How can Astrology help Science?
I can think of many examples, but let me just give you one that is interesting to follow.
Millions of astrologers around the world know that Saturn brings limitations and Jupiter brings success. Uranus brings technological advancements. (trines & sextiles are good, squares & oppositions are bad, conjunctions vary with planets). Just have a look at some of the following dates:-
4th Oct 1957: Sun and Jupiter sextile Uranus.
Sputnik I launched successfully.
3rd Nov 1957: Sun square Uranus
Sputnik II launched successfully but the dog, Laika, died after a week in orbit.
12th Apr 1961: Sun and Venus trine Uranus
First human in space, Yuri Gargarin, launches successfully.
20 Feb 1962: Sun having just opposed Uranus
Successful but there was an unexpected electronic malfunction with the heat shield warning system (Uranus rules electrical equipment).
15 May 1963: The Uranus-exception: Sun square Saturn
Several things went wrong with the Project Gemini trip.
Gordon Cooper's space-suit persistently overheated.
The water supply system failed.
He felt dehydrated and dizzy.
The automatic steering refused to work and had to be operated manually.
(Note: These are all typical Saturn-related problems!)
22 Jul 1969: Jupiter exactly conjunct Uranus: First humans on the Moon
Mission successful, a giant leap for mankind. Is this beginning to form a pattern?
So, the lesson seems to be to attempt rocket launches when Uranus is favorably aspected to give the expedition the maximum chance of success.
UPDATE: August 31, 2003.
Last week, Jupiter opposed Uranus. Brazil chose August 22 (the timing is quite uncanny) to launch its third attempt at becoming a "space nation". Mars was conjoining Uranus during that week, making this period even more volatile. Definitely not a good time to be pushing the frontiers of science. The rocket exploded on Friday at a jungle base of Alcantara, in the northeastern state of Maranhao, after an engine ignited by mistake. 21 people were killed.
UPDATE: May 11, 2006.
One launch that did not seem to be avoidable was the explosion of the Challenger on January 28, 1986. The planetary aspects between themselves on that fateful day did not reveal much about the intensity of the event that was to take place. I've only recently become aware that the warning took place in the American birthchart itself. Pluto was square the American Node, but again, for technological advancement pointers we look primarily at the position of Uranus. On that day, Uranus at 20 Sag 57 was within half a degree of squaring to the American Mars at 21 Gemini 23. Uranus and Mars in bad aspect are very often involved when bad accidents occur. So, it seems that an extension to the rule is that there should be no close, hard aspects to the birthchart of the country concerned, especially those involving Uranus.
Theory to improve the success rate of Space Launches.
1. Establish the launch window-period and the proposed launch date.
2. Check that there are no hard squares and oppositions to or from Uranus in the daily planet configurations on this day, especially ones involving Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
3. Check that there are no hard squares and oppositions, especially from Uranus and Mars, to the birthchart of the country.
4. If there are hard aspects, look for another day within the period.
5. If these rules cannot be satisfied during this period, find another that does.
Scientists, we need you and you need us. Please get off your butts and take a closer look at Uranus. I know you think you have defined "nearly everything", but when you start looking under the hood you will realise that you are not even close. By the way, Jupiter next conjuncts Uranus around June 7, 2010 (last conjunction Jan 4, 2011). You can expect an exciting discovery or event around that time. I'm betting on scientists, at their best, finding proof of the existence of life elsewhere in the galaxy by that time, or at least man landing successfully on another planet or one of it's moons.
UPDATE Aug 2006: Around mid-month, Jupiter started to move in to a trine (120 degree) position to Uranus. I made a point of taking note of the technological advancements that were sure to arise during this period. Here are some of them:
Tues, Aug 11: Gregory Perelman hailed as one of the greatest minds on the planet, after solving the century-old mathematical riddle, the Poincare Conjecture.
Thur, Aug 13: Scientists announced a breakthrough (typical Jup/Ura) in stem cell research, now requiring only a single cell from a 3-day old embryo to grow stem cells.
London: It emerged this week that scientists have found indications of life-forms in a meteorite from the Red Planet. Tiny tunnels in the rock are believed to have been bored by micro-organisms.
UPDATE Sep 2006: The launch of the Atlantis shuttle is scheduled to take place before September 7. At that stage Jupiter will still be within a 1.5 degrees of trining Uranus. This broad horary alignment will pretty much assure a successful mission. - (Glad to report in hindsight that there were no problems).
UPDATE August 30, 2009: After repeated unanswered emails to NASA, they went and blew it again. The current Saturn-Uranus opposition is 3 degrees off exact. As mentioned above, Saturn brings limitations and failure when in bad aspect, and Uranus rules technological advancements. This past Tuesday, August 25, space launches by both NASA and North Korea failed. "It's devastating for NASA," said Daniel Jacob, an atmospheric scientist at Harvard University. "This was a really big investment."
This was another instance of blind scientists pushing their blind science at the wrong times. The attributes of Saturn in bad aspect are delays, tardiness, heaviness, constriction and loss. This time, the Taurus (?) rocket was too heavy and fell into the sea, costing them a quarter of a billion dollars. Let's hope they will learn to stop opposing such basic natural laws before human lives are unnecessarily lost. Think this is coincidence? Just Google Saturn + heaviness to see what common knowledge this is.
Update June 7, 2010
So far, the above prediction appears to have come true. News was released a couple of days ago regarding the "discovery" of life on Titan. This prediction was accurate to within a few days, over 5 years in advance. (Proof)
Update January 29, 2011
Earlier I mentioned that the final Jupiter-Uranus conjunction for this period would occur around January 4, 2011. On January 3rd, 2011 a group of French scientists published further evidence supporting the theory of the existence of life beyond Earth. In this case they discovered prebiotic amino acids in meteorites which has led them to believe that life on Earth was seeded from outer space.
Update November 9, 2011
A Russian space probe intended to collect rock from a Martian moon launches successfully but then fails to set a proper course. They launched when Mars was exactly opposed Neptune. Mars rules action and losing focus and direction is a typical attribute of Neptune. Interesting that the ancients, who followed astrology, would not undertake a serious venture under bad planetary aspects. Now, millennia later, we blindly go ahead thinking that every day is just like any other, oblivious of the cosmic influences.
Update March, 2013
Jupiter sextile Uranus: Scientists at CERN tentatively confirm that they have found the Higgs Boson particle. The announcement was made on March 14 when Jupiter was at 9 Gemini and Uranus was at 7 Aries, but they would no doubt have made the discovery during the preceding month when the sextile between these two planets peaked at 6 degrees. (It is interesting to note that the first positive confirmation in this regard was announced on December 12, 2011 when these planets were exactly semi-sextile). I am pointing this out to you not only to support the well-known fact that these planets are often involved during periods when technological breakthroughs are made, but that you can also plan to launch risky technological ventures at these times to increase the possiblity of success. Ventures that sometimes take years of work and cost billions of dollars.
Some food for thought..