In this week’s portion of the symbol series I’ve been talking about numbers. A language of symbols, numbers are the only language shared by all human beings. There aren’t regional dialects. Number five is always five, a circle is always 360º, and Pi is always 3.14159…. It is what it is.
Because of this universality, it’s easy to understand how math came about as an instrument of trade. I have pouches of apples and you have pouches of acorns. How can we make this a fair trade? If we count what we have on our fingers we’ll be sure it’s value for value. What’s fascinating about mathematics is it quickly jumped from that to the stars.
I’ve said before that math is considered the language of the universe. There’s even a mathematical equation that says it’s highly likely we’re not alone in the cosmos. Because math is constant and true, the likelihood of many inhabited earths in the universe is a yes. They may not be what we have, but math says there may be life from bacteria to mega fauna to civilizations out there.
Setting math aside briefly, science knows radio waves of all sorts exist. You do too. I’m sure you’ve heard of infra red and ultra violet — two ends of the electromagnetic spectrum. Your microwave uses them, so does your car radio, cellphone, TV, and internet, etc. Amazingly, these waves go out into the universe and will keep going to the end if there is one. The thing is, they not only come from earth and head into space, they come from space to earth. In fact, an assortment of radio frequencies penetrate the earth’s atmosphere. This led to the creation of radio telescopes (essentially large radio antennas) to investigate the different frequencies coming from the cosmos. Given the fact of radio waves, science contemplates communicating with life beyond our world. Governments around the world have been listening for decades. Learn more here.
🙂 Now that I have your mind out in the galaxy ~
Here’s a brief introduction to the Zodiac.
“I will look on the stars and look on thee and read the page of thy destiny.”
~Letitia Elizabeth Landon
The topic of Astrology is huge so I’m tackling it in more than one post. To begin, I’ve read that the first records of astronomy come from the Middle East in the Sumer valley. Some 6000-7000 years ago people started to write down their study of the stars. It was believed the sun, moon, and planet Venus were gods in the sky. Many cultures saw stars as gods in the dome above. Tracking the sun and the moon told you when the four auspicious events would occur (the two solstices and the two equinox) In tracking Venus, they watch the planet draw a pentagram in the sky. This is the reason the five-sided star is a prominent symbol in goddess worship then and now. It came from the heavens.
Some stars of the night sky not only stood out as brighter than others, they formed recognizable patterns we know as constellations. Big Dipper, Orion the Hunter, Cassiopeia etc. Before long stories developed around the pictures. But there were others pictures in the night sky — twelve constellations that moved in a definite circle and seemed to follow the path of the sun. These were called the Zodiac. The name zodiac is thought to come from Latin zōdiacus which means animals in a circuit. But the Greek word zoad also turns up. Zoad for the way. That might have to do with the circular path involved.
Based upon those early astronomers’ observations, they determined daylight hours would see the sun residing in a different constellation on this circular path each month. A god resting in a constellation. How auspicious!
Tomorrow ~ What’s your sign?
Another 100 Things Blogging Challenge! For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Words on the Verge of Extinction. There are 51 entries to come.
Here’s one for today:
Boscaresque (adjective 1734)
picturesque; scenically wooded
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I like that quote, Rose! Astrology is fascinating, even if we don’t follow it exactly.
I love a good quote too. 🙂 Yes astrology is fascinating. I can be very much the Aries and my husband has strong Taurus traits. It makes you wonder.
I studied astrology extensively in my youth, and it is fascinating, like peeling the proverbial onion. Just when you think you have it figured out, you find another layer. What people don’t realize is that astrology was the first European system of psychological classification, and it works great for coming up with character traits and finding ways to put your characters into conflict with each other.
Using it for character traits is a great suggestion, Linda!
I believe in the stars as far as my personality and qualities. I don’t know if I could use it daily but certainly as a study, I find it pretty accurate.
I don’t worry about charts so much as some of the traits in books on astrology and even books about baby names.
Your saying that radio waves are there forever was demonstrated in the 1950s when there weren’t so many radio and TV stations. TV shows that were out in the ether would sometimes come back during certain kinds of weather. AM radio would sometimes come back weeks or months later. I saw a couple of the programs and heard a couple of the old broadcasts. A little strange.
I remember Radio Free Europe and how important it was to those living under the restrictions of communism. If there are other peoples listening out there, just imagine what they think of us.
I used to listen to Radio Free Europe every night when I was in school in Ireland in the 70s. It was the best! As for astrology, I cast charts for all my characters… they ‘live’ too!