Gods of Art

28 06 2017

There are a number of influences over what is nowadays termed “art”. Everyone knows that art in the modern sense signifies paintings, sculptures and sometimes weird “installations” that can be found in galleries, museums and public places.

There were nine muses which were associated with art, but strangely enough something is missing from what would be deemed “art” in  modern times. The muses patronised the following: (Calliope), epic poetry; Kleio (Clio), history; Ourania (Urania), astronomy; Thaleia (Thalia), comedy; Melpomene, tragedy; Polymnia (Polyhymnia), religious hymns; Erato, erotic poetry; Euterpe, lyric poetry; and Terpsikhore (Terpsichore), choral song and dance. Is there one specifically for painting as would be known today? In the time of the muses visual arts were not what was associated with pure art, it was a oral society and the great arts were spoken as in theatre, acted, played, spoken poetry and dance. The Hellenistic civilization was one of pure action and in the moment effects. It is a surprise to any researcher to find that no muse specifically dedicated to painting or sculpture existed, though these cultures created much painting and sculpture, which survives today on vases and walls.

I will argue that there are three main contenders for the title of “ruler of art”.

Athena /Minerva

Goddess of wisdom, war, pottery and crafts, Athena stands as probably the first deity which is easily recognisable as the true goddess of visual art. In Hellenic times pottery was one of the major modes of visual art representation along with wall painting, mosaics and of course the thing that Greek civilization will always be remembered for, the 3 dimensional representation of the human form, chiselled and formed from pure marble or stone. It should be noted that their architecture was also magnificent art work, which was decorated with frescos, and these statues.

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Athena is not depicted sitting. She is not depicted with colouring pencils, nor with paint brushes or any kind of “crafts” tools. She is depicted in full battle array, ready for slaughtering the enemy. She is not depicted sitting at the potters’ wheel, even though she is patroness of the pottery which recorded her image.

The meaning to the modern is probably lost, as we seem to interpret things from our perspective which has things categorised and a bit disconnected. But to looking more deeply into the association of Athena as a goddess of the defensive war and protection of the city, connections can be made. Modern theorists accept two forms of power in any state. The obvious hard power is military, but soft power is also acknowledged, and encompasses everything that falls under the term “culture”. When other nations come up against a culture that impresses them, victory can be won simply by putting those nations in awe and fear, when in reality the hard military might does not match the power that is projected.

It was Athena who gave the Greeks victory against an enemy that far outmatched them, the Persians. During this battle Athena helped them to get out of Athens, allowing it to be burned to the ground while setting up a trap and luring the Persian ships into a narrow channel where they were ambushed and slaughtered. Wisdom in battle requires artistry, whereas brute force is defeated by the mental precision and cleverness.

If we look at artistic achievement as well as military achievement, the same principles are true. The fine detail and precision used with wisdom, creates superior art to that of thick brushes with base colours. Walls are painted in individual colours to brighten up the house, and the work is brute force with little need for artistry apart from the need to avoid going over the floors and doors. Athena’s wisdom is attention to the finer details.

 

From Athena we are reminded that any art is done with a certain level of aggression. Her artistry is designed for conquering her enemies. Athena is a virgin goddess. This means that all sexual energy is maintained, and purified and is part of her essence.

Apollo

This is the Sun god. Apollo, like Athena is a violent god. The Sun’s beams though when they warm the skin are a source of life and comfort, they are the thing that gives pleasure to existence. Just imagine life in eternal darkness, it could get pretty cold, you would be in the realm of Hades / Pluto, where the Sun appears as nothing more than a bright star.

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Apollo is depicted playing musical instruments such as the Lyre. With this Lyre, he was able to win the hearts of everyone even the mountains and birds melted in joy at the sound of his playing. Apollo as Sun god is associated with light. Imagine looking at an artwork in the dark. Apollo’s art is so basic, but essential. In many works of art beauty is infused through the depiction of light.

The 5th house, is the house of Leo and the house of the Sun. Creativity and warmth are said to be associated with this house. Apollo is a god of archery, and like Athena has a deadly side, but just like Athena as a warrior from a distance his skills require a great precision and control. Apollo’s art is connected with music, prophecy healing and archery.

