This shows a sample of form-pictures from an experiment done for a BBC
'Horizon' program in 1975, with myself, the late Charles Harvey and Frank Hyde doing the
experiment. It shows a 'grading' of the filterpapers, from the heaviest forms to the
To quote from Astrochemistry, 'most impressive forms turned up for the occasion,
being replaced by a marvellously delicate pattern, identical on all three filterpapers,
shortly after the conjunction.' The conjunction was in the daytime, 4.30 p.m., and the
experiment was done outside London (I specified that it had to be out of London) in a
school chemistry lab. The BBC decided not to show the film, and alas I failed to ask for
their film before they destroyed it.
This experiment was part of an initiative by Britain's Astrological Association to
check out the 'Kolisko effect' after I gave a presentation at their conference in 1975.
The AA President Charles Harvey promoted this endeavour.
It helps to show a graph of the 'form grading' of the filterpapers, to summarise the
data. We used five stages of grading, where 5 = strongest forms and 1 = the weakest.
14 Jan 1976 Moon-conjunct-Mars
Results for filter paper pictures obtained
with the Kolisko method but using only 1 ml of silver
and iron solutions.
This was a follow-up to the BBC experiment of the previous year, and was done by myself
and Frank Hyde in his flat in West Hampstead, through the night. It was also witnessed by
a Dr Benbow, who belonged to a chemistry department of the City University. He was asked
by the BBC to witness the experiment and comment upon it. (This connection came in very
useful as regards chemical analysis of the filterpapers at his lab, which he allowed.)
There are about sixty filterpaper-pictures in this experiment, with three set to rise
each time, done every twenty minutes or so. I did it over quite a few hours to compare the
effect of a Moon-Neptune conjunction with that between the Moon and Mars. The former
happened just before midnight, the latter at 3.40 a.m. I specified that the event had to
be in the early morning hours, when London was asleep and so there would be less
perturbation of the 'ethers.' The theory of correspondences would predict that there
should be no effect over the meeting with Neptune, but that there should be one at its
meeting with Mars. The reason for this, is that iron is Mars' metal. I reckoned that it
did show this.
The top graph shows the result of a timing, where the time for each filterpaper to
develop its first 'seed' of silver precipitate was noted. The graph shows the mean of
three readings. If there is a trace of dirt in the dish then its precipitate will start
quite soon after mixing, and these need to be discarded.
The lower graph shows a 'form grading' as done by two different persons. All the
filterpapers are spread out (with the time-information written on their tops face down,
i.e. unseen) and then sorted into five groups. This is an arbitrary number. They are
scored by this grading and thereby the graph drawn. It clearly shows minimum form within
the half- hour period after the conjunction, just as the timing graph shows a slowing-down
of reaction time then.
7th April 1976 Moon-conjunct-Mars
was done by R.M. in Barnet, north London in the early morning hours. The graphs show
firstly the reaction time, as slowed down to over twenty minutes during the conjunction,
and secondly the 'form grading' of all the filterpapers. Two persons perform the grading,
as shown on the graph. The graph shows that a minimum of form appeared for about forty
minutes following the conjunction.