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Western Astrology Primer
essay begins immediately
be lights in the heavens to divide the day from the night, and let them
be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years..."
1:14 - The Creation of The Earth
ancient art of Soul Retrieval
secrets have (almost) been corrupted beyond recognition
Astrological Model does not allow the mind (Mercury) and heart (Venus)
to oppose (opposition - 180 degrees apart) each other. Until
mind and heart are aligned, the deeper teachings of astrology remained
dawn of Man, has divided the heavens into 12 equal parts
the " Zodiac" which is Greek for " circle
of animals "
- animus) and each of these 12 parts relates to an astrological " sign
the Ram; (2) Taurus, the Bull; (3) Gemini,
the Crab, the Mother, the Home; (5) Leo, the Lion,
the Virgin; (7) Libra, the Scales; (8) Scorpio,
the Snake, the Eagle; (9) Sagittarius, the Archer;
the Goat; (11) Aquarius, the Water Bearer and (12) Pisces,
Setting of the Astrological Age of Pisces
are in the Astrological Age of
Pisces. The consensus belief is that we have been in this age
221 AD. The
221 AD estimate is inaccurate and is typical for the "foggy"
of Neptune who is the ruler of the Piscean Age.
of my calendar
page shows that all of the adjustments made to the Gregorian
during the past 2000 years have made it almost impossible to determine
our precise location within the present age because of the method that
we use to measure "the
progression of "an age" was completely ignored during all of
to our calendar. I have determined that the beginning of the present
was actually in 5 BC.
of the 221 AD date has grossly
affected (3+degrees more pi
of every western astrological chart created in modern times. Additionally,
the "cusps" of astrology (overlap between signs and houses) are between
3 and 4 degrees of arc and are based upon Pi (between 3 and 4).
Greek phrase Iesous
Christos, Theou Uios, Soter (in
"Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour" (in
CH TH U S (which
begin each word of the Greek
Latin spell the word "fish". This combination
helps to set
scene for the Birth of the Piscean Age of Christ
(the Son/Sun) as
it came forth from the "circle of animals" (the ancient zodiac).
This 'circle of animals' phrase also provides a key to the
interpretation of the birth of the Christ in a 'stable' (circle of
years (1 AD - 2000 AD) begins from the estimated timing of this most
event and marks the miracle of the Christic manifestation (Christ
the Earth) and the age of the purification and redemption of Man. Thus,
the ancient zodiac announced the birth of the Christ, son of God,
whose symbol (like the Age that he heralded) is the "fish".
astronomical metaphor regarding the birth of Christ is employed in the
gospel of Luke (2:8) which mentions "shepherds watching their flock by
night"- (Luke 2:8).
is from the Greek word for "wanderer". The planets "wander" or move
the heavens across the backdrop of the fixed stars. The ancient
referred to the planets as "those which are shepherded
the Sun. (Note: A close review
also indicates that the Sumerians were aware of a Sun centered solar
long before the arrival of Western Man.)
or "stargazer" (astronomer/astrologer) versed in the astrological
of the ancient Sumerians would recognize this verse ("Shepherds in the
fields watching their sheep.") as a "signal" incorporating astronomical
symbolism making reference to astronomers "watching their flock by
(star gazing) and witnessing the changing of the Age from Aries to
is our last link to a personal mythology"
when properly understood and applied, uses astronomical information and
assigns meaning and mythology to the heavens and to the bodies which
through our solar system. Astrology breathes life into cold
data and views the heavens as an extension of the "self" (as above, so
below) and as a window to the divine. It revitalizes our
processes and mental images and creates life from fluid and dynamic
In its highest application astrology recognizes the individual as a
essence" navigating through space/time. Astrology is the
evolutionary tool of "the ancient mariner".
there was no distinction between astrologers and astronomers, they were
one and the same. In fact, in times past, the only reason for studying
celestial bodies was for the perceived effects that they had upon
events. It was from these observations that astrology, Man's first
"Mechanics" of Astrology -
chart" is a geometric map of the solar system which is drawn for the exact time
a person's birth. The chart shows the places in the zodiac which each planet
(including the Sun and the Moon) at that exact moment. The birth chart
is the principle tool of astrology. (The Greek word 'horoscope' means 'the hour' or the planetary locations at the 'hour' of one's birth).
center of a "birth
chart" is the exact longitude and latitude of the place where the
was born (actually the exact "center" is the person
fact, the astrological "cosmology" centers around the individual!
is not immediately concerned with a planet's distance from the Sun,
the mythology associated with the celestial bodies takes this into
The astrological birth chart simply depicts the planets' immediate
within the 360 degree geometric circle around the Sun.
reveals the relationships (geometric association) which exist between
Sun, Moon and planets. An astrologer sees the solar system as an
of the individual ("as above, so below") and interprets the interaction
of the planets as revealing the dynamic archetypal energies that
within the human psyche.
