Note to Readers: Usually we publish the Q & A feature Wednesdays, but just as we were getting going we started playing around with the charts for this brand spankin’ new atom smasher and got obsessed. Look for the Q & A on Thursday. Second Note to Readers: The LHC written about below appears to have been started one hour late. We are verifying the time and will make some revised comments about the chart in later blogs and the Friday edition. The chart below is for the stated, planned time of the event, which in most historical events is always a meaningful chart. Third Note to Readers: New Scientist magazine is reporting that the collider did indeed start at 9:30 am, so at this point, our chart remains accurate with the Sombrero Galaxy in the ascendant. There is a really cool video at the New Scientist link.
Dear Friend and Reader:
What the heck is the Large Hadron Collider? And why has Steve Hawking bet $100 that it’s not going to work, even though it cost between $6 billion and $8 billion dollars? (Oh, if you think that’s a lot, it cost less than one month of the United States’ war in Iraq.)
The Large Hadron Collider is this 17-mile tunnel located near Geneva, Switzerland 568 feet under the ground. It’s a very fancy atom smasher, four times more powerful than most other atom smashers. These are used to make new compounds, discover different kinds of subatomic particles and are places where scientists have a heck of a lot of very fun.
Scientists are looking for the Higgs boson, or the “God particle,” which we prefer to think of as the Goddess particle. Why would that be? Because (though it has not been discovered yet) it’s believed to give mass to every other kind of atomic particle, including itself. It’s kind of the Missing Mother of Matter; the cosmic Alma Mater. From what I am reading, the science guys are trying to recreate the Big Bang in a 17-mile very dangerous metal test tube. The machine will have to run for a while before they know if they will see God or maybe Goddess, so we won’t know tomorrow. It takes a while for the thing to speed up. It will eat a lot of power. The electric bill won’t be in for a while.
It’s being described as “the most complex scientific experiment ever undertaken,” and it started at 9:30 am local time. It has a chart. That chart (cast for the stated, planned time of the startup, 9:30 am local time) has a Venus, Mercury and Mars conjunction rising in Libra. One funny thing that jumps right out is how the ascendant of this chart is one degree away from the degree rising in the chart for the Sept. 11, 2001 false flag attacks. (Mercury is rising in this chart, and was also rising in the Sept. 11 chart). The Mercury-Mars conjunction (which feels a little like a particle collision) is in the exact degree of the Sept. 11 ascendant; one of those odd, meaningless, synchronicities. This all has a violent feeling and for sure it is violent; it’s a particle smasher.
Now, it turns out that the degree rising — the exact degree — was the scene of one of the most important discoveries of modern physics: the expanding universe.
“The Sombrero Galaxy was the first galaxy confirmed to be external to our own,” said Philip Sedgwick, a specialist in galactic astrology. “That was in 1912. It’s the first where a red shift was confirmed. It proved that the universe was expanding. What happens with this galaxy prominent is that there’s a sense that there’s a runaway train. Can we handle this? It’s the fear of being swept away into something that you psychologically cannot handle.”
“These planets are square Jupiter in Capricorn,” Sedgwick added. “If the God particle can be confirmed, this challenges people with fundamental religious views. This could disprove some theological beliefs. Science is again coming in to upset philosophy. It’s a challenge to control mechanisms. It’s square Jupiter, so I think so. This is going to blow a lot of theories if they discover what they think they might.”
Are they really going to find this particle? Stephen Hawking doesn’t think so. Genevieve, who co-writes this blog, doesn’t either. I personally don’t know but that Moon-Sun trine looks promising, as does Chiron on the North Node. Chiron on the North Node in Aquarius is like a plunge into a new dimension of science, and I think we will hear news when Chiron makes its first conjunction to Neptune in Aquarius in the spring of 2009; somebody remember I said that. The Chiron/node conjunction has come with at least one major scientific discovery in the past — the announcement by NASA that there is bacteria on Mars).
Now, this is an interesting chart, but we dug up the birthday of the scientist, Professor Higgs, for whom the Higgs boson is named. He’s 79 years old and he’s been at this for a long time. Probably since Atlantis. (In this lifetime, he’s been writing about this since 1963, according to Wikipedia.)
The most amazing thing about Higgs’ chart is that he has his natal Saturn at 28+ Sagittarius, and on Tuesday, Pluto stationed direct at 28+ Sagittarius — that is, about one-sixth of a degree away from an absolutely exact conjunction; which is exact. This makes a collective event (the last station-direct of Pluto for this cycle) into a deeply personal event for Prof. Higgs.
Think of the atomic power of Pluto smashing into the solid wall of Saturn; in Sagittarius, the belief that God/Goddess cannot be penetrated or understood. Higgs really does seem to be looking for God/Goddess, and funny enough, that Saturn-Pluto event in his chart is within two degrees of the Galactic Core, the great big stand-in for God/Goddess. He seems to want to smash Saturn so that he can look through the cracks at the core of our galaxy.
As for Steve Hawking, the author of A Brief History of Time, here is what he told BBC Radio.
“The LHC will increase the energy at which we can study particle interactions by a factor of four. According to present thinking, this should be enough to discover the Higgs particle,” Hawking said.
“I think it will be much more exciting if we don’t find the Higgs. That will show something is wrong, and we need to think again. I have a bet of 100 dollars that we won’t find the Higgs,” added Hawking.
Yours & truly
With additional research by Rachel Asher, Genevieve Salerno, Carol van Strum and Len Wallick.