Articles by Crichton Miller
Copyright 2002-2003 by Crichton Miller
Reprinted with permission
Is Modern Astrology out by 2300 years?
© 2003-02-13 Crichton E M Miller
The Rise of Modern Astrology.
Then, around 150-180 years ago, astrology in Western society slowly began
rising up once more into public favour, imagination, and consciousness. At the
beginning of the 20th century, a final grand revival of astrology came about
owing much to the efforts of the charismatic, enigmatic, and controversial
astrologers, Sepharial (1864 - 1929) and Alan Leo (1860-1917), who became the
founding fathers of the Astrological Lodge of the Theosophical Society in Great
Britain. Since Sepharial and Leo's time, Western culture's fascination with
astrology has continued on with us and grown and evolved through the years.
It was during this final 20th century pop revival of Western astrology that Sun
Sign Astrology (Hey baby! What's your sign?), ideas on karma and reincarnation,
and the reading of daily horoscopes first began coming into vogue. According to
esteemed astrologer, Dane Rudhyar, at the beginning of the 1930's, astrologer
Paul Clancy decided that popularising astrology was to be his life mission. When
Clancy's magazine "American Astrology" became a huge success in 1934,
it started a new "epoch" in astrology. It was primarily Clancy's
venture in "American Astrology" that brought about the popularity of
daily and/or weekly astrological horoscope columns, with readings of the twelve
signs, to appear in the newspapers and periodicals throughout the United States
and Europe. (From the preface of "Astrology, The Divine Science" by
written by Marcia Moore and Mark Douglas)
Millions of people throughout the world show a fascination with astrology,
once the realm of Kings and Queens only, astrology is to be found in every
newspaper, funfair and circus, as well as on the Internet.
Millions of dollars exchange hands in pursuit of the divination of the future,
which is to do with the inherent weakness of most people to look outside
themselves for help and guidance.
This divination affects human lives and can even change the course of History.
It is of more interest in our modern culture than our religions are and millions
of people run their lives by it.
What if it is wrong?
Ronald Reagan was reputed to consult astrologers, as was Margaret Thatcher in
Britain in the 1980's.
It is well known that Hitler consulted astrologers and we all know where that
Astrology is very dangerous in the wrong hands and can cause a person who
foolishly relies on it to shape their lives under the influence of false
information that may be unwittingly supplied.
Worse, should a leader of a country take advice by consulting astrologers, then
the results could be disastrous for millions of people.
On balance however, during my research, I have found astrologers generally to
be, well-meaning, spiritually aware and kindly souls who believe that they are
providing a valuable service in the world.
Never the less, the findings that I have made during my research on the origins
of the Celtic cross and its association with ancient astronomy must be made
light of in the public eye.
What is the definition of Astrology?
(Historical) primitive astronomy.
A pseudoscience based on the notion that the positions of the moon, sun and
stars affect human affairs and that one can foretell the future by studying the
It is the study of the signs of the zodiac, related to your birth date and
the associated planets, the sun and the moon.
Why? The idea is ancient and based in the concept that we are all affected by
the position of the sun on the day we were born, this concept is derived because
we are Electro-magnetic energy created by the sun.
In other words we are star or sun stuff.
The Pharaoh Akhenaten held such a view when he over threw the established house
of Amen or Amun to establish a new city and religion on the banks of the Nile at
According to the ancients and some modern indigenous races, the sun is the
father and the earth is the mother.
The father seeds the mother by sending the soul into the material form, the
body, which is created from the dust of the earth.
In other words, the moment we are born our soul is considered to enter our body
directly from the sun.
It would seem that they were right in a sense as modern Science is finding out
in the Electric Universe theory.
The seven planets that surround the sun were known as the gods and affected the
personality of the souls that leave the sun on their journey to earth to become
incarnate in a material form.
If you were born on a day when there are planets in and around your solar birth
sign, then you would become under the influence of these planets which would
affect your personality and your destiny.
The ascending sign exerts further influence on your destiny with its own
The ascending sign is the one that breaks the eastern horizon at the time that
you take your first breath of life.
Astrologers usually look for the zodiac sign that is seen on the eastern horizon
at 09.00 hours.
Let me first show you the definition of birth charts from a top astrologer so
that there may be no misunderstanding of the revelation that is about to follow.
"You may be at the stage of asking, "What is a horoscope?" If so,
you're going to find the answers here. To begin, the horoscope is a map that
appears as a two dimensional chart. It shows the position of the Sun, the Moon,
and planets at the precise moment of your birth. The planets are frozen in their
position at that initial moment of birth. That is why this type of horoscope is
known as the birth chart or the natal chart. A correct interpretation of these
birth positions exposes much about you. It can be thought of as the
"hand" that has been "dealt" in life." From Astrology
by Michael McClain 4.
