Welcome to this introduction to Man and the Universe.
“Understand that you are another world in miniature, and that you are the Sun, the Moon, and also the Stars” (Origen)
True or false?
If anyone has ever stood beside a double decker bus, and examined the size against themselves, they would see that it is probably at least three times their height, and many times their width. In fact massively large by comparison.
To then compare our size with a skyscraper would be quite daunting. Yet a skyscraper is only a dot on the map of a city, and a city is only a dot on the map of a country.
If we continue to scale this up, we can see that the size of earth is minute compared with the sun, and the size of the sun compared with just our own galaxy, is really a pin prick in space…..and so it goes on. The comparison of our own size to the universe is almost beyond imagining. We are really quite a “nothing” it seems – just a speck of a speck within a dot of a dot, and indeed much smaller than that.
And yet, a human being is absolutely vast to an ant, and an ant is equally vast to an amoeba. All these things have their place and function, and people have continually searched for a common factor which will enable them to traverse the problem of size, and help their imagination to grasp the staggering immensity of the universe as compared with themselves.
In search of this common factor, science made the discovery that every object around us – indeed all existence, whether seemingly living or not – is made up of millions of tiny fragments known as Atoms.
These atoms combine together to form molecules which, in turn, can be grouped together to make an item of any size – a pinhead, a chair, an old boot, a drop of water, all the water in the oceans, a human cell, a total human being, a frog, a spider, the universe… in fact anything.
We are told that the nucleus of an atom is made up of particles packed tightly together at the centre, and that the atom itself is almost all empty space. Science has compared the atom to the universe, for this too is made up of stars tightly packed together, and almost all empty space.
In fact, it has been suggested that the universe is just a vastly magnified atom.
If this is true, then it follows that anything in existence, including ourselves, is also a universe in its’ own right. It is just a question of dimension, either large or small, minute or of great magnitude.
Long before modern science was a twinkle in the eye of “civilisation” this simple idea was recognised by most symbolic traditions, and has been accepted for thousands of years.
In the west we speak of the Macrocosm, and Microcosm, which works with ideas of comparison between large and small.
Chinese philosophy teaches “As above, so below”.
Science talks of “all things being equal” and, in the name of faith, the bible tells us that “God made man in His own Image”
It seems that the formula for all these things is the same:
Universe = Atom
Person = Atom
Therefore a Person = Universe
Everything is wheels within wheels, and really startlingly easy. Unfortunately the nature of human kind seems to complicate understanding.
This very simple theory is one of the basic understandings of Astrology.
If a person is the mirror of the universe then, if we study the nature of our solar system and the position of the planets at a given time, we should also logically be able to study the nature of an individual born at that time.
The date, time and place of birth is therefore very important to Astrologers.