Astrology Is a Science
Astrologers use this science in drawing up a horoscope or birth chart. Horoscope is a Greek work, and literary means “watcher of the hour.” Ephemericides is necessary to astrologers and is used by all astrologers and is another Greek word, meaning newspaper, or news for the placements of the planets. This book is used for many purposes.
All nautical navigators of the seas use this book to navigate their whereabouts on the seas. It literally is a book used to read where all the planets, are in longitude of time on the earth.
Astrology deals with everything in the universe, including the planets, cycles and the fate of people as well as nations. When a chart is drawn up at the exact time of birth this chart is called a natal chart.
If birth time is not known, using the person’s sun on the ascendant can draw up a chart and this is called a solar chart. This is what we use in writing the monthly astrological sun sign charts. In writing the monthly sun signs the New Moon for that month for each sign is put on the ascendant or rising sign and then places all the planets in the houses where they are transiting on that particular New Moon day.
The chart of an individual and everything about the person, starting at birth, childhood and adult life, relationships throughout life, their feelings and the patterns of energy that the person generates throughout his/her lifetime can be found in a natal chart.
Astrology is a subject that requires the greatest possible depth of knowledge and experience. It takes literally years to completely understand and comprehend astrology to be a competent astrologer.
In order to be a competent astrologer, one must create a greater understanding of life. In order to do this one must look at the world and one’s involvement in it in a different light. One must be non-judgmental, honest, open positive.
Getting back to the horoscopes, the horoscope must be looked at with the different categories such as the planets, the signs, the houses, angles, aspects, the ascendant, mid-heaven, descendant, and the fourth house cusp.
All aspects of a chart are important with the accurate interpretation of a chart. The natal chart gives a person a different rising sign than their sun sign and different placements of house and planets in the wheel or circle of the chart.
The astrologer must know what each sign means, what each house means, and what the planets represent in each sign where they are found. In drawing up a chart there are 1700 aspects to consider in the interpretation of a chart.
In what aspect each planet is to another. This what Galileo meant when he wrote in his famous book, “THE SIDEREAL MESSENGER,” “Philosophy is written in that great book which ever lies before our eyes, the Universe. But we cannot grasp it if we do not understand the language and symbols in which it is written.
This book is written in the mathematical language and the symbols are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without help of which it is humanly impossible to conceive a single word of it.” Understanding these triangles, circles and other geometrical figures is a necessity in the interpretation of astrological charts or horoscope.
The Universe And Man
The magnetic energies of the Sun and planets give energy to everything that is connected to our solar system, including the earth. Energy is what gives life and in some form, has always been present in the universe.
Life comes through this energy expressed through consciousness created through the electromagnetic forces of our Universe. The earth is part of our solar system and our bodies are made from the earth. Therefore, we are very much a part of this thread that connects all life. As one evolves spiritually he/she realizes the mystical connection between the soul and the universe.
After realizing the cabalistic relationship that exists between the soul and planets can one wonder why all ancient civilizations paid attention to every important happening in our solar system?
They checked their celestial calendars (all calendars were celestial) for every unusual phenomenon that occurred. The earlier civilizations knew years in advance when there would be an eclipse, the exact sign and degree where it would appear and what to expect from the results.
With the passing of time and generations, the association of the Universe to man degenerated. Today it would certainly surprise our modern religions if they but knew how much of their faith originated from the ancient astrological material.
Astrology/astronomy has undoubtedly been known and practiced by all nations throughout the world reaching back beyond recorded history. It is the oldest of sciences; no one knows its origins. Astrology/astronomy was one science until the 16th century. Since the two separated, neither astrology nor astronomy has ever been as precise.
When we go back into the past, we find that astrology was practiced in China, Japan, Egypt, and Mesopotamia dating back at least to 3500 B.C. They used the same geometrical square root as is used today in mathematics. Space as well as natural matter was geometrized.
The break from the orderly unity of the cosmos removed the idea that everything had its natural place and function. Modern science seems to think that the universe is held together only the universal application of simple fundamental laws. We seem to have lost the great minds of the highest originality it took to comprehend the universe.
Astrology has been the basis through which we can mark the advancement of man. Most of the great thinkers who shaped our western thought, Pluto, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Bacon, Nostradamus, Kepler, Emerson, William Blake, to name a few, studied and practiced astrology. They developed new insights into the relationship of man to his universe.
As modern science oriented itself towards increased specialization, it also separated man from his universe. Under the influence of 17th century rationalism, man come to see himself as separate from nature.
He became the conqueror of nature and any paradigm that viewed man in cosmic terms was then relegated to primitive superstition. Albert Einstein and thinkers like Werner Heisenberg and many others introduced a world that relativized man within cosmic forces who ultimately escapes logical thinking. Time and space are no longer constant, and the nature of human consciousness itself has come under scientific scrutiny.
As we go back in time, we realize that knowledge was very much the property of the ancient world. In 330 BC, Kidinnu, a Chaldean astrologer/astronomer, calculated the length of a lunar month as 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3,3,s From our modern computations; he was off by less than one half of a second. The hidden knowledge of many mysteries has been lost with the passing of time and eludes our modern consciousness. For example, we see pictures of the bull on stone carvings and paintings of many ancient cultures.
Most of people believe our ancestors worshipped the bull in a superstitious way, when, in fact, the bull was the animal ruler of the constellation, Taurus. The Taurus or Bull age dates back to approximately 4300 BC.
This period of time is where our present civilization originated. In about 2160 BC the world entered the age of the Ram in the constellation of Aries. Then approximately 2AD we entered the Age of the Fish, in the constellation of Pisces. Today we are fortunate to be living and experiencing the ending of the Piscean Age and entering into the Aquarian Age. The Sun of Man.