In the following discussion, the code formed by DNA is compared to that formed by the planets of this astrological method. Genetics is represented only insofar as it forms a device for launching this analysis centered on scientific astrology.
The haploid human genome (23 chromosomes) contains about three billion base pairs consisting of about 30,000 genes. There are only four different bases involved. Two always combine, leaving the other two always combining. They are used over and over again in specific sequences to create each human chromosome.
For the sake of discussion, we could say planets are astrology’s equivalent to genetics’ bases. So, astrology has ten “bases”—six more than DNA. The ten are sun, moon, mercury, venus, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune and pluto.
Genetic bases have similar chemical structures. Because of that, their functions are similar.
The zodiacal planets are all planets, yes, but they cover a wider range functionally and are more nuanced than bases. Including harmonic ones, they too “combine” in different ways to represent different modes symbolic of, or instructions for, a human life. Any one of them can combine with any other one, or more than one.
Since planets are fundamental to astrological interpretation, more has to be said about them. Prior to that, the following brief description of signs and houses, apparently useless, is made to help readers gain basic information for later evaluation of statements about position in astrology.
Astrology has twelve signs. They have a fixed sequence running counterclockwise on the chart. They start with Aries, followed in turn by Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio. Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.
Houses are created by dividing the circle of the chart into twelve thirty-degree sections representing 2 hours clock time each. Differing house systems divide this circle different ways, by time and space. The fixed sequence of the houses is from 1st house running counterclockwise to 12th. The beginning of the 1st house, also called the Ascendant, is at the left side of the circle. It is always correlated with sunrise. Noon, then, is clockwise to it by about six hours. So, if an individual born at noon has his sun sign in Cancer, his Ascendant will usually be in Libra. With sun in Libra born at sundown, the Ascendant will be in Aries.
Every sign has a “ruling” planet which describes the sign’s mode. Rulers of signs used in this astrology were assigned prior to the discovery of uranus, neptune and pluto. Yet uranus and neptune became the rulers of Aquarius/11th house, and Pisces.12th house, respectively, after their discovery. Rulers of signs are: Aries—night mars, Taurus—night venus, Gemini—night mercury, Cancer—moon, Leo—sun, Virgo—day mercury, Libra—day venus, Scorpio—day mars, Sagittarius—jupiter, Capricorn—saturn, Aquarius—uranus, and Pisces—neptune. Pluto does not rule a sign.
Returning to planets, they often symbolically demonstrate a kind of complementarity of mode. Certain pairs tend to have “opposite” effects. They actually show a gradient from negative through zero to positive. For instance, symbolically jupiter sponsors expansion; saturn, contraction. Venus (Libra--the political left) sponsors conciliation and inclusion; mars (he political right), aggression and differentiation. Mercury (Gemini) is for detail and specificity; neptune, diffusion and vagueness. Beyond pairs, their interaction in groups of two, three, or more yield ever more complexity.
Like the planets, signs and houses share the tendency to complementarity. This is not surprising since each sign has a ruling planet and each one of the twelve signs is originally associated with one of the twelve houses, each in their fixed sequence.
What is the significance of complementarities? They are cosmological devices for setting up the apparent polarities for experiencing differences. They give us such contrasts as like and dislike, stuck and free-wheeling, hot and cold.
Popular wisdom states “every stick has two ends.” Complementarities suggest an imaginary point in undifferentiated Reality becomes extended into metaphorical sticks. Through signs charts are comprised of six 30° sections of sticks with their more-and-less ends. The consciousness experienced in the middle of each is inactive, dispassionate, neutral relative to phenomena. The planets in their signs and houses skew that dispassion toward the identity that comprises our predilections and bondage.
Through harmonics this method creates a whole chart from each of the original 12 houses of traditional Western chart. That yields twelve charts, each with two sets of twelve houses retained from birth and conception but sharing the same axis. Each chart contains the original ten planets from birth and conception and each of their appropriate harmonic derivatives using harmonics three through fourteen. The resultant "nativity" is made up of 480 astrological “bases, the result of twelve times the 40 planets per chart.