Modern Astrologers rely on the predictions made by the Greeks (Hellenistic)
I would propose that the Greek philosophers had it right and the reason for
this was that they constructed their own instruments with which to carry out the
They also had an inheritance of thousands of years to rely on regarding the type
of personality that a certain zodiac birth sign would inherit and I have no
argument with these descriptions.
My argument is with the sign itself and the methods of measuring the sun sign of
an individual so as to interpret the personality of that person.
It may be fair to say that most Western modern astrology is in error.
That is not the fault of the astrologers, rather the lack of self-determined
information and education.
Most modern astrologers use Almanacs or pre-set mathematical software to work
out the mathematics involved to give the dates for the day, month and year in
which they are carrying out the readings.
These systems use mathematical formulas that were originally researched from the
Greeks such as Ptolemy, Plato or Hipparchus.
The Greek philosophers, having inherited the knowledge from Egypt after
Alexander the Great's conquest of that ancient civilisation, measured the stars
and the positions of heavenly bodies accurately and with real observations.
" It was a later Egypt that gave birth to horoscope astrology, an Egypt
that had made close contact with the ideas of the Babylonians.
Pharaonic Egypt had a great interest in astronomy. This is evident in too many
ways to mention. But it was the kind of astronomy that involved stars rather
than planets. The Egyptians were masters of aligning buildings, temples and
especially the pyramids to fixed stars, apparently in an effort to bring about
sympathy between terrestrial structures and the stars with which they were
Their ability to survey and align buildings with stars was incredibly accurate,
often within minutes of arc of the perfect alignment. But they do not seem to
have had any planetary theory, nor did they have the proper mathematical
The Mesopotamians inherited the sexagesimal system of numbers from the
Sumerians, a system which used place notation in numbers much like our modern
decimal system, and which had sexagesimal fractions very similar in kind to our
decimal fractions. This enabled the Mesopotamians to do complex computations
that would have been difficult in any other ancient system of numerical
notation. The other ancient peoples paid Mesopotamian mathematical notation the
supreme compliment. They used it whenever they had to do similar calculations of
their own. The Egyptians had nothing like it. But they did have a strong sense
of a need for terrestrial matters to be brought into synchrony with the heavens.
Robert Hand 5.
The results of the excellent research of Robert Hand show the error of
understanding that has crept into modern astrology over the last two millennia.
Theory is not enough in any exercise and all observations must have a practical
result to prove the theory.
This practical result is missing in modern astrology and lacks the wisdom of our
Real Time Observation.
To achieve a non-mathematical and practical result, the Egyptians used an
inherited instrument that was to be hidden and lost by the Christian movement
over the last two thousand years.
The blame for this may be the responsibility of Constantine at the beginning of
the Byzantine expansion.
This was a famous practical instrument that was turned into an icon and became
known as the Calvary and Celtic crosses associated with Christ and Christianity 6.
Constantine dubbed the cross, suns symbol and it was lost to modern minds as a
The loss is enormous in terms of understanding the methods and mentality of our
ancestors and yet it is evident for all to see on churches and gravestones all
around the world.
Yet it is more ancient than Christianity and is to be seen in stonework all over
the ancient world from Ancient Egypt to pre Columbian South America.
Evidence of this device is extant in the Dixon Relics discovered in the north
shaft of the Queens Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Khufu in 1872.
It is also obvious in the navigational device known as the Celtic cross, which
was used by mariners as a precursor of the sextant.
Working Celtic cross measuring the angle and position of the sun
The weight ensures that the centre of the earth is constant and the angle is
through the observation holes to the degrees marked on the rotating wheel.
The loss of this instrument to modern western astrologers appears cause the
lack of physical observation on their part resulting in the omission of a
crucial part of the equation.
This omission appears to be a failure to take into account the effects of
The Greek or Hellenistic astrologers, however, did take practical sightings and
used various instruments such as astrolabes, quadrants and even the famous
Antykithera mechanism, which was created in or around 64BC.
They are also given credit for the development of mathematics as we know it
today and on which our entire scientific development is reliant.
However, it appears that the mathematical system used for astrology today has a
flaw, which is progressive in its error.
The flaw may be the complete lack of inclusion of the phenomena known as the
Precession of the Equinoxes.
Could Modern Astrology be over 2000 years out of date because of precession.
