ASTROLOGY Your bridge to the stars Christopher Harwood

ASTROLOGY Your bridge to the stars Christopher Harwood Official Website

  • HOME
  • ARTICLES Vol.2


 Twice a year when the earth’s position in its orbit brings the sun’s rays directly over the equator, we have the equinoxes and because of the bulge, the sun’s field is at its most intense with regard to the earth. I believe that it is at these points that the sun’s view of the zodiac is renewed as a magnetic impression in the earth’s own field giving rise to the tropical zodiac view.

 The majority of astrologers use the tropical method of chart interpretation and it does appear to most that it is the more accurate. Certainly from my own point of view having used both I would concur with that. So is there a possible explanation that would satisfy both positions? I believe there could be.

 In an earlier article ‘Astrology a Magnetic Attraction’ I attempted to show that there was indeed a physical component to planetary influence. Not directly from space but transmitted in stages via a process of magnetic induction, first from the sun’s magnetic field, then to the earth’s and latterly to our own subtle field known as the aura. However I confined my observations just to the planets, not remarking on zodiacal influence, in short, the influence of the stars themselves.

 The planets, we included orbit the sun in a more or less flat plane and they remain within the zodiacal limits of 8 degrees north and south of the ecliptic. Pluto’s orbit is more eccentric and it exceeds these limits, as do some other bodies beyond. However, from the sun’s perspective the zodiac remains the same, affected only by the very slow changes in the positions of stars over lengthy periods of time. It is not affected by precession which as already discussed is a purely mechanical phenomenon to due to the earth itself.

 I believe what is happening is that the sun, via its own field, is imprinting its view of the zodiac belt onto the earth’s field and it is this that we perceive rather than our mechanically changed view. I believe that this view is reinforced rwice annually when the sun’s influence is greatest and when the sun’s rays fall directly on the equator. In other words at both equinoxes. In the northern hemisphere the Spring equinox seems more important as it appears to be the initiator of the seasonal cycle but the autumn equinox is just as valid for the southern hemisphere.

Stellar Influence

 The Sun is a star and I believe it is also the source of stellar influence to us, both giving and receiving. The sun occupies a position in the milky way galaxy about two thirds of the way out from the centre in one of its spiral arms. The galaxy itself and the stars within it control the sun’s position and movement. It is not free to go off by itself and must respond at all times to the influence of the galaxy and the stars within it and it is those star groups that lie in the plane of the ecliptic, the suns own equator that must have the most influence not just on the sun but feeding back to the planets themselves through the sun’s magnetic field. These are the zodiac stars. However, this view of the zodiac constellations is the sun’s view and not the earth’s and I believe that is this view that is the origin of the tropical zodiac rather than the sidereal.

 However, the sidereal zodiac is a fact and must be considered. How does it operate? It clearly does but I believe that it is only residual and although there is some effect, it mostly manifests only in the very long term. However, the backward movement of the equinoxes does appear to be the governing factor behind the astrological ages. As the age of Pisces slowly gives way to the Age of Aquarius, we see in our own time the negative Neptunian detritus of the Piscean age with all its false glamour, its addiction to image, drugs and religious division. At its height in the middle ages the exaltation of Venus introduced the age of chivalry when women were put on a pedestal and the renaissance period brought about the renewal of art, science and music. Jupiter as ruler was strong and world wide exploration led to the expansion of new horizons and the beginnings of a new vision.

 Latterly Neptune became the dominant planet and while music and art still flourished a process of dissolution began. At about the same time, Uranus having been discovered, Aquarian influences have started to emerge as an overlap. Beginning with bloody revolution, war and chaos as the old order collapses but increasingly, with the rapid advance of science and technology a movement towards a positive liberation for the whole of humanity.

 So what mechanism is operating here? As an illustration, think about the idea of a recording on magnetic tape, either audio or video. If a new recording is made over an existing one the original recording should be erased. However we know that this is not always the case and sometimes the original recording remains in the tape’s field as a ghost image. This is especially true of magnetic imaging, which can allow the overlay of more than one image in the same field and probably why it has given way to newer technology. In the case of the earth I believe that the equinoctial points are uniquely sensitive offering not just a conduit to solar energy but also to stellar influence.

 The Sun annually reinforces its view of the zodiac causing the northern spring equinox always to be 0 Aries however, from its own perspective the earth’s image of the sky is the sidereal view but I believe it is not as strong. Using the example of the video tape, what we might be experiencing is two images of the heavens running concurrently, one overlaying the other but both accessible to the earth’s magnetic and static fields. As the point of the vernal equinox moves slowly backwards through the constellations of the zodiac its effect is more subliminal. It is there, but its effects seem more subtle and not enough to affect daily astrology which comes from the Sun’s perspective. However, it does seem able to influence the times through which we pass colouring all life and governing the zodiacal ages. It therefore follows that both systems have their own validity and are not in mutual conflict. The tropical zodiac as given to us by the sun serves us well on a day-to-day basis while the sidereal zodiac provides us with the richness of our historical perspective.