The reason for this article is that I heard today that scientists at the CERN Hadron Collider have come up with some unexplained results, namely that a series of experiments with sub-atomic particles seemed to suggest that they can move faster than the speed of light. The speed of light for over a century has been the universe’s speed limit. Nothing can go faster. For the scientists, it could be time to rip up the rule book. The suggestion that you can exceed the speed of light, the speed that time itself is based upon brings the distinct possibility that time travel may be possible. Most of the science we know today is based around the fact that it is impossible to go faster than the speed of light. The implications are rightly huge.
The CERN Hadron Collider based outside Geneva in Switzerland was first activated on the 10th September 2008 at exactly 10.28 - nice for us astrologers that the scientists recorded the time of first use. The chart is quite unusual because it is based around one set of trine aspects, one set of square aspects, one opposition, one wedge and 2 unaspected planets. The Sun sits in the 11th house conjunct to Saturn. This is Aquarius’ house, the sign most associated in the zodiac with science. The conjunction in the 11th show this is a team effort which is very serious in nature. Saturn and the Sun are in Virgo, an earth sign and this is a scientific study into the tiniest particles imaginable, the very building blocks that make up our universe. Virgo is associated with all things minute and detailed. This conjunction is opposite Uranus in Pisces in the 5th house. Immediately we realise that this is a significant placing for Uranus, as we have this very scientific opposition affected by the mysteries of Neptune. Not only that, but the opposition to the Sun and Saturn give the impression of pushing back boundaries and setting new standards. Very aptly, Uranus in the 5th house is in the house of creation. The opposition is turned into a wedge pattern with the Moon at the focal point. The Moon in Mundane astrology represents on the most basic level the people. We have a mystical yet surprising creation from the tiniest particles, that through the sextile and trine to the Moon will potentially affect the whole of mankind. The Moon sits in Capricorn (Saturn’s sign) so this discovery will have form and structure, a solid basis to the claims made. Saturn in Greek mythology was represented by the God Chronos who represented the passage of time. The translation of the modern Greek word “Chronos” into English is also “time”. Saturn traditionally in Astrology rules time, and the 3rd house in which Capricorn in intercepted rules travel in your local environment. Have the scientists in Switzerland discovered by chance, the possible means by which travelling in time in your local environment could one day actually happen?? This discovery would completely blow to bits all that we have known about the speed of light, the theory of relativity etc etc.
Alongside the Moon is Jupiter. Jupiter in the 3rd house expands our minds, increases our wisdom, teaches us about new things. Jupiter is the font of collective wisdom, and it’s placing in Capricorn in the third house shows that the formation and starting of the Hadron Collider was always going to expand our knowledge. The Moon and Jupiter make a multi square aspect to Mercury Venus & Mars tightly conjunct in the 12th house also widely connected to the Libran Ascendant. To explain this conjunction, we have to go back to the reason why the Hadron Collider was created. It was in search of the Higgs Boson particle, which as yet has not been conclusively proved, although the scientists at CERN seem almost certain (95%) that it does exist. So what they were looking for was the ideal, the one building block of matter that had yet to be found. Now this triple conjunction sits in the 12th house, Pisces’ house of things which are hidden, the house of spirituality, of fantasy and of dreams. The Higgs Boson principle lay behind a veil, the search for it was almost spiritual in it’s quest – notice the nickname the media gave it, the “God Particle”. Very Pisces and Neptunian in the conception of this name, isn’t it? The principle of the ideal is seen when Mercury and Venus combine, harmony meets matters of the mind & here they are conjunct. To find this particle required tremendous force and speed, smashing atoms into one another to release the energy in which the Higgs Boson would be hopefully found. Here is the meaning of Mars, the planet of energy and force in the mix. Venus rules this chart as Libra is on the Ascendant, so these experiments were of overriding social benefit. Leo sits on the Midheaven, indicating the creative nature of the work, and pushing it into the public area as headline news. Science is not normally exciting, but the Leo influence has whipped up worldwide interest in physics.
Now the two unaspected planets dominate proceedings on this chart. Peregrine planets (those unconnected by any major aspect to any other planet) always will have more influence on a chart than those planets which are aspected. Significantly they are the two outermost planets, the ones we as humans least know about. They are also the two that tend to have the greatest generational effect of all, Neptune and Pluto. Pluto in Astrology controls all things underground and all things nuclear as well as the destruction of things to create new growth. Isn’t this is what the CERN Hadron collider is all about? It is deep underground in the shape of a circle. Pluto’s work is cyclical, destroy then create, destroy then create. What was being destroyed here were the particles we are all made of, so that new ones could be found. Pluto sat on 10th Sept 08 conjunct to the galactic centre of our solar system at 27 Sagittarius, an iconic place for Pluto to sit at the beginning of the search for the secrets (another Pluto rulership) that human kind had yet to find.
