I took an interest in astronomy when very young, maybe ten, but didn't get a telescope until I was about 21, when I also took an interest in astrology, emphasised by my study of the Kabbalah as retorted mostly by Aleister Crowley.
There is little difference in the math and science, except that astronomy mostly studies the mass of the planets and their effect on each other, and of what use mankind as a whole make of it, whereas astrology considers the historical meaning and impact upon culture and personality. Both make predictions.
As astrology is based upon the the culture and the state of a persons mind it can be used to manipulate individuals and groups that adhere to rituals based upon the apparent relative position of the planets aka moving stars to places and times of human endeavour, the most notable being birth.
The more obvious of the birth relativities are those of where the sun and moon are, and what other planets may be at notable locations, such as rising in the east, at mid-heaven, setting in the west and at a point of occultation, most notably at nadir, the opposition to mid-heaven.
It is the notion of relativity to other persons birth data that is used to project personally upon oneself and others, often not to a beneficial outcome. The cause fo concern is that astrology appears to enhance the sense of importance of polarity, though such is coloured like the rainbow very well.
So I would not indulge a person is their astro investigation without some serious discussion, what is the purpose.
One of the major polarities in the data is what is known as tropical or sidereal positioning.
Tropical astrology is positioning of solar objects relative to the seasons, which are denoted by the lines of tropic of Capricorn and Cancer. The first sign of the zodiac, Aries being denoted by the first 30 degree arc of space that ascends after the northern hemisphere spring equinox.
This version is the more common in the west and is that used in newspaper columns for example.
Sidereal astrology compares the position of the objects of the solar system to those deep space constellations. If enough astronomy is understood a person can see the relevance in the procession of the equinoxes. The procession means that each year our solar system and all measurements to deep space are continually modified by the angle our planet and system tilt relative to the more apparent stable objects.
Although all move the notion in the sidereal is that there is more stability for personal and cultural meditation as the stars seem to be closer to 'God' that the nearby planets.
Sidereal astronomy angular measurement is the same as geocentric astronomy and is still used to predict earthly environment factors such as when the next rain will fall in Sudan. Over thousands of years adjustments are made. Some 2000 years ago and more, groups of stars where associated under a name, Aries being one such group. In the band of space the sun and planets appear twelve groups were, the reason for twelve i will deal with later. So twelve groups of stars, each allocated to 30 degrees of rotation where used to denote the passage of planets through the heavens, though some of the primary stars in some groups may only cover 10 degrees.
Since the fashioning of the signs of the zodiac where some 200 years ago the beginning of the zodiac was 0 degrees Aries the Procession now means that at the beginning of the zodiac year, around the 21st March, which tropically is the beginning, ) degrees Aries, siderealy the stars are some 26 degrees advanced.
So a siderealist astrologer would add 26 degrees to the tropical setting.
For example someone born on the 15th March, which is tropically the middle of Aries is siderealy 11 degree Taurus. Such adjustment s for sidereal astrology apply to all planets relative to constellations.
Sidereal astrology does not effect star signs which are linked to seasons not does ir effect relative angles between the planets.
So what is it you are lookin for when you look out at the stars or inwards to your dubiou culture.
If, like me, you have a standard western fretboard it will scaled in 12 equal portions. Each scale is either double or half the adjacent one. Each note is a 1/12 higher or lower of the the adjacent note. The notes are found by the respective formula (2^1/12) and (0.5^1/12).
A notable problem with this is that the notes at the frets do not exactly equate to harmonics of other notes. For example: If A is set to 440Hz then 330 and 660 would equate to lower and higher harmonics by half. But the closet that can be played without bending the strings, which can't be done with open strings, is E at 329.63 and 659.26.
The two common methods are to use a pitch pipe or electronic equivalent or the 5,5,5,4,5 fret routine in a six string setting:
As a simple way of spreading out the errors inherent is the equal temperament scale, I tune as follows:
With six strings
- I tune both E's and then the second fret of the D string (E) to the two E's
- Then I tune the G string to the G on the two E's
- Then the A to the A on the G string and finally
- The D on the B string to the open D string.
The only difference with a 12 string, to keep the tension down I tune low, about a 1/12 and tune the lightest G string first. One the two G's are done I then do the E's and then as the 6 string order.
Next page for more on the issues with harmonics and the western scale
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The basis of harmonics is that one frequency includes another as a factor, i.e. one number is half or twice another. Scales in music call these octaves, as the tradition is that the eight note from a given frequency Note 1 either up or down is a scaled harmonic. The familiar (doh 1, ray 2, me 3, fah 4, so 5, la 6, tee 7, and back to doh 8)
The initial query that comes to mind is why are certain frequencies used repeatedly in music? Is it just a habit, an addiction or is there some ancient and ongoing connection to the world we reside in.
We are all aware of the day and it's two divisions, night and day. They are often spoken of in periods of 6hours and 3hours, but then 1 hour not 1&half.
