This is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth:
As below, so above; and as above so below. With this knowledge alone you may work miracles.
And since all things exist in and emanate from the One Who is the ultimate Cause, so all things are born after their kind from this One.
The Sun is the father, the Moon the mother;
the wind carried it in his belly. Earth is its nurse and its guardian.
It is the Father of all things,
the eternal Will is contained in it.
Here, on earth, its strength, its power remain one and undivided.
Earth must be separated from fire, the subtle from the dense, gently with unremitting care.
It arises from the earth and descends from heaven; it gathers to itself the strength of things above and things below.
By means of this one thing all the glory of the world shall be yours and all obscurity flee from you.
It is power, strong with the strength of all power, for it will penetrate all mysteries and dispel all ignorance.
By it the world was created.
From it are born manifold wonders, the means to achieving which are here given
It is for this reason that I am called Hermes Trismegistus; for I possess the three essentials of the philosophy of the universe.
This is the sum total of the work of the Sun.
Sadoul, Jacques. Alchemists and Gold. Spearman, 1972. Fulcanelli interpretation of The Emerald Tablet, p. 25,26:
The Zodiac & The Superposition Principle
What, beyond the poetry does this have to do with astrology? The Three Essentials Hermes Trismegistus was referring to are alchemy, theurgy, and astrology, though you'll note, this "power" he's referring to there doesn't exist as a one way path, nor does it "originate" in any one place between the cosmos and down here on earth: it is in fact, above, below, within and without. As opposed to an abdication of personal power to some far flung deity or planet, this is an avid endorsement of owning it.
The zodiac, by definition is not just your Sun sign. In fact, it is simply defined as being: "a belt of the heavens within about 8° either side of the ecliptic, including all apparent positions of the sun, moon, and most familiar planets. It is divided into twelve equal divisions or signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces)"
While there is a common misconception that the dates listed on your horoscope would be where the Sun moves through each one of the corresponding constellations, that's not really the case. This is because astronomy and astrology are a bit like a pair of sisters that look very similar but are not. Your "sign" is actually something that was defined roughly 2000 years ago by someone who was working with solstices and equinoxes, that is, the changing of the seasons, for the most part. Since then, the very slow movement of the Earth's axis changed those points, shifting them around 30° West, relative to the constellations.
Having said all of that, don't ask us about your sign changing, and Ophiuchus is a constellation, not a sign. We'll entertain quite a lot, but we're not quite edgy enough for that one. This is also not a particularly new rumor, but one that often makes the rounds even though by this logic: 88 actual constellations provides a hell of a lot of wiggle room.
Interesting sidenote, another translation of The Emerald Tablet comes from Isaac Newton,whose Three Laws of Motion would later be used to prove Bernoulli and later Fourier's wave equation in respect to The Superposition Principle. However, you can't deduce it from those three laws. It's complicated. The zodiac is not, just be sure your vibrations are proper.
It has been said that with focused intent, all things are possible - and this is a fundamental tenant of what we do.
"For the last four hundred years, an unstated assumption of science is that human intention cannot affect what we call 'physical reality.' Our experimental research of the past decade shows that, under the right conditions, this assumption is no longer correct. We humans are much more than we think we are, and Psychoenergetic Science continues to expand the proof of it."
— William A. Tiller, Ph.D. (Stanford University)
In one mind-over-matter experiment conducted by Dr. Tiller, a group of individuals put their awareness on an electrical circuit which contained a crystal. They then implanted an intent that the pH of water would either go up or go down. The circuits were wrapped in aluminum foil and shipped overnight to a lab across the country, turned on, and set beside a water sample. The room was isolated so that people did not enter, and all environmental factors of the room were carefully monitored.
Despite the precautions, the water samples did respond exactly to the mind power as the meditators intended. PH rose or fell according to the intentions a full 1.5 pH.
While a single experiment cannot prove the phenomenon, it illustrates the hypothesis, and shows that experimentation suggests that there are, indeed, effects worthy of more study. Much like a new drug or supplement that shows promise, looking more closely into what's going on is clearly indicated. At a minimum, working towards reproducible results can eliminate the counterargument that anecdotal evidence is no evidence at all.
But we have much more than anecdotal evidence, even now. While showing how intent can be used is problematic, the fact that it exists is, surprisingly to some, not in dispute.
Read that again - it's not in dispute!
Quantum Effects and Intent
Many people with little or no interest in quantum physics may have heard the phrase that, "the observer affects the observed." This is a reference to the mind-bending physics experiment, the "double slit experiment."
The double slit experiment works like this: If a particle, say a photon, is fired through a single slit in a barrier, it will appear as a dot on a target on the other side of the slit. You could think of it as a bullet going through a narrow doorway and leaving a hole on the far wall. However, if you have two slits, the particle does something strange and somehow forms a wave pattern instead of a dot. If the path of the particles are knowable, they responds as particles. When we don't know the path, they respond as waves.Is the photon passing through one slit or both slits at once? Is it colliding with itself on the far side, or is something else happening? The question can't be answered because the moment scientists install a detector to see what's going on, you no longer see the wave pattern, and it only registers as a particle. This phenomenon is known as "collapsing the wave."
The bottom line is that when there is no detector, you see a wave pattern, and when there is a detector, you observe particles. This has been termed "the observer effect". Somehow, the process of recording observations with a detector consistently changes the outcome of that experiment.
Manifesting Intent, Yourself
From its beginnings, spell-casting and intent have been inseparable. Even in cases where a spell has a clear desired outcome, intent can play a part in the shaping of that outcome. Understanding where much of the intent comes from and how it affects the outcome can help improve your craft.
Much like the double-slit experiment, there is much more "going on" that we simply don't understand, but the end effects can be seen and measured.
Quantum effects weren't known more than a few decades ago, but still existed. Knowing them now gives insight into how modern technology and components can be used along-side traditional methods. Using modern components in your spells can leverage these quantum effects for even better results.And as we learn more, we can adapt and improve.
Many of our components and methods are new, and their efficacy is encouraging, both in immediate results as well as hinting and what's to come. This is what we do, daily, at The Chip Witch, and what we offer to you.
The Double-Slit Experiment
Particles behave as waves unless observed. It appears that observation directly affects reality!