The Astrological Journal May 2019

Victor Olliver's Editorial

Victor Olliver - Astrological Journal editor

Merriman's maths and number 1729 and all that

Srinivasa Ramanujan's 'defence' of the number 1729 is famous among mathematicians. Why did it need defending? The Cambridge scholar G. H. Hardy tells the story that one day he paid a visit to his Indian protégé in hospital and got there in taxi cab number 1729. At Ramanujan's bedside, Hardy remarked in passing that he found the number "dull" and hoped it was not an "unfavourable omen". In an instant the young, convalescent, largely self-taught genius replied: "No, it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways...".

Now, please: don't expect me to ?nish this anecdote. I am not explaining the two different ways - which in any case would only involve my cutting and pasting equations that mean nothing to me. Suffice to say that Hardy (himself a leading pure mathematician) was astonished and that 1729 is now known as the 'Hardy-Ramanujan number'. For more on Ramanujan's prodigious abilities, go to Michelle Young's astro-pro?le of him in this issue. The story of 1729 interests me because it is redolent of the world of astrologers. Among ourselves we speak a language as arcane and abstruse to outsiders as anything that passed between Hardy and Ramanujan. But while mathematics is described rightly as a "universal language", the birth chart is not recognised in all quarters for what it is: a universal mathematical model of character and forecast.

It does not occur to the blissfully ignorant that without pure maths (greatly concealed these days by brain-saving software programs), there is no astrology to apply.

I wonder what either Hardy or Ramanujan would have made of the work of Raymond A. Merriman - President of the Merriman Market Analyst ( and a world-leader in identifying the cycles, geocosmic signatures and trend analysis patterns that affect ?nancial markets and economies. All underpinned by mathematical calculations.

A great many serious investors track their money via Merriman's reports which in essence bring together market trading and astrology. It's a great honour to publish Ron William's highly enlightening interview with Raymond Merriman who says of his award-winning work: "...As a market timer [I] use the same planetary cycles and aspects as an astrologer, but applied to market tops and bottoms, not to personal, individual issues in life. Astrology used this way is much more objective than the role played by today'smodern consulting astrologer. It lends itself well to statistical, even quantitative studies,that are nearly impossible to do when studying individual character and life changes". It would be hard to ?nd a better demonstration than this of the practical and successful application of astrology to the real world.

And let's not forget Choupette

Lest the life and times of eccentric Virgo Karl Lagerfeld have passed you by, Choupette is the late fashion designer's pet cat (appropriately a Leo). He so hugely adored his ?uffy Birman kitty (marriage was contemplated...) that she was left not forgotten in his $200 million will - naturally, the cat's two human maids had to be kept on the payroll. I would have gladly dedicated this entire issue to Christina Rodenbeck's horoscopic appraisal of Lagerfeld, but in sad times it's incumbent that we all keep our heads. What in astrological terms might explain the bond between Choupette and her adoring, ponytailed owner? There is only one way to ?nd out...

I hope this issue leaves you stirring, if not purring.

This is the editorial from the May 2019 edition of the Astrological Journal, the UK's premier astrological magazine.

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