Since prophecy is about the future, Apollo is possibly a greater power than Athena. Whereas Athena has wisdom, Apollo is able to predict the future and therefore able to see how things would work out. He therefore allows the artist to predict or envision the outcome of any project before it has happened. To go deeper into the matter, Apollo is the god of the mind’s eye, which sees actions before they unfold, but which also gives the artist the ability imagine and create using that same faculty.

Like the Sun itself, Apollo’s power is unseen though it is right above our heads. It is so bright and obvious that it is not given its due. Apollo gives a pure outpouring of art. It is however musical rather than visually associated. What is the music of Apollo? It is the lyre, which is a stringed instrument similar to the harp or the lute. In order to exploit the artistic gifts of Apollo one must attempt to depict stillness, light and warmth. As the god of archery, he is not a figure of pure action like Athena, but one which does not need to go anywhere in order to dominate his enemies. As god of light, Apollo holds the key to all colour. 1831324dfa87dd23ee202ca283d2fc37--refraction-of-light-color-mixing

The god of light is in fact the god of colour, as revealed by the prism, which splits visible light into is various hues. The esoteric knowledge here is that of fundamentals which are revealed only through deeper understanding. The essence of art is colour, the essence of colour is light. The artist at a basic level mixes pigments cleverly, pigments that are made up of mineral elements that serve only to reflect different areas of the colour spectrum. Could Apollo therefore be the greatest visual artist? He is not depicted with coloured pencils and paintbrushes in his hand, but he is depicted with the lyre.

Aphrodite /Venus

The modern artist has an obsession with Aphrodite, goddess of the female form and of visual beauty. Admittedly, she is not depicted in the art with coloured pencils nor with paint brushes, she is depicted with a mirror and accompanied by Eros ready to arouse and expand the eroticism, from which the word  “erotic” originates. Erotic does not equate with naked, nor does it equate with pornography, because smut is neither sophisticated, nor beautiful. What is worked on here is finer feeling, sensitivity, love and gentleness.

The two signs associated most with art and finery are Taurus and Libra, both of which fall into the domain of Venus. This deity is not a war god, but rather a lust god. She is concerned with beauty and beautiful things. Good things do not just include the female from, (though this is one of the best), but include food, drink, money and every good thing that money can buy. Indeed, Aphrodite is associated with value, because of her beauty and the basic laws of capitalism reveal how that works. The more beautiful a thing, (or person) the more value it has. Aphrodite is probably a fine visual artist and has a firm grasp on basic form, beginning with the female form. Does this mean Ares has good grasp on the male form? No, Ares is a war god, so Aphrodite extends all appreciation of form to the male form and the beauty in all physical existence.

Aphrodite is most easily associated with the modern conception of visual art. The great artists of the past centuries were masters of form and colour. And although beautiful and great, in some senses this art is inferior to the art of Athena and Apollo. Athena’s art depicts action and utility, it is skill married with wisdom and cleverness. Apollo as giver of light and his ability to melt the mountains with emotion from the music of his lyre is also magnificent. Aphrodite is pleasure, love, beauty, inferior to the ecstasy of action and the joy of sound and light. Nevertheless, the artist cannot always reach the highest and must enjoy more earthly pleasures.

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The Journey of 1000 miles

29 10 2016





Samsung, Apple and Sony and the non-replaceable battery scam

8 02 2016

The great deception is that after buying a beautiful tablet and smartphone, and after using them only for a few months I noticed that the charge on the battery was lost considerably. In 8 hours I lost 6 percent on standby at the beginning, after two months I lost 10 percent in the same time. I then realised that the smartphone and tablet both are unopenable and to replace the shitty battery is not possible. In 24 months when the makers of my phone and tablet release their brand new products, #8 or #9 or #3 or whatever edition it is, do they expect me to throw my old phone and tablet in the garbage? I paid about $300 and $600 for my phone and tablet. I bought beautiful cases for them and take extreme care over them so as not to scratch them or damage them in any way. I expected to keep them for the next ten years in mint condition with the option of selling them, if indeed I wanted to update to the latest version.

