I’m on an astrology kick lately. I’m not one to usually believe in these sorts of things. But, I have to admit that when, 2 years ago, a friend talked me into getting my natal chart read, I was shocked at how accurate the astrologer’s assessment of me and my life was. (It wasn’t 100% dead on, but was uncannily resonant.) She even said to me some things that, although I had a hard time seeing their relevance, were exactly what friends had been telling me about myself for years.
So, recently, I’ve been reading this book. It’s by a scholar who I highly respect. He, also, was skeptical of astrology. But since he is a cultural historian and recognized that many otherwise intelligent philosophers throughout history have trusted in astrology, he thought he’d look into it and see what the hub bub was all about. He too was taken by surprise at how unusually informative it was. But what’s more, he has taken astrological theory and applied it to world history and, in this book, he lays forth an impressive body of data showing correlations of trends and world events with their archetypal counterparts in the sky.
Take this simple example …
Herman Melville is born in August 1819.
Eleven days later, the whaleship Essex departs from Nantucket and is subsequently attacked by an eighty foot whale and sunk.
Melville knows nothing of this until, in his early twenties, he signs on to a whaling voyage and meets the son of one of the few survivors of the earlier whale attack.
In August 1851 (just over 30 years later), Melville is completing “Moby Dick” as the whaleship Ann Alexander is rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale in same waters where the Essex went down.
To this day, the Essex and the Ann Alexander are the only two well-documented cases of such events.
So, what did this two periods of time have in common besides whale attacks and Herman Melville being creative? Three planets in conjunction: Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus. Oh, and by the way, these are the only such conjunctions of these planets in the past 200 years.
So, why should we care about Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus? Because archetypally,
* Uranus is linked with freedom, individuality, innovation and sudden surprises and when in hard aspect (0, 90, or 180 degrees) with Pluto, which is linked archetypally with forces of nature emerging from chthonic depths, has been shown to be correllated with rebellion and shifts in power (such as occurred during the Uranus-Pluto conjunction from 1960-1972 and their opposition in the French Revolution years of 1787-1798)
* Saturn is linked with death and morality and, when in hard aspect from Pluto, seems to constellate (in people and in human history) “a compulsion for an Ahab-like obsessive pursuit of an evil that must be rooted out at any cost” (p. 237).
See any similarity between these archetypal dynamics and a freakish face-off between an enraged whale and a whaling ship?
Although other authors have suggested similar correlations in the past, Richard Tarnas is the first to show the degree of pervasiveness and depth of such “flukes”. In short, this work promises to be the seminal opus in building an objective case for a relationship between forces in the universe and forces in our small, little lives. If you ever wanted something more convincing to show that synchronicities are more than just statistically probably coincidences, read this book.