Isaac Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day 1942 under the Julian Calendar, which was January 4, 1643 based upon the more accurate Gregorian Calendar.  England had not yet converted to the Gregorian Calendar.  He was born in at Woolsthorpe Manor in Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, in the county of Lincolnshire, England, which is at 52 N., for a wall, and 0 W.  England is in the region of Taurus.  Newton was born prematurely and was so small he was not expected to live.  His father, a wealthy, though uneducated farmer, died three months before his birth.  When he was three, his mother married Reverend Barnabus Smith, who refused to accept young Isaac.  Isaac was left in the care of his maternal grandmother.  Isaac harbored strong resentment toward his stepfather and apparently didn't like his grandfather.  After the death of his stepfather seven years later, he lived with his mother's family again.  He later admitted that he threatened to burn the house down over his stepfather and mother.

Isaac was taken out of school to manage the family farm, but due to his dislike for farming and his uncle's intervention, he went back to school.  He went to Trinity College, Cambridge in May 1661.  Although the college was still entrenched in the tradition of Aristotle, Newton took an interest in modern works of Descartes, Galileo, and Kepler.  He got an astrology book at a fair but couldn't understand the geometry and trigonometry, so he began studying the mathematics of Euclid and Descartes to understand the book.

Newton discovered the generalized binomial theorem in 1665.  He received his bachelor's degree without honors from Cambridge in August of 1665, and for the next two years the University closed down due to the Great Plague.  He went home to Woolsthorpe and for the next two years he studied and laid the groundwork for his later theories of optics and the law of gravitation.  He returned to Cambridge as a fellow of Trinity in 1667.  However, from 1665 for 20 years Newton was a recluse.  He stayed in his room and studied for 16 to 18 hours a day, seven days a week.  He had a library of 1600 volumes.

After the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1537, Newton's predecessors, Galileo and Kepler, were enlightened and began studying the heavens.  Galileo invented a telescope, studied astronomy, and experimented with falling objects.  Kepler developed the laws of planetary motion.  Newton read the works of Galileo and Kepler and began to develop the mathematics to explain his theory of gravity.  In the process, he developed calculus.  He was appointed to the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in 1669, at age 26, and he held the position for 33 years, even after leaving Cambridge.  As a Lucasian Professor, he gave a series of lectures every year.  However, Newton's lectures were on subjects beyond the understanding of most students and only a few students attended.  When none came, Newton would lecture for 15 minutes to the walls and leave.


Newton was a Christian, who openly professed faith in Jesus Christ.  However, in spite of his attempts to study the Bible in the original languages by himself, he never grew spiritually because he never understood the Filling of the Holy Spirit.  He lived like a Puritan and maintained his morality, but inside he was spiritually dead.  He reacted to the doctrine of the Trinity and was very bitter toward the Roman Catholic Church.  He also rejected the Anglican Church.  Although he studied the Bible religiously and sought to understand the meaning of the Temple of Solomon and the prophecy of Daniel and Revelation, he was spiritually blind and never had a clue to the meaning of the Tabernacle, which was really the key to understanding God's truth in the heavens that Newton sought.

As a fellow of Cambridge, Newton was required to become an ordained Anglican priest.  This was intolerable to Newton, who not only rejected the doctrine of the Trinity, but held that the Sun was the center of the Solar System and sought to understand astrology.  Had Newton told what he really believed, he could have been executed as a heretic.  On the other hand, a Lucasian professor was required not to be active in the church so that he could devote his time to science.  Newton used this argument to seek exemption from the ordination requirement and took his case to King Charles II, who accepted this argument.

Later in life in the 1690's Newton published religious tracts based upon a literal interpretation of the Bible.  He also wrote works that were published after his death, including The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended (1728) and Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John (1733).6  The later publication demonstrates no spiritual understanding of the Bible.  He predicted the end of the world in 2060 AD, which also contradicts the Bible, since the date is not known even to the Son.


Newton began the study of optics in 1664 by reading the works of Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke.  He studied the refraction of light through glass prisms and concluded that white light was composed of the colors of the spectrum.  He worked out the mathematics for refraction of light.  He further concluded that colors were selectively reflected from objects while other colors were absorbed.  These conclusions were contrary to the theory of his day, which held that colors were a modified form of white light.

Newton's work in optics included an attempt to improve the refracting telescope.  Because of refraction of light by a curved lens, colors that resulted blurred the image.  Newton gave up on the refracting telescope and, instead, built a small model of a reflecting telescope in 1668.  Although he didn't invent the reflecting telescope, he did build the first working model.  He built a second one in the Fall of 1671, which he gave to the Royal Society on January 11, 1972 and received acclaim.  He lectured on his theory of optics from 1669-71.

After becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1671, he presented a paper on optics in 1672, which he later published.  Newton's paper ignited a controversy with accusations from prominent scientists in scientific journals followed by Newton's rebuttals.  After French physicist Edmé Mariotte failed to duplicate Newton's refraction experiments in 1681, scientists on the Continent of Europe opposed him.  As was his nature, Newton fought back for a while and then retreated into his private world.  He delayed publication of Opticks, written by 1692, until 1704 when his critics were dead.

Orbital Mechanics and Gravitation

Newton returned to work on the orbital mechanics of heavenly bodies in 1679 after an exchange of letters with Robert Hooke, who sought Newton's contribution to the Royal Society.  Hooke proposed an hypothesis that planets have elliptical orbits (per Kepler) due to a force of attraction to the Sun that varies as the inverse square of the distance from the Sun.  Newton went to work on the problem and proved it mathematically.  However, due to his distrust of Hooke, he kept it to himself.

In the meantime, after Edmond Halley began to suspect that a comet (now called Halley's Comet) he observed in the winter of 1681-82 was periodic, he went to Newton for help.  He asked Newton what kind of orbit such a body would have around the Sun, and Newton replied that the orbit would be an ellipse.  Newton told him that he had done the calculations.  However, it turned out that Newton couldn't find his calculations and had to reproduce them.  He sent the results, a tract of nine pages, De Motu Corporum in Gyrum (On the Motion of Revolving Bodies), to Halley, who gave it to the Royal Society.  It was copied into the Society's Register in December 1684.  As a result of Newton's work, Halley predicted the year of the return of the comet in 76 years, which was one of the first proofs of Newton's theory of gravitation.

Newton published Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), commonly called the Principia, July 5, 1687, in which he explained mathematically orbital mechanics and identified gravity as the force controlling the movement of heavenly bodies.  He developed the theory of fluids and calculated the speed of sound waves.  From the force of gravity, he calculated the relative masses of heavenly bodies.  He explained the tides and the precession of the equinoxes based upon the Sun and the Moon.


Newton was an avid practitioner of alchemy from 1669 until after he left Cambridge.  He spent untold hours in his laboratory performing experiments in search of the magic kernel of truth of the Universe.  Although his exact intentions were not recorded, he appeared to be seeking the substance that was the key to the riddle of God's Creation.  He didn't appear to be motivated by trying to turn lead into gold, but by trying to solve the riddle of the greatest discovery of hidden truth, which would be something like the "philosopher's stone."

He left 650,000 words of notes on alchemy, much of which was integration of the work of other alchemists.  From some of the notes, it appears that he was trying to combine astrology with chemistry in something like witchcraft.  He appears to have been driven by Satan, who deceived the woman in the Garden with a promise of divine wisdom apart from God.  That is true divination.  One of the alchemical pseudonyms that he developed for himself was Jehovah Sanctus Unus (Jehovah, the Holy One).  This is the mark of Satan, who sought to be "like the Most High" (Isa 14:14).

Other Activities

Newton became a member of Parliament in England from 1689 - 1690 and 1701.  He had a nervous breakdown in 1692-1693, perhaps from the high doses of mercury in his system from his experiments in alchemy.  He was appointed warden of the Royal Mint in 1696 and  became Master of the Mint in 1699.  He was an avid prosecutor of counterfeiters.  He was knighted by Queen Anne in April 1705.


On his deathbed Newton refused to take the sacrament of the Anglican Church.  He died in Kensington on March 31, 1727 (Gregorian Calendar) (March 20, 1726, Julian) between 1 and 2 AM from a kidney stone and was buried in Westminster Abbey.  His tomb is a sordid resemblance of the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies complete with two dark angels overshadowing the lid of his sarcophagus.  It appears that Satan made a god out of him and enshrined him.  He suffered intensely from the kidney stone in his bladder in the days before his death.  He had previously suffered from gout and pulmonary infection, and his body was found to be full of mercury after his death, which may have been due to alchemy.  He had survived turbulent times, which included the English Civil Wars (1642-51), Bubonic Plague (1665), and Great Fire of London (1666).

Birth Chart

Isaac Newton Birth ChartThe Birth Chart of Isaac Newton contains a Locomotive, a Catwalk, a Podium, and a Plow.  The Locomotive with an empty space of 120 degrees turns on the planet at the Pivot.  It is the sign of a highly motivated visionary, who sees problems and proceeds to solve them.  He leaves his mark on his work.  This is seen in Newton's Chart in the Catwalk and Plow, which combine to symbolize the reflecting telescope that he built.  The Podium is a raised platform, which could also symbolize the telescope mount as well as the launching pad for Newton's powerful influence over classical physics.Isaac Newton Telescope

The Catwalk, though a little wide, symbolizes Newton's attempts to bridge the gap from Earth to Heaven.  A Plow is always a symbol of intense suffering, like being plowed under.  The Plow in Newton's Chart resolves the opposition of the Redeemer and Last Adam into a third planet, the Morning Star in Aquarius, for a forerunner.  Newton was a forerunner in physics and optics.

