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Scientific Revolution [Prima]

With a few exceptions, the pioneers and founders of the modern scientific movement were astrologers or were generally sympathetic towards astrology (e.g. Tycho Brahe, Kepler, Galileo and Francis Bacon).

The force and pace of the scientific revolution overtuned the Aristotelian and Ptolemaic systems of thought, which had provided the intellectual ration-alizations for astrology. Copernicus led the way by proposing that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Astrologers failed to organize or agree upon anything, thus insuring themselves of failure in the eyes of the new establishments.

It is interesting to note that heliocentric astrology has only begun to be widely explored in the 20th century and that its use, surprisingly, has not invalidated the effectiveness of geocentric astrology but has complemented it. The 20th century has seen a great flourishing of creative astrological thought and technique. This coincides with the breakdown of the mechanistic model in modern physics (a field that has been forced to deal with non-causal phenomena), as well as with the discovery of new planets and asteroids, which are astrologically relevant.

See also: ♦ Brahe, Tycho ♦ Kepler, Johannes ♦ Galileo Galilei ♦ Bacon, Francis


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