Changing the bios of society

By Dave Muller

Easter 2008

Today there is a lot of talk on how governments can change global warming, how central banks can solve the current financial meltdown and how human diseases can be eradicated by genetic engineering.  But legislation is the most imperative need particularly for the food supply improved by genetic manipulations.

It is a government’s laws and legal regulations that constitute the basic in–out social operations which govern economic exchange and political, cultural and religious functions of that society.

In a computer the bios or “basic input output system” constitutes the starting point of the whole system. The bios tests the component parts, clears the CPU registers and loads an initial binary code into the main memory so the computer can access the boot drive begin loading the operating system and drivers.

In Biology “bios” is the Greek word meaning “life”, and it is the genetic code within the DNA that forms the starting point for this living being before the nutritional, environmental and societal “operating system” kicks into the life process.

As above so below

Our ancestors saw symmetry in living plants where a tree’s foliage mirrors the root structure beneath the ground. They extended this agricultural concept “as above so below” to the heavens with their timing of planting and religious harvest festivals. In the Christian Lord’s Prayer the sentence “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven” echoes the same logic.

The seasons were mapped by the yearly path of the Sun against the fixed stellar background using the vernal equinox as the starting point of the annual cycle. This March equinox (equal day and night) was the first day of spring the northern hemisphere (autumn in the southern hemisphere). It was followed 3 months later by the June solstice (longest day in the northern hemisphere) which became the start of summer. 3 months later the September equinox became the start of autumn and the December solstice (shortest day) the start of winter. Christianity celebrates Easter at the first full moon after the vernal equinox and Christmas around the December solstice

The recurrent patterns and the charting of the planets in the sky were later extended to other worships, cultural and political celebrations. Jupiter’s 12 year cycle led to the further division of the sky and naming of the 12 constellations of the stellar background on the ecliptic (path of the Sun). Both the ancient Babylonians and Chinese astronomers charted the heavens on this basis.

The mapping of the sky also led to geographic exploration.  At the June solstice the Sun was directly overhead 23.5 degrees north or the Tropic of Cancer. At equinoxes the Sun was directly overhead at the Equator and the December solstice the Sun was directly overhead on the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5 degrees south).

Eclipses and the transits of Venus led to further discoveries of new lands and continents such as the Great South Land (Australia). Exploration of the moon, planets and searching the cosmos still remain a fundamental human endeavor to understand the universe, our origin on earth and the future of humanity.

Pluto at world point in 2008

Pluto and CharonSince its discovery in 1930 our solar system’s only binary or double planet Pluto/Charon [1] still remains at the centre of controversy. Pluto’s highly elliptical and “comet like” orbit brings it within the orbit of Neptune from February 1979 to February 1999. But the 3:2 orbital resonances of Neptune and Pluto (500 years) keep the two planets from a non collision course.
pluto-charon revolving orbit
While astronomers have recently demoted Pluto to the status of a minor planet because of its now known reduced size, astrologers are more and more seeing it as a key to governing social bios or governmental and legal regulations.

Revolving around each other every 7 days and perpendicular to its 248 year path around the Sun, Pluto/Charon forms a double helix orbit. A double helix is the basic structure of DNA, the famous molecule of genetics that establishes each organism's physical characteristics. It wasn't until mid-2001, that the Human Genome Project presented the true nature and complexity of the digital code inherent in DNA.DNA double helix

A planet’s transit of the Sun-Earth solstice and equinox points, which mark the beginning of the seasons, are astrologically considered world points. These fall at 0° of the cardinal signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn  and represent power points of the zodiac.  Pluto’s transit of such power points is seen as triggering world wide social change. [2]

Today in 2008 Pluto is transiting such a point namely the December solstice (Sagittarius/Capricorn Cusp).

In Australia the new Rudd Labour Government has quickly has apologised to the Aboriginal stolen generation, ratified the Kyoto protocol and scrapped the anti-union “work choice” legislation of the previous Howard government. Water conservation legislated measures of the Murray-Darling Rivers, and a 2020 new ideas summit on global warming are in the pipeline as is an Aussie troop pullout of Iraq.

On an international level reform of the United Nations Security Council is on the agenda as is climate change as a human rights issue.

In the U.S. democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama’s election strategy revolves around the concept of economic, political and cultural change.

Pluto at world point in 1971-72

Change was also the slogan (It’s time) and agenda with the Whitlam Labor government in 1972 as Pluto transited the September equinox point (Virgo-Libra cusp) as it swept aside years of conservative cold war Aussie government. Aussie troops were pulled out Vietnam and diplomatic relations established with China. Equal pay for women and free tertiary education soon followed.

