The Gospel of Grandpa [part 7]
|Births per Day, per Square Kilometer|
|1.||Birth rate||23.8 per 1000 per year|
|3.||Births per year||23,800,000|
|4.||Births per day||65206|
|5.||Land area||3,300,000 square kilometres|
|6.||Births per day per square kilometre||0.01976|
|7.||Births per hour per square kilometre||0.000833|
The birth rate was one child a day for every 100 square kilometres! Grandpa reminded the children that population density is also factor to be considered to arrive at more reasonable figures. For this it would perhaps be more appropriate to study the figures for the national capital territory of Delhi which is almost entirely urban. The basic data for Delhi were as follows:
|Basic Birth Rate Data for Delhi|
|Area:||1,483 square km|
|Population:||13,782,976 rounded off to 13,800,000|
|Birth rate:||25.6 per thousand per year|
The children quickly recomputed birth figures for Delhi and arranged them in another table as below.
|Birth Rate Comparison||India||Delhi|
|1.||Birth rate||23.8 per 1000 per year||25.6 per 1000 per year|
|2.||Population||1,000,000,000 approx.||13,800,000 approx.|
|3.||Births per year||23,800,000||353,280|
|4.||Births per day||65206||968|
|5.||Land area||3,300,000 sq km||1,483 sq km|
|6.||Births per day per sq km||0.01976||0.6527|
|7.||Births per hour per sq km||0.000833||0.0272|
The figures for Delhi were about 33 times higher than the national average. Even then there were only 2 births in every 3 square kilometres per day. The hourly rate was 3 births for a 100 square kilometre area.
This done, the children were eager to know what the astrological significance of this result was. Grandpa drew a circle with a representative diameter of 11.25 kilometres which would give the representative area of the circle as 100 square kilometres approximately. On the diameter he marked three points—one at the centre and two on either side of it that were two thirds of the distance of the radius, which marked possible places of birth in a given minute. The exercise was to analyse the following:
Considering Delhi's latitude to be 17º north, the radius of the latitudinal circle at this point will be 6101 km and the circumference of the latitudinal circle will be 38349 km. A one kilometre distance at this latitude will therefore be equivalent to 0.009387 degree longitude. The assumed birth points marked on the circle above were 3.769 kilometres apart. The longitudinal distance between each point was 3.769 * 0.009387 = 0.03538 degrees = 0º 2' 07" approximately.
Grandpa switched on his computer and drew a chart for an arbitrary date and time (July 1, 1988, 11:30 am) for the terrestrial co-ordinates 17N00, 75E00 and time standard -05:30 off GMT. He then drew two more charts with time and longitude reduced by 20 seconds and 2' 07" respectively in one and both increased by this margin in the other. The results were tabulated by the children as below.
|Variant Birth Time||Chart-1||Chart-2||Chart-3|
The difference in the rising degree between each chart was 6'50" Grandpa described two astrological procedures that immediately came to his mind that could be expected to give divergent results even in charts with such small differences. The first was to do with transits while the second was related to the concept of divisional charts.
Saturn takes about 912 days to cover 30 degrees. In a day this would average 0.03289 degrees = 0º 1' 58". Saturn would transit over each natal ascendant (or any other point of the natal chart) during its apparent geocentric orbit with a variance of 3.75 days. In this time the Moon would have moved about 45 degrees and the Sun by 3.75 degrees. The collective influence of the celestials over the natal ascendants will be different as they will be placed at different locations in the zodiac.
Astrology prescribes use of divisional charts for accurate prognosis. The smallest of these divisions is 1/150 of a sign that spans 6' of arc. As the difference between the ascendants in the three charts is more than this measure, the ascendant in each case will be in a different division. The attributes for each of these divisions can be very different that can result in the globe of perception defined by them imbibing divergent characteristics.
Even though the exercise that had been done so far was very rudimentary and was based upon a number of assumptions, the children were indeed awed at the prospect of being able to verify grandpa's notion of unique perceptive globes. All this brainstorming began after dinner and it was time to go to bed. The children looked out of the window at the night sky. The stars winked at them. Were they also globes of perception? Surely they too should be...
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