Samsung, Apple and Sony are in the planned obsolescence game together. All tablet and smartphone makers are. When Neptune in Pisces made a square to natal Uranus, I realised the deception going on with regard to new technology. As with all deceptions and thefts, there is a moment of great joy that you bought something on the cutting edge, followed by a very painful realisation that actually the guy you bought it off switched phones just before you handed him the money and in fact when you walked away you were carrying a fake, just a piece of glass wrapped in cardboard and you may as well throw it in the river now. As for your hard earned cash, that guy is in another country, you can’t get your money back now.

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As the graph demonstrates, after 250 charges, if you charge once a day that is 250 days, lithium ion batteries lose between 15-30% capacity. In 500 days instead of lasting 8 hours, the charge will only hold for 4 hours. After 1000 days what is the result? No-one has talked about that. But it is true that in the old days, replaceable AA 1.2 volt rechargeable lithium batteries would have to themselves be replaced after 1000 charges because they became useless at holding energy.

I like reading using my tablet, and playing games, I use my smartphone for music while commuting, for reading while bored at work. The energy drains fast. It is not that I can’t afford to buy the latest version, I can and I want to. I just don’t like being tricked. Samsung, Apple, Sony and possibly their other competitors are perfectly capable of utilizing standardized replaceable batteries in their mobile techonolgies. They have calculated, very cynically and colluded together in order to trick the consumer into wasting his money. Additionally, what about the unnecessary cost to the environment in extra plastic, glass and valuable metals being wasted unecessarily?

I have read thousands of comments in reviews about these products indicating a fury over the changes between the S5 and the S6 and S7 about non-replaceable batteries. But the truth is that all mobile products whether cameras, tablets, laptops or smartphones should be obligated by law to give the consumer and the environment value for money rather than short-changing us and the planet. These companies should be held personally responsible for climate change crimes, and for theft. What am I supposed to do when my S6 holds only 2 hours charge in the space of 24 months? The hell am I buying another faulty product from Samsung. I will find a product that fulfils my criteria for value for money. Dear Samsung, Apple, Sony. If you rip me off, I will not buy your products and what’s more I will talk about it to other consumers so that they boycott you too. Some other competitive manufacturer will come along and will give me the product that I want. I guarentee that.

Don’t forget the golden rule: “The customer is always king”.

 

 





Whole Sign Houses (A Return to Classical Principles)

23 12 2014

hellenistic-astrology-07It was not until I read some classical Hellenic texts that I started to understand classical astrology and its underpinnings. This is a personal post where I’d like to explain in a general way, why I re-discovered the in my opinion now “true” system of astrology which in actual fact makes no differentiation between “houses” and “signs”.

When I used to use Equal house system or another system like Placidus or countless others which have arisen during the Medieval period, I came across in my readings references to classical writers which seemed to confuse the word “house” with “sign”. I would read, something like “the house of Scorpio”, or “if the house on the Ascendant is Aries” and I would wonder why these ancient references were mistranslated or misrepresented.

Something never quite agreed with me though, while using “modern” which really is medieval astrological theory. The idea that a house is “in a sign” or in two signs which is the normal case. For example your 1st house is part Scorpio and part Sagittarius, so in theory your body is part short and part tall, you are part obsessive and part freedom loving. No. This didn’t make sense to me though there is plenty of room for contradiction in the human soul. An object can be half painted red and half painted black, this underlies the theory and allows for the astrologer to accept it. But one which I believe to be a sullying or muddling of hierarchical classical purity.

However, going back, through these texts, I didn’t find that houses were separate entities from signs. I didn’t see signs as colours and houses as the actual objects to use that analogy. I found that the sign rising was in fact the house rising. I found that with Ascendant in Virgo I was Virgo rising, never mind that it was in the last decan and that libra was supposedly also in my “1st house”. My first house was itself Virgo, I was a Virgin, not part Virgin part married, one or the other.

The discovery of how I realised that the classical astrology based on whole sign houses made perfect sense, is not important. What is important in this piece is that I relate to you how I see this system as more sensible than any of the other systems which have come later. Questions still remain in my mind about last degree Ascendants or last degree planets, but intuition seems to lead me to the answers for these questions which I will address before finishing this piece.

