Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Friendship, genotypes homophily, and astrology



In the new PNAS paperthe authors report DNA similarities among friends. Apparently, biochemical processes of different friendly organisms have similarities imprinted in their genotypes.

As Cardano wrote in the 16th century, "When several children have the same accidents and fortune, if it be in their childhood, it may be shown by the genitures of their parents; or if in their old age, we may conclude the Nativities of their Parents were so powerful that they assimilate their Nativities between themselves and suit them to the disposition of Children in the Paternal Figure" (aphorism 2.59).

I know numerous examples of puzzling "coincidences" in astrological charts of people forming groups and families. A leader of a group of 10 employees that hires  them after short interviews has the same zodiacal sign as three of his subordinates. A family of five has three Scorpios among them, and two children find partners who are born within days from each other. A pregnant woman with Sun in Cancer expects a child under Gemini, but delivery is delayed and delayed, for almost two weeks, until the child is born... with Sun in Cancer.

Modern genetics can explain this by homophilic genotypes. Astrology did this with natal charts, centuries earlier.

Monday, June 23, 2014

We are our brains



When back in 2006 I wrote my book of commentaries on the Cardano's aphorisms, where I argued that the free will is an illusion, I expected that sooner or later science would prove it at the level of biochemistry. Well, this has happened when Dick Swaab published his book recently.

This is a rather dry summary of the clinical work of the famous neurobiologist speaking about hormones, brain departments and mental disorders. If you are brave to dive into 400 pages of such reading, your reward will be evidence-based fatalism.

Which is very important for any astrologer who has had experience of successful predictions, as well as to any person interested in real philosophy.

In fact, I already got a vivid philosophical discussion in my Russian LiveJournal, and with a colleague physicist at work.

Good reading!


Friday, May 30, 2014

Leos

I was watching Troy film, and the soundtrack was so recognisable in style that I stopped following the plot and instead started scrolling my sound memories. Was it another film? If film, then which one? In a few seconds, cascades of firing neurons delivered the same key tune, do-re-mi-re, from another film. It was Avatar! Yes, the same dramatic do-re-mi-re, like a signature of a composer.

Obviously, I had no idea about the composers of Troy and Avatar, so I checked the web. You know I am writing this to report the finding, so as you can imagine, both have the same composer, James Horner.

Just like the director of Avatar Cameron, Horner is a Leo. Cameron was born on August 16, Horner on August 14. Then I recalled that the main actor in Avatar was another Leo, Sam Worthington. I went to see the Avatar wiki-page and found yet another Leo, producer Jon Landau. Somehow the Leo got the core-team for his most successful movie made of Leos. Not to mention Cameron's Terminator with Schwarzenegger (Leo).

But this post is not even about Leos, it is about the unquantifiable objectivity. There is truth that one can feel. This truth may not be quantifiable or not derivable by reason. Still, it exists.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Life patterns



When I was about 7, my mother took me to visit a music teacher in the city centre. The teacher lived on the top floor in a 5-storey building, and while they were having a chat, I decided to explore the surroundings. I was fascinated to see the open way to the loft (health & safety were not an issue then). I climbed there, walked in the loft and found a door to the roof, where I got a perfect city panorama, jolly good.

After a while, I decided to get back before anybody realised my absence. Alas, the roof was huge and I could not find the door that let me get to the roof from the loft, several attempts to find it failed. I was terrified by thoughts about the consequences: not only my mother would be in great distress, which I just could not allow, but also it would be very humiliating if they started searching for me asking for help from public and police. That would be a huge fuss, and I could not allow that!

Suddenly I saw a fire stairs running all the way from the roof to the ground, the very basic piece of metal that was a standard construction that time. However scary it looked (especially the first move, when one has to step on it and turn around to face the stairs while descending), I forced myself to begin descending. I remember very clearly how I was talking to myself convincing that nothing bad would happen if I keep moving carefully and stay focussed at every step.

Obviously, a descending child attracted lots of attention on the ground! I realised that when I heard an increasing noise of a gathering crowd, but I still kept myself focussed on the task in my hands (quite literally in the circumstances). 

I finally reached the ground, and got my portion of attention there, they almost cheered me as a little hero... They brought me back to my mother, who was still peacefully chatting not expecting any heroism from her daughter meanwhile.

I am fascinated to see this event as an yet another manifestation of the life patterns that are clearly indicated in my chart. I still like exploring places (Venus in 9th house), in all kind of adventurous (trine Sun-Mars) and strange (sextile Uranus-Sun) ways. I then get into trouble (square Saturn-Sun from 7th house), but manange to find a solution, which may be strong and publicly noticeable (Sun in 10th in Leo) with some blessed help (sextile Jupiter-Sun from 12th house).

It is all the same, nothing has changed...

Sunday, September 09, 2012

The results of the solar year

The past solar year had a very impressive chart, indeed. I had been silent on my blog not only because it was a very busy year, but also to see how the chart would manifest, as a test. Since it was the year of the end of my 6-year work project, I had to find another job, in the current crisis environment, which was not expected to be easy. The job came at the end of the solar year, after multiple applications for highly competitive positions in the British academic environment. Finally I landed on a post in Greater London, where I am heading to now. The long period of uncertainty for months puzzled me, and I discussed this with Anton Grigoryev. He explained that the solar year was not enough to time the event, and it was necessary to wait until the lord of the year changed from Mars to Venus in the late spring. And this worked just as he said. In addition, six papers appeared this year in press, which is quite a harvest.