energies are determined by an interpretation of "astrological aspects",
in unison with the mythological attributes associated with each
Astrological Dynamics -
Ptolemy's TETRABIBLOS - Book 1- Chapter 1 - Paragraph 1
studies preliminary to astronomical prognostication, O Syrus! Are two:
the one, first alike in order and in power, leads to the knowledge of
figurations of the Sun, the moon, and the stars ; and of their relative
aspects to each other, and to the earth : the other takes into
the changes which their aspects create..." (End quote)
a list of the major astrological "aspects"
the meaning assigned to each - the "aspects" are determined by the
of a circle and they are displayed within the astrological map called
- planets (including the Sun and Moon) in close proximity to each
A conjunction indicates strength, talents and abilities. An example of
a "conjunction" is the Moon and the Sun in (almost) exact locations in
the zodiac. This configuration would indicate a harmonious balance
the active (masculine) and receptive (feminine) attributes of the self.
- planets 180 degrees "opposite" each other. An opposition is an
of energies which must be brought into balance, or a tension which can
produce varying effects. An example of an "opposition" is Mars (the
representing personal will and force) located 180 degrees (directly
away from the Sun which represents our spiritual essence. This
indicates that our personal method of operation is configured in a way
which is (may be) antagonistic to our spiritual nature. Mars represents the
nature and the Sun represents our spirit manifesting as an enlightened
archetype. These two "energies" must be reconciled to produce
- planets approximately 120 degrees apart. A trine indicates a "great
or an extraordinary gift, and reveals components of our self which
with one another and also with the physical reality, producing extraordinary results.
TRINE - three or more planets which form a triangle in which
are approximately 120 degrees apart. A Grand Trine indicates a supreme
blessing. Michaelangelo's birth chart contained a Grand Trine.
- planets 60 degrees apart (+-). A sextile is an indication of
SEXTILE - A complete circle of divine protection and
- planets 90 degrees apart (+-). A square indicates an obstacle which
be overcome. Squares indicate deeply rooted psychological complexes,
and denials all of which operate invisibly (unlike oppositions which
visible conflicts) and which must be overcome. An example of a "square"
is: Husband's astrological chart reveals that Mercury (mental focus) is
"heliocentric-ally squared" Venus (esthetics and affection). Wife gives
Husband a golden silk shirt for his birthday and Husband never wears
shirt. This upsets Wife, however, she does not communicate this to
and unconsciously begins to resent his "insensitivity". Husband does
wear the shirt because it is the same colour as a Golden Retriever
bit him when he was a small boy. Husband has no conscious memory of the
Golden Retriever incident, he simply never has any impulse to wear the
beautiful shirt and keeps it in the far corner of his closet.
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planets each being approximately 90 degrees away from each other with
each forming "oppositions" ( + ). This configuration looks like an
composed of four outside lines with two diagonal intersecting lines
(oppositions) in the center .
A Grand Cross indicates extraordinary obstacles which must be overcome.
Many famous and accomplished individuals have a Grand Cross in their
chart. Overcoming a Grand Cross is similar to accomplishing the 12
- Grand Cross note:
ancient symbol for matter (physical 'stuff') is a cross (or what we
call a "plus sign" + ). If one extrapolates certain symbols
contained in The New Testament it can be deduced that a physical form
(the body) is the cross
of matter that
is carried by the spirit (Christ) until the spirit is liberated.
(Moses, like Christ, also provided a method for 'liberating the
- planets 72 degrees apart (+-). A quintile indicates a special talent.
list of the major aspects used by astrologers. The quintile aspect
has not been used much by astrologers in the west, however, it is
"circus" or "Circle of Animals"
Types of Astrological Birth Charts -
primary "types" of astrological birth charts which can be created.
A " sidereal " birth chart, which indicates the
(real time) of the planets at the time of a person's birth.
A " tropical " birth chart, which is a chart which
movement into account.
"tropical" birth chart is the typical chart of choice for western
The "tropical zodiac" presumes the exact location of the Sun at 0
Aries on every Spring Equinox regardless of the year in question.
The present difference between the Tropical and Sidereal zodiacs is now
about 24+ degrees of arc! If the tropical zodiac were an annual
it would be almost one month in error. If it were a clock it would be
almost two hours fast. (Note
for Tropical astrologers: Do a quick read "here" to see why the
calendar is inadequate for creating accurate astrological charts.)
Tropical calendar was never intended to be applied to astrological
It seems that the tropical method became more popular among the "common
folk" as science and scientific types began to reject astrology and
their attention more to astronomy only. The purpose of the Tropical
was to conform the calendar to the seasons for the purpose of
agricultural strategies and for creating regularity in the observance
religious "holy days" (holidays). The Greek word "horoscopus" means the
"points that were (actually) rising at the hour of birth".
The ONLY reason that western tropical astrology has any remaining
the application of the planetary "aspects" (as
herein). The balance of its methods are, presently, (at best) without
value and (at worst) they can be psychologically confusing.
Contemporary western astrology has been debunked and rightly so. Reform
is required to restore astrology to its exalted purpose, which is to
one's activities to the divine flow of life and its multifarious
One measure of astrology's success can be measured by the number of
adepts it produces.
