Michael Jordan -biography
The author remains a student of astrology after 32 years, being introduced to celestial influences on earthly affairs in 1969. He began serious study in 1970 and worked for the American Federation of Astrologers in 1972. He started writing astrology articles using original methodology in 1973 for the Astrologers Guild Quarterly (under Al H. Morrison, Doris Doane, Katy Houston and John Townley) and the Congress of Astrological Organization Times in 1973, 1974 and 1975. In 1975 he joined other avant-garde astrologers to make scientific astrology more visible in the media and started writing 'Contemporary Astrology' for the New Times alternative weekly in Tempe , Arizona. While in Arizona he went back to college at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona to teach the first astrology course recognized by the Arizona system of higher education. Moving to the Phoenix area residing in Scottsdale, Arizona, the author served as publicity director for the Arizona Society of Astrologers while lecturing on various subjects within the structure of the new scientific astrology he and others were developing. The author created a Geophysical Astrology which defined the quality of geo-political relationships according to the angular relationships between cities on the earth and created an index of relationships based on those relationships. An interestiong example is the opposition of Hanoi and Saigon, Viet Nam and Washinhgton D.C, "The snake bites it's tail."--Michael Jordan 1977
Allergies forced the author to seek new surroundings, and so he moved to Berkeley, California on August 23, 1976 where he practiced astrology and taught classes, wrote for local magazines The Psychic Times, The Berkeley Monthly, and hosted a weekly radio program on station KALX the student station of the University of California at Berkeley on Sunday evenings.
In 1978 the author felt that his writing lacked a certain sense of street savvy and that the remedy would be for him to seek more rooted worldly experience. To this end, he became a taxi driver for the Yellow Cab Company in San Francisco, keeping his residence in Berkeley, and remained in that occupation for 17 years where he continued to study and develop astrology and in addition began to study the use and programming of personal micro computers which were then in their infancy.
He continued to develop his astrological techniques and computer programming abilities and in 1995 he stopped driving and started working in the computing industry. His special interest was spreadsheet programs and database applications. The present work originally began in 1997 as a spreadsheet and was converted to text for ease of publishing while making it more accessible to electronic searching. The entire book is viewable/useable on the web at http://users.lmi.net/~ballgame/index.htm
The author enjoyed personal and sometimes all to brief relationships with the major astrologers of his era including Al H. Morrison, Charles Jayne, Reinhold Ebertin, Dane Rudhyar, Zipporah Dobbyns, Ronald C. Davison, John Addey, Charles Emerson, John Townley, Mark Edmond Jones, Carl Payne Tobey, Donald Bradley, Neil Michelsen, Michael Munkasey, Katey Houston, Eleanor Bach, and most recently Michael Erlewine and his brother Stephen, and their families.
The majority of these relationships were initiated while the author worked at the American Federation of Astrologers in 1972 with Bob and Sara Cooper. Doris Chase Doane signed his certificate of competency from the Astrologer's Guild of America in New York dated June, 1973. John Townley was President and Al H Morrison as executive secretary sponsored me for membership into the Astrologer's Guild of America.
Al Morrison introduced me to John Townley who was pioneering new approaches to composite charts which I developed further with a unique insight which was based upon the book "More Than Human" by Theodore Sturgeon which was a study of triads and coalitions in human partnerships where two people could by means of ther composite, be a partner of another person. This insight was seized upon by Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, and Triad by Grace Slick, and became the verified template of a lifestyle which subsequently made the centerpiece of a new generational image reaching it's final incarnation's in David Bowie and "Ziggy Stardust". These insights were subsequently codified by Massachusetts astrologer Robert Hand in his book "Planets in Composite".
My interest in promoting all of this astrololgical innovation was the integration of the meaning of the structured order of planets based upon their cyclic identities individuually and in their sequentially ordererd pairs and triplicities. It was necessary to develop a mathematical theory of planets which displayed their cyclic relationships in a coherent cycletology. The first step was to show mathematically that the planetary aspects were the result of the Prime Number Theories of Carl Frederich Gauss which showed that the mathematical model for aspects was preordained/prediestined by the prime number theory.
In addition to contributing new insights to the Composite Chart work which were eventually taken up by Hand and others , I developed "The Inevitability of Aspects", CAO Times, vol 1 No 3 (cover) and pp22-23 (1975) an independent proof of the harmonic assumptive theory which states:
"If the aspect is evaluated not in terms of intensity but in terms of the number of harmonics appearing at each aspect point, the aspect intensity spectrum is unchanged because
the number of harmonics at each aspect point = (the number of terms in X)/N
where X = (1/1) +(1/2)+(1/3)+(1/4) +...
This expression is a divergent series in which the number of terms (N) = the number of harmonics.
In other words the number of harmonics at each aspect point is, like the intensity at each aspect point, simply proportional to 1/N.
In 1974 Joseph Frederici of Italy published his "A Theory of Aspects." In the Astrological Journal (UK vol 16, No4, pp21-28 (1974) which closely parallels my work.
There is an absolutely excellent discussion of aspects and their developing role in astrology in the 20th century in the astrological reference work entitled " Recent Advances in Natal Astrology a critical review 1900-1976.", compiled by Geoffrey Dean PhD, assisted by Arthur Mather, Analogic, Australia, 1977. Dr. Dean is an analytical chemist, science writer and astrologer who lived in Perth, Western Australia. Arthur Mather received his Masters of Information Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Information Science, and worked as a geologist, information scientist, astrologer and Research Coordinator of the Astrological Association and lived in Cowes, England. in 1977. The book is 600 finely printed pages and was the collective work of 52 collaborators. Of particular interest in this discussion is the chapter on aspects starting on page 277 extending to page 354 with 196 separate citations just on that chapter alone. Because of these findings, harmonic resonance once and for all took precedence over orbs and astrology became modern.
Harmonics were destined to reduce the timeworn arguments over Zodiacs to the dustbins of history. Working with orbs became like playing an out-of-tune piano most of the time. The aspects were rarely exact so that the measurements had a sour quality to them. After five millenniums astrology was at last becoming scientific. As a guitarist knows by purposely "bending" notes harmonics come into play which either support or distort the fundamental tones without actually going to the next interval of the scale. This is important in the study of harmonics because perfectly constructed intervals don't exist in nature instead nature is inexact. Perfection only occurs in the mind in abstract forms.
It was concluded by those who understood these findings that just like sound, planetary relationships had to be evaluated in terms of their harmonic resonance. This was intuitively understood by Kepler, and Witte; but it did not receive the empirical proofs until computing arrived and the vast number of calculations supervised by Addey commenced in 1971. These findings were hinted at in the work of John Nelson in 1951 in a series of articles on his research in the effects of planetary positions on short-wave signal properties. Nelson was viewing results of radio waves and their being bent by planetary fields with oscilloscopes and theorizing on harmonic effects. L. Edward Johndro was doing similar work with his researches as a radio engineer and published his book on the subject in The Stars How and Why They Influence, Weiser, New York 1973. And the companion book the "Earth in the Heavens." Johndro was in touch with Nelson, and Charles Jayne in those days along with the maverick Al H. Morrison.
Addey set the whole thing on fire though, when in 1970 he started publishing his researches on in an article "The Nature and Origin of Degree Influences", in the Astrological Journal (UK) in 1970, vol12, No 1, pp 14-22. This was the beginning of his harmonic work and it complimented the work that the Harvey's, and Chester Kemp, Michael Heleus, and myself and others were beginning to develop. 1968-1972 were very important years for astrology because all of these new concepts were being developed with the aid of computing time which was being donated by Cambridge University in the UK and with people in the US who had corporate access like Neil Michelsen at IBM in Pelham, NY. In 1970 I got out of the Navy and started studying astrology in earnest. I have been at it ever since.
What I like about astrology is that it teaches one true analysis and cleanses the doors of perception which are muddled by parental and societal pressures in the formative years of life. But to get these benefits from studying astrology you have to drink deeply from the cup or leave it alone. If you stay on the edges and sip it meekly or refuse to look at the deep truth because your personal history gets in the way you should drop it and speak no further of it and work your consciousness and try again later on.