The Dark Moon
astronomy, the path of a planet around the
, or of a satellite around its planet, can be repre-sented ideally as a sort of symmetrical oval called an ellipse. Two points situated on the longer axis of an orbit, the foci, have an interesting property that if you travel in a straight line from onefocus to any point along the orbit, then back to the other focus, you will have covered the samedistance no matter what point on the orbit you chose to visit. In our solar system, the
(or to bemore precise, the center of mass of the whole system) occupies one focus of each orbit, while theother foci are empty.In the case of the Earth-
is really in orbit around the common center of theEarth and w, which skirts around the upper reaches of our atmosphere. This is the inner focus.The outer, or empty, focus lies about 50,000 km away, in the direction of the
’s apogee—the point on its orbit farthest away from us. An appendix to this article
contains more mathematicalinformation and, for those without access to
or another source, tables for calculatingthe
’s longitude through the 20th century.A few more facts about the
It becomes conjunct the
every six years (less 1 day, 2 hours 41.7 minutes)
Each conjunction occurs 244° 0.8’ beyond the previous one
It is generally direct in motion but can be retrograde
It makes a full round of the zodiac in 8 years 309 days 13 hours 1.3 minutes.Close to the turn of the century a French astrologer, Don Neroman, became heavily absorbedin esoteric astrology although he was a technician by training and inclination (he was also an en-gineer). His achievements are remarkable. In 1899, he wrote an article predicting that a ninth planet would be found in 1931 and would be called Pluto!
From his studies in alchemy and inthe Bible, Neroman deduced that there should be an astrological factor with the following char-acteristics:1. Its average motion would be about 6’ per day2. It would be related to the Earth-Moon system3. It would not be a physical object. Neroman found two candidates for his new factor: the apogee of the
’s orbit and the outer focus. By some definitions of the
’s orbit these points are identical, but by others they diverge periodically and can be a few degrees apart; in any case they both have a common mean motionof about 6.7’ per day. It has taken nearly a century of research for us to be sure which to use:transits and progressed hits show that the outer focus gives by far the best results. The interpre-tation offered here is based on decades of European use and on a number of years of my own practice, involving more than 2,000 consultations.From the fact that one focus coincides with our planet, while the other is nothing but amathematical point, we can deduce the latter’s basic significance. The lunar forces exertingthemselves on our planet are mainly givers of life, rhythm and form. The other focus possessesthe same energy, but without form. For us it creates a pull towards formless, pure energy andtowards the Life-Absolute. This energy is produced by two bodies, Earth and
, that are both
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Manuel pratique d’astrologie
. Paris: Flandres-Artois, 1972, p.366.