To illustrate the simplicity of the whole sign system, I pick a well-known chart of someone whose fame unlike pop stars or minor politicians will last for centuries to come. Mahatma Gandhi’s chart is Libra rising with Sun placed a number of degrees before the Ascendant. ASC at about 26 Libra, and Sun at about 9 degrees Libra. To the medievalist or modernist who may use placidus or equal houses or any other which separates “house” as distinct from “sign”, Gandhi has Sun firmly placed in the 12th house. Sun signifies authority, and power, and ubiquitous fame. There are obviously other reasons why the man became who he was, yet this is just one example to demonstrate the reasonableness behind whole house system. Gandhi has Libra rising, and Libra Sun, this means he is a double Libra. On the horizon in his nativity, is Sun in Libra, shortly after Sunrise. Why should the one work against the other? No, they don’t. Sun in Libra does not undermine Libra rising, it reinforces it giving it power and authority. Gandhi’s fame and authority will live on through centuries not just as a man who founded the most populous democracy, but as a man of peace (Libra) whose quotes and pictures are ubiquitous, and whose influence is everywhere. The fact is a 12th house Sun would signify a person disgraced, imprisoned, and who suffers either infamy or being hidden away from the public eye. In whole houses Gandhi has a 1st house Sun in Libra, and he is known world over as a man of peace.

In contrast you take two recent politicians who have 12th house Sun (whole house) GW Bush and Tony Blair, these men had power through other means, Bush through Pluto & Mercury rising, and Blair through Mars rising, yet these men, though famous and possibly popular in their election years, are in fact only a few short years later branded fairly widespread as men who “made mistakes” one is popularly referred to as a war mongerer, and the other is branded a liar. Their deeds are known as mistakes, and their motivations are criticised for being selfish, though success is attributed to other areas of their charts, in whole house their Suns are both 12th house and though they are free men, and successful men, their fame is mixed nevertheless with infamy, with rather massive mistakes, with duplicity, lies, and secret deals.

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These examples give an introduction to the reasoning behind whole houses. Yet they are not the business area. The system is based on the idea that the actual constellation on the Eastern horizon is the first house, and any planet in that sign is in the first house. It’s too simple isn’t it. It is that simple. Hellenic Astrology uses trigon lords which are the triplicity lords as well as the house rulers. In Gandhi’s chart 1st ruler is Venus, and lord of his Sun is also Venus. The condition of Venus is important, but what is of more importance in this system is that ASC and Sun act as one unified whole, Venus essentially taking the decisions for both.

In Whole Sign system, the 1st house may be partly below the horizon or partly above, it may be almost completely below or almost completely above. Another question which bugged me before was “why does Sun below the horizon mean strength and Sun just having risen mean bad news and weakness?” Sunrise is surely the beautiful moment which you can watch and feel a sense of awe and happiness at the birth of a new day. The Sun having just risen is a beautiful moment when it is in the same sign which is on the distant horizon, when a different sign begins to dominate the horizon this is when the Sun no longer is in the same house, and thus enters the 12th, because you have two distinct energies which are different signs which are semi-sextile and of different triplicities.

“House” and “Sign” are one. There is no difference. The first house is the sign which is rising on the Ascendant, the Eastern horizon. The second house is the sign which follows, so the system is truly simple. The Midheaven is an important point but the tenth house is the tenth sign from the Ascendant, the sign which is 90 degrees anticlockwise.

When observing transits whole sign houses make perfect sense. A planet changing signs changes its energy completely, it therefore makes sense that this changing planet coming under the disposition of another planet or into its own domicile may be considered to be in the domain of the planet which rules that house and therefore it is in that same house. Say Pisces is on the Descendant in a chart, yet although Neptune is two decans below the horizon, once Neptune has entered Pisces, the energy of Neptune is aligned with the energy of the Descendant, it comes under the trigon lord Mars and the domicile of Jupiter, or if you are so inclined Neptune is its own house. The chart then denotes Neptune figures being allowed in through the door by the lord of the 7th Jupiter, and therefore Neptune is welcomed fully into the 7th house, the wife in this example may be a buoyant Jupiter type, yet she has Neptune in her domain, in her house, making her take on some of the Neptune characteristics, namely artistic rendering of reality.

Tight applying aspects are of importance, these aspects describe events and facts, successes and failures. Yet, under the Hellenic theory, which underpins whole sign houses, it’s possible to observe that, the greater influence is brought about through the energy of the signs involved, so that any planet being placed in Libra is really working on the same level as any other planet in Libra, since they are in the same house and concerned with the same problems in love.

