomes increasingly boring. You may have to risk love to keep it. A new look, style or manner of relating to others can be invigorating. Be a pioneer for love, willing to let go of the old rules to feel what's in your heart at this very moment.
Those willing to venture into new territory can be rewarded during this period. Venus in Aries appreciates individuals who are unafraid to discover new paths, new partnerships and new ways to bring beauty into the world. Love is not something to be kept and stored away somewhere. With Venus in Aries, it's a time to honor the present that is filled with both promise and uncertainty.
Venus in Aries athletes include race car driver Mario Andretti, baseball great Pete Rose, and basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal, Stephon Marbury, Tim Duncan and Dennis Rodman.
Actresses Elizabeth Taylor, Annette Bening, Marilyn Monroe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lynn Redgrave, Debra Winger, Lara Flynn Boyle, Mia Farrow and Liza Minelli were all born with Venus in Aries, as were Robert Downey Jr., Matt Dillon, Jack Nicholson, Fred Astaire, George Clooney, Harry Belafonte and Kurt Russell.
Musical Venus in Aries folks include Janet Jackson, Judy Collins, Nat "King" Cole, Roberta Flack, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, George Harrison, Pete Townsend and the incomparable Miles Davis.
Social activists Betty Freidan and Cesar Chavez were born with Venus in Aries, along with clowns George Carlin, Tom Arnold and Sadaam Hussein."
-Quote of the Day: "Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way." ~Native American saying
An Archetypal Glimpse Into Teilhard's Evolutionary Vision, by Becca Tarnas: PDF file
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
1. Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
2. The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke
3. The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other. ~Arthur Rubenstein
|From Images 108|
This looks interesting.
Book Review: In Search of Destiny: Biography, History & Culture As Told Through Vedic Astrology
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Today's wave of bombings in Baghdad are really bad news leading up to the intense Mar. 27 Libra Full Moon that is sharply focused at the Iraqi capital. The almost exact Mars-Pluto square is a probable portent of extreme violence.
"At least 48 people have been killed in a series of car and suicide bombings mainly in Shia areas in and around Iraq's capital, Baghdad, officials say.
The co-ordinated attacks targeted markets, restaurants, bus stops and day labourers during the morning rush hour.
Iraq's deadliest day in six months came on the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
Violence has decreased in Iraq since the peak of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, but bombings are still common.
Sunni Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda have vowed to step up attacks on Shia targets and state officials this year in an attempt to provoke sectarian conflict and weaken the Shia-led government.
In a sign of concern over the security situation, the cabinet announced that it was delaying elections scheduled for 20 April in the provinces of Anbar and Nineveh by up to six months." Read More
The extremely dynamic Libra Full Moon looks especially powerful in Rio De Janeiro and Baghdad.
|From Mundane Charts 2|
The fixed sign of Leo rising in Tehran at the 2013 Aries ingress (Spring/Vernal Equinox) suggests this mundane chart will have geopolitical relevance until the 2014 Spring Equinox. Although the epic Uranus-Pluto world transit is not on the Aries ingress angles at Iran's capital- the heavy Saturn-Node conjunction falls near the angular 4th house cusp. And as a midpoint complex we have: Ascendant = 14-Leo-46 = Saturn/Node 14-Scorpio-25. This planetary picture indicates mass hardship, sadness, and separation- whatever form this might take.
The 15th degree of the fixed signs mark the annual cross-quarter days between the equinox and solstices, that are located on the Aries Point-World Axis in the 8th harmonic. [360 divided by 8 = 45.] So in this case, the 2013 Aries ingress falling on the World Axis at Tehran is bringing Iran to the forefront in world affairs. But with the above mentioned AS = Saturn/Node complex, the events indicated may be of a grave and somber nature.
A likely trigger of the Aries ingress potential for the nation of Iran, is the Aug. 7, 2013 New Moon at 15 Leo, that falls right on the 15 Leo ingress Ascendant (Tehran). And interesting to note this Leo New Moon features Pluto rising in Washington, D.C., and the lunation Ascendant parallel Mars (D.C.). In the US capital, the Aug. New Moon looks especially extreme and violent- but this is not necessarily related to the activation of the Aries ingress for Tehran. Moreover, the Spring of 2014 is a much more dangerous and likely period for a military conflict between the US (allied with Israel) and Iran.
That said, the Aug. 6-7 New Moon (15 Leo) is a potent lunation in itself falling on the Aries Point-World Axis.
