Astrological Thoughts of Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe was a 16th century astronomer who accepted that our physical world was influenced by planetary movements. Brahe was an early astronomer lacking telescopic technology and therefore limited to assessing the celestial sky using mathematical calculations. Brahe remains a significant figure in the astronomical arena because he provided several enlightened views on how the universe operated, even when not correct, they provided a start point for others to follow.
The universe of Tycho Brahe during the 16th century stretched as far as Saturn and, although Brahe held the view that all other planets including the Sun circled the Earth, he did produce many works about the universal environment that allowed others to develop as technology progressed.

The astrology of Tycho Brahe included weather prediction which he considered was significantly affected by the supernova identified in 1572 and the presence of an identified comet in 1577. The universe of Tycho Brahe was one in which interaction between planetary bodies was very real and significant to the Earth. Tycho and astrology was simply his recognition that the universe was a living entity in its own right and that everything within it possessed a function that in some way impacted on neighbours.

Tycho and astrology became indelibly linked as Brahe explored the potential interaction between alchemy and astrology. Believing that everything in the universe possess a function that will impact on its neighbours can he considered, include both the largest and smallest entities with the impact being relative to size. Therefore the influence of a planet on a single individual would be fairly significant, although distance might reduce the effect. Brahe's interest in alchemy and especially that associated with Paracelsus a 15th century alchemist, continued throughout his life.

The reason the universe of Tycho Brahe linked astronomy, astrology and alchemy is perhaps simplified by suggesting that two of the three disciplines pursue a tangible dimension one in which we can visibly identify their existence - astronomy and alchemy. Astrology on the other and attempts to address the intangible link that brings the other two together. Brahe wisely recognized the necessity of this connection and wanted to better understand the interaction that he knew existed. It is little wonder that an astronomer of the period limited to mathematical calculations was guided more by instinct than technology in his reasoning about the constituents of the universe in which he lived. In addition it would be unfair to suggest that people of the period could not comprehend the possibilities of the potential interaction played by all parts of the universal structure. In the universe of Tycho Brahe it seems most aspects of interactivity between planets, alchemy and astrology were seriously considered and given a place.

It is therefore unfortunate that today few scientists continue to consider astrology a discipline they need to comprehend in order to better appreciate the interaction described above identified by Brahe over 500 years ago. Brahe possessed the curiosity to explore as best he could the universal environment and so obviously accepted as a scientist the necessity to discover how astrology fitted the puzzle, which he accepted it did. Astronomers and astrologers today appear to stand in different camps while at one time long ago they shared a very similar point of view. Both wanted to understand how the spiritual dimension, the astrology discipline, interacted with the physical dimension. Somewhere over the past 500 years interest in astrology once shared with astronomers became confused and lost until today astrology is only considered as something of a fanciful whim.

Tycho Brahe would have probably preferred astronomers today to have retained the interest that he shared in astrology with his other work in astronomy and alchemy.
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