Planets which are close to the Sun yet in another sign are not said to be combust. The reason for this is that the Sun is dominant over the energy of the sign it’s in, with the extent of its orb of about 15 degrees. A Libra Sun will dominate the house it is in, though Venus may hold the key, she must do as Sun insists mitigated only by her essential strength or weakness, If another planet happens to be combust in Libra, then Venus controls that planet through Sun’s authority, yet if that planet slips into Scorpio, then it comes under the protection of Mars, and therefore out of Sun’s influence. Being in the next sign is synonymous with going next door, going into the next “house”.

If a house happens to be empty, how does anything get done? Of course the analogy may be the same as in medieval interpretation, the house has a lord which does the business of that house in another house. The classical whole system houses that I present here confront the medievalist (modernist) with a rather embarrassing question: “If Virgo rises yet Libra is also in the 1st house, which is the lord of this house? Mercury, or Venus?” Obviously only one person can be in charge. The career of a person is one thing at a time, unless that person has Gemini in the 10th, yet it is still just one planet, Mercury which is conducting the affairs of that 10th house. Mercury conducts the affairs on behalf of the Gemini 10th house, and anything that transits Gemini visits the house of Mercury, and any aspects to Mercury natally or by transit will support the house which Mercury rules, the house of Gemini, which happens to be the 10th sign in that example.





Whole Sign Houses (A Return to Classical Principles)

23 12 2014

hellenistic-astrology-07It was not until I read some classical Hellenic texts that I started to understand classical astrology and its underpinnings. This is a personal post where I’d like to explain in a general way, why I re-discovered the in my opinion now “true” system of astrology which in actual fact makes no differentiation between “houses” and “signs”.

When I used to use Equal house system or another system like Placidus or countless others which have arisen during the Medieval period, I came across in my readings references to classical writers which seemed to confuse the word “house” with “sign”. I would read, something like “the house of Scorpio”, or “if the house on the Ascendant is Aries” and I would wonder why these ancient references were mistranslated or misrepresented.

Something never quite agreed with me though, while using “modern” which really is medieval astrological theory. The idea that a house is “in a sign” or in two signs which is the normal case. For example your 1st house is part Scorpio and part Sagittarius, so in theory your body is part short and part tall, you are part obsessive and part freedom loving. No. This didn’t make sense to me though there is plenty of room for contradiction in the human soul. An object can be half painted red and half painted black, this underlies the theory and allows for the astrologer to accept it. But one which I believe to be a sullying or muddling of hierarchical classical purity.

However, going back, through these texts, I didn’t find that houses were separate entities from signs. I didn’t see signs as colours and houses as the actual objects to use that analogy. I found that the sign rising was in fact the house rising. I found that with Ascendant in Virgo I was Virgo rising, never mind that it was in the last decan and that libra was supposedly also in my “1st house”. My first house was itself Virgo, I was a Virgin, not part Virgin part married, one or the other.

The discovery of how I realised that the classical astrology based on whole sign houses made perfect sense, is not important. What is important in this piece is that I relate to you how I see this system as more sensible than any of the other systems which have come later. Questions still remain in my mind about last degree Ascendants or last degree planets, but intuition seems to lead me to the answers for these questions which I will address before finishing this piece.

To illustrate the simplicity of the whole sign system, I pick a well-known chart of someone whose fame unlike pop stars or minor politicians will last for centuries to come. Mahatma Gandhi’s chart is Libra rising with Sun placed a number of degrees before the Ascendant. ASC at about 26 Libra, and Sun at about 9 degrees Libra. To the medievalist or modernist who may use placidus or equal houses or any other which separates “house” as distinct from “sign”, Gandhi has Sun firmly placed in the 12th house. Sun signifies authority, and power, and ubiquitous fame. There are obviously other reasons why the man became who he was, yet this is just one example to demonstrate the reasonableness behind whole house system. Gandhi has Libra rising, and Libra Sun, this means he is a double Libra. On the horizon in his nativity, is Sun in Libra, shortly after Sunrise. Why should the one work against the other? No, they don’t. Sun in Libra does not undermine Libra rising, it reinforces it giving it power and authority. Gandhi’s fame and authority will live on through centuries not just as a man who founded the most populous democracy, but as a man of peace (Libra) whose quotes and pictures are ubiquitous, and whose influence is everywhere. The fact is a 12th house Sun would signify a person disgraced, imprisoned, and who suffers either infamy or being hidden away from the public eye. In whole houses Gandhi has a 1st house Sun in Libra, and he is known world over as a man of peace.

