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(IX.) HISTORY - Success - And The Beginning Of Failure

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« on: August 17, 2007, 08:21:24 pm »

And what of the great astronomers? - for we are, after all, in the century of Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler and Galileo.

They regarded astrology as part of their discipline; they could set up and interpret astrological charts, and to some extent used astrology either to gain knowledge (as they saw it) or to make money.

The Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543), whose De revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium put forward in 1543 the theory (far from a new one, of course) that the Sun was at the centre of the planetary system, had astrological works in his library, and well-thumbed ones at that.

De Revolutionibus is entirely astronomical, with not a word of astrology in it, and critics have made much of this; but after all, there is not a word of astrology in Ptolemy's Almagest, which did not inhibit him as author of the Tetrabiblos.

The appearance of a bright new star in the skies in November 1572 provoked Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) to spend a great deal of time in astronomical and astrological speculation.

He wrote several pages on its astrological significance, which he thought would be greater than that of any previously experienced conjunction of planets. He thought it probably signalled considerable political upheaval, and perhaps religious changes. His considerable interest in astrology seems to have been sharpened by the new star.

Lecturing on mathematics to the University of Copenhagen two years later, he spent much of his time defending astrology, and arguing that while it was not a science which could be compared for certainty of effect with those of geometry or astronomy, it was none the less one it would be foolish to discount.

As the years went on, his interest continued, and even increased. He drew up birth charts for members of the Danish royal family, making his own astronomical observations on which to base them, rather than relying on existing ephemerides.

He had some doubts about the dubious practice of assigning zodiacal influences to cities or countries, but apparently none about the human significance of the planets' positions at birth.
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