Astronomical Contributions to Research on the Nature of Astrological Phenomena

by Irina Predeanu, PhD Mathematics/Astronomy

translated from French by L Blake Finley, M.A. Linguistics, from Issue 9 of the RAMS Journal of Astrological Research

Abstract:  We discuss the possible contributions of current astrophysical knowledge to the validation of astrology.  The working hypothesis supposes a causal relationship between living creatures and their cosmic environs, due to the influence of certain bioactive factors.  The nature of the research addresses the foundations of astrology.  The results demonstrate certain correspondences between astrological precepts, astronomical phenomena, and biological functions.

Working Hypothesis

Our work in validating astrological precepts rests on a determinist hypothesis according to which cosmic influence acts via bioactive factors which -- directly or by way of geophysical effects -- have an effect on terrestrial beings, imprinting onto them biorhythms which have consequences for each individual.  At the moment of conception, these determine genetic composition; at birth, they determine the biorhythmic clock; and throughout life, they affect our hormonal evolution.

To prove this hypothesis, it is necessary to define the bioactive factors which correlate with astrological laws.  Over the course of the centuries, astronomers who understood and valued astrology have attempted to explain the functioning of astrological precepts according to the scientific knowledge of their era.  Thus, Kepler, who gave great credence to the astrological aspects (angular relationships) formed between planets, developed a system of planetary interrelationships based on geometric configurations and the orbital speed of planets expressing cosmic harmony similar to the harmonic principles of music.  Later on, after the discoveries of Newton, gravitational interactions were increasingly posited in validating astronomical influence.

Today, when contemporary astrophysics reveals to us a flickering network of fields, electromagnetic radiations, and particles within the cosmic environs of the Earth, where each astronomical body, be it the Sun, Moon, or other planet, has its own unique structure and radiational properties, the foundations of astrology take on new dimensions.

Directions of current research

Current astronomical knowledge brings important contributions to the efforts to validate astrological precepts by scientific means.  We have directed our research efforts to the following areas:

1.  The study of astronomical bodies (the Sun, the Moon, and the planets), showing evidence of those properties correlating astrological significators with their biological or medical counterparts.

2.  The significance of the passage of astronomical bodies through the astrological houses, taking into account diurnal rhythms and geophysical (including geomagnetic) parameters, and of the propagation of planetary radiations and circadian biorhythms.

3.  The significance of interplanetary aspects, the subject being approached:

a)  from a perspective of celestial mechanics, studying resonance, periodicities, and cycles of planetary motion, in correlation with biorhythms -- from hourly to multi-annual.

b)  from an astrophysical and geophysical perspective, studying the interaction of fields and radiation of the astronomical bodies in diverse spatial configurations, and their geophysical effects in relation to important events in the health and behavior of living beings, particularly of human beings.

4.  Validation of properties attributed to the zodiacal signs, considering seasonal, semi-annual, and annual variations in environmental factors and in biorhythms.

5.  The significance of the passage of an astronomical body or a house cusp into a zodiacal sign.

Let us consider that radio waves which arrive from the cosmos to the surface of the Earth have extended frequencies of between 10 mHz (decametric) and several hundred gigahertz (microwaves).  Radiations reaching the optical receptors of the Earth's soil spread to approximately 0.3 to 3 microns, only about a third of which are represented in the visible spectrum.  The terrestrial ionosphere receives high (HF), medium (MF), low (LF), very low (VLF), and ultra-low (ULF) radio frequencies of cosmic origins.  The celestial troposphere is opaque to infrared radiations between 3 microns and 1 millimeter.


Each direction of research includes a combination of data and results which can be presented separately, in detail.  For this article, we present certain results which stimulate reflection and the pursuit of further research.

Venus and the Moon, bodies considered traditionally as 'feminine' (in Greek-based astrological paradigms), compared to the 'masculine' bodies, lack an intrinsic dipolar magnetic field.  Their behavior is not so much 'active' as  'passive', or reactive to incident external radiations.  On the surface of the Moon, there are certain residual sources of magnetic fields, although the magnetic momentum of the Moon is one millionth of that of the Earth.  Venus, having a relatively dense ionosphere, develops a magnetosphere in the course of its contact with the solar wind.

