The Scientific Basis of Astrology: Tuning to the Music of the Planets

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Offering evidence for the validity of astrology in everyday life, an astronomer presents a new theory on the relationship between science and astrology, and arguing for a connection between the cosmos and the mysteries of human personality

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Not, as many will expect from the title, a sheaf of blank pages, but rather a farrago of information about navigation, calendars, magnetism, and other subjects bearing on schedules and cycles; astrology lurks in the wings until the last few chapters. Perhaps this is because Seymour is a professional astronomer (Plymouth Polytechnic Institute, England) who's aware that he tiptoes on professional quicksand, edging into a region toward which most scientists demonstrate ``an appalling lapse in...understanding.'' He circles his goal warily, by laying down what is known about bio-cycles and the environment; most of this is schoolbook primer, although Seymour slips in some zingers--for instance, that early humans knew how to use earth's magnetic field for navigation, or that the Star of Bethlehem was actually a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Finally, he leaves his astronomical colleagues in the dust, outlining his theory of extraterrestrial influence--in a nutshell, that planets affect solar cycles, which in turn affect earth's geomagnetic fields, which in turn affect human fetal development. A neat theory, currently unprovable (although the recent discovery of micromagnets in the human brain gives it credence). The spirit of Michel Gauquelin, pioneer of the ``scientific'' defense of astrology, hovers over this book (which is dedicated to him, contains an afterword about him, and has the same title as Gauquelin's classic). As such, it's as down-to-earth as such starry-eyed productions get. (Diagrams throughout.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Seymour brings cosmology and astrology together to determine the relationship between living organisms and their physical environment. He discusses the effects of seasonal weather changes and the resulting temperature responses in animals and humans. Early humans, he posits, may have used planetary movement as well as the geomagnetic field of the earth for navigational purposes on land and sea. As people moved from living in small bands to larger groups, mechanical means of time-keeping such as calendars and clocks became necessary. Later, transportation developments also caused a need for the uniformity of time. Seymour also debates the theories of Michel Gauquelin and Suitbert Ertel, both of whom studied the effects of planetary positions at the time of an individual's birth and their correlation to human behavior. This is an intriguing if inconclusive book by a prominent British astronomer. An optional purchase.
- Lisa Wise, Three Rivers Lib. Sys., Glenwood Springs, Col.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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