In the U.S. we saw the Nixon government take the US dollar off the gold standard and the Watergate scandal which initiated a new form of investigative journalism.

At an international level the People's Republic of China took Taiwan’s seat on the United Nations Security Council. The US and the Soviet Union joined some 70 nations in signing an agreement to ban biological warfare.

East Pakistan won independence with the name Bangladesh following India Pakistan war of December 1971. Iraq nationalized the Iraq Petroleum Company which saw a greater proportion of oil revenues flowing into the coffers of former colonial countries.

October 1 1972 marked the birth of methodology of modern molecular biology with the first publication reporting the production of a recombinant DNA molecule.

12 years later Pluto changed zodiacal signs in 1983-84 (enters Scorpio) at the height of the cold war and closest point to world nuclear obliteration.
 In  1995 (enters Sagittarius) which also brought changes in social bios, albeit not necessarily on a world scale.

In Australia government changed political colour on these cusps. The Hawke/Keating Labour governments elected in March 1983 remained in power until the end of 1995.
Some of the 1983-84 changes in Australia included
•    The Australian Dollar is floated,
•    Australia's publicly-funded universal health care system Medicare comes into effect.
•    “Advance Australia Fair” is proclaimed as Australia's national anthem, with green and gold as the national colours.
•    Australian banks are deregulated

Elected on March 2 1996 on a neo-liberal agenda of free trade privatisation the Howard Liberal-National coalition policies rapidly mutated to a neo-conservative agenda. Without an electoral mandate to do so, it brought in good and services taxation, increased defence and security spending and anti-union legislation. It remained in power until its defeat in late November 2007

Some of events in 1995 under the neo-liberal Clinton administration in the United States became precursors to the later neo-conservative post 9-11 witch hunts were,

•    Timothy McVeigh’s Oklahoma City bombing: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children, are killed at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building
•    The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

Pluto at world point in 1914

With Pluto’s transit of the June solstice point (Cusp of Gemini Cancer) World War I began as monopoly capitalism bread a jingoistic bios and selfish scramble for resources, raw materials and land as the modern imperial powers fought to re-divide the world.

With Pluto’s entry into Leo in 1937-38-39 we saw the beginning of World War 2, namely with the Spanish Civil War and Sino-Japanese War culminating with the Nanjing massacre where Japanese troops would slaughter over 250,000 civilians and prisoners over three months.

Meeting with Hitler on secret anti-Soviet agenda, Neville Chamberlain’s "Peace in Our Time” was proved unfounded as German troops marched into Sudetenland.

In Germany on November 9 1938, Kristallnacht the "night of broken glass" began as Nazi troops and racist sympathizers loot and burn Jewish businesses.

With Pluto entry into mutable Virgo in 1956-57 the Suez Crisis begins, Israel invades the Sinai Peninsula and push Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal and Britain and France begin bombing Egypt. But contrary to expectation the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for the United Kingdom, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Arab lands immediately. Other events included

•    Fidel Castro and his followers land on Cuba in the boat Granma
•    Khrushchev denounces the "cult of personality" of Stalin
•    Treaty of Rome establishes the European Economic Community (EEC)
•    The International Atomic Energy Agency is established

Pluto at world point in 1821-22

Pluto transit the March equinox point (Pisces Aries cusp) brought about a dramatic world wide change with the demise of Spain and Portugal as colonial powers in the Americas, particularly Latin America. Greece also began winning its independence from the Ottoman Empire.


2008 is a critical year for people worldwide to lobby their governments to legislate dramatic changes to deal with climate change, the political economy and the genetics of human life itself.
The new technology is already at hand but we need our leaders to have enough ticker to take on such initiatives, if not we need to dismiss them. In the words of Mao Zedong,
So many deeds cry out to be done,precision of equinoxes
And always urgently;
The world rolls on,
Time presses.
Ten thousand years are too long,
Seize the day, seize the hour!
The Four Seas are rising, clouds and water raging,
The Five Continents are rocking, wind and thunder roaring.
Our force is irresistible,
Away with all pests!


[1] "Clyde Tombaugh (1906-97) Astronomer who discovered the Solar System's ninth planet", Nature 385 (1997) 778 (Pluto and Charon are "the only known example of a true double planet".)

[2] Due to the precision of the equinoxes the astrological world points of the tropical zodiac cusps are now only notional or mathematical relativistic points. They no longer correspond to sidereal observations against the stellar background as they did 2000 years ago. 5,000 years ago, the vernal equinox was close to the star Aldebaran of Taurus. Now, it has shifted to somewhere in the constellation of Pisces.

Dave Muller is a neo-Hegelian natural philospher who is currently president of the South Movement and editor of South News

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