>Copernicus – Father of Modern Astrology – A Uranian example

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I have been hoarding a newspaper cutting about Copernicus which I’ve been meaning to put into a blog for ages, so here I go at long last.
I don’t know how many of you saw the news report that Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century father of modern astronomy, was finally buried in the 14th century cathedral of Frombork, his northern Polish home town.  His grave is marked by a black granite headstone engraved with a map of the solar system.
Copernicus turned astronomy on its head as, until then, the Earth had been considered the centre of the Universe (at least by Western people).  He posited that the Sun was centre of the universe, encircled by Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto had not been discovered at that time.)

In 1616, the Vatican labelled his theory as heresy and banned his pioneering work De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres).  This work was published shortly before his death in 1543 at the age of 70.  He was buried in an unmarked tomb, and his remains were positively identified recently by DNA: two strands of Copernicus’ hair were found in an ancient tome that had belonged to Copernicus and had been carted off to Sweden as booty by Swedes during their 17th century war with Poland.
The Catholic Church only struck his work from its list of banned books in 1835.
Now, if you’re wondering why I’m wittering on about all this, it’s because I’ve been reading another book by the astrologer, Liz Greene, where she points out that it’s symptomatic of how Uranian ideas – futurology, you  might see – are very often rejected when they are first put forward.  It usually takes a prolonged period – anything from 70-300 years – to be recognised and accepted as actually being okay. In the meantime, the originator of these Uranian ideas quite often faced the fate of being burned at the stake, tortured, excommunicated, ejected from society or quite simply banned from public life and discussion.
Which is what happened to poor old Copernicus.  At least he was lucky and died of old age.  It just took a long time for his ideas to be recognised as revolutionary.  Even then, they weren’t spot on, but neverthless it was a great step forward from earlier fixed ideas that everything revolved around the Earth.
I’d have to say that we are still pretty Earth-centric.  I’m always rather amused by scientists’ views that life could not exist on certain planets or other realms in the Universe if they don’t contain the building blocks we know as eseential to life on earth. It never seems to occur to them that what is required for life in other galaxies might be quite different to what is required for life on Earth.
So there you go – another Uranian idea which opens up the possibility that life elsewhere might require building blocks quite different to those needed on Earth.  But I guess as this too is Uranian, it will take seventy years or more to come to fruition.  And in the meantime, I’ll hope to die naturally of old age rather than get put on a bonfire
Finally, keep your eyes peeled for new technology, inventions, innovations which arise in the current period.  Given that Uranus is now in Aries, we may well find that there is more impetus to the acceptance of new ideas, particularly given that awareness of the damage being inflicted on Gaia is growing along with the recognition that we are going to need to live in different ways in the future, if we are to leave the Earth in good shape for future generations.


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