-2013 Aries ingress @ Tehran
|From Asia & Mideast|
|From Images 108|
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The Mar. 20 Spring/Vernal equinox heralds the birth of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere, when the Sun crosses the celestial equator going from south to north- rising due east and setting due west at all places on earth.
"For the remainder of the 21st century (2001-2100), the March equinox will fall on March 20 or 19. Yet it won’t first occur on March 19 until the year 2044, and it won’t happen on March 21 until the year 2102. The March equinox last took place on March 21 in 2007.
If you’re curious (or confused) about the various dates of this equinox, you’re not alone. In a nutshell, it’s because the tropical year, as measured between successive March equinoxes, doesn’t have an even number of days (365.242 days). Our calendar, on the other hand, has an even 365 days in a common year and 366 days in a leap year.
The centennial year 2000 is a leap year, bringing about earlier dates for the March equinox in the 21st century (2001-2100). However, the suppression of the leap year in the centennial year 2100 pushes the dates upward again in the 22nd century (2101-2200)." ~EarthSky
March 20: Celebrate International Astrology Day at the all day Astrology Cafe!
Friday, March 15, 2013
-Today is the Ides of March
The "ides" of March is the fifteenth; which day of the month the ides is depends on a complicated system of calculation Caesar himself established when he instituted the Julian calendar, a precursor of our own. The ides of January, for example, is the thirteenth; the ides of March, May, July and October is the fifteenth.
The importance of the ides of March for Caesar is that it is the day he will be assassinated by a group of conspirators, including Brutus and Cassius. Despite numerous and improbable portents—the soothsayer's warning, some fearsome thundering, his wife's dreams of his murder, and so on—Caesar ventures forth on the ides to meet his doom.
Shakespeare borrowed this scene, along with other details of Caesar's demise, from Plutarch's Life of Julius Caesar. An English translation was readily available, but its precise phrasings weren't quite dramatic enough for Shakespeare's purposes. Where he has the soothsayer declaim, "Beware the Ides of March," the more prosaic original notes merely that the soothsayer warns Caesar "to take heed of the day of the Ides of March."
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
March 13, Wednesday. Jupiter has returned to a nearly exact conjunction with Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull, also referred to as the great “red giant” one of the four stars considered to be “Guardians of Heaven.” The four guardian stars, Antares, Fomalhaut, Regulus and Aldebaran, a.k.a the sentinels watching over the other stars, were linked with the four archangels. Aldebaran, Watcher of the East, is the star of archangel Michael – Military Commander of the Heavenly Host.
These royal stars also marked the place where the Sun rose at the Solstices and Equinoxes about 5,000 years ago. Aldebaran marked the zero Aries point (Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere) in 3044 BC, Antares marked the zero Libra point in 3052 BC, Fomalhaut marked zero Capricorn, 2582 BC, Regulus marked zero Cancer 2345 BC.
Aldebaran has also been known as “the Leading Star of Stars”, because there was a time when all ecliptic longitudes were measured from Aldebaran and its exact opposite star, Antares.
As the eye of the Celestial Bull, Aldebaran is All Seeing and Jupiter is expanding the all seeing point of view. This is the last exact pass (in range this entire month) of Jupiter with Aldebaran. It will be about 11.6 years before Jupiter returns to this star. ~Cayelin K. Castell
Monday, March 11, 2013
|From Images 108|
A Heavenly Deluge: Notes on the Planetary Line-Up in Pisces, By Ray Grasse | March 11, 2013
Several 4.7 mag. earthquakes near Anza, CA. Todays New Moon is almost exactly on the local Midheaven. And New Moon Ascendant = 6-Cancer-40 = Uranus 7-Aries-30 = Pluto 11-Capricorn-19. Real-time Earthquake Map
-Pisces New Moon chart for Anza, CA.: SIA Facebook
Sunday, March 10, 2013
|From Images 108|
--Japan quake 'heard at edge of space', by Jonathan Amos
"The great Tohoku earthquake in Japan two years ago was so big its effects were even felt at the edge of space.
Scientists say the Magnitude 9.0 tremor on 11 March 2011 sent a ripple of sound through the atmosphere that was picked up by the Goce satellite.
Its super-sensitive instrumentation was able to detect the disturbance as it passed through the thin wisps of air still present 255km above the Earth." Read More-> BBC News Science
The exact Pisces New Moon is Monday Mar. 11 at 12:51 pm (PDT). Mars entering Aries shortly thereafter will begin to stimulate Spring energies- 10 days before the Spring/Vernal Equinox when the Sun goes into Aries.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
~ANS Astrology News Service
"There’s no Longer Any Doubt Celestial Bodies Affect Planet Earth as a Whole
The rank and file may find this bothersome, but astronomers have done more than anyone to demonstrate the validity of the ancient belief system underpinning astrology.