In contrast you take two recent politicians who have 12th house Sun (whole house) GW Bush and Tony Blair, these men had power through other means, Bush through Pluto & Mercury rising, and Blair through Mars rising, yet these men, though famous and possibly popular in their election years, are in fact only a few short years later branded fairly widespread as men who “made mistakes” one is popularly referred to as a war mongerer, and the other is branded a liar. Their deeds are known as mistakes, and their motivations are criticised for being selfish, though success is attributed to other areas of their charts, in whole house their Suns are both 12th house and though they are free men, and successful men, their fame is mixed nevertheless with infamy, with rather massive mistakes, with duplicity, lies, and secret deals.

atlasprometheus

These examples give an introduction to the reasoning behind whole houses. Yet they are not the business area. The system is based on the idea that the actual constellation on the Eastern horizon is the first house, and any planet in that sign is in the first house. It’s too simple isn’t it. It is that simple. Hellenic Astrology uses trigon lords which are the triplicity lords as well as the house rulers. In Gandhi’s chart 1st ruler is Venus, and lord of his Sun is also Venus. The condition of Venus is important, but what is of more importance in this system is that ASC and Sun act as one unified whole, Venus essentially taking the decisions for both.

In Whole Sign system, the 1st house may be partly below the horizon or partly above, it may be almost completely below or almost completely above. Another question which bugged me before was “why does Sun below the horizon mean strength and Sun just having risen mean bad news and weakness?” Sunrise is surely the beautiful moment which you can watch and feel a sense of awe and happiness at the birth of a new day. The Sun having just risen is a beautiful moment when it is in the same sign which is on the distant horizon, when a different sign begins to dominate the horizon this is when the Sun no longer is in the same house, and thus enters the 12th, because you have two distinct energies which are different signs which are semi-sextile and of different triplicities.

“House” and “Sign” are one. There is no difference. The first house is the sign which is rising on the Ascendant, the Eastern horizon. The second house is the sign which follows, so the system is truly simple. The Midheaven is an important point but the tenth house is the tenth sign from the Ascendant, the sign which is 90 degrees anticlockwise.

When observing transits whole sign houses make perfect sense. A planet changing signs changes its energy completely, it therefore makes sense that this changing planet coming under the disposition of another planet or into its own domicile may be considered to be in the domain of the planet which rules that house and therefore it is in that same house. Say Pisces is on the Descendant in a chart, yet although Neptune is two decans below the horizon, once Neptune has entered Pisces, the energy of Neptune is aligned with the energy of the Descendant, it comes under the trigon lord Mars and the domicile of Jupiter, or if you are so inclined Neptune is its own house. The chart then denotes Neptune figures being allowed in through the door by the lord of the 7th Jupiter, and therefore Neptune is welcomed fully into the 7th house, the wife in this example may be a buoyant Jupiter type, yet she has Neptune in her domain, in her house, making her take on some of the Neptune characteristics, namely artistic rendering of reality.

Tight applying aspects are of importance, these aspects describe events and facts, successes and failures. Yet, under the Hellenic theory, which underpins whole sign houses, it’s possible to observe that, the greater influence is brought about through the energy of the signs involved, so that any planet being placed in Libra is really working on the same level as any other planet in Libra, since they are in the same house and concerned with the same problems in love.

Planets which are close to the Sun yet in another sign are not said to be combust. The reason for this is that the Sun is dominant over the energy of the sign it’s in, with the extent of its orb of about 15 degrees. A Libra Sun will dominate the house it is in, though Venus may hold the key, she must do as Sun insists mitigated only by her essential strength or weakness, If another planet happens to be combust in Libra, then Venus controls that planet through Sun’s authority, yet if that planet slips into Scorpio, then it comes under the protection of Mars, and therefore out of Sun’s influence. Being in the next sign is synonymous with going next door, going into the next “house”.