Still the solar chart was not perfect in other aspects, having Mars and Ketu in the 9th house. In my natal chart, I have Venus in the 9th house, so I am a bit spoilt with respect to travelling, which are not only multiple but also generally smooth and pleasant. Unusually, this year I had to cancel several trips (due to work circumstances and, in the early spring, due to waiting for my new passport). Finally, on a cycling trip on August 4th, similarly to my accident on 02.08.2002, I got a bad trauma from which I am still recovering (fortunately, I am now capable to cycle and swim again, after 4 weeks). I expected that period to be painful and unhealthy, but my worries were related to another health area, as my friends were well aware. 

The solar chart was clearly informative, and the mistakes I made were due to my impatience rather than lack of knowledge. What should happen did happen, and worrying in advance did not help to avert that. 

Astrological knowledge in some sense is as useless as weather forecast. We are going camping anyway, even if a storm is predicted. What if forecasters are wrong and we may escape the inevitable...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bianchi

For this birthday, I chose a new bike. It is a member of 125-year-old family of Edoardo Bianchi (although not his famous celeste colour, as I prefer black horses).

I went to pick it up at the time of the new solar chart, which looks quite promising:

Let's see what the solar year will bring.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Japan earthquake

In January 2011 I wrote in a public forum of Russian online newspaper gazeta.ru that by June 2011 Japan could experience a very significant earthquake. This online thread can be found here.

I mentioned a possible earthquake of magnitude 7.5 or higher, with wide publicity due to the scale of destruction, and I expected the earthquake to be triggered by the solar eclipse in June.

As we now know, it happened at magnitude 8.9 on 11th of March 2011, three months earlier than I expected.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Human papillomavirus

1.5 years ago I wrote an astrological post about oral sex as the reason for throat cancer. Last week, a friend sent me a link to a press-release on the same topic. Maura Gillison of the Ohio State University has collected statistics and reviewed bibliography that traces similar medical studies back to 1998.

Several groups independently came to the same conclusion. Some spent years in the lab studying biological samples, others collected and analysed behavioural statistics. Knowledge may be acquired by so many various means.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Brief report

Just to report briefly on a couple of predictions this summer.


After the full solar eclipse on July 12, which was visible over Southern Pacific, I posted a public comment in the Russian online press 'gazeta.ru'. I expected that during the summer a noticeable earthquake (up to 8 magnitude) may occur in the region, and I expected it in Latin America. On July 15, there was an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 in Chile. Then on 26th July there was an earthquake of 7.6 in Philippines (this one was very deep and did not cause any damage). Finally, on September 3, a very shallow earthquake of magnitude 7 hit New Zealand (it was stronger than the one on Haiti after the winter eclipse, but due to the good construction technologies nobody died).

In January 2010, I had a LiveJournal discussion with an atheistic sceptic whom I told, as an example of astrology in action, that by the autumn of 2010, Italian prime-minister Berlusconi would have problems again, due to the Saturn transit over his natal Sun. Indeed, in August 2010, he got a new press scandal with ladies, and then some political mess.

And something less astrological but still predictive. In December 2009, I had a discussion with another sceptic, a climate one (with some background in paleoclimatology), and I predicted that with increasing global warming the ocean shores would experience more precipitations while central areas would suffer harsh heat waves and droughts. He claimed that global warming would cause humidity in central Russia, etc. The recent events with heat and fires in Russia are well known, as well as the disastrous flood in Pakistan.

A friend of mine asked me once whether it is possible to couple modern geophysics and such a marginal knowledge as astrology. I firmly believe this should happen in future (although not soon, I am afraid). It is important to understand that eclipses cause various hazards on Earth, and it is equally important to study the plate dynamics and climate system to estimate where these hazards are most likely to occur. Both branches of knowledge are invaluable.

Update of November 5. More news about Berlusconi. And just to compare with the results of the recent midterm elections in the US, the post on Obama's inauguration of 2008.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Newton, the Man

More than three years ago, I wrote a post about insight, where I showed in the charts of Newton and Einstein the role of strong and well-aspected Moon for scientific intuition.

Having read more about Newton recently, especially the lecture by John Keynes, it is very interesting to see how the strong full Moon in Cancer with aspects to Venus and Jupiter in Newton's chart manifested in his research process:

"I believe that Newton could hold a problem in his mind for hours and days and weeks until it surrendered to him its secret. Then being a supreme mathematical technician he could dress it up, how you will, for purposes of exposition, but it was his intuition which was pre-eminently extraordinary - 'so happy in his conjectures', said De Morgan, 'as to seem to know more than he could possibly have any means of proving'. The proofs, for what they are worth, were, as I have said, dressed up afterwards - they were not the instrument of discovery.

There is the story of how he informed Halley of one of his most fundamental discoveries of planetary motion. 'Yes,' replied Halley, 'but how do you know that? Have you proved it?' Newton was taken aback - 'Why, I've known it for years', he replied. 'If you'll give me a few days, I'll certainly find you a proof of it' - as in due course he did.

Again, there is some evidence that Newton in preparing the Principia was held up almost to the last moment by lack of proof that you could treat a solid sphere as though all its mass was concentrated at the centre, and only hit on the proof a year before publication. But this was a truth which he had known for certain and had always assumed for many years.

Certainly there can be no doubt that the peculiar geometrical form in which the exposition of the Principia is dressed up bears no resemblance at all to the mental processes by which Newton actually arrived at his conclusions.

His experiments were always, I suspect, a means, not of discovery, but always of verifying what he knew already."

"Verifying what he knew already" - that is the strong natal Moon. "Hold a problem in his mind for hours and days and weeks" - that is the natal square of Mercury and Saturn.