I stand in the garden where Uranus made himself known to mankind.
Sir Patrick Moore -with whom I had the pleasure of speaking once- dates the beginning of our space age; or at least scientific astronomy and cosmology; to that evening in 1781 in a Bath garden, where the first planet since Antiquity was discovered. I have the garden to myself so I recite the Orphic Hymn to Uranus before anyone else shows up. Predictably, the garden whips into spirited/windy life. Hai Uranus.
This particular discovery is one of those marvellous Enlightenment stories. William Herschel was actually a musician, and quite a good one. Play this as you read along.
Originally from Hanover, he ended up in Bath as an organist and rose to be Director of Public Concerts. He also tutored in music and became wealthier than you would expect from doing so. Astronomy was his side hustle, if you will. And he smashed it. Inviting his sister Carolina, which quickly Anglicised to Caroline, over from Hanover -where, scarred from smallpox and thus doomed to spinsterhood, she was a chambermaid- to live with him and run his ‘bachelor house’, he first taught her English and then astronomy. Then this dynamic and quintessentially German duo set about building their own vastly superior telescopes and changing the entire universe forever. From a garden in Bath.
Which it did. The thing about Uranus is that its discovery doubled the size of our solar system at a stroke, as it is so far out beyond the Classical planets. And the Herschels were just getting started.
What fascinates me about the discovery -and listen carefully out there all you astrologers- was how Uranian the discovery of Uranus was. Firstly, Herschel thought it was a comet and not a planet. Then he wanted to name it ‘George’ (for fuck’s sake!) after King George III. Then, after sharing his work and getting it cross-checked by various European astronomers, the German suggestion that it be called Uranus stuck.
So the astrological planet of the unexpected and surprising had an unexpected and surprising birth. It also ‘opened the portal’ so to speak, for an entirely different life. The Herschels went on to discover hundreds of nebulae, moons and comets. Carolina went on to have her own distinguished solo astronomical career and was actually the first woman to ever be paid as a scientist. In her 98 years on earth, she discovered 8 comets and one of Andromeda’s companion galaxies. King George III gave William a £200 salary -which technically represented a 50% paycut to the industrious German’s music business, but what are you gonna do? It’s Uranus, innit- and insisted William and Carolina move to be near Windsor Castle. (It’s unlikely William would have mentioned this paycut to the king. But it’s also likely that George III, himself pretty much German, was aware of it. I find this parsimonious stand-off hilarious, for some reason. 18th century German cost efficiency!)
Despite the paycut, the Herschels left Bath and spent the next few decades as professional astronomers in Slough (which was as bad a real estate decision then as it is now), because that’s the kind of ‘giver of gifts and luck’ thing that Uranus does.
There are two things about William in particular -but also Carolina given she was an accomplished singer- that stand out from a metaphysical perspective. Firstly there is the musical component. Music essentially being the mathematics of the cosmos, it should be no surprise that it fell to a talented musician to discover -among his many astronomical finds- the infrared spectrum.
Then there is the whole auteur angle. Herschel found the first couple of telescopes he bought to be shit, so he -not a lens grinder or manufacturer- set about designing and hand-building his own telescopes in the basement of the house I visited… whose dramatic improvements enabled him to discover Uranus. Predictably, the response from professional scientists of the day was ‘your technology is impossible, your discoveries are also impossible, and who is this musician who isn’t a scientist telling us what is what?’
And yet, fuck you science. It’s Herschel’s name on that weird Death Star crater on one of Saturn’s moons.
Somebody’s spinning cycles somewhere
I’ve mentioned my unashamed regular use of Astrologyzone in previous years, but the blog’s audience has grown considerably since then, so let me re-iterate a few things. Firstly, if only to retain some magical street cred (ha!), my go-to almanac for sorcery is Austin’s, as yours should be also. And yet there is a ‘sum greater than its parts’ effect of combining Susan Miller’s constant references to fertility treatment and booking spa visits with Austin’s more visionary interpretation of the sky.
Here are my suggestions then:
- Calculate your rising sign.
- Download the Astrologyzone app.
- Use the daily forecasts based on your sun sign.
- Read both your sun sign and rising sign on a monthly basis.
- Read Austin’s monthly introductions and zero in on days that may be significant to you based on all of the above.