Newton's Sun Sign was Sagittarius, which symbolizes a person who attacks his work like a raider in war.  The Moon was near full in Gemini, the sign of the double blessing.  The Ascendant Sign was Libra, which contained the Mediator Planet, for a scholar.  Newton was the penultimate scholar, who integrated the work of others and took it to new heights.  The Mediator Planet was also the Pivot of the Locomotive, which adds even more significance to the sign.

Midheaven was in Cancer, for the spoils of victory, and the bottom of heaven, IC, was in Capricornus, for dying in the desert, or dead works.  Seven of the planets in Newton's Chart were on the dark side and only three were on the light side.

Sun Sign

The Sun Sign is the best overall indicator of a person.  Newton's Sun Sign was Sagittarius, for a raider in a raiding band.  This type would attack his work as if he were engaged in a war.  Not only did Newton behave accordingly, so did his contemporaries, who did not hesitate to attack him to discredit his work and take credit to themselves.

Also in Sagittarius was the Savior Planet, for a deliverer.  This is the equivalent of "you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

Moon Sign

The Moon Sign was Gemini, for the double blessing.  The Moon was near Full, for a full response.  Newton was highly acclaimed and has been called the greatest scientist ever.


The person with a Locomotive in the Birth Chart is a  visionary who is looking ahead and aware of the turn off that he must take to arrive at his destination.  He is highly motivated.  The pivot planet motivates him.  He recognizes problems and proceeds to solve them.  He has initiative, industriousness, and perseverance. And he leaves his own special mark on all his accomplishments.  The sign of the reflecting telescope that Newton built appeared in his Birth Chart in the Catwalk and Plow.

The Pivot was the Mediator Planet in Libra, for a scholar.  Newton worked on his scholarly projects 18 hours a day, seven days a week.  He often forgot to eat and worked late into the night until 2 or 3 AM.  He would come into his room so absorbed with a new idea that he would stand over his table writing without bothering to sit down.  He was a visionary who saw the problem of the Solar System and went about to explain it mathematically.

The Plow

The Plow symbolizes intense suffering.  A Plow directs the opposition of two planets into a third.  The planets in opposition in Newton's Chart are the Redeemer in Scorpius, for a person like Balaam, and the Last Adam in Taurus, for hidden power, like gravity.  Although Newton didn't have the same love of money as Balaam, he had similar materialistic desires in alchemy, which included mysticism and divination.  The Redeemer Planet in Scorpius was Newton's dark side, whereas, the Last Adam in Taurus was his light side.  The former was on the dark side of the Chart, and the latter was on the light side of the Chart.  The opposition of the two was translated into the Morning Star in Aquarius, for a forerunner.  New was the forerunner, who wrote the books on Classical Physics and Optics.

Newton's achieved great success as a forerunner in Physics.  However, the success did not come with love and happiness and peace.  It came from agonizing study.  And it came in the face of great suffering.  Newton suffered as a young child in ways that left deep psychological scars for life.  He lived through civil war, the plague, and the Great Fire of London.  His temporal success was accompanied by spiritual failure.

Also in Aquarius was the Almighty God Planet, for world-wide distinction, which certainly came to Newton before and after death.


Pisces contains the God of the Covenants Planet, which symbolizes mystery doctrine.  Although Newton studied the Bible to learn the mystery doctrine of the Church Age, he failed miserably.  Instead, he was preoccupied with the hidden mysteries of alchemy, which was a dead end street.


The Red Planet in Aries was a sign of a bloody leader.  This could be applied to the kings of England during the civil wars, which ravaged England during Newton's life.

Death Chart

Isaac Newton Death ChartIsaac Newton's Death Chart contains an upside down Kite, a Plow, and a Mystic Rectangle.  All the planets except three are in darkness along with a Stellium of three planets in conjunction with the bottom of heaven, IC.  The Chart portrays going down to the grave.  The upside down Kite with its Focus of the Last Adam in Virgo, for a mortal human body, signifies crashing or dying, like a belly-up fish.  The Mystic Rectangle, which is small and a bit off, signifies a sarcophagus or the grave.  And the Plow is pointed toward the Moon in Gemini to symbolize suffering of the first born, who received the double blessing.  Isaac Newton was the first born and holder of the family inheritance.  He was born with the Moon in Gemini to signify the recipient of the double blessing, and he died with the Plow pointing to the same sign to signify loss of the double blessing.  Isaac was also the name of the Son of Abraham, who was the child of the Promise and recipient of the double blessing.  Gemini was also the Descendant Sign to signify going down, or dying.

