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

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« on: August 17, 2007, 08:26:04 pm »

The German astrologer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was always fascinated by astrology: his own 'horoscope book', which he kept religiously as a student, has given us most of our information about his early years.

At Graz, in 1594, he took up the post of the teacher of mathematics and astronomy, and there produced four almanacs - for which he was paid 20 florins a time, a useful addition to an annual salary of only 150 florins.

He was either a very good astrologer or a very fortunate man, for in his first almanac he phophesied very cold weather and an invasion by the Turks. Both duly occurred: it was so cold (he assured a correspondent) that people died of it; when they blew their noses, those noses fell off. At the same time, promptly on I January, the Turks marched in, destroying much of the country between Vienna and Neustadt.

For the rest of his life, whether he liked it or not (and though he occasionally protested, there is no real evidence that he was seriously concerned) he was to some extent a professional astrologer.

Some of his apparently anti-astrological gibes are well-known: the one about astrology being the stepdaughter of astronomy, or about his being forced by economic necessity to put a foot into a dirty puddle. But these seem born of impatience rather than anything else, and there is no doubt that he took the subject seriously.

In the introduction to Tertius interveniens he warns readers that while justly rejecting the stargazers' superstitions, they should not throw out the baby with the bathwater, for nothing exists nor happens in the visible sky that is not sensed in some hidden manner by the faculties of Earth and Nature, [so that] these faculties of the spirit here on earth are as much affected as the sky itself.

Kepler puzzled over the nature of the planetary effect on man for the rest of his life, never ceasing to inveigh against the quacks, but never for a moment doubting that within what he saw as a very debased science, a grain of truth resided - and more than a grain: his attitude in general was that the planets gave a general shape to man's character,
in the manner of loops which a peasant ties at random around pumpkins in a field; they do not cause the pumpkin to grow, but they determine its shape.

The same applies to the sky: it does not endow a man with his habits, history, happiness, children, riches or a wife, but it moulds his condition ...
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Your mind understands what you have been taught; your heart what is true.

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