The Economic Confidence Model may have pinpointed the start of the demise of Western Civilization. On September 28, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama had a 90-minute face off at the UN in New York. Putin petitioned Obama for the US to join Russia in against ISIS and leave Assad in power. The Obama administration, would not alter its plan to overthrow Assad, which can only destabilize the region tremendously. Hence, it was on the precise day of the ECM, September 30, 2015, when Putin began bombing anti-Assad “rebels” and ISIS. This event appears to be indeed extremely important moving forward.
I’ve made some very good coin working in the buzzwordy field of ‘Big Data’. Above all, it teaches its participants something that is generally lacking among occultists and materialist scientists. Humility. One follows the data where they lead, however much it upsets your precious little, pre-conceived worldviews. And I can tell you on a professional basis that the dataset Armstrong compiled over thirty years is unique in the history of mankind. It should not surprise us that it thus spits out things we wouldn’t expect to find… like some kind of harmonic Pi ratio.
Which is now being found at the sub-atomic level:
A number of people have been writing in to say how they just discovered the mathematical constant ?(pi) in a quantum mechanics formula for the energy states of the hydrogen atom. This is truly astonishing proving this is a fundamental cornerstone of nature.
While I discovered the existence of pi in the business cycle, it has been widely discovered in many other fields. What this proves is precisely what I have been saying all along — there is an interesting order being masked as chaos. This hidden order is fundamental to everything. This hidden order behind chaos or the appearance of randomness has led many to assume that the world is subject to our will, and therefore, we can manipulate everything to do as we desire, including the economy (Marxist-Keynesianism). This is just not true. There is a hidden order behind everything if we just explore.
If you think for a moment about how the ‘discovery’ of this ‘reality’ would be felt and expressed in the Ancient World -which had no terms for business cycles or sub-atomic particles- it would look remarkably like the classical formulation of astrology. And yes, there is no scientific basis for astrology but that’s only if you look for the position of the planets to be vectors of the influence they describe. Which is patently wrong.
Armstrong’s cycles and classical astrology are both subsets -both imperfect human descriptions- of an underlying function of reality we have only just in the last few years been able to attempt to model (ie – in a post-computing world). Deepak knows what’s up:
Even without the disturbing discovery of dark matter and energy—which supposedly make up a staggering 96% of the universe—the familiar cosmos of stars and galaxies has always been dark. The stars that spangle the heavens emit photons of light, which are entirely invisible. Only after these photons enter human experience—traveling from the retina to the visual cortex via the optic nerve—does light become bright. Before this processing takes place, there is no brightness, period. Nor is their color, sound, taste, texture, or smell, for the same reason. Physicalists try to shrug off these undeniable facts by retreating to the physical nature of the brain, yet the brain has no pictures in it—in fact, no light at all—being totally dark inside. In the same way the brain doesn’t contain a rainbow of colors or a world of sounds—it is a totally silent place without colors. So no matter how hard physicalists may stonewall, the brain offers no support for their position. Like the physical world “out there,” the brain, being just another physical object, also can’t exist outside conscious experience.
While the physicalists stonewall, and gather popular opinion on their side, a growing cadre of physicists, including Nobel laureates like Brian Josephson and neuroscientist Sir John Eccles, grappled with the profound issue of mind and matter without prejudice. It may be true that neither the “mind first” camp nor the “matter first” camp have grasped what reality is actually trying to tell us. Instead of saying that molecules somehow learned to think, which is the basic claim physicalists make in order to explain the mind—a claim with zero basis in fact—it may be that matter exists because mind exists. By the same token, the “mind first” camp, which explains physical objects by saying that they are created by the mind—a position with surprisingly strong evidence behind it—it may be necessary to redefine the mind so that creation can simultaneously be conscious and physical.
When it comes to a reformulation of the universe based on the empirical understanding of the primacy of consciousness and its role in the waveform nature of the universe, we are standing in an Eighteenth Century garden in Bath, looking for the first time at some little object through a homemade telescope. Much of the initial observations will turn out to be goo. Noble goo, but goo nonetheless.
And just as how Herschel’s discovery in some sense also discovered him, we may reasonably expect the subsequent unfolding of events and discoveries to be similarly spectacular.
Because Uranus gonna Uranus.