Precession of the equinoxes is caused by a wobble of the earth around the
pole every 25,960 years and was it not for this effect, we would have no
seasons, and thus life its self as we know it is dependent on the sun and
The motion of precession causes the vernal position of the sun to move backward
through a zodiac sign at the rate of 1° every 72 years.
Since there are 30° in every sign of the Zodiac, it is easy to see a shift of
10° in 720 years.
Of course, this shift also affects the position of the sun in any zodiac sign at
the same rate.
Astrology is ancient, more ancient than most of us realise.
There is evidence that our ancestors knew of astrology as far back as 27000
years ago, before the destruction of 90% of the world's flora and fauna at the
end of the last ice age 12000 years ago.
This is evident from the depiction of Taurus , the Pleaides and the lunar
cycles, discovered in the caves of Lascaux in the Dordogne region of France.
However, if we go back only 2000 years, there has been a shift of 28° of the
position of the sun at the same date of the year.
That is almost a whole star sign of 30°.
It is highly possible that the Julian calendar that astrologers use, do not take
precession into the equation.
This is dateable in the case of the present error.
An example would be my own birth date of the 25th August 1949.
I am, by modern astrologers reckoning, a Virgo, that is to say that I was born
on a day when the sun was in Virgo, two days after the sun left Leo.
This is the astrological explanation of my sun sign as a Virgo.
August 23 - September 22)
Virgo is the sixth Sign of the Zodiac, to be exact, and that's the way
Virgo's like it: exacting. Those born under this Sign are forever the butts of
jokes for being so picky and critical (and they can be), but their 'attention to
detail' is for a reason: to help others. Virgo's, more than another Sign, were
born to serve, and it gives them great joy. They are also tailor-made for the
job, since they are industrious, methodical and efficient. The sense of duty
borne by these folks is considerable, and it ensures that they will always work
for the greater good.
The Virgin represents Virgo in modern Astrology, although this association
should not be taken literally. Rather, Virgo's tend to take on some of the
qualities of a Virgin, things like modesty and humanity. Some might consider
them repressed, although Virgins would argue that it's a noble quality, as
opposed to a negative one. Most of all, Virgo's enjoy indulging their practical
and logical side and poring over their projects to the nth degree. To say these
folks are good at fact-finding almost understates the case, since Virgo's revel
in their exacting (some would argue pedantic) behaviour and are a whiz with
minutiae. Virgins are assets in the workplace as they can be counted on to get
things rights the first time, every time -- and no detail will be overlooked.
They are also balanced and fair in their assessments in keeping with the Mutable
Quality assigned to this Sign.
However, by running modern computerised astronomy programs , I see that I was
born in the sign of Leo and that the sun was just beside Regulus, the Kings
The astrologers must be wrong by their own admission outlined earlier.
I quote ". It shows the position of the Sun, the Moon, and planets at the
precise moment of your birth".
It clearly does not show mine to be Virgo on that basis of understanding.
The astrology charts appear to be completely out of synchronisation with
Those of us who are interested are under the impression that we are affected by
a completely different star sign.
We also can see that the ascendant sign is also different from the traditional
What about the attendant planets that are supposed to affect our destiny, are
they out too?
Figure 2 (CLICK
You can clearly see from the position of the sun in my birthday that I should be
a Leo and not a Virgo. This is easily verified by running a program for your
on your own birth date. This program is free to download from the internet.
Those individuals whose star sign is on a cusp may fall at the beginning
and not the end of their existing sign.
This is the personality of a Leo according to astrology:
July 23 - August 22)
Leo is the fifth Sign of the Zodiac. These folks are impossible to miss, since
they love being centre stage. Making an impression is Job One for Leos, and when
you consider their personal magnetism, you see the job is quite easy. Leos are
an ambitious lot, and their strength of purpose allows them to accomplish a
great deal. The fact that these folks are also creative makes their endeavours
fun for them and everyone else. It's quite common to see a Leo on stage or in
Hollywood, since these folks never shy away from the limelight. They are also
supremely talented and have a flair for the dramatic. Warmth and enthusiasm
seems to seep from every Leo pore, making these folks a pleasure to be around.
They do love pleasure!
It's the Lion which symbolises Leos, and the king (or queen) of the jungle is a
most appropriate mascot, since these folks consider themselves the rulers of
their universe (and the Zodiac at that). Like Lions, Leos tend to be dignified
and strong, and it is this sense of their power, which allows them to get things
done. A Leo on your team is a good thing, since Lions are eager to see their
projects through to completion. Putting these folks at the helm is a good thing,
too, since the Leo-born are natural leaders. They may ruffle a few feathers
along the way, however, since they can also be overbearing and somewhat
autocratic. This may be in keeping with the Fixed Quality assigned to this Sign
-- Lions are indeed opinionated and set in their ways. That said, they are well
organised, idealistic and have a knack for inspiring others.
