I am currently finishing up an astrological program in a new form of astrology called vibrational astrology (this is a particularly brilliant David Cochrane concoction, based on 45 years of research, and is ‘evidence-based’ — in other words, the conclusions he’s made are based on what he’s actually observed). Several students are already in the process of setting up practices and have their own websites — here, here, and here. (Some other students were already astrologers with practices before they started the program).
It’s an exciting time for all the students as graduation’s happening in a few months. In some ways, I’ve decided to follow my own heart and continue my specialty, although the things I learned in vibrational astrology pertaining to relocation astrology (we spent a semester on it) definitely added to my understanding of it. But becoming a specialist rather than a generalist speaks to my heart.
Vibrational astrology really is fascinating, though. Much of the bedrock of vibrational astrology is about harmonics, in that vibrations in some sense are synonymous with harmonics. Some of you know what these are, but for those that don’t, this is for you.
Imagine the birth chart wheel, all 360 degrees of it. Divide 360 into 5, and you get 72 degrees — 1/5th of the circle. 72 degrees is known as a quintile. And 144 degrees is a biquintile. These quintiles and biquintiles are generally associated with creativity, and, according to David Cochrane, even how you play. (He noted that people with strong quintile patterns — as, for example, I do with my Venus, Saturn, and Pluto as well as my Sun, Uranus, and relocated-to-Colorado Midheaven, tend not to like drudgery and have to come up with more creative ways of making money).
The basic idea about harmonics is that the 5th harmonic multiplies the distance between planets by 5. So two planets 10 degrees apart are 50 degrees apart in the 5th harmonic. And two planets 72 degrees apart are — 360 degrees, or, basically, conjunct. (So two planets 36 or 108 degrees apart basically become oppositions in the 5th harmonic, or vibration — 36 x 5 = 180, and 108 x 5 = 540, reducing to 180.)
Each of the harmonics has its own ‘theme.’ The 7th harmonic — all of this is more David Cochrane’s research — has to do with quiet discipline, introversion — think of the young child who studies piano for hours each day in order to become a concert pianist. The 9th harmonic has to do with how one places oneself in one’s community. The 8th harmonic is about your driving force. If someone has a ‘strong’ harmonic, it is because they have several — at least three — planets aspecting each other.
Going a little further out, someone with a strong 17th harmonic is likely to be empathic and interested in the stories of others. Or, from his publication, “The First 32 Harmonics” (© 2012 Cosmic Patterns Software, Inc.)
Incorporating insights, perspectives, beliefs, customs, habits, and different viewpoints wherever they can be found, without prejudice and without lots of a priori assumptions. Especially inclined towards acting and theatre but also arts, literature and cultural experiences of all kinds. A non-linear way of thinking that incorporates different views and approaches. Interest in the way people understand, experience, interpret, and find meaning in their lives.
Cochrane talked a lot about the 17th harmonic a lot in class, and he revealed a whole host of other (minor?) characteristics about the 17th harmonic, almost as asides.
He once quipped, ’17th harmonic isn’t always there for you’ — meaning, someone with strong 17th harmonic isn’t always there for you (UNLESS they have some other strong harmonic that would allow the subject to be there for you!) He also once mentioned that 29th harmonic can ‘win people’s hearts’.
And that is the thing. You can actually go pretty high with these harmonics! 29th harmonic has to do with an optimistic sense of the universe as an evolving, improving system. Or:
Able to adopt different points of view. Interest in how different people live and experience the world. Gaining a perspective outside the usual frame of reference of most other people. Incorporating styles, habits, or customs of other people. A realistic and mature view that does not offer simple answers and is able to see that there is beauty and grace in many different cultures and life styles,. There are no simple
answers to solving the world’s problems, but it is important to understand that we can adopt new attitudes and we can choose a way of relating to the world that enables us to
evolve, develop, grow, learn, and love in greater measure. We can re-create ourselves by allowing ourselves to restructure our lives and develop the habits, life style, and way of relating to others that expresses our higher ideals and vision of what is possible. A positive attitude that we can make our lives better by relating to the world in a more authentic way.
There’s so much we learned in his 2 1/2 year long course, far too much to write in my blog (and his publication is essential reading) and just as importantly, far too much for most people, including myself, to retain in memory — but he was able to make conclusions for harmonics for prime numbers as high as 43 and for harmonic multiples that included 35, 55, 77, 128 and others! One of the fascinating prime number harmonics he found out about was 37. Another was 43. I include these because they are both pretty strong in me. These prime number harmonics were presented at the 2019 Vibrational Astrology Conference by Starlene Breiter (PAC), another astrologer who graduated from Cochrane’s program some time ago.
What I recalled in her presentation about 37 had to do with the subject preparing sort of a ‘witches’ brew’ in one’s creative endeavor. The 37 harmonic has been thought to be ‘bad-ass.’ These are nice things to hear about oneself, and most neatly manifest in my radio show (KGNU-fm), but also in other creative work I’ve done in the past, if memory serves me, or just my thought patterns in general. (The higher harmonics tend to deal more with abstract things).
The 43rd harmonic is just as interesting. The subject with a strong 43rd harmonic, if they’re in the process of diving deep into themselves, often finds — nothing! (This is exactly what happened during my guided — and I do mean guided, I didn’t do this alone — psilocybin trip last October in Oakland, CA). The person with a 43rd harmonic often has a weak sense of their own identity.
Step back for a second and contemplate what it means to have a strong 43rd or 37th or 35th harmonic — in the technical, mathematical sense, the sense of the chart wheel itself. A harmonic chart is not a ‘real’ chart, it is a magnification of the real chart meant to draw out patterns. So somebody with two planets 10 degrees apart in the natal chart has them 430 degrees apart in the 43rd harmonic, which reduces to 70 degrees apart.
The 43rd harmonic will show oppositions, squares, sextiles and trines, semisextiles, quincunx, semisquares and sesquiquadrates. Two planets in opposition in the 43rd harmonic are basically planets that are an odd multiple (1, 3, 5, 7, etc.) of “43 x 2, or 86, divided by 360.” (Even multiples, 2, 4, 6, etc. would be conjunctions.) If you step back and contemplate how far-fetched this might sound not only to the layperson, but also to many serious students of more ‘normal’ astrology, if you are either of these, you might be compelled to think of it as bullcrap.
But the research has been done, generally of people who have reached some level of fame, and the conclusions are seen to be sound when we combine their truth with the truth that you might feel when you’ve discovered you have a strong 19 harmonic and what that actually means to you personally. It is yet more of the “ID card from the universe” that your astrological chart actually gives you.