We then go further away from the basic scale of dividing by two and divide the hour into 60 minutes, each minute into 60 seconds, each second into 60 thirds, each third into 60 fourths
To most people the smallest part used is the second and that infrequently. Sports people and technicians then take the second and continue to divide it by 10, 100, 1000 etc.
There are useful reasons for all this but the point is that the second is used to define music notes by the number of vibrations occurring in each second. More recently called a Hertz* 1Hz being one cycle per second.
The problem is that a) a second is not a natural harmonic of a day being one 86400th of a day The closed natural harmonics are 2^16 (65,536) and 2^17 (131,072) in that scale/octave 86400 would be between a 'so' (82570) and a 'la' (87480) approx, the closet being the 'la'
I don't drive so my interactions with vehicles is as a pedestrian. I don't plan weaving within the traffic when there is a wave of cars but their is always a trough sooner or later, should that coincide with traffic lights is not a concern I have.
Still I have to accept that I'm getting old and I may gauge the spaces and time in error, not only that, it may well be that I fall and am not sprightly enough to bounce off the tarmac and dodge the steel.
What brought me to this spiel?
I was in Bristol this last weekend and I wove between the traffic with a young child in my arms; it's been playing on my mind and I feel dirty. That I put my notions of safety into to action like that with no thought of how the mother, who was watching, felt. Such levels of danger and inconsideration embarrass me.
I am not going to do it again. I will be more considerate to the young and their mothers, though I doubt I will show such consideration for the drivers.
Data from STATS 19 show that pedestrian accident rates are higher over the pedestrian crossing points than these away from it, or within 50 meters of pedestrian crossing facilities. This is contrary to the expectations that accidents should be least over these crossing facilities.
Although intended to query the spacial existence of em waves I hope to draw closer to the mental processes involved and the reasons for the processes.
There are two major theories to consider: a) Transparency: in that light passes through an object, read radio waves pass through air and brick and b) if light does at all travel or if there is a coincidence of apparent transmission and reception as in the quantum state that if one changes all must change. This later quantum argument is extreme and goes to the heart of all arguments.
Transparency Apart from the common concepts of light passing through glass and water, - no doubt crystals were thought of as glass like and modern plastics are another matter - there is the reception of radio waves inside an apparently opaque structure.
Light is a variety of electromagnetic waves that the eye responds to by sending signal to an interpreter in the brain; these frequencies are high compared to radio signals but essentially are no different that the fact that high and low notes in music are just different frequencies of air pressure changes on the ear drum.
Radio waves, in the case of the BBC world service transmitted from Rugby, used a frequency of 15,000 cycles per second, the modern term is 15KHz (15 kilo hertz)
Television is in the range of 100's of megahertz
Mobile Phone around the 0.9 to 1.9 gigahertz
Bluetooth and wifi 2 to 6 gigahertz
So we have gone from generating electromagnetic waves of 15K that if it were sound would be audible to many people, especially the young to frequencies a million times that.
It may be easier to compare by the length of a wave. EM waves travel at a constant speed in a vacuum and that is the usual figure used. So a frequency that oscillates twice as fast will have a wavelength half the size.
Rugby (15KHz) 20Km
BBC Caradon Hill Digital (482.166 or 530.166)Mhz around 60cm
EE on 800Mhz (Rural) 37.5cm on 2.6GHz (London) 11.5cm
The Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11ad (60Ghz) 5mm
Active Denial System (ADS) which emits a beam of radiation with a wavelength of 3 mm
Carrying on from Food Availability
The obvious, eat or die brings up the same polarization and both cannot be addressed for what eats must by definition kill in turn and so will either be killed or die as ability to kill diminishes.
So we survive to kill another day, we kill so we can kill more. Is this the basis of conscious choice? That we perform to the DNA programme or refuse Does a plant have choice, does the sun? What of the consciousness of either are they unaware that their existence depends upon the annihilation of other beings, sentient or otherwise. Some plan!
The choice to feel, not just the warm or chilling breezes, the sun and see, the salt and sweetness, but the acquisition of security of consumption the company of other killers afraid to die but not to kill. A partner to justify and proliferate the killing DNA. These feeling generated by the mind of success in achievement and company. So is it a sunny holiday with a friendly killer on the beach of alone in the hills.
Is there really any benefit in one experience over the other? I can't seem to weight them like a speck of sand or a mountain, let alone a planet or solar system. That these experiences can be instilled by electrical impulses to the brain directly, without the holiday implies that it can be done without the killing, but can it be done without consumption.
What is this killing consumption we fight so hard for and call it life when it is only an idea of keeping at bay the fear that each of us may die and loose the ability to choose what to kill and at almost every turn it is really who should die for us to continue to kill. We best not kill the seed of killing but only the fruit, but is that enough or more properly is there enough fruit to consume - obviously not. Back to food availability