Mars and Venus, traditionally considered astrological first-order planets in issues of the heart, triggering manifestations of affective tenderness and warmth, are sources of the emission of a certain micrometric, infrared, thermal radiation manifesting on the surface of the Earth, produced via the effect of mass atomic excitation in the atmospheres of Venus and Mars upon the impact of solar radiation.

The larger planets have a specific radio emission.   For each planet, the intensity is maximal at a characteristic wavelength which is longer whenever the planet is at its furthest distance from the Sun, in conformity with the magnetic principles of Bode.

During Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions, the magnetic tail of Jupiter, enlarged by the solar wind, completely envelops Saturn, whose powerful magnetic field and radiations are thereby perturbed significantly.

Jupiter is a source of intensive radio waves of two frequency ranges:  decimetric (100 -10,000 mHz), and decametric/hectometric (500kHz - 40 mHz).  On the Earth's surface we find Jupiterian radio-wave bursts of between 5mHz and 50 mHz, surpassing the intensity of the decametric solar radio flux.  According to current knowledge, ultrasonic diathermy, used in physiotherapy to stimulate organic regenerative resources, operates at the radiodecametric frequencies of Jupiter's wave bursts.

Jupiter is a main source of cosmic radiation -- relativistic electrons of 1 - 30 million electron volts (MeV)-- in the heliosphere.  Significant electronic events of Jupiter, observed from the Earth's orbit, have a periodicity of 13 months, corresponding to the synodic period of Jupiter, which repeats a certain aspectual/angular relationship between the Sun and Jupiter.

The Moon exerts a complex influence on the Earth: gravitational, magnetic, and radiative.  The fields and resulting radiations change according to:  (1) the aspects formed between the Sun and the planets, (2) the position of the Moon in the Zodiac, and (3) the house occupied.  Let us for example consider the aspects between the Moon and the Sun corresponding to the New Moon, Full Moon, and first and last Quarter Moon phases:

At the New Moon (conjunction of Sun and Moon), the luni-solar tide is at it maximum, the luminosity of the nocturnal sky is minimal (0.0009 lux), solar corpuscular radiation is distorted and received only partially, and the Earth's atmosphere absorbs gamma radiation of lunar origins, while the Earth's magnetosphere captures a fresh influx of dust-like particles from the lunar surface.  The effects on the Earth's surface may be more significant at noon, when the Moon passes over the Earth's upper meridian.

At the Full Moon (opposition between Sun and Moon), the luminosity of the night sky is maximal (0.25 lux), perturbation at the magnetic tail of the Earth is significant, and the tide is higher.  The effects on the Earth are maximal at midnight, when the Moon is at full culmination (at the midheaven).  The Full Moon rises in the evening, passes over the upper meridian at midnight, and sets in the morning; thus, throughout the night, living beings perceive its reflection of solar light.

At the Quarter Moons (90 angles between Sun and Moon), the Moon culminates in the evening (at the first quarter) or in the morning (at last quarter), and reflects a polarized radiation.  This polarized light, with a wavelength of between 400 and 2000 nanometers, is applied in medicine (in dermatology, rheumatology, physiotherapy, surgery, traumatology, and other fields).  According to the data of "Bioptron", this lunar reflected light produces a cellular biostimulation, supports the functions of the immune system, and aids in the regeneration of organisms.


Quite far from exhausting the potential of this subject, this article serves to sensitize specialists in various fields about this area of study.  We direct particular attention to the astrophysical properties of planetary bodies, and in particular to their magnetic fields and radiational properties.  We have developed a particular interest in the phenomenon of polarization -- a matter of electromagnetic radiation or geomagnetic pulsations.

As for the varying intensity of certain cosmic factors, we believe that these act as signals bringing messages (information) to which the organism reacts via a non-linear, synergistic process.

-- Bucharest, 2001

Note:  Dr Predeanu is an astronomer who believes that there is ample astronomical evidence to support many of the assertions of astrology.  A bibliography of her other articles can be found by clicking here.


For additional articles on the astronomy-astrology scientific link, see the website of RAMS (organization for Research in Astrology via Methods of Science).