A vastly different personality profile, I am sure you will agree.
Whereas, I do not look to my astrological profile for guidance, I follow my own
instincts, I find that the Leo profile suits my personality far better.
But what about those who rely on their astrological profile?
They will be trying to fit themselves to a personality that is not their own
with potentially disastrous psychological consequences.
The apparent error represents a difference on an astronomy computer program of
approximately 2300 years, and it would seem to me, from this evidence, that the
last time Astrology was worked out correctly was in the time of Ptolemaic Egypt
or possibly by the Greeks such as Hipparchus.
Hipparchus was aware of precession and took it into account in his calculations.
He was credited in finding the rate of precession to be 1° every 100 years.
It is only in recent history that Sir Isaac Newton discovered precession to be
1° every 72 years.
He achieved this calculation at the Giza plateau in Egypt.
In between these two calculations is a period of 2000 years in which many
changes have occurred, including the rise of Christianity and the forbidding of
such practises as magic or astrology.
There have been the European Dark Ages when nearly all knowledge was lost and
those who practised anything other than the creed were persecuted and often put
to death in the most horrible ways in the name of the messenger of love.
Let us not forget that it was three wise men that followed a star to Bethlehem,
predicting the place of birth of the Christ Child who was the son of man and the
Son of God.
Astrology was completely extant in the Bible.
If such a Messiah were to return today, who would have the skill to predict his
What then is the difficulty for modern Astrologers, are they operating on an
Yes, in my mind, without doubt and the results are total confusion.
Astronomy has nothing to do with astrology now and yet it was inseparable in the
time of the Mesopotamians, Egyptians and Greeks.
Those serious scientists, who operate in astronomy now, consider astrology mumbo
jumbo and shun it on almost all occasions, yet if it were not for their work we
would not be able to easily discover the error in astrology.
It is not surprising since modern astrology is dubbed a pseudoscience, although,
for some reason no astronomer has noticed that modern astrology is in error.
Has this conflict between the two disciplines driven the average astrologer away
from studying practical astronomy, or is it just that they use a different form
of non-observed mathematics inherited from a long dead age?
If astrologers have seen the vast difference between astronomical observation
and astrological calculation, then could they be deliberately concealing the
truth to protect their own credibility?
To take the kindly route, astrology is difficult to operate on your own without
reliance on almanacs etc unless you have a thorough grasp of practical
If this is the case and astronomers follow a long dead system, then it is a case
of the blind following the blind and compounding the error over the years.
Without the help of a modern computer program or a working cross with a physical
model of the solar system such as a stone circle, the job becomes impossible.
A simple example of the difficulty would be that the astrological sign that is
on the other side of the sun governs a person's birthday.
Because that is so, then it is impossible to see the position of the sun in the
zodiac through casual observation, as the sign is obscured by daylight.
The only obvious way would be to measure the opposite sign when viewing the
southern sky at midnight the evening before, or to take a rough estimate of the
position of a sign just before dawn.
This is a minor problem to the one posed by constant observation of the planets,
they are completely obscured and yet planetary positions are fundamental to
Is this is why our ancient ancestors built such mighty structures as henges and
These structures were functional methods of obtaining on going records of the
positions of the zodiac, sun, moon and planets if the operator knows how to use
Modern science can only attribute such knowledge as the measuring of solstices
and equinoxes by our ancestors and either seem to ignore or dismiss the concept
that our forefathers could measure the angles with a degree of accuracy that
defies those researchers who investigate these mysteries.
The observable error in modern astrology shows that our ancestors were more
accurate in astrology than we are today.
This is evident when checking your real star sign with a modern astronomical
The sun sign of your birth that the astrologers say you had appears to be wrong.
But if you run the program back by two thousand years, they would be right.
This, of course is no good to you because you were not born 2000 years ago and
the characteristics that they say you have, do not apply to you today.
But it does prove that our ancient ancestors took precession into account, even
applying it to the astrological ages, modern western astrologers evidently do
However, there is hope of understanding our ancestors and their methods in
the shape of a practical instrument that was used by astrologer/astronomers long
The cross and plumbline.
With the help of this instrument, astrologers may begin to understand their true
inheritance left by our wise ancestors and apply their knowledge with accuracy
for the benefit of Mankind.
Or we might realise that the answer to our questions comes from within our
selves and not from outside sources or other so-called authorities.
The full functions and construction methods of the ancient working Celtic cross
and the Cross and Plumbline are laid out in meticulous detail in my book:
The Golden Thread of Time
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