Light Speed and Stars
Since astrology is supposed to be this philosophy of how large celestial bodies like the sun, the moon and stars of the constellation effect our lives on earth, it is important to understand light.
Light is recorded as moving at 186,000 miles a second (186,282 miles per second to be precise). This has been considered to be the cosmic speed limit of all matter and energy in science since Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Updated scientific information suggests that the Speed of Gravity may hold the potential to be faster. For the purpose of this article, I am discussing Light as the Cosmic Speed Limit until all the complications with Gravitational Relativity are better understood.
What does this mean?
What this means is that when you look up in the sky and you see stars at night, you are literally looking at stars as they were ten of thousands of years ago. Scientist cannot confirm which of those stars are still burning. The sun is our local star and the light that it generates takes more than 8 minutes from the time it leaves the surface (91,402,000 miles away) until it reaches earth (499.01225 seconds or 8 minutes and 18 seconds).
The light that you see is only a fraction of the light that exist. If you look closely at the electro-magnetic spectrum, you will see that “visible light” is only a small fraction of the light that exists. We need special instruments to detect the other forms of light. An acronym that could be used is RIVUX .G
There is a separate acronym that is used to remember the colors of the visual spectrum:
Roy G. Biv
Considering that each star in every one of the 88 constellations are different sizes and at different distances, it becomes very difficult to decide how much influence each star will effect life here on earth. Since there is no definitive, venerable source for how Astrology was created, this will always be a topic of controversy for all astrologers. With the latest knowledge regarding Gravitational Relativity and the research of Dr. Percy Seymour, the only thing we can be certain of is that science still has a lot of work to do with explaining many things.
The gravitational effect that the moon has on the earth can be seen as the best example of the effect objects in space can have here on earth. As the moon becomes full in an area, the ocean’s tides get higher on shore and the the crest of each wave gets higher and becomes more frequent. Many believe that the effects of the full moon can be felt in everyone’s bloodstream. People tend to get a little more emotionally excited around the full moon and often have trouble sleeping. It is assumed that the other planets have some gravitational effect on the earth, this is why their location on a natal chart is said to influence your character. All of the planets as associated with a God/Goddess and their mythology.
For the purpose of the natal chart astrology that I discuss throughout the “Astrolosophere:” The online class, Facebook, Twitter and the Astrolosophy™ blog, the constellations are the Mnemonic devices of Tropical Astrology that are associated with the 12 divided sectors (30º degrees x 12 =360º) of the earth’s celestial sphere.
Many scientist believe that human beings are made up from the same materials as stars. In order to have the heavier elements in our bodies, stars would have to live out their lives until they supernova and explode sending their contents in every direction.
Stars are giant balls of hydrogen gas that convert hydrogen into helium and heavier elements. This is called proton-proton fusion. In Chemistry, Hydrogen is only one proton and one electron, as the gravity of the sun collapses the 5-6 billion tons of protons together each second in its core, one part becomes a heavier element called helium and the other part is released as a photon (a packet of light/wave of light). The helium later can be fused into a heaver element, while the photon is light and heat (fast moving atoms).
To learn more about light, check out the videos below.
Andrew Fraknoi, Stellar Evolution Course, 1992, San Francisco State University
Planetarium in Second Life.