The Sun was in Pisces, for Heavenly glory.  Newton, as a believer in Jesus Christ, was going to Heaven.  Beside the Sun in Pisces was the Red Planet, for a suffering saint.  Newton died in pain and suffering from a kidney stone.

The Mediator Planet was in Libra, which symbolizes the Lord as the Judge with the power of life and death.  Midheaven was also in Libra to signify the Judgment from highest Heaven.  Across the Chart the Stellium in Aries in conjunction with the bottom of heaven, IC, emphasized the significance of the death of Newton. The Stellium in Aries contained:

  1. IC - the death of a leader.  Newton was a leader in science.
  2. Almighty God - a captain.  Newton was born in Sagittarius and was analogous to a military commander.
  3. Morning Star - an elder.  Newton was an old man at 84.
  4. Savior - good shepherd, who gives his life for the sheep.  Jesus Christ was Newton's Savior.
The Redeemer in Taurus symbolizes redeemed with great blessing.  Going to Heaven is a great blessing even when a person goes without great rewards, as was the case with Newton.  Death is God's victory, regardless of the status of the person dying.  Taurus also corresponds to England, where Newton died.


The Birth Chart of Isaac Newton contains a Locomotive, the ultimate symbol of a visionary who is looking ahead for the next road to take, who is industrious and highly motivated, and who sees a problem and sets about to solve it.  The Locomotive tuns on the Mediator Planet in Libra, for a scholar.  Newton was a scholar's scholar.  In addition to working out the Physics of the heavenly bodies, he left over a million words on Biblical themes and 650,000 words on alchemy.  Whereas, he was a great success in Physics, he was a failure as a Christian and his work on alchemy was a waste.

Seven of the planets in Newton's Chart were on the dark side.  The Redeemer Planet in Scorpius was the sign of Balaam.  Although Newton didn't share Balaam's love of money, he did share his interest in learning the dark secrets of Satan, the master of deceit who portrays himself as an angel of light.  Newton didn't just have a dark side, he even thought of himself as Jehovah Sanctus Unus (Jehovah, the Holy One), which is the mark of Satan, who sought to be "like the Most High" (Isa 14:14).  Newton's failure in the Spiritual life coupled with his keen interest in learning the mysteries of Creation, left him the victim of Satan and divination, which is attempting to know the mind of God apart from divine viewpoint.  Satan even made a god out of Newton and built a shrine to him in Westminster Abbey.

Newton's Birth Chart contained the Last Adam in Taurus, for hidden power, like gravity.  Newton developed the universal theory of gravitation.  The Almighty God Planet was in Aquarius, for world-wide distinction.  Newton has been hailed as the greatest scientist of all time.  A Plow pointing to the Morning Star in Aquarius indicated intense suffering.  Newton suffered as a child, and lived through a turbulent time of war and pestilence in England.  The Morning Star in Aquarius, for a forerunner, was at the point of the Plow to symbolize the  great suffering surrounding Newton's great success.  As his Birth Sign of Sagittarius, for a raider (warrior), suggests, Newton was not so much a winner as a survivor.  He was born to solve the problem of planetary motion, which he did, but the road he took through life to get there took him through a mine field of intense suffering.

Isaac Newton Birth Chart Planets

Sun Sagittarius Raider
Moon Gemini Double blessing
Savior Sagittarius Deliverer
Morning Star Aquarius Forerunner
Red Planet Aries Bloody leader
Almighty God Aquarius World-wide distinction
Ring Planet Pisces Mystery doctrine
Mediator Libra Scholar
Redeemer Scorpius Balaam
Last Adam Taurus Hidden power



1.  "Sir Isaac Newton," Dr. Robert A. Hatch, University of Florida, 1998.
2.  "Isaac Newton & the Ocean of Truth," Sue Toohey, July 2003.
3.  "Isaac Newton," Wikipedia Encyclopedia.
4.  "Newton:  The Dark Heretic," YouTube, BBC, 2003.
5.  "Newton's Dark Secrets,"  WGBH Educational Foundation, 1996-2005.
6.  Isaac Newton.  Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John, Project Gutenberg EBook #16878, October 15, 2005.
7.  Alfred Rupert Hall.  Isaac Newton: Eighteenth Century Perspectives,  (New York:  Oxford University Press), 1999.

Released February 5, 2010 - Revised January 6, 2012

Author: Larry Wood
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