In an article for TheNational, the leading English-language newspaper in the Middle East, author Robert Matthews says there no longer is any doubt that celestial bodies affect our planet as a whole.
Matthews is a visiting reader in science at Aston University in Birmingham, England. He says these links go beyond the obvious, such as the role of the sun and moon in the tides.
“The biggest climatic upheavals experienced by our planet are now known to be under the influence of the other planets in our solar system,” he says.
Through their gravitational tugging, the moon and planets distort the shape of the Earth’s orbit and the tilt of its axis to its orbit, causing subtle changes in the intensity of sunlight reaching us.
“By altering the level of heating reaching different latitudes, these changes are now thought to play a key role in triggering the huge expansion in polar ice characteristic of an Ice Age,” he explains.
“Now astronomers think they may have uncovered another astrological connection between the Earth and its fellow planets – one that beggars the trivia of astrology..”
More than 150 years ago astronomers noticed that the number of sunspots appearing on the solar disk followed a distinct pattern, rising and falling over a period of about 11 years. This is curiously close to the 11.9 years that it takes Jupiter, the biggest planet in the solar system, to complete one orbit of the sun.
“It’s hard to know what to make of such coincidences. But in 1852 the Swiss astronomer Johann Wolf showed that despite its great distance Jupiter had more gravitational effect on the sun than any other planet,” Mathews said.
Wolf went on to develop a theory that seemed to account for sunspot numbers via the influence of Jupiter and other planets. However, because sunspots are a symptom of solar activity, and this in turn directly affects the earth, Wolf’s ideas “sounded uncomfortably close to astrology,” Matthews said.
He speculates that this is probably the reason why Wolf’s ideas were hastily dumped at the start of the 20th century following the discovery of a link between sunspots and the magnetic field of the sun,
For whatever reason, Wolf’s evidence linking the gravity of planets with the magnetic field of the sun wasn‘t believed to be compelling. But a team led by Dr. Jose Abreu of the ETH Zurich Institute for Geophysics in Switzerland has rekindled the controversy with impressive new evidence for precisely such a link.
To make its case, the team examined records of solar activity far more extensive than those used by Wolf, who could only go back as far as the mid-17th century and the first telescopic observations of sunspots by Galileo.
Dr. Abreu and his colleagues exploited the fact that changes in the sun’s magnetic field affect the levels of cosmic rays smashing into the earth’s atmosphere – which in turn creates isotopes that get trapped in polar ice and tree rings.
By analyzing the rise and fall in levels of these isotopes the team was able to reconstruct the peaks and troughs in solar activity covering more than 9,000 years,
“Armed with so much data the team has been able to look for patterns in the activity far more subtle than those found by Wolf. And what they have found broadly confirms his idea of a planetary influence on the sun,” Mathews said.
Published in the current issue of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, the team’s findings stress that the planets cannot be the prime driver for the 11-year cycle of solar sunspot activity. If that were so, the orbits of the planets would change noticeably through the energy needed to drive the activity.
“But the planets can and do seem capable of affecting the processes that generate the sun’s magnetic field,” Mathews says.
Analysis of the isotope data has uncovered a set of cycles of solar activity ranging from about 85 to more than 500 years, each of which appears to be linked to planetary cycles.
“This sounds pretty esoteric until one ponders the implications. Every so often, these cycles combine to produce periods of especially high or low activity.
“When this happens the effect on the earth can be dynamic” he noted.
Astronomers have identified several periods in recent history when unusually high or low solar activity coincided with anomalous conditions on earth. Among them is the Medieval Warm Period lasting from about 1000 to 1250. And the so-called Little Ice Age, which lasted between about 1350 to 1850.
Each coincides with peaks and troughs in solar activity triggered by the planets, and to events of major historical significance. For example, the bitter winters of the Little Ice Age caused mass starvation and social upheaval in Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries.
“The emerging evidence for planets influencing the sun and thereby global events suggests that the real problem with astrology is that its claims were simply too modest,” Mathews concludes."
~By Delila James @ Science Recorder
Scientists: Earth is warmer today than any time in the past 11,300 Years
Earth is getting warmer.
It’s a significant finding in the world of climate science.