Finally Neptune sits alone in the 4th house in Aquarius. Here is the dream of the scientists, the cloud of uncertainty surrounding exactly what these set of experiments would find & the introducing the idea of the discovery of the unexpected. Notice how Uranus and Neptune were in mutual reception in each other’s houses (working well together) and also connected to each other by a tiny but significant semi-sextile. This little aspect shows wonderment, a sense of magic and surprise, the cherry on the top of the cake if you will. Finally Neptune was conjunct the North Node. There was always going to be an element of destiny about the discoveries made by the Hadron Collider. The North Node shows the route one is taking in life. Could this have been a giant step along the path in mankind’s destiny?
Ok let’s look at the planets right now to get a sense of what happened in the past, what is happening now and what will happen in the future. After just 10 days on 20th Sept 08, the Hadron Collider suffered damage and had to be shut down. Looking at the midpoint picture for that day, the transiting Sun had progressed exactly to the midpoint of Mars and Saturn, traditionally a spot when accidents happen and things stop working – Saturn is the planet of stop and Mars is the planet of go, the irresistible force stopped in it’s tracks by the immovable object.
Moving forward to today, we see a really interesting picture. The main thing to note is the progressed Nodal axis, the element of fate and destiny in the chart exactly square the Sun Uranus opposition. This is destiny giving the scientists a helping hand by bringing some unexpected and bizarre results. At the same time transiting Uranus has moved round from the opposition to the Sun into an even more focused quindecile highlighting the unusual nature of what had happened and at the same time it is trine to the Midheaven, showing scientific progress. At the same time as the announcement, Mars was conjunct the Midheaven, remember the announcement today was about speed. Uranus is trine Mars right now which is as fast a combination in the zodiac as you can get!! Transiting Jupiter is trine to Saturn which can be translated as learning new things, and no wonder the announcement was now as the two planets involved have the signs they rule affecting the 3rd house of communication and the press. Jupiter trines it’s own position again highlighting the lucky discovery and is quindecile to the Ascendant showing the intense international impact of the discovery and the sharing (Libra) of the information with the world.
I would not be surprised if the Higgs Boson particle official announcement of existence comes in the last week of November. A couple of reason for this. Transiting Saturn hits the ascendant at this time, so this would herald a new cycle of work and experiments including the newly discovered particle. Saturn brings reward for hard work done. Secondly, at that time the transiting Sun makes a lovely trine to the Leo Midheaven highlighting publically what has been going on, and also moving on from the July 1st eclipse, transiting Pluto returns to it’s eclipse position on 27th November. Eclipses often herald bad times ahead but also bring change, and what bigger change than to complete the scientists knowledge so that they can finally move forward.
Sometimes even I am amazed with the results you can find from a humble birth chart, yet virtually all scientists these days completely ignore Astrology. Why? Hundreds of years ago, the scientists of the day like Leonardo Da Vinci were also astrologers. What caused the division and the antagonism between those who study astrology and and those who follow science? You know, things are not always what they seem. All astrologers know this, and by practising astrology we accept that the energy and movements of the planets affect our lives and our futures. Our subject has been the result of thousands of years of watching and noting down human behaviour in relation to the movement of those heavenly bodies in the night sky. Is that not a scientific study too? We accept that your life path is set out in front of you and through the Nodes of the Moon that fate can have a pivotal influence on your life. The elements of past lives, karma and free will are interwoven into the tapestry of the wonderful study of astrology. We accept that the intangible is possible, that rules are there to be broken, modified & adjusted. We do not need proof to settle upon any theory, and yet we astrologers can get to a level of accuracy in prediction and a judgement of human character that defies any scientific study. Scientists and people with stubborn attitudes have for too long derided astrology simply because the results it achieves simply cannot be explained on a bar chart. I accept science, it is a wonderful thing, but I believe that astrology and scientific studies are related and should live and thrive next to each other, as both have their own merits.
The scientists at CERN may just have stumbled by chance upon one of the greatest scientific discoveries since Einstein came up with E=MC2. They should thank their lucky stars (or rather Jupiter) that they did…
*** I would love to hear from any scientists who do read my blog to tell me what they do think of astrology, either good or bad comments please and wether they themselves hold it with any credence. Please contact me through the comments section below or email me. I will post in the future any worthy replies. ***
**** Update 16th November 2011 ****
It has been announced just as Saturn was reaching the CERN ascendant at 24 Libra that one of the new experiments they have been doing may have discovered a new branch of Physics. This absolutely holds up the natal chart and sets CERN on a new course of discovery and work for the years ahead. If you are interested please click on the link below to go to the article which is too technical for a simple astrologer like myself to fully understand.