Astrology´s Journey

24 11 2008


Astrology is not a science, despite what some jumped up professional Astrologers claim. It has no unified system or agreed terms of measurement besides the fact that time is related through the Tropical ephemeris. In practical terms, the Astrologer occupies a space which in ancient times any self respecting philosopher and person who thought about the world around them would occupy. Today however, information is so freely gained that anyone can learn the secrets of this knowledge and profess to charge money for sharing what they know.

The modern astrologer is not a philosopher though, they do not spend vast amounts of time studying mathematics, astronomy, medicine, engineering, theology, or law. The modern astrologer like the modern human being is a specialised being, with time being bought for money, the modern economy does not tolerate, it does not have time for expansion of the mind in this sense. The modern economy demands that each human being does one thing, and does it well and gets paid for it, the exact same way that soldier ants only protect and attack threats, and worker ants only carry food and prepare it for the colony. The modern Astrologer does Astrology the way that the authorities and society deems it acceptable for them to do so, and then rewards these people with a career and a job.

The nature of Astrology is the nature of the world. In this sense it is materialistic. Astrological study has been described by astrologers themselves as belonging to both the ninth house, to Virgo, and to Uranus. In this sense it is easy to see that there is some crossover with both the house of spiritual thought, with the sign of mental enquiry and analysis and with the planet of revolution and Utopian Society.

Astrology though primarily used for relationship and money enquiries actually has nothing at all to do with the signs and houses that rule those things, that of Libra and Taurus and the 2nd and 7th houses. Astrology as termed by Astrologers themselves has nothing in common with what is described as the “counselling profession” or psychiatry, which have a lot to owe to the signs of Pisces, Scorpio and the psychological and relationship signs of Libra and Scorpio. If anything, modern psychiatry and counselling has either hijacked the Astrological lexicon, or Astrologers who made money from their knowledge hijacked that clinical Freudian worldview in order to justify themselves as having a purpose. In the end they called themselves the humanists.

Astrology should be defined for what it is before people go down its modern street, which is a closed end. Astrology is a material philosophy in most of its part. Buddhism describes a wheel of life, nay a wheel of suffering and central in that belief system is a wheel which contains suffering and pain due to its existence on the Earth plain, in the physical manner of being. For the most part people who look into Astrology, or use it are concerned with worldly events, with things that are related to material existence and to relationships. There is no spiritual content within the study of Astrology, there is no moral code or knowledge which does actually lead to “Enlightenment”.

The only benefits of the Astrological knowledge is an opening of awareness of the greatness of possibility. The problem with modern Astrology and therefore the problem with modern society is that it is a closed circuit. It is not open to possibility, it is not open to knowledge for its own sake. It is also quite heartlessly unable to commit to any certainty which as a professed science it must and has to.

There is nothing humanistic about Astrology. It is a lexicon of knowledge, where all things on Earth have a particular element and modality, they even have as it has been described, a humour: that is, a quality of warmth, or cold, of dry or moist in accordance with the actual qualities of the thing which correspond with its ruling planet. Knowledge and understanding of the Natural World and of Man and Woman in their natural state is the original concern of astrology.

What has happened to the Astrological study in the twentieth and twenty first centuries is a reflection of what has occurred in society during these years. The move has been to compartmentalise every aspect of life, and to separate it from every other part of life. But the result is an ever vaguer and more ambiguous slide into relativism and lack of clarity, lack of judgement lack of moral or even material rigour. The fact is that money drives Astrological knowledge these days, just as it drives everything. So as a result possibilities and plausible predictions are given when in reality nothing could be further from the truth. They amount to nothing more than vague possibilities designed to please the customer, who unwittingly pays for the privilege of receiving Virgoan analysis with no substance behind it whatsoever.

