From the Introduction
Section 1 - Numbers and Numerology
This section begins with the history of Numbers and highlights the significance of certain numbers. For example, the importance of the number 7 which is directly linked to the power of the Divine and is used in the Qu'ran some 24 times. This section also details the importance of the number 23 for numerical patterns - one of the most commonly cited prime numbers - (the "atoms" of mathematics) and the building blocks of the world of numbers. The number 60 is especially important because it celebrates the five, twelve year cycles of Jupiter in Western Tropical astrology - the Jupiter Return and the full 60 year Jupiter cycle of the 12 animal signs in Chinese astrology. In Western astrology, the Jupiter Return is considered to be a very favourable period coming after the difficulties associated with the second Saturn Return at 59 years of age. The book then covers mainstream Numerology comparing briefly the alphabets of both Chaldean and Pythagorean numerology before going on to concentrate in detail on Pythagorean numerology. It includes a full analysis of both birth dates and birth names and gives examples of various famous people. It looks at World Years and their relevance for the unfolding of history. It examines Personal Years and their cycles, the Pinnacles and the Challenges that we all face. It also looks at the process of creating new names and gives famous examples from the film industry - Cary Grant and Engelbert Humpledinck. It concludes with an Australian political study of former Prime Minister, John Howard using names and numbers.
Section 2 - Astrology
This section begins with an overview of Tropical Western Astrology. It traces the development of astrology from its origins in Mundane Astrology, the astrology of kings and queens, through the ages up until the Age of the Enlightenment. It then focuses on Western astrology as we know it today - a complex discipline conveyed in mathematical language that goes way beyond simple Sun-sign astrology. This section gives a rationale for astrology, which embraces metaphysical, scientific, religious and sociological perspectives. It briefly considers Tropical versus Sidereal Astrology, the Precession of the Equinoxes and then proceeds through an exploration of the zodiac signs and the houses. This is followed by a tour of the 'personal planets' (the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) and then the generational planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) and their movement through the zodiac. We then consider the Station Points (direct, retrograde and stationary) of the planets and the major planetary returns including the lunar progressions. This is followed by a chapter on Health issues, a potted history of medical astrology, the psychological aspects of health from an astrological perspective, diet and astrology, and timing of operations - medical science versus medical astrology. In this section, we consider the issue of lunar phases and cataract surgery.
The section then proceeds to Spiritual Astrology and an examination of the lunar nodes, our karmic paths, the solar and lunar eclipses, mainly from a pre-birth perspective but also some consideration of the post-birth influence they form an accepted and important aspect of life in both the Chinese diaspora and in India at all levels of society. Chinese astrology has become popular in western society and one's Chinese year sign has become an accepted part of one's astrological profile. Vedic astrology, on the other hand, has influenced western astrology through the lunar nodes and notions of karma and past life astrology. Section 2 concludes with a case study linking Numerology and Astrology - the life and times of singer-songwriter, actor and author, Marianne Faithfull.
Section 3 - Hand Analysis
This section of the book traces the history of the development of this subject through the centuries and its adoption by the forensic sciences and also medical science during the twentieth and twenty-first century. The book demonstrates through illustrations what Hand Analysis can reveal about our personal characteristics and our potential. It covers Chirognomy which explores the shape of the hands, the mounts and also the fingers. It then covers Cheiromancy which is concerned with the interpretation of the five major lines of the hand, the important secondary lines and also some important markings on the hand. This subject is particularly important when the individual does not know his or her date of birth. Section 3 also considers the interaction between genetically inherited factors and our uniqueness as human beings. It explains how Hand Analysis can help us with our careers and our health and the role of dermatoglyphics in identifying serious illnesses including dental health. It mentions the use of hand analysis in psychological diagnosis and the digital formula (2D/4D ratio in assessing personality disturbance). It concludes with advice on how to interpret hands.
Section 4 - Cosmic Sciences, Cosmic Energy and the interaction of metaphysics, science and and spirituality.
This section brings the three sciences together and shows how they can assist us in coping with life’s challenges. It points to scientific studies which have examined astrological hard aspects and workplace accidents. Statistical results confirmed that there were distinct periods of time when individuals are more accident-prone and that these periods involved the challenging aspects predicted from the transiting Sun to the Sun's position at birth and pointed to different experiences for the Zodiac signs. There is also a metaphysical case study of Australian singer of Seekers' fame, Judith Durham and a life purpose case study of the legendary physicist, Albert Einstein. The book acknowledges the complexity of Astrology but argues that Numerology has the advantage of being simpler, but cogent and of particular use when individuals do not know their date of birth and must rely on their full birth names or the names by which they are known for insight. Hand Analysis can also provide guidance in the absence of correct birth details.
Chapters 29 and 30 also take a look at Cosmic Energy at a metaphysical level as well as at the changing cosmology of our times (see Appendix F) which has resulted in more Cosmic Energy coming through to the Earth and affecting us in many ways - our DNA and health, both physically and mentally, and our consciousness in ways that affect our perceptions of reality. Cosmic energy can enhance our natural abilities and skills such as our intuition, empathy and even telepathy. In Chapter 30, we examine the interaction of metaphysics and science. We look at the third level of reality as explored by astrology supporter and astrophysicist, Dr Percy Seymour. Then we look at the work of physicist, Dr Russell Targ and his colleague, health professional and healer, Dr Jane Katra. They have been involved with remote viewing, extrasensory perception and the interconnected mind. Finally, we turn to the scientific research work of a group known as 1-Field, who are concerned with the 'field' that connects everything that exists. They maintain that if a human being connects to this field through consciousness, that person can bring spontaneous personal healing or collective healing through collective consciousness on a global scale.