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Astrology and animals
by Richard Pellard
English translation by Julien Rouger

Does your Aries cat behave differently from your neighbor’s Capricorn cat? Does your Cancer German Shepherd have anything in common with a Chihuahua born under the same zodiac sign? Is your goldfish Sagittarius or… Pisces? Not to mention that annoying wasp buzzing around the fruit basket: under what cursed Sign was she born? Can we ask an astrologer to chart a chimpanzee, an elephant or a dolphin? Do the rules of astrology apply to all living beings, men, animals, plants, bacteria and viruses included? After all, why would the stars of the solar system only exert an influence on homo sapiens? Broad topic…

From sunflowers to chronobiology

Astrology postulates that there is a permanent interaction between living beings and cosmic rhythms and cycles. The scholars of Antiquity, whether they were astrologers, astronomers, philosophers or doctors, had sensed the importance of vital rhythms. Hippocrates had noted that the appearance of diseases was closely associated with the succession of the seasons; Aristotle noticed that reproduction in animals followed rhythmic laws. And, scholar or not, everyone could observe that the openings and closings of the corollas of sunflowers were synchronized with the lengths of day and night.

It will be necessary to wait for the 18th century so that these intuitions and observations are transformed into a new science: chronobiology, part of biology which studies cyclic phenomena and their effects on living beings such as hibernation, reproduction, sleep, flowering, functioning cellular, etc. Rigorous experiments have shown that all species have internal biological clocks, and that these clocks are to a large extent synchronized with external cosmic clocks.

Heart zodiac

The most obvious rhythm, the one that living beings experience daily, is the biological rhythm circadian which organizes the various functions of an organism during a period of 24 hours (duration of a revolution of the Earth on its axis). The circadian rhythm is linked to the alternation of day and night (nychthemeral cycle). Another rhythm which is very familiar to us is the annual one of the seasons, which corresponds to the duration of the revolution of the Earth around the Sun. Cardiac activity, for example, is governed by three rhythms, the periods of which are respectively about 1 s, 24 h and 1 year.

We can thus say that our hearts beat to the rhythm of the Earth and the Sun and therefore of the cosmos. What is the relationship with the Signs of the zodiac? It is obvious: each Sign is astronomically determined by a certain diurnal-nocturnal relationship. When the Sun or another star is at 0° of Aries in a middle latitude, it passes 12 h above the horizon and 12 h below, whereas at 0° of Cancer for example, it remains approximately 16 h above and 8 h below. Since chronobiology has demonstrated that the activity of living organisms fluctuates with the diurnal-night alternation and the zodiac being based on this alternation, there is a flagrant correlation between vital rhythms and zodiacal rhythms.

Cats don’t make dogs

Each species has its own way of programming its biological activities over time. To take just one example, the reactions of humans and owls to the day-night rhythm are opposite: while most of the former are active during the day and rest at night, the latter do the opposite.

The astrological influence is therefore conditioned by the biological characteristics specific to each species: a cat born under the sign of Taurus remains above all a cat, it integrates the Taurus mechanisms in its feline way, very different from the canine way. The astrologer Ptolemy already said around 150 AD that “the human seed engenders the man there and that of the horse engenders that of the horse”, which popular wisdom has translated by the proverb “cats don’t make dogs”.

No serious experimental study has yet been conducted on the influence of diurnal-nocturnal, and therefore zodiacal, rhythms on the character and behavior of animals. For the moment, therefore, we are reduced to formulating hypotheses. It is not impossible that a cat or a dog strongly marked by Aries is more lively, more reactive than others born under the sign of Cancer.

From amoebas to dolphins

The only thing that seems certain is that the influence of cosmic rhythms and cycles passes through the intermediary of the nervous system. As astrologer Jean-Pierre Nicola notes, “Only a differentiated system of extreme sensitivity reacts to subtle variations in the environment. The nervous system seems indicated, to such an extent that one cannot speak of zodiacal or planetary influences for the lower organisms (the impact of these influences would in any case be limited).

The different animal species (including humans) can be defined by the development and complexity of their nervous systems. Protozoa, single-celled animals, have no nerve cells: there is therefore no need to search under which Sign your favorite amoeba was born. In vertebrates, on the other hand, it becomes extremely complex since it consists of a brain, a spinal cord and many nerves innervating the whole body. But not all vertebrates are in the same boat: the nervous system of a shark, for example, is extremely rudimentary, too rudimentary to react to tenuous cosmic signals: exit the zodiac of sharks.