Mass Production is designed to be one size fits all after all. So it is no surprise that Astrology has gone in this direction, on the premise that everyone is the same and deserves the same watered down, psychologically convincing empty meaningless rubbish which is published countless times over and over again, simply with changed names. The problem with Astrology today is that it is a drip-feed of nice easy words, which keep people hooked on false hopes always puting spin on every negative meaning, when in fact it should be there to steer people in one direction categorically with total assurance and knowledge.

After the changes which take place in the near future, Astrology may begin to take a more natural stance and revert more back to its ancient roots. But this depends hugely on society. Does the world continue to compartmentalise and specialise to ever increasing narrowness and darkness, while at the same time building itself further away from true Nature and true human spirit, Astrology will follow society and will prove just as brilliant an insight into societies´ values as any history or literature.

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4 responses

25 11 2008
Ryoin Akiyama

I really enjoyed this article, and I don’t say that often. :P

I believe astrology has hope as long as people continue to re-print and re-introduce those classical texts and ideas that we didn’t have access to at the dawn of the 20th century. I’ve heard several, several cases of people forsaking modern astrological technique for traditional, but I’ve not yet encountered the opposite. Hoping the trend continues. :D

25 11 2008
buddymaterna

Thanks Ryoin,

It is not so much the fact that the so called “modern planets” are used that I am against, so much as the attitude and the values which inform and go towards creating the psycho-babble which is everywhere.

What I am looking for I think is a literature which has integrity, strength, confidence, something that is 100% certain in its assertions. This is where the “old” has a charm that is not to be found in any modern text. The old literature is based on a rigid moral framework, which has at its foundations respect for tradition, and respect for both the gods and for God.

Ptolemy would have been a polytheist believing in Greek gods and goddesses as would have the Babylonians and Egyptians. Lilly wrote CHRISTIAN ASTROLOGY, and the Arabic Astrologers would have had there own moral framework and tradition. Also if you think about one of the most sacred aspect patterns in Astrology, its formation is the symbol for the Jewish faith: The Star of David.

What I am saying here is that Astrology serves no purpose unless it has a clear moral fabric which it works with hand in hand. Astrology if it truly does belong to the ninth house must acknowledge what the ninth house means, other than foreign travel.

26 11 2008
Ryoin Akiyama

Definitely, I didn’t mean to suggest that only the modern planets was the only thing I was against. Psychological astrology doesn’t work so well, for the reasons you’ve mentioned and several others. I’ll be waiting for the day when that disappears completely. :)

That’s not necessarily so. Certainly mythology and mysticism did effect particular significations and philosophies of the Hellenistic and Ancient traditions, but that doesn’t mean that those mythological or religious codes of morality or ethics got wrapped up into astrology itself. Just because Lilly wrote a book called “Christian Astrology” doesn’t mean astrology has Christian morals in it. It was called “Christian Astrology” so that he could publish it at all. It was 1647, the church was everything, and the only way he could get by with publishing it and not being BBQ was to name it that.

Astrology will always serve purpose, it’s just that purpose might be skewed if the astrologer themselves is lacking in morality and giving astrological advice on over-sensitive topics. Astrology is not a religion with a moral code that must be followed, but as human beings attempting to assist other human beings, we must be compassionate to the client’s needs and situation in order to give the best advice, even if that means not giving advice at all. Astrology fits perfectly in the Ninth house as a higher study and philosophy. Religion and travel are not the only things that are associated with that Ninth house.

Though, I fear I may have misunderstood you.

26 11 2008
buddymaterna

Yes, you did misunderstand me.

My point was that Astrology simply reflects the society in which it exists. My examples were there to show that Astrology had some of its greatest writers during times which in the history books say 1647 = an intolerant time. Not so.

One thing I will say in counterargument to myself though, is that now is the time in which you can make your own reality to some degree. There is freedom to choose what you read, to choose what you know and if you dislike what is there, you are by all means allowed to write your own books. The freedom of the Secular Age is a freedom which comes at a price.

The world is postmodern. There is the possibility of finding anything, anywhere, despite the fact that you might have to sift through an ocean of imitation to find it. The real thing is there somewhere. The world is global.

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