The premise is that IF we take astrology seriously as a form of degraded ancient science, and look at the way astrology has adjusted to the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, then how might it deal with the discovery of over 2,000 new exoplanets and what could it all mean for humanity?
Now, I don't know about you, but when I see real, paid professor types saying something that sounds an awful lot like Joseph Farrell's speculations, I tend to sit up just a bit, adjust my aluminum beanie and dig in.
The good professor beings by examining some basic precept of astrology: how meaning is ascribed to objects, how they are laid out on the sky, etc. He then maps out the known exoplanets, and finally assigns the new planets astrological values according to accepted rules.
Now, this might seem like a pointless and antiquated exercise with no value, until you get to his conclusions.
"We have looked at the distribution of known exoplanets along the constellations of the zodiac, and examined how this correlates with observed sociological trends in the last 2 decades. As additional exoplanets are found, astrological interpretations would suggest that these global trends should continue to shift. This would further suggest that astronomy is in a unique position to improve humanity through targeted exoplanet searches."
This is a remarkable and interesting proposition. If you read the entire paper, he draws a connection between the influence of the cosmos on human events (astrology) using quantum mechanics. He then shows how society and culture have changed in the past two decades in parallel with predicted outcomes from the discoveries of exoplanets when assigned astrological meaning and values.
His conclusion is that and experiment can be done to test this hypothesis. By targeting discoveries of exoplanets in specific constellations, science could positively affect society and human development by focusing on discoveries in constellations that astrology claims benefit humanity on the whole.
Professor Lund goes on to say:
"In particular, the greatest opportunity for establishing more cooperation and a
more civil society would be to focus on searching Libra for additional planets. The globular cluster NGC 5897 would present one large population of stars that could provide a source of planets to alter our fate."
This is a remarkable idea, especially coming from a mainstream university. Not only does Mr. Lund propose a connection between astrology, astronomy and quantum mechanics, but he proposes a specific test by searching the zodiac constellation of Libra. Finding more exoplanets in Libra should produce a calming effect on human history if the connection is valid.
Earlier in the paper, he plots out the distribution of known exoplanets in the zodiac and finds a preponderance of new planets in fire signs with more than half being fixed or mutable. The temperaments and characteristics associated with these are self-centeredness, moodiness, depression, and criticism, all which appear to have increased as the number of exoplanets have increased. On the other hand, Libra has the fewest exoplanets so far, which is a sign that indicates manners and social graces.
If, in fact, these correlations are accurate and we are molding our fate with our own discoveries, this would have a profound impact on science, and humanity at large.
First, we could prove that astrology and perhaps alchemy are actually degraded forms of ancient advanced science. This alone would revolutionize the nature of anthropology, political and social sciences, and even the fine arts, among others.
Second, it would prove that humanity has a direct and profound control over our destiny. This is at once an exciting and terrifying thought. It implies that we could create a Golden Age by simply observing the Universe. On the other side, we could increase our destructive ability, or our own destruction by means of the same process.
Taken to absurd lengths, one can envision politicians, athletes and artists employing personal astronomers to make discoveries in constellations that would benefit their personal ambitions. Even warring factions might deploy legions of telescopes and observers to observe each to a victory. Could make for an interesting plot in a story. Rember though, I own it and I'm staking my intellectual property rights here and now, and I will deploy my battalion of observers to ensure my enrichment from it.
In any event, this hypothesis and the proposed test for it would have massive implications for both the past and the future of humankind. It would serve as a proof of hyperdimensional physics and a vindication of occult practices throughout the Ages. It also means that each of us is empowered to guide our own future and that of our species by doing nothing more than directing our conscious activities, something religion and noetics have been positing since the dawn of civilization.
The implied power here, though, also makes sense of why this kind of information has been relegated to the occult and mystery schools. The ability to have power over the Universe by simply observing things would need to be reserved only for those with the proper training, or risk great harm to everything we know.
If this hypothesis is true, then it places a great burden on each of us to control our conscious pursuits and contain our ambitions, as one wrong discovery could bring all we are to a crashing halt.
Interesting, is it not, how a four-page paper could have so much packed into it.