Esoteric Sun Sign Astrology
In Esoteric Astrology, each Sun Sign, represents a particular phase in our 'spiritual' development. The following pages attempt to examine each Sign from a spiritual perspective - not a 'time frame', but a frame of mind..
After you read your (#1) Zodiac Sun Sign, then read your Sun's (#2) Quality, (#3) Correspondence, and (#4) Balancing pages. Then, if you want, read all of the Sun*Signs, to better understand all of the twelve aspects of the True Self that makes up your personality."In general the twelve tribes signifies all things appertaining to the doctrine of truth and good, or of faith and love........"(Rev. vii.) Swedenborg A.E. 438
Real AstrologyPopular or Sun sign astrology is what you read about in your daily newspaper. It is based on the assumption that everyone born under the same sign will behave in the same manner. This, of course, is not true, but does provide entertainment to millions and even hits the mark from time to time. Real astrology goes far beyond Sun signs and is based on the time, date and place of birth of an individual. The natal chart that is produced includes the Sun, Moon, planets, signs, houses and aspects (angles between the planets). The details found in such a chart reflect our unique differences and are the basis for any serious astrological work.
Astrology's OriginAstrology is as old as measured time. In the beginning it helped our ancestors know when to plant and harvest, when to fish and when to hunt. As more complex societies developed, astrology guided kings and queens in the leadership of their nations. With the rise of ancient Greece it became a tool for individuals, a means for men and women to understand their purpose and track the seasons of their lives. Astrology was studied in universities and employed by popes, emperors, doctors and scholars. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, said that without a knowledge of astrology one could not call oneself a physician. Astrology was woven into the study of history, science, art and religion. In the 17th century the rising tide of materialist science drove astrology out of the universities of Europe. The new "rationalist" realities no longer saw man and nature as woven of the same cloth, derived of the same spirit. But, astrology continued to be studied and practiced by people who saw the need to keep the connection between heaven and Earth. In the 1960's astrology began a comeback that continues today. As more and more people began searching for answers astrology was there to provide them. Today there are vibrant astrological associations, publications, businesses and thousands of counselors. As in days of old, astrology is respected and used by people at all levels of society.
Cause and EffectAlthough there are many different approaches to astrology, all astrologers appear united in the idea that there is a connection between the heavens and the Earth -- they share one common space. For centuries there has been a misunderstanding concerning the nature of astrology to the effect that the heavens somehow "influence" events here on Earth. This theory of celestial influence has penetrated into the modern world until today it is the main concept or idea of astrology supported by the public -- the lay astrological audience.
Professional astrologers do not hold with theories of celestial influence. Instead, the modern astrologer conceives of the heavens and Earth as united, interpenetrating, and sharing a common space and time. The great cosmic or celestial events happening around and beyond the Earth (eclipses, lineups, and so on) are not seen as CAUSING events to occur on Earth, but as great signatures of events ALSO happening here on Earth. In other words, there is no "cause" in the heavens followed by an "effect" here on Earth. Instead, both planetary and earthly events happen simultaneously and are mutually reflective. Neither is the cause of the other; both are the product of the moment, one acted out in the heavens above, the other here on the Earth below.
While astrologers don't feel that heavenly events are the cause of events here on Earth, they do feel that specific heavenly events are enacted here on the Earth too -- at the same moment. In other words, there is only one grand "play." The great drama enacted in the sky is also acted out (in exact detail) here on Earth in the same instant. Another way to say this is that the Earth is part of the cosmos and shares in that cosmic moment. Scientists have been discovering (for example) that sunspots, solar flares, and solar activity have a very definite (and almost immediate) effect here on Earth. Astrologers tend to feel that all major cosmic events such as eclipses are interactive; they represent an activity also taking place within us and our consciousness.Astrology is a study of heavenly cycles and cosmic events as they are reflected in our earthly environment and vice-versa -- a vast cosmic clock. Astrologers find the cosmic patterns revealed in the rhythmic motions of the planets a great help in shedding light on the seeming helter-skelter of everyday life. Astrologers may have their heads in the heavens, but only to better guide their feet here on Earth.
Fate vs. Free WillSome people who have not examined astrology oppose it because they think it limits our capacity for choice in life. This is far from true. Astrology does provide a perspective, a frame of reference, which reflects the capacities of an individual. But, it is up to each of us to choose how we use these capacities. Astrology's ability to provide meaningful information about our potentials can be used to make productive choices, not to limit them. Without some awareness of who we really are we are not choosing, we are simply reacting. An intelligent use of astrology also includes all other sources of information (and inspiration) in making life choices.
Using Astrology in Your Life
Astrology can be used on many levels and in many areas of life. It can be applied to the practical affairs of business, career, travel and so forth. Astrology is also used to deepen understanding of our own nature. This psychological approach has grown significantly in the past 30 years as more and more astrologers develop their counseling skills. Astrology's ability to uncover core issues about motivation, family patterns and perceptions is being used increasingly by psychotherapists and counselors. Astrology can also address spiritual questions dealing with the meaning of an individual's life, as well as the possibility of understanding past life influences. Of course, it's not necessary to believe in reincarnation to explore spirituality with astrology. In fact, astrologers can be found in almost every religious group. What attracts this diverse group of people is astrology's fundamental premise that we belong to this planet, this solar system and this universe. We are, as one astronomer has written, "literally born of the stars themselves." Astrology reminds us of this connection and the idea that our lives are not accidents, but meaningful events in the fabric of time and space.
People use astrology to inquire about themselves and their futures. They often use astrology to assess important relationships in their lives. Synastry is the term astrologers use when comparing the charts of two individuals. Relocation astrology techniques help people discover the different kinds of experiences they may have in different places on the globe. Electional astrology is used to pick the best time for an important event such as a marriage or launching a new enterprise. Horary astrology is a traditional technique used to answer specific questions. Forecasting the future, or analyzing trends, is one of the primary uses of astrology. Astrologers have a wide array of techniques to use in this area. Transits, progressions, planetary returns and solar arcs are the most commonly used. On a less personal level, because astrology has been tightly woven into human history and culture, studying it is a useful way to learn more about mythology, history, mathematics,science and art.
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