“The second law is the Law of Attraction and Repulsion. Fundamentally the law describes the compelling force of attraction that holds our solar system to the Sirian; that holds our planets revolving around our central unit, the sun; that holds the lesser systems of atomic and molecular matter circulating around a center in the planet;”

From A Treatise on Cosmic Fire by Alice A. Bailey, 1925, Twelfth printing, 1982 (3rd Paperback Edition), page 568

 

I've made an attempt to prove, or disprove, this Sirian connection.

 

I went to the SIMBAD website (https://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/) and collected data on all objects with a parallax of at least 15. This works out to 66.7 parsecs or less away, 217.4 light-years or less. 12933 objects were found. This website is an excellent place if you are in need of astronomical data. A program was written which plots each object relative to some central point. Whether it be our sun or some other object. Velocity vectors (v-vs) as well, assuming the data is available. I had the program plot all objects with a parallax of at least 140 or within 7 parsecs of our sun. The program then shifted the astronomical center from our sun to Sirius and removed all objects with a radial velocity of greater than 15 km/s. With each star were also plotted its XYZ v-vs as well as the sum of these vectors. Again, all relative to Sirius. I then removed all objects which clearly did not belong.

 

The following is seen if the XY coordinates are plotted for each object, only the sum of the v-vs are shown:

 

 

Rotate the X axis CW 90 degrees:

 

 

Remove objects whose Right Ascension direction is not the same as our sun:

 

 

Rotate the X axis CW 90 degrees:

 

 

Wolf 358 does not appear to belong.

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Here’s some additional information which hopefully some enthusiastic individual will look into.

 

9. The sun (i.e. the solar system) has Alcyone in the Pleiades for the center of its orbit. (S.D.I. 545.)

From Esoteric Astrology by Alice Bailey, p. 669

 

 (e) "Maedler believes that . . our sun has Alcyone in the Pleiades for the centre of its orbit, and consumes 180,000,000 of years in completing a single revolution."||

|| Would-Life, Winchell, p. 140.

From The Secret Doctrine by Helena Blavatsky, 3rd Edition, Volume I, p. 545

 

140                                                                           NEBULAR LIFE.

partial nebulae. Though presenting but a small disc, at the enormous distance from which we gaze upon it, we must suppose its diameter greater than that of our solar system. It is still in large part an incandescent vapor. There was a time when the matter of our solar system was one of these partial nebulae, or perhaps an original growth which had never attained larger dimensions, or perhaps again, one of the segregated masses of a nonrotating nebula. Many of the stars in our firmament represent other nebulae of the same order, out of which have emerged the stars and the planetary systems which probably circle around them. It was the speculation of Kant, and the original conception of Sir William Herschel (though he did not so distinctly enunciate the agency of rotation) that at periods incalculably remote, an enormous system of partial nebulae had issued from that grand universal nebula which contained all the matter of our firmament of stars and planets. This firmament, as they thought, was possibly once a nebula, like those other thousands of nebula' which we believe to have advanced varying distances on the way to completed stellation. Kant conceived that it performed then a stupendous gyration about an axis. Even now, that gyration should be continued. The idea is not entirely fanciful; for astronomers have shown that all the stars, as a rule, are actually in motion; and Maedler believes that he has rendered it probable that our sun has Alcyone in the Pleiades for the centre of its orbit, and consumes 180 millions of years in completing a single revolution. If a nebula requires 180 millions of years for a single rotation, what change of position could we expect to detect in the brief interval since the construction of Sir William Herschel's great telescope? It must be soberly said, however, that there is comparatively little ground for the opinion that our entire firmament is now in a state of gyration about a common

From World-life; or, Comparative geology by Alexander Winchell, 1883, p.140. WorldLife, 24MB.

 

In his Die Centralsonne, Madler sought to provide evidence that the Milky Way possesses a central constellation. He thought the latter, represented by a center of gravity, was formed by Alcyone in the Pleiades. Madler vigorously defended this idea, but without success, for further research disproved his views.

From https://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/madler-johann-heinrich

 

In his work Die Centralsonne (Dorpat, 1846) he advanced the hypothesis of the existence of a central body, preponderating in mass, as the universal centre of gravity about which the whole stellar universe revolves, designating the bright star η Tauri (Alcyone) in the Pleiades as such centre. This latter assumption is now very generally rejected by astronomers.

From https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_American_Cyclop%C3%A6dia_(1879)/M%C3%A4dler,_Johann_Heinrich

 

Maedler had the right idea but wrong location as far as the galactic center. I have not looked into the research done by Maedler, how he obtained this Alcyone connection, something else worth looking into. This does not make the Alcyone connection invalid relative to our solar system.

 

Here’s the Preface to World-Life. I have not read this book:

THE reader will find in the following pages a thoughtful view of the processes of world formation, world growth and world decadence. I have gathered together here many of the important facts observed in the constitution and course of nature, and have endeavored to weave them into a system by the connecting threads of scientific inference. I have aimed to incorporate the soundest and latest views published on the various branches of the subject; and have yet felt constrained, in so wide a field, and so unexplored in some of its nooks, to interpose my own conclusions in some cases where, perhaps, due diffidence should have restrained my pen. Inevitably the whole discussion is conducted from the standpoint of nebular cosmogony. This, as will be seen, has shaped the views presented on the accumulation of the materials for world formation, on the evolutions of nebulae, stars and planets, on the all-important influence of tidal action in cosmic history, and on the grand cycle of cosmic existence. Appropriately the treatment ends with a historical sketch of the progress of opinion toward the lofty and inspiring generalization which the work attempts to set forth.

The motives which have prompted to the preparation of the work are four-fold.

1. I felt desirous that the general reader should be able to find within reach some simple, yet complete and connected, account of the development of the world and the system of material things to which we belong. Many of the grandest conceptions of modern science fall within this range. Many of the marked advances of modern investigation have contributed to the enlargement of our view in this field. Yet there is no work in the English language, if, indeed, in any language, bringing into one connected course of discussion all the questions properly incident to the activities of world life. Different persons have ably investigated different branches of the general theme, as the reader will learn in the sequel, but no one has brought together and put in the form of popular statement the chief results of so diversified a range of researches. Many thousands of intelligent listeners have testified their appreciation of the expositions offered during fifteen years past from the popular platform: but these expositions have been necessarily descriptive and superficial, while many questions and many difficulties raised by the hearer had to be left unanswered. Here the speaker sits down to a sober talk with those who wish to listen further. I hope, therefore, the present work will find a welcome among the multitudes who have caught mere glimpses of the great doctrine, as well as the large class of readers in general who require something more substantial than our popular, fictitious tales of  society.

2. I desired to offer the reader a portrayal of the grand system of the universe, and leave him with a profound impression of the omnipresence and supremacy of One Intelligence. The unity and interdependence of all parts of the cosmic mechanism, from nebula to river delta; the universality of nature's forces, and the uniformity of nature's modes of activity, all the way down from the galaxy to the little cascade in the glen, are facts of such stupendous and impressive significance as to stir the imagination and arouse the most torpid soul. This wonderful concatenation of things when once glimpsed by the timid doubter, must force a conviction of the continuity of material existence; and whoever has gained that conviction, and will faithfully question his own consciousness, will soon be convinced that that which is interpreted, and can only be interpreted, in terms of mechanism, cannot be self-originated, however remote its origin; nor self-acting, however vast its extent or incomprehensible its activities.

3. I desired to induct the earnest student of nature, young or old, into the vestibule of celestial mechanics, and leave him with an inspiration which should carry him on to the pursuit of the higher methods of physical investigation. 1 have hoped, also, to show him that the fields of truth are not fenced off from each other and limited by the narrow definitions of the sciences. The fences are all down, and it is all one domain. The geologist tries to work out the constitution and life history of our planet. For the study of its accessible parts he needs to use the appliances and results of the whole round of the sciences. To its interior he cannot penetrate; but he finds the planet journeying on a course of change which leads directly from a state of high primitive incandescence; and, lifting his eyes, he beholds the incandescent state as a common incident in the vicissitudes of worlds. He cannot transport himself across the intervals of geologic aeons, but he can gaze upon other worlds just entering upon states passed millions of years ago by our earth; or states, even, which will be reached by our planet some millions of years in the future. I have attempted to take the reader over the system of evidences from which he may thus reason in laying the foundations of a science which, from one point of view, may be styled the geology of the stars; and, from another, the astronomy of the earth. It is the science of Comparative Geology. It is Astrogeology. It yields to no science in the fruitfulness and fascination of its conceptions.

