Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior
Michel Gauquelin (1928-1991) was a French psychologist and statistician who wrote several books which represent the most important scientific support that astrology has received up to the present. Through his astrological-statistical studies he proved that the position of planets at birth is linked with one’s destiny. During his life, Gauquelin’s researches, especially “The Mars Effect”, stirred up many debates in the scientific community. In 1976 the Belgian Committee PARA confirmed the results obtained by Michel Gauquelin with “The Mars Effect”, but rejected the interpretations of the results, while in 1982 The French Committee for the Study of Paranormal Phenomena took a new research on 1066 French athletes, didn’t accepted Gauquelin’s observation about centering the study to important champions not ordinary athletes, and showed that “The Mars Effect” does not exist. The war between science and astrology generated another episode, but this time astrology was closer than ever.
After 20 may 1991, when he committed suicide, his work was continued by his first wife, Francois Gauquelin, Andre Barbault and other astrologers. He was a pioneer in astrological research, one who let us a valuable legacy which can be used like a model in our way to prove that astrology not only works, but is by herself a science. His most representative book is Cosmic Influences on Human Behavior, published in 1985 by Aurora Press.
Chapter 1. Is the Universe Astrological represents an introduction for the rest of the book which treats the relation between Cosmos and humans.
Chapter 2. The Return of the Planets presents some discoveries made in the mid-1900s about the radio waves and magnetic tails. Also a little story about the life of Louis XVI, the “Sun King”, which ends with the question “Had the planet Jupiter rising at birth an effect on his life?”. The answer in the next chapters!
In Chapter 3. The Gold Nugget the author explains the statistical method he used, how he divided the natal chart in 36 sectors – Gauquelin sectors – and the first anomaly discovered in his studies: in the charts of famous doctors Mars and Saturn is rising or culminating more often than regular. In this chapter we find a principle characteristic for all his research activity: the most important planetary positions in natal charts are the areas between 0-30 degrees before the Ascendant and MC, namely the Gauquelin sector 1-3 and 10-12.
Chapter 4. The Stars and Success begins with two new concepts for astrologers: slack and busy hours. Busy hours are that period of time when a planetary position (for example Mars in near the Ascendant) is found more often that theoretically should be found and slack hours are the reverse. The research made by Gauquelin shows that appear important correlations between the planetary positions and the profession of successful people. The differences appear mainly in Gauquelin sectors 1,2,3 and 10,11,12 which falls in houses 12 and 9(!), if we use the most common house systems, except Whole Sign Houses. This is an important observation.
Then we can see the results, which are really interesting: busy hours before Ascendant and MC is found for the Moon on writers and politicians, for Jupiter on politicians, actors, journalists and soldiers, for Mars on soldiers, champions athletes, business executives and doctors, for Saturn on doctors and scientists. Slack hours before angles is found for the Moon on soldiers, sportive champions, for Jupiter on doctors and scientists, for Mars on musicians, painters and writers, for Saturn on doctors, journalists, painters and writers. Those statistical results validates the astrological lore associated with these planets. Another important note by Gauquelin tells that those results are found only on important, well-known people from those professions, not on ordinary people!