Comprehensive new research into global climate change finds that our planet is warmer today than at any time during the last 11,300 years. The study, published in the journal Science, examined variations in temperature over the past 15,000 years, during the relatively warm Holocene period, which began at the close of the last great ice age and continues to the present day.
Researchers from Oregon State University and Harvard used core samples from 73 ice and sediment core monitoring sites around the globe to reconstruct global temperature change by studying fossils of marine microorganisms.
Previous climate histories have mainly focused on changes over the past 2,000 years, but the new data puts today’s climate change into a much broader and long-term context, according to lead author on the study, OSU paleoclimatologist Shaun Marcott.
Earlier studies have relied primarily on analysis of tree rings, lake sediment cores and isotope ratios in cave formations. Although such studies can provide detailed reconstructions of climatic change, they typically apply only to limited geographical regions and do not extend back more than a couple of thousand years, says Marcott. Marcott’s study, on the other hand, fills in the crucial post-ice age time during early human civilization.
In addition, the study represents one of the first attempts to build a set of data from sites around the world. Peter Clark, an OSU paleoclimatologist and co-author on the Science article, said many previous temperature reconstructions were regional in nature and were not placed in a global context, which led the team to create a model that was global in context.
The evidence shows a downward trend of temperatures that reversed 100 years ago, indicating Earth was either heading toward a mild ice age in the years 1550 to 1850, or it was continuing to cool naturally. Then the advent of the industrial revolution and the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels seemed to reverse the trend.
Scientists say solar radiation increased in parts of the world due to a shift in the Earth’s orbit about 12,000 years ago. After about 6,000 years, the planet began to cool — until about 200 years ago, when temperatures began rising steadily. The new evidence seems to warn of a dramatic warming trend that further bolsters the notion that the rise in modern-day temperatures is not a natural phenomenon, but rather a result of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.
The study shows the recent heat spike “has no precedent as far back as we can go with any confidence, 11,000 years arguably,” said Pennsylvania State University professor Michael Mann, who was not involved in the research. He said scientists may have to go back 125,000 years to find warmer temperatures potentially rivaling those of today.
Marcott’s research reinforces what most scientists generally believe: that the earth is warming at an unprecedented rate and that human beings are the main reason for the rise in global temperatures. Since the industrial revolution, mankind has gained the power to directly impact its climate system through the release of large quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
It remains unclear whether the study will begin to pressure policy makers around the world to take action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking in late 2012, a coalition of investors from around the world called on national governments to increase action on climate change and boost clean-energy alternatives or risk trillions of dollars in investments and disruption to economies. Just one month earlier, major U.N. climate talks in Doha, Qatar, failed as nearly 200 nations met in an attempt to extend the Kyoto Protocol, the existing plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions by developed nations that runs to the end of 2012.
Already a number of international meetings have failed to produce action on curbing climate change emissions. The failure has led a number of skeptics to question whether international coalitions are effective into today’s globalized world, where countries — such as China and India — are competing to raise living standards for an emerging middle class that relies heavily on economic growth as a path to prosperity.
That said, the study is likely to be met with skepticism from individuals questioning whether human action is behind warming trends, and whether warming trends are actually occurring. The Science study comes just weeks after researchers in Norway announced findings that seem to support the notion that global warming is less severe than previously predicted by the United Nations climate authority. The study also found that meeting targets for minimizing global warming may be more achievable than previously thought.
~The 2013 Spring Equinox/Ostara is March 20
"The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the spring equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of spring. Of course, it's also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well. For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Typically, the Celtic peoples did not celebrate Ostara as a holiday, although they were in tune with the changing of the seasons." Read More
|From Images 108|
The calm before the solar storm? NASA warns 'something unexpected is happening to the Sun'
"This year was supposed to be the year of 'solar maximum,' the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle. But solar activity is relatively low."
Read more-> MailOnline
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Look west after sunset near the horizon. Binoculars may be needed to pick Comet PanSTARRS out of the bright sky. Look too early and the sky will be too bright; too late and the comet will be too low.
|From Images 108|
Swinging toward its March 10th closest approach to Sun, Comet PanSTARRS emerges above the western sunset horizon this week for observers at mid-northern latitudes. Bring binoculars or a wide-field telescope; it's unlikely to be brighter than about 2nd magnitude, not necessarily easy to spot low in twilight through thick air.
The farther south you are, the earlier the date when you may first pick it up. As of February 28th it was already being seen naked eye (faintly) from the Southern Hemisphere. Next week the comet should come into its best visibility for mid-northern latitudes.
[Sky & Telescope]
This short video mentions that comet ISON and Siding are both passing near the red planet Mars.
3MIN News March 7, 2013: ISON/Siding Spring, Climate, Spaceweather
--More evidence that comets could have seeded life on Earth
"A new experiment simulating conditions in deep space reveals that the complex building blocks of life could have been created on icy interplanetary dust and then carried to Earth, jump-starting life.
It’s among the most ancient of questions: What are the origins of life on Earth?
Chemists from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Hawaii, Manoa, showed that conditions in space are capable of creating complex dipeptides – linked pairs of amino acids – that are essential building blocks shared by all living things. The discovery opens the door to the possibility that these molecules were brought to Earth aboard a comet or possibly meteorites, catalyzing the formation of proteins (polypeptides), enzymes and even more complex molecules, such as sugars, that are necessary for life."
Read More-> EarthSky
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
“When I went to the moon I was a pragmatic test pilot. But when I saw the planet Earth floating in the vastness of space the presence of divinity became almost palpable and I knew that life in the universe was not just an accident.” ~Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 Astronaut)
Stephen Hawking Did "god" create the Universe:
Curiosity host Dr. hawking Did "god" create the Universe and can the laws of nature co-exist with a belief in "god"
Meister Eckhart said 700 years ago:
"Nothing hinders the soul so much in attaining to the knowledge of God as time and place. Therefore, if the soul is to know God, it must know Him outside time and place, since God is neither in this or that, but One and above them. If the soul is to see God, it must look at nothing in time; for while the soul is occupied with time or place or any image of the kind, it cannot recognize God."
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
March 2013: All eyes will be on the western sky after sunset to see whether Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) puts on a great performance.
All eyes will be on the western sky after sunset to see whether Comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS) puts on a great performance. This visitor from the solar system’s depths promises to be the brightest comet in six years. By March’s second week, PANSTARRS should be a fine binocular object and could appear bright to naked eyes.
Mar. 4 Tweet~ Feb. 26 retro Mercury conjoined Mars as Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover experienced a computer glitch caused by corrupted files. [Curiosity went into a protective, minimal-activity "safe mode" last Thursday Feb. 28.]
NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Recovering from Computer Glitch
Quote of the Day: "I want to rethink 'surrender' as an active verb." ~Brian Eno
The Eurozone Crisis 2013: Theory and Method in Mundane Astrology, By Nicholas Campion
Monday, March 04, 2013
This image of the Heart Nebula is a perfect visual metaphor for the palpable Piscean energy currently informing our environment. The Mar. 11 New Moon (21 Pisces) features Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Chiron all in Pisces. Best to get out of your head and into your heart now, as much as possible.
|From Images 108|
On March 5th, Comet Pan-STARRS makes its closest approach to Earth (1.09 AU), followed on March 10th by its closest approach to the Sun (0.3 AU). Read More-> spaceweather.com
--Quotes for Monday
I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. ~Anne Lamott
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. ~Buddha
Sunday, March 03, 2013
|From Images 108|
--On the Magic of Pisces from Jeff Jawer's Feb. 18th blog:
“The magic of this sign is that we are all shape shifters and have many more choices than we think. Pisces offers confusion, which can be quite useful at times. Confusion about who we are or about a situation is usually discomfiting, yet it can be a significant step toward change. It overcomes resistance and the limitations by which we identify ourselves. It is about becoming lost so that something new can be found. Cultivate the gift of Pisces by allowing yourself to wander and wonder in the coming weeks. Let music, art, magic, romance, compassion, imagination and spirituality dissolve the limited reality that defines the borders of your life. Swim freely in the ocean of experience where you can remember that you are both one and everyone, unique in your perspective but fully connected to the human experience that we all share.”
"The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it's all written there." ~Paulo Coelho
Saturday, March 02, 2013
March 2: “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies.” ~Ram Dass
March 1: The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be. ~Maharaji Neem Karoli Baba
Miass River Sunrise
|From Images 108|
Colors of Mercury
|From Images 108|
--March 11 Pisces New Moon
The Mar. 11 New Moon features Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune, and Chiron all in the watery sign of Pisces. This New Moon rises in Sydney and Brisbane, AUS, where recent storms and heavy rains have been causing problems. Pisces New Moon chart
Apollon was a journal published by the Centre for Psychological Astrology edited by Dermod Moore. Running from 1998 to 2001 it featured articles by leading practitioners in both astrology and psychology. The magazine's six issues are indispensable reading for students and professionals alike and are published online as .pdf files for the first time.