The nervous system of dolphins is already much more sophisticated and their brain rich in convolutions: it is therefore not impossible that these friendly and intelligent animals are receptive to subtle cosmic influences. How would these be exercised in an aquatic environment? We don’t know.

Man in the classification of primates

The classification of modern primates is mainly based on the structure of the nose and on the morphological variations of the teeth and the carotid system. Man therefore belongs to the haplorhinians (primates with unsplit noses and movable upper lip), within which he is classified among the catarhinians (primates with narrow noses and whose nostrils open downwards), then, with the Asian gibbons and orangutans, African gorillas and chimpanzees, he shares the superfamily of hominoids (primates that look like humans), to isolate himself in the family of hominids.

Chimpanzee and man

It is unquestionably in primates (monkeys and hominids) that the nervous system reaches the maximum of its capacities. Their brain is rich in multiple convolutions that allow them to have extremely diversified and sophisticated behaviors and a subtle and nuanced psychology. The elite of primates is made up of chimpanzees and humans, who have more than 99.5% of genes in common: that is to say if they are close. This close relationship between chimpanzees and humans could lead one to think that the influence of cosmic cycles and rhythms would be substantially identical in both. We could therefore have Aries, Virgo or Capricorn chimpanzees, and their behavior could be very similar to that of men of the same Signs…

But not everything is so simple: despite their many points in common, chimpanzees and humans remain irreducibly different. Not only can these two species not interbreed, but moreover, the brain of the latter is much more complex and sophisticated than that of the former. Moreover, their postnatal development is also very different. To give just one example, the chimpanzee is “teenager” around seven years old, compared to twelve years in men.

You may be wondering what the year of the appearance of adolescence has to do with this investigation of animals and the influence of the stars? Patience: you will realize that it is of paramount importance.

The theory of planetary ages

The development of higher mammals is characterized by a succession of stages during which new psychophysiological functions appear. Simplifying, everyone goes through four major stages: that of newborn, then child, adolescent, adult and finally old man. At the newborn stage, the individual is dependent and centered on its vegetative life; at the child stage, he acquires his locomotor independence, plays, learns the language and the rules of the social game; in adolescence, he conquers his independence, etc.

Psychogenetics is the science that studies psychological transformations over time. It made it possible to discover that the man was going through a succession of identical learning stages in all cultures ; even better, it managed to define the duration of each of these stages. However, it turns out that these durations correspond almost exactly to the durations of revolutions of the Moon and the planets taken in their ascending order, which means that the psychophysiological development of the human being takes place in close synchronization with the cycles of the stars of the solar system!

It is absolutely not the same with the chimpanzee, which is nevertheless our closest cousin. The durations of the stages of development are much shorter with him, and in any case have no relation to those of the astral cycles. Man seems synchronized with the cycles and rhythms of the solar system, so the chimpanzee would not be. Definitely, man is a very, very special monkey…

In this hypothesis, which remains to be verified (and which implies that there is a radical difference between the ape brain and the human brain), it is not impossible that apes are subject to zodiacal influences (the most rudimentary) but that they are not subject to planetary influences (the most subtle ones). There would then exist Libra, Scorpio or Sagittarius chimpanzees, but no lunar, venusian or plutonian chimpanzees.

Still on this hypothesis, it would be thanks to the mysterious adaptation of his nervous system to the rhythms and cycles of the solar system that man would have distinguished himself from apes to become the most sophisticated animal on Earth. In other words, it is through his deep and privileged relationship with the stars that man would have become man… Why? How? Dizzying mystery…

Can I have the Chart of Médor made?

Some astrologers do not hesitate to draw up horoscopes for dogs, cats or horses and sell them. You can always use their services… but don’t expect a better understanding of the psychology and fate of your favorite pet. Instead, go see a veterinarian or a zoologist… or rely on your sense of observation, making sure to compare what is comparable and to multiply the experiments: is this dachshund born at the beginning of autumn (Libra) more sociable than this other born at the beginning of winter (Capricorn)? As for your idea which is going around in circles in its jar of fresh water, forget it completely: it is a fish whatever its date of birth, that’s obvious!

Text published in Astrologos No. 5, June 2001.

This article was brought to you by Richard Pellard
English translation by Julien Rouger

See also:

▶ Astrologie canine, astrologie cynique ? À propos d’une expérience statistique sur des chiens

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