Astral substance presents problems as far as physical analysis is concerned, yet it functions in response to known laws. Its functions have been determined by experiment and statistical analysis which permit the actual assessment of stellar vibratory rates. But its measurement was another matter. Elbert Benjamine believed that the life detailed by your astrology code was mathematically drafted and that mathematics was the key to greater precision. So, Hermetic astrology required a set of equations that would accurately measure the astrology code mapped in any birthchart.
The quest to measure astral-force began in early 1938. That’s when The Brotherhood of Light set out to develop a set of mathematical equations that would measure the relative strength and relative harmony or discord possessed by each planet, aspect, sign and house in any birthchart. Driven by the need to add precision and eliminate uncertainty the task was taken up by Brotherhood of Light members who had mathematical ability. They included Lawrence Dunsmoor, Will P Benjamine, Sue Starnaman and Elbert Benjamine. The initial work produced formulae that were published in the December 1938 issue of The Rising Star; and in the January 1939 issue Lawrence Dunsmoor wrote an article in which he proposed that a unit of star-force be called an astrodyne.
But the development of a set of equations to measure astral-force proved far more difficult than anyone imagined. It required an extraordinary level of creativity and ingenuity and it was not until early 1946 that Elbert Benjamine and William Drake joined the dots and developed what are now known as Astrodynes. It was an extraordinary intellectual feat. After eight years of experimental investigation and testing, the calculations that finally did the trick fell into place. And in the September 1946 edition of The Church of Light Quarterly Elbert Benjamine announced to the Church of Light membership and the world the development of astrodynes. He wrote:
‘This is a period of technological development. Radar, television, atomic energy, jet-propelled planes, rockets and machines operated through remote control are a few of the recent developments due to greater technological knowledge. And it would be strange if astrology also, during this period did not experience certain technological improvements.
These technical improvements do not, in any manner, change the fundamental teachings of the Hermetic System of Astrology relative to either the birthchart or to progressed aspects. Instead, they are designed to make….the energies they represent understood with greater facility and to give greater precision in determining what to expect from each birthchart position or progressed aspect
Years ago it became obvious to The Church of Light Astrological Research Department that it is not enough to know that a certain planet, aspect, sign or house, is powerful in a given birthchart, but that there should be available a standard unit and a mathematical method of computation by which it can be determined how much astrological power is represented. And it also realized that it is not enough to know that a certain planet, aspect, sign or house is harmonious or discordant, but that there should be some standard way of determining how much harmony or how much discord is actually represented.
We are happy, therefore, to announce that 1946 has brought to completion the method sought by The Church of Light Astrological Research Department of solving the various problems of Stellar Dynamics. It is now possible to compute, and to express as so many astrodynes, the power of any planet, aspect, sign or house in the birthchart, or the power of any planet, aspect, combination of aspects, sign or house in the progressed chart. And it is now possible to compute, and express as so many harmodynes, or so many discordynes, the harmony or discord of any planet, aspect, sign or house in the birthchart, or the harmony or discord of any planet, aspect, combination of aspects, sign or house in the progressed chart. We consider the solution of these problems in Stellar Dynamics an important milestone marking the progress of astrological knowledge and practice.’
The accuracy and usefulness of any measuring scale depend upon the care and ingenuity of its creators and after eight years of experimental testing Elbert Benjamine and William Drake got it right. The method they developed to measure astral-force and to quantify its harmony or discord was not only an important milestone marking the progress of astrological knowledge, it was one of the truly great achievements of the Aquarian Age.
The mathematical equations that were developed to measure astral-force and its functionality were, in fact, superb and amazingly simple. They quantified established astrological principles and by giving each birthchart marker a power, harmony and discord value they clarified its influence. As a measurement tool they were designed to give greater precision to the assessment of a chart’s power, harmony and discord profile. They do not change Hermetic astrology’s knowledge-base, but by adding precision they could. And their use by an astrologically aware community will bring amazing benefits.
In choosing to do mathematical modeling, Elbert Benjamine invited you to live a measured life. And that’s when the story of astrology became that much more interesting. The measurement of astral-force rewrote the astrology rule book. With the development of the astrodynes Hermetic Astrology became truly scientific. The numbers transformed Hermetic astrology into a super science.