Pythagoras, Astrology, and the Number 12

“Mathematics is the natural home of both abstract thought and the laws of nature.  It is at once pure logic and creative art.”  -Alvin White

Astrology is not voodoo, and an astrologer is not a witch, medium, or psychic. A mathematician would be a closer comparison. Despite the controversy, Astrology is not science any more than music and poetry are science. But the arts and astrology share the common language of mathematics.

I’ve been practicing astrology long enough to remember a time, before computerized astrology programs, when constructing a birth chart was time consuming and fairly complicated. The calculations involving logarithmic tables seemed more like something my electrical engineer father would enjoy. So I tried to delegate those to him. He helped, but I had to learn.

Computerized charts are now constructed in seconds with great precision leaving the astrologer more time for interpretation. But even interpretation is very grounded in math.

The structure of astrology is a simple circle divided into 12 segments. Patterns are formed as planets are placed within each segment based on date and time of birth, and latitude and longitude of the birthplace. Pythagoras, the mathematical genius, recognized the number twelve’s capacity to encompass the entire foundation of the mathematical language. Twelve holds within its essence the ability to fundamentally express life itself.

An astrologer determines, for example, how difficult it will be for a client to complete a major creative project by using geometry to interpret the angular degrees between Sun and Saturn placements. There are many other aspects to interpretation but angular degrees are basic.

The astrologer’s intuition is critical in making connections within the beautiful patterns that emerge. But it’s the math that provides the outline of the life story as well as the timing of events – both past and future.

If you’ve never had an astrology reading you might want to consider it. Within the number twelve are worlds waiting to be discovered.


  1. hi That’s a good post.

  2. Angelina:

    This was so beautifully a delicious mere or a small sherry in a Stuart Crystal cut glass. Thank you. .

    • Admin:

      Thank you Angelina. You inspired me to re-post that article. It was nice to be reminded of Pythagoras and the beauty of math. I find it all very inspiring and so thankful you highlighted it for me at the perfect time. With gratitude, Holly

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