The basic precept of Astrology has been summed up with the phrase +quot;As Above, So Below
The basic precept of Astrology has been summed up with the phrase
"As Above, So Below." What is displayed in the heavens is said to be
mimicked on Earth.
Astrologers once believed that the planets, luminaries, and stars
introduced a force or influence upon earthly creatures and events.
One may easily imagine a Wise Man (or Woman, aka. the Essenes)
standing on his palatial balcony in 5,000 B.C.E., gazing intently up
at the night sky, carefully noting the passage of heavenly bodies.
These notes would then be compared to the events of the Kingdom,
realm, of region.
If events of the current period matched previous events, the Magi
would expect similar planetary configurations in the heavens. If the
events of the period were original, careful notes would be made for
future study. These notes would of necessity been closely guarded and
secret, least they fall into the hands of a rival.
There are accounts of Wise Men (Magi, Astrologer, same thing) who
gained great power through contrived, controlling predictions that
were not later born out in reality. These gentlemen and women usually
lost their heads, but many lost their gonads- quite literally. Job
security fell to those who new their profession well or could talk
Many religious cults, as cults today, frowned upon astrology
schools. The students were not conforming to what was religiously
demanded of them by those in power, and were often hacked to pieces
for their efforts.
There is a story told by a woman who was "regressed" to a "past
life," where she was a Astrology student. Those who were in her group
were all male youths under the tutelage of one purple robed Teacher.
Late one night while they were going about their business learning the
Hieros Logoi (sacred accounts), another group who practiced religious
intolerance decided to do a little butchering the same night.
The astrology students were castrated and left to die.
If this account is true or not, the point is the same: If they
had spent more time considering earthly events (staying in the
Present), they may have been able to avoid the horror that night.
(They might have gone out for pizza instead).
Around the time Rome was being built, those in power thought it a
good idea to marry off the Goddess (the Triple Lunar Goddess) to their
Air Gods. With the patriarchy taking power, something had to be done
to diminish the Goddess in the eyes of mankind, and make Her
subservient to the Male. Thus the goddess Juno was conceived, who
would be the "goddess of marriage."
Juno was married off to Zeus, who didn't believe he was bound to
any marriage vows and liked to frolic in any and all pastures
available, begetting sons by the score. No other goddess has been
hurt by marriage more than Juno.
To make the profane act of marriage complete, a new Sign was
added to the Zodiac. Libra, which is said to rule marriage as well as
relationships in general, was the twelfth Sign placed in the popular
Zodiac. The Wise Men (and Women) of this period thus had to alter
their methods and ways of thinking.
The oldest known astrology "chart" only had eight signs. House
systems were added later. It was square, and the planetary bodies had
to be placed precisely on the paper so that a straight edged graduated
"ruler" could be used to determine aspects. It seems that the "equal"
or "fixed" house system was the one used.
With the advent of "houses," the astrologer could determine which
arena of life was to be involved. It seems reasonable that the number
of houses should match the number of Signs in the Zodiac, right?
Well, not really. There were usually eight houses used, even when the
number of Signs grew to twelve.
Today the most popular methods of Astrology use twelve Signs and
houses, using the Tropical Zodiac in the West, Geocentric (Earth
centered). There are many variations available. One may use
Heliocentric (Sun centered) astrology, or use the Sidereal Zodiac
(which takes into account the precession of the Equinox).
There are many popular houses systems in use today as well.
Porphyrus (spelling differs) was a poet, astrologer, and scholar in
ancient times. He came up with a house system called "Porphyry,"
though I don't know anyone who uses it.
Most astrologers today tend to believe that the heavenly bodies
do not reach down and push us about. Rather, the planets, luminaries,
and stars "mimic" Earthly events. Synchronistic in nature, they
corollate instead of dictate. This hands one's fate back to the
individual, to augment or squander as one sees fit. The slight
comfort of Fate has been replaced by responsibility for one's actions.
A few astrologers still portend death and destruction from the
"astrological chart." This mode of thinking (a belief pattern based
on preconceived ideas) is almost extinct. One may stay on the rail
road tracks, deeming it "fate" has said one must be mashed by the
train, or one may say "Screw it," and step to the side and let fate
pass. It is one's right and responsibility to take charge of one's
Still, one always has the right to be squashed by one's "trains."
If you refuse to drink, you are allowed to die of thirst. It's your
The perceptions of "Fate Versus Free Will" seems to lean towards
"free will" for the individual in the current astrological community,
but the question of the "Fate of Nations," and the rulers of Nations,
is still hotly disputed.
There are arguments that a Nation must follow what is "Fated,"
and that those closely connected to that Nation are heavily minified
in their rights to act freely. It is well documented that a Nation in
trouble always produces a single individual to correct the problem.
Abe Lincoln believed in Fate, and was said to know when he would
die and how. Did he have the Right to choose? Since he was closely
connected to the United States and the Civil War, I doubt it.
Kennedy chose to ignore warnings from "psychics," we've been told
to believe, and ended up slaughtered on national television,
presumably by the hand of Cuba, Castro. But did he have a choice? I
Someone ponderously, corpulently, grossly into religious
intolerance mentioned to me that "The One True God destroys Nations,"
while individuals destroy themselves, I will add. Bending his idea of
"God" to a non anthropomorphic deity, we could say that "The Universe"
takes care of nations and leaves the individual to fend for her or his
Astrology does not predict. It points to probabilities, not
unequivocal, assured events. Any likely event can be circumnavigated
if one knows about it first. This is why I believe Astrology to be
the single most useful tool for taking responsibility for one's life.
The question "Is Astrology valid?" is one that I cannot answer
competently. It is always best to question everything, and take
nothing as it is offered (without the arena of astrology as well as
within). I leave this question to others for exploration.
Document 3 in Astr-4.0
David Rice 7/11/88
unar Goddess) to their
Air Gods. With the patriarchy taking power, something had to be done
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