Four hundred eighty does not come close to matching the number of times the bases of DNA are used in the genetic code.
Variation of position is the major way both codes achieve their rich complexity.
Position of the bases, their sequence, is linear and primarily fixed, but their number is huge. It doesn’t matter if we call position equals bases, codons, or amino acids. All have a given sequence.
Position in astrology is not confined to the physical. Its only physical part is that it starts out with the planets in their orbits around the sun. Their fixed sequences, almost physical, occur through houses and signs. Thereafter everything about astrology turns conceptual.
Planets express differently in different houses and signs—positions—just as bases do in sequence.
With this method, each individual’s astrology at birth is comprised of the mentioned 480 planets (bases), 288 houses (12 x the 24 of each chart) and still only 12 signs. These don’t seem like much until it is understood that they are all always in flux.
With a notable exception, Ascendants of birth and conception always start in different positions. These produce birth and conception houses next to each other that do not match by number. They “overlap” And each birth Ascendant can fall in a different conception house and vice versa. All these are complex variations in position not possible with the birth chart alone.
In this astrology, signs cannot overlap, they must stay together, but the planets in those overlapping houses have potential meaning for one and/or both houses in the overlap. A new and more complex variety of position occurs.
A conjunction of planets by sign can occur such that it refers interpretation of that conjunction to a house not in the house overlaps it falls in. For instance, a conjunction of sun to mars to saturn in Virgo has 6th house (health) implications even if it does not fall in an overlap containing a 6th house. That is because Virgo is the sign naturally associated with the 6th house. This is another way position is increased.
Astrology’s methodology has several ways to show how the planets change position over an individual’s lifetime, affecting the experience of that lifetime. They cannot stay where they were at birth because life is full of change. If astrology is a valid symbol system for a life, then the planets in signs and houses have to keep changing. This method uses secondary progressions. Looking in an ephemeris, the zodiacal position of the planets each day after conception/birth is equivalent to each year of life by progression. A day for a year is mentioned in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6. Was it astrological allusion?
Progressed planets (may) change sign. Venus in Taurus expresses differently than venus in Gemini. This change is equivalent to a change in position. They (may) change house, which is also equivalent to a change in position because each house covers different aspects of human experience. Since all of them progress all the time, they change in relationship to each other, which also alters the way they express.
Birth (and conception) are snapshots in time of physical planets translated into zodiacal positions. Based on their distance from the sun and the difference in time of their obits, their positions relative to each other vary a great deal. Great as that is, they are still relatively fixed. Their harmonics can fall almost anywhere in the zodiac. Sun can be opposition mercury. Saturn can be conjunct uranus even though physically they are nowhere near each other. Equally as effective astrologically as their physical models, harmonic planets are independent of their physical constrictions. They greatly increase position.
The further the planet from the sun, the longer it takes for it to completely orbit it. That means that the progressed outer planets (saturn, uranus, neptune, pluto) do not change much during a person’s lifetime, at most several degrees. That limits their position potential through progression. Their harmonics, however—usually starting out at birth in positions different from those in the ephemeris—can vary widely from the ephemeris’ positions. Progressing harmonic move anywhere from three to fourteen times faster than their planet in the ephemeris. Their much wider variety of position means they compete with the faster moving inner planets in forming significant astrological conditions.
Astronomical planets do not move backwards in their orbit around the sun. Astrological planets appear, from the perspective of Earth, to do so. This is referred to as their retrograde motion. They form different relationships to the other planets than when they first moved directly through that area. Their stations, exact points of turning either direct or retrograde, have significant positional effects. Their movement within one degree during stations can take from days (mercury) to weeks (neptune). Progressed harmonics of outer planets can stay within the same degree for weeks or more. Though their change in station then is a form of lesser position, the duration of that station is a highly potent form of change—in this case, not change—in position that has the potential to fall on a particularly sensitive spot in the chart, intensifying their influence. Their effects depend on the planet involved.
Any one moment in time around our planet Earth is represented by different clock times. Different clock times produce different houses rising and falling around the local noon and sunrise positions. So, for instance, on this summer day in July, 2021:
Friday 3:31 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Friday in New York equals
8:31 pm Greenwich Daylight Time, Friday, in London, England, is equal to
2:31 am Peru Standard Time, Friday, in Lima, Peru, is equal to
4:31 am Japan Standard Time, Friday, in Tokyo, Japan, and all are equal to
5:31 am Australian Eastern Standard Time, Saturday, in Sydney, Australia
Since every day is comprised of 24 hours, many significantly different moments in time are possible in which the degree and minutes of the planets are the same but the houses they fall in keep changing. These yield constantly varying differences in impact on life of all the individuals born in that moment.
For the sake of this discussion we have defined all the above qualities of astrology not about planets (i.e., bases) as ones about position. Astrology has more than twice the number of bases than DNA. They are more nuanced than DNA’s bases. Their possible positions per individual as well as over generations are in continual flux while those of DNA are far more fixed. Scientific astrology suggests a staggering number of positions.
More than DNA? I do not know—I know of no way to actually count all of them.
A code comprised of so many fundamentals with so much possible variation promises almost unimaginable diversity. It delivers it. It delivers human lives consisting of mind, feelings, body, material and social conditions, mental and physical diseases, honors, susceptibilities and more, both obvious and hidden. It delivers this for each individual among an extremely wide variety of individuals existing through time and space across different cultures. And, based on consistency of research results, it does it "correctly" for all of them.
We have, then, in scientific astrology a symbolic map of each individual's consciousness written in astrological code. In demarking the consciousness of each individual from every other one, it creates the many.
Why is it a map of consciousness?
Work with this method makes clear that conditions of the body/mind—the inside part as thinking, feeling, and sensation—are consistent with its astrology. But what about the outside? In the physical world, are they shown, too? Well, yes, the “outside” appears to be consciousness, too.
Why? Because inside and outside work seamlessly together to produce the finances, reputation, interests, death, child bearing, marriages, diseases, etc. of individual human beings.
Their perfect cooperation through the code to produce our world strongly suggest they are made of the same thing.
One could say, too, that the astrological map is a metaphorical apparatus showing the spinning out of an endless variety of limitations called people.
These conclusions about the primacy of consciousness as expressed through the astrological code have resonance with the esoteric part of most religions. They resonate, for instance, with the conclusions of hundreds of years of Advaita Vedanta Hinduism’s spiritual researchers: God, Consciousness, is; everything else is not. At least not what it appears to be. Not God and world. In fact, remaining true, this science will intellectually validate that one.
How appropriate that the space/time phenomena of this world called the planets form the basis of the code that creates the minds which apprehend that world!
Does all this invalidate science? Not at all. Science is part and parcel of the measurement of the space/time/causation universe, the only one most of us know. In order to exist at all, it must express through patterns and laws. There can be no form, even apparent form, without them.
Recapitulating with a slightly different emphasis, the sum of each individual's set of twelve harmonic charts, along with their changes through time, is an objective map of the life of a subjective being. It dependably tells us a great deal about the trajectory of that life.
The objective part, the map, gives us a common measure of similar experiences within the person and from person to person. So, for instance, all individuals who suffer from schizophrenia, no matter where in the world they are or when in time they existed, will share similar astrology.
If it is a true code, different cultures and eras—environments—will produce different interpretations of positions, but with internal consistency. Relevant and meaningful substitutions from culture to culture will occur without invalidating the code.
Does all of this, based on a code comprised of planets of our solar system, seem absurd? If the validity of astrology's code can be demonstrated again and again by many, then it is no less a science than is genetics.
If, then, it is true scientific astrology constitutes a code, that is, a set of specifications for making people in all their diversity, astrology’s code is rich enough to pull it off.
Because if astrology constitutes a true code, then it behaves lawfully. If it behaves lawfully, then it is subject to the scrutiny, methods, formulations, and re-formulations of science.
Observation, intuition, speculation, formal hypothesis, research, results. With new observations inconsistent with prior hypotheses, adjusted hypotheses leading to more research. This is consistent with scientific method.