4. It has been a part of my purpose, also, to clear up the most serious difficulties encountered by belief in the nebular origin of our planetary system. At the present day the objections heard do not proceed to any considerable extent from proper representatives of scientific opinion, but from intelligent persons who fear that the interests of religious faith are jeopardized by the acceptance of any form of evolution. Some of these have honored me by very special attentions. They have challenged me to controversy, and their abettors have sometimes jeered me over my assumed inability to rise from the pile of ruins which has been made of me and my theory. I need not disguise the satisfaction which I feel in the arrival of the convenient time when these gentle gladiators shall discover them selves battering their blades against a wall.

While the fundamental conception underlying the course of reasoning here pursued is that of nebular evolution; and while the general method of the evolution conforms to the celebrated hypothesis of Laplace, it would be an error to conceive the present work an attempt to establish the "hypothesis of Laplace." In the first place, the general principles of nebular cosmogony were the growth of a century and a half; and the ideas contributed by Kant and Sir William Herschel were certainly not less guiding and determinative than the services of the Marquis de Laplace. In the next place, the development of the doctrine has continued ever since the Systeme du Monde was published. Since the invention of the spectroscope, the nebular cosmogony has undergone important modifications. A number of the ablest investigators of the present generation have given their best efforts toward putting the general doctrine in a consistent shape. Nor can it be correctly said that the general theory remains still in the status of a hypothesis. In certain points of detail, opinion may still remain divided; but when a hypothesis has stood the scrutiny of three generations, and has become all but unanimously accepted by those prepared to form original opinions, as the real expression of a method in nature, surely, then, the time has passed when any person can advantageously illustrate his learning and sagacity by continuing to reproach the conception as "a mere hypothesis." If any "mere hypothesis" ever strengthened into the condition of a scientific doctrine, assuredly we find in the scientific world to-day the general features of a sound nebular doctrine.

In style and treatment the present work possesses a double character. The general reader may confine himself to the body of the discussion, unterrified by the nature of the foot notes, and find a simple, continuous treatment of the theme which, I hope, will satisfy his expectations. But if any one desires to know by what means some of the statements of the text have been established, he will find frequently in the foot notes the indications of simple mathematical operations, which may yield him some additional gratification. And if he feel prompted to pursue still further any branch of the inquiry, the accompanying references to the literature of the subject will enable him to follow the masters of science into their most recondite investigations. Thus, for one class, the book is suited to be read rapidly and laid aside: for another class it is a text book which may be studied.

The general conception of world life here set forth has occupied the author's thoughts for many years; and by writing and by popular lectures, as well as before university classes, he has endeavored to disseminate truthful and inspiring estimates of the method of the world's growth. He has stood for the defence of nebular theory when it had few friends, and when its enemies were prompted as much by sentiment as by good reason. The great idea was fascinating; its magnificence took possession of the imagination, and its symmetry and coherence commanded rational conviction. It now commands the admiration and championship of the scientific world.

I feel that it is entirely improbable that all errors of statement have been avoided through all the details of the discussion. The intelligent reader will discover many points where 1 have had to cut loose from the moorings of high authority and venture among the breakers of independent speculation. It is only justice to myself, also, to state that all the main positions of the work were taken and reduced to writing more than two years ago. Many of those which at the time were new, or seemed to be new, were presented in public lectures as early as 1878 and 1879. Since these dates many advances in observation and in theory have been made, and not a few along those very lines which I had worked out. Since my first enunciations. Nordenskjold, Tissandier and the British Association have done much to establish the doctrine of disseminated cosmical dust; Sir. W. Siemens has published his speculations on the sources of the sun's heat; M. Faye has investigated the geology of the moon; Mr. (now Professor) G. H. Darwin has published his beautiful analytical investigations of the evolution of a rotating viscous spheroid: and Rev. O. Fisher has collected in a handsome volume his researches on the physics of the earth's crust. If there remain any thoughts or suggestions which may fairly be ascribed to the author of this work, the scientific render will find it out; and I have only to hope that they may be found adequately supported by evidence; and, finally, that the whole discussion may afford the reader a degree of pleasure equal to that experienced by the writer in bringing the discussion to its present shape.

University of Michigan, September, 1883.

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