If a house happens to be empty, how does anything get done? Of course the analogy may be the same as in medieval interpretation, the house has a lord which does the business of that house in another house. The classical whole system houses that I present here confront the medievalist (modernist) with a rather embarrassing question: “If Virgo rises yet Libra is also in the 1st house, which is the lord of this house? Mercury, or Venus?” Obviously only one person can be in charge. The career of a person is one thing at a time, unless that person has Gemini in the 10th, yet it is still just one planet, Mercury which is conducting the affairs of that 10th house. Mercury conducts the affairs on behalf of the Gemini 10th house, and anything that transits Gemini visits the house of Mercury, and any aspects to Mercury natally or by transit will support the house which Mercury rules, the house of Gemini, which happens to be the 10th sign in that example.





Chart Readings

10 02 2014

I’ve created a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002879119593

So if anyone wants to send me charts via message or posting it public, then that’s fine.

 

 





SQUARES: Esoteric Meaning

28 09 2013

This is something I’ve thought about before, but it never occured to me to put pen to paper, because it was such a simple realisation. The truth is often far simpler and far less complicated than I had ever imagined, so much so that I actually put it asside, in my search for something a “bit more” satisfying. This introduction may seem obtuse but it is only so in order to prepare the reader for a concept which appears so appallingly simple, it can be shrugged off, yet which may permit him or her to see the world completely afresh. The meat is here, I will not expand it beyond the initial idea, nor fluff it up with extra words beyond this introduction.

The square is “hard”. Hard things in life result in pain, and suffering, argument, strife, problems, difficulties. When two planets are in a square, they are said to be at war. Squares are actually part of the grand cross which includes the 180 degrees opposition and the midpoints between the squares are 45 degree octagon or (semi square).

When acting on impulse, and when acting according to animal nature (as humans are biological) one planet must fight against another and defeat it or be defeated. This may be physical or psychological. The Mars in a square allowed to act according to animal nature will always kill, and always be violent, and always rape. Only look at a nature program, to see  this in action. Mars or Saturn in Lions and snakes are the same two planets in humans.

What makes us different from animals? Humans are able to take a square and decide not to act on animal impulse. What’s required in such an act? Sacrifice. Plain and simple, the square makes up with four other squares the grand cross. The Cross is a symbol of human sacrifice. It is as simple as a choice between the Beast (act on animal nature) and the lamb (sacrifice), the essential meaning in the book of Revelation. A second point on this “esoteric explanation” is that of Christ’s birthchart, which is an angular GRAND CROSS. Do not forget Christ had a choice to when Satan said that “all of the world could be yours”, but he chose the path of sacrifice. So when confronted with a cross, square, opposition there is always a choice, you can fight, or you can sacrifice.Image

Why sacrifice? Christ’s sacrifice has lived on throughout two thousand years of history, it was no fluke. While those who acted according to animal (beastial) nature, their effects were detrimental to themselves and to others, why? because they did not sacrifice for God, which is essentially the number one esoteric thing to remember.

How to sacrifice properly? As stated above, anyone can observe his or her personal squares and life difficulties. If you have a Mars square you will get angry and want to fight or shout, or put other people down (kill), proper sacrifice is learning to control these thoughts of anger, and follow Jesus’s teaching, (when someone asks you to walk a mile, walk the next mile also).

Remember, the Lamb (sacrifice), will always be victorious over the beast (no sacrifice). The Book of Revelation may be seen in these terms. Sacrifice which is down with the self interest doesn’t work either, it is only total sacrifice and subjugation to God which counts. Praying for yourself or your family is not sacrifice. Praying to God as worship, as subjugation of the animal nature to spirit, this is sacrifice.

Fasting, prayer, giving change to the poor, meditating, taking unfair criticism, and not reacting to injustice: these are all little ways to sacrifice. You don’t have to die like Christ, or like a martyr. Following the ten commandments (or the eightfold path, or any form of abstinance), is another path to sacrifice. Reading the bible, will obviously further explain how it all works. My words are just a finger pointing to a greater teacher, from someone who is on the path and knows the direction, and admittedly is not “there” yet.Acrostic Cross Take-Up-Your-Cross-480x400 followme