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.      Mundane astrologers, in ancient times, laid great stress upon the cycle of conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (at 20-year intervals) and upon eclipse cycles.Today Jupiter and Saturn are but secondary indicators of social changes in a world in which tribal and national boundaries no longer contain the tides of human interchanges; and their cycles are being superseded, in all world-wide issues, by those of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, which subdivide approximate 500 and 1000 year cycles � the basic measures.Yet the death in office of American Presidents elected under a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction reminds us of the validity of such a cycle.Thanks to the work of Charles E.Jayne, eclipse cycles have also been given a new meaning in terms of a study of the geographical paths traced on our globe by the shadow of total eclipse.Larger cycles are thus coming to light.      The fact that now human beings are beginning to leave, for increasingly long periods of time, the surface of our globe and even the gravitational field of the earth is posing new theoretical problems to the astrologer.We may have to devise in the future a new kind of "solar system astrology"; and I have discussed at various times (cf.World Astrology � 1944 -1945) what I consider to be a more sound approach to "heliocentric" astrology.The advocates of a "sidereal zodiac of constellations" which they claim should supersede the "tropical zodiac of signs" may also be paving the way for a significant study of the relationship of the earth to the galaxy as a whole.Our sun is but a minor star in this vast array of celestial bodies, the galaxy, which most likely is the most characteristic unit of cosmic organization; and the cycle established by the revolution of this sun around the core of the galaxy � about 400 millions of years � should some day be considered.Even today the discoveries of Professor Piccardi suggest that the ever-changing angle formed by the plane of the earth's equator and the basic plane of the lens-shaped galaxy is related to slight but significant changes in the operations of living organisms; this through the intermediary of the water contained in the body, for water seems to be most sensitive to an as-yet unknown galactic force.      Vast perspectives are indeed opening up to the human mind.Will our official science, fascinated by technological problems and refusing to accept any concept which does not fit in with the method of a rigorous and strictly intellectual approach to thinking, prove to be able always to satisfy man's restless search for universal meaning? I, for one, doubt it.Other approaches will have to be devised, incorporating the strictly scientific methods, but also accepting the guidance of and the data provided by other than merely intellectual faculties.      The place astrology will have in the new global civilization which we see emerging before our eyes can hardly be predicted.If it is to have a significant place, it should abandon the present-day popular aspect which commercial interests appealing to the insecurity and restlessness of modern men and women have unfortunately (but inevitably) featured.In any case we should never forget that astrology did represent the primordial search of human beings for measurable order and basic meaning in their collective and individual existence; and the search is never ended.      This search is quite distinct from the urge to control our environment by technological means in order to provide maximum convenience and physical comfort to the largest possible number of human beings.The future of astrology does not rest, I believe, with its becoming some sort of statistically validated science; it depends rather on its capacity to balance and complement scientific, technological thinking by upholding a holistic search for ever more universalistic patterns of order revealing an ever deeper and inclusive realization of the meaning and rhythm of existence in an ever-widening world of human experience [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]