Dennis Elwell (born 1930 in Stourbridge, England) is a British astrologer who began lecturing astrology worldwide in 1963, gaining a reputation as an original thinker who was an advocate for the rehabilitation of astrology. He wrote Cosmic Loom – The new science of astrology and published it for the first time in 1987. As he wrote in the preface, it is a book recommended to the "intelligent inquirer", a book about the philosophy of astrology, about the principles which lies behind astrology. The book starts with a great statement: "the greatest truth in the world is also the most neglected", in fact a synthesis of the situation in which astrology is and was in the last centuries.
1. The Stubborn Witness
In the first chapter the author presents the "stubborn witness" of astrology by several case studies, researches (one is about the axis around 20-23 Cancer and 20-23 Capricorn which speaks about sadism, criminals) which prove more or less that astrology works. Unfortunately, astrology must fight for a better place in a hostile world where is underestimated and, often, defied with ignorance by people who don’t have even a clue about what astrology really is. An astrologer feeling is expressed very well by the author:
"anybody who sets out to plead the case of astrology fells like a salesman who must get his foot in the door and talk fast, so much is against him".
Of course, for this bad perception of astrology are also responsible those "astrologers" who are using "astrology" to foul people, like those who write "star sign" columns: "this precious knowledge has fallen into the hands of buffoons" as the author wrote.
There are many valuable thoughts in this chapter, in this book, and I would like to mention the idea that planets are not influencing people or vice versa, but is a matter of synchronicity (see C.G. Jung – Synchronicity, An Acausal Connecting Principle, 1973), a very important concept which is not understood nowadays (2011) by many astrologers:
"there is no direct influence of the planets, and many thoughtful astrologers would say there is no indirect influence either, merely a kind of synchronization between the "up there" and the "down there".
2. Hidden Strands of Meaning
From views like:
"Here we are, centers of consciousness […] perhaps ultimately a cloud of energy interacting with other clouds of energy",
to questions like: "What are we?, What is the universe?",
the author tries to convince us that we can find answers with astrology. In this chapter he makes an attempt to demonstrate to the reader the benefits of astrology by generating an extended discussion about the role of Saturn, his significance of analyses, limitation, restriction, boundaries, and his connections with structure, time, age, gravity.
3. The Weaving Pattern
"Never was a time more favourable for demonstrating that astrology works, or for investigating the how and why. The communication explosion has placed unlimited data at the disposal of researchers.",
says the author and tries to show how astrologers can understand the meaning of planets using patterns:
"understanding the world around us depends on our power to perceive these patterns of meaning, to make the right connections, recognise what belongs with what. It is not easy.",
for example on 23 August 1985, when Uranus was on the upper meridian at London, on 3 different TV channels were transmitted movies with subjects close related with bombs (signified by Uranus in astrology). Like in the previous chapter are presented several examples of planetary combinations, aspects, midpoints, eclipses and the related events.
Instead of conclusion, we remember what JBS Haldane said:
"The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, is stranger than we can imagine."