Without reform, tropical astrology will just continue to be a part of
has truly been a period of great spiritual and metaphysical confusion
a self-fulfilling prophesy which enhances spiritual bondage.
Western-Tropical astrological methods, have misinformed about 85% of
regarding the most basic and fundamental astrological issue, the birth
sign, and have misinformed 100% regarding the stars which are ACTUALLY
rising ("horoscopus" ascendant) at the moment of birth. It has,
received much well deserved scorn from astronomers and other scientists
who are perplexed by present western astrological methods which have
at all to do with the actual locations of the planets and stars. Each
day expands western astrology's margin of error. Because of this we can
usually find the astrological forecasts close to the "comics' section"
in our daily newspaper.
A " Heliocentric " birth chart, is an astrological
map of the
system drawn (in real time) with the Sun at the center instead of the
centered" or "geocentric" birth chart.
birth chart is also divided into 12 compartments called " houses
". The "houses" ("KEY WORDS") are as follows:
1) The Self
2) Attitudes regarding physical resources
4) The Psychological Base - the home -
5) offspring and other creative activities
6) servants - the body
7) marriage partner - the "significant
8) tantra - inheritances - other's
- rebirth or resurrection
9) enlightenment - spiritual
accomplishment - journeys
career - the public self - the father - our face in the world
groups - associations - collective activities
the house of perfect justice - rewards - secret enemies
In Western astrology the houses are a wheel that is within the greater
wheel of the zodiac.
(place of energetic overlap between two adjoining houses) are based
Pi and, as such, are between three and four degrees.
Planets and their archetypal expressions -
Sun - Illuminated
the soul, spirit, consciousness
mental focus -
- past lives -
"physical individual" is the
vital power to take
- blessings -
path - choosing -
of the unnecessary
(Uranus) - reversal / change - transformation /upheaval
- divine amnesia
underworld (ruler of the "sub and un-conscious"), indicates the
place of the "demons" (psychologically dysfunctional patterns) of the
astrologers called Mars and Saturn the "malefics" (bad guys).
western astrology has rejected the "malefic"
you notice, in the Star
of Bethlehem , Saturn and Mars are "outside" of the "circle
created by the Grand Sextile. Saturn and Mars are indeed
because they powerfully confront the aberrant aspects of our psyche and
move them back into the "circle of protection". Western
adopted a "Saturn (limitation) and Mars (warfare) paradigm
longer sees these energies as antagonistic. Westerners, like
marching to the sea, go to their deaths unaware of how the Saturn/Mars
paradigm has destroyed them. The alternative is to employ the
energies to "rise in consciousness". The job of
and Mars is complete when head and heart are united and transcendental knowledge is
Otherwise, one (metaphorically) crawls on their belly eating dust until
they 'die' to be reborn in lower realms (again and again, ad
infinitum). There is
to "sugar coat" this.
/ Mars summary ....
these two archetypal energies "kick the behind" of the "out of
self " until it trues itself to higher principles.
to the ego and beneficent to the spiritual consciousness.
archetypal energies "who" animate the activities of the archetypal
"signs" ("temperments") which play themselves out in the compartments
life ("houses"). In brief, astrology provides a "road map"
soul as it evolves out through and beyond the human psyche and reenters
eternity. The planetary energies represent the multifarious
Astrological Archetypes - The Signs
innovation - self assurance - pioneering - fearless
aesthetic - worldly - centered - substantial
intellectual - light - youthful - active
feeling - protective - nurturing - sensitive
regal - power - nobility - confidence
multi talented - diligent - cool sensitivity - rational
balanced - relating - resolute - peaceful
silent - intense - mysterious - magical
seeking - eager - idealistic - fortunate - jovial
successful - striving - ambition - fortitude
idealistic - detached - individualistic - futuristic
intuitive - dissolving - fluid - compassionate
Whether or not or " how " an individual expresses
depends upon how his or her psyche is constructed. The astrological
chart is the "blue print" of the psyche. It reveals how to "put Humpty
Dumpty back together again".
is "a path" to wholeness,
a deeper knowledge of the "Higher Self".
"Higher Self" is the particular archetype (sign) whose presence reveals
itself in the Sun Sign of the birth chart.
succeed in the study of astrology one must surrender to the "higher
and, in the process, reform the "lower nature".
is in this way that we are lifted to "the above".
of astrology and the Magi
of Astronomy was set on foot for the use of navigation, and the
by the heliacal risings and settings of the stars, had determined the
of the solar year of 365 days, and by other observations had fixed the
solstices, and formed the fixed stars into asterisms, all which was
in the reigns of Ammon, Sesac, Orus, and Memnon," (about 1000 years
Christ), "it may be presumed that they continued to observe the motions
of the planets, for they called them after the names of their gods. By
the assistance of Petosiris, a priest of Egypt, they invented
grounding it upon the aspects of the planets, and upon the qualities of
the divinities to whom they were dedicated. Astrology was propagated
into Chaldaea, where Zoroaster, the legislator of the Magi, met with
is from the "Ancient Universal History".
the reