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Entropy on Earth and in the sky


The Tunguska Event: 1908-06-30 7:17 local time, lat/long 60.92/101.95

Among the cosmic catastrophes or impacts in historic times, the Tunguska Event was the one best known. We know the time and place of the impact: it was June 30, 1908, the Sun at the beginning of the Cancer sign, early in the morning (7:17 local time), and the place was close to the Arctic Circle, so the Sun was already high. The destruction was enormous, but probably no human was killed because the meteorite (or comet) was kind enough to hit an area that was uninhabited at that time. The impact went to central Siberia several hundred kilometers north of Baikal. Several hundred square kilometers of forest were felled, overthrown and partially burned down. However after many years, when the first research expedition arrived there, in the very epicenter tree trunks were found that stood vertically, although scorched. It was concluded that the shock wave of the explosion came from above in that place. Neither the crater nor the meteorite was found, so it was probably some mass of gas or evaporating liquid, however it is not clear whether meteorite consisted of water or some frozen gas. I will not go into details; there is a lot of literature on this topic. The explosion brought into the atmosphere a large amount of dust, which caused colorful sunsets and shining of the sky in a large part of the northern hemisphere. Seismographs noted a shock of the earth's crust that reached St. Petersburg and London. The event was therefore first of all cosmic, and secondly affected a significant area of ​​the Earth. For us astrologers, the most important thing is that this was a rare event. Impacts of large meteorites or comets or asteroids, giving effects as extensive as with the Tunguska Impact, are extremely rare.

I am still aiming for what is interesting and noteworthy and even amazing to us astrologers. Namely, this strange and extremely rare phenomenon was accompanied by a similarly extremely rare arrangement of planets in the sky. Note here: violent events in the world that have widespread effects usually have a human cause. The decision of politicians or commanders starts a war, the decision of the insurgents causes a revolution, the vote initiated Brexit. The beginnings of these events are processes that take place in human minds or brains. There are also violent and important events naturally caused by the planet Earth – such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, droughts and other elementary disasters. What is interesting is that the Tunguska Impact reason was neither in human brains nor in the “life” of planet Earth. It was a cosmic phenomenon, which I emphasize. And yet it was accompanied by a rare configuration of planets, as in the case of events (disasters) of human or terrestrial origin. Taking into consideration the Tunguska Impact, we can believe that if the planets (those that astrologers draw in horoscopes) produce some “field”, it is not only picked up by the brains (minds) of people, or not only received by the Earth itself. If such a field exists, it has even more extensive effect since apparently it is also “picked up” by meteorites that synchronize their paths properly to hit the Earth. This “field” applies to a much wider area of the Universe.

What was the rarity or oddity of that planetary configuration? The meteorite wanted to hit Siberia when six planets were in the sign of Cancer. Among them was the Sun, Neptune in conjunction with Mercury and Venus, in Cancer there was also the Moon in conjunction with Mars. Pluto and Jupiter were also near this group of six planets. In the angular range of about 50 degrees there were 8 planets, while Uranus was in opposition to this group. Let us also notice that the “core” of this planetary configuration, its most long-lasting part was Uranus' opposition to Neptune. A rare phenomenon within a period of 171 years. Other more mobile planets have gathered around the Uranus-Neptune opposition. From the point of view of the observer in space, the planetary pattern at that time looked like that Uranus, Earth, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Sun, Mars and Neptune were on one line. Jupiter was a little more deviated from this line, just like Pluto. So, with some accuracy, all the planets except Saturn, almost the entire solar system including the Earth's Moon, have lined up on one line in space. (Except Saturn, which also occupied a non-random position, because it was in a loose quadrature to the other planets, i.e. it lay on a line almost perpendicular to their line.)

This distribution of planets is somewhat reminiscent of the phenomenon we learn about in physics lessons when the concept of entropy is introduced. Namely, for students of physics, their professors make them imagine a situation where there is a box of gas, the gas consists of a swarm of randomly moving particles, and suddenly it happenes that all these particles spontaneously gather in one corner of the box, say in a corner cube of the size equal to 1/10 of the size of the box. How small is the probability of finding the atoms or molecules of air or other gas in one thousandth of the volume of a vessel? This phenomenon is “cosmically” rare (to the extent that nobody has ever seen a similar one before; actual gas fluctuations relate to very small volumes) but then there is low entropy. The rarer and less likely the phenomenon the lower the entropy. At the same time, phenomena in physics have an overwhelming tendency to go toward increasing entropy. Therefore, if the gas molecules accumulate by chance in one corner of the box, they will immediately scatter into the entire vessel, i.e. they will occupy all the available space in a fairly uniform manner. Why? This uniform distribution is most likely, because it is implemented in the largest number of ways. The phenomena, based on the fact that the sets of components produce such uniformity of distribution have firstly a high probability and secondly have high entropy. If the physical configurations that are rare exist, they have low probability and also low entropy.

Situations with low entropy are significant. For example, we'll find extremely low entropy if we compare different patterns on broken pieces of rock. Imagine digging a rock with a pickaxe or excavator in the Gobi Desert and looking at the slate plates thus prepared. The case when such a pattern resembles a bird's feather (or actually of a dinosaur's one) or a paw print is extremely rare, i.e. it has extremely low probability. But researchers are looking exactly for that. They do this because they are interested not in some random and typical unevenness on the stone's surface, but in those traces that are the remains of living things. This case can be immediately generalized: here we, people who explore the world, are looking for phenomena with extremely low probability or low entropy – because they are significant.

We see that the Tunguska Impact itself was a rare or low-entropy event, and at the same time it was accompanied by a pattern of planets, which was also extremely rare and strange, and as if “specially made” for this occasion, like that patterns of dinosaur feathers on a slate.

Astrologers specifically look for rare planetary configurations because they expect to find the rare events that accompany such planetary patterns.

And here begins to appear a hypothesis that the rare configurations of planets, which we observe in the solar system, reduce the entropy of the solar system, and thus of each fragment of it, and this promotes the occurrence of extremely rare phenomena on Earth at that time.[1] And that would be the transition between physics (or thermodynamics) and astrology. The transition that does not explain everything, but at least gives a point of attachment for the physical validity of astrology, for its physical justification. This is the working hypothesis that perhaps through entropy there is a link between astrology and science. What’s more there are other interesting points: the entropy of matter in the gravitational field leads to the black hole model: the black hole is the state with the highest possible entropy. Relations between the gravitational field and temperature, as well as between the gravitational field and the content of information in a certain area are also considered. The developing quantum theory of gravity even claims that the passage of time has a gravitational reason: that the gravitational field is more fundamental than time. Therefore it is possible that somewhere in the domain of organizing the world through the gravitational field there are also connections to astrology. Perhaps the right theory is a task for future generations of astrologers and physicists. But without even waiting for their future discoveries, we find that the horoscopes of catastrophes are worth paying attention to.

Based on the lecture for AstroAkademia on April 17, 2019, entitled “Catastrophes.”
With gratitude to Agnieszka Marczewska and Alexandra Müller-Larsson for linguistic help.

[1] Compare with the story by Stanisław Lem about generating extremely rare phenomena when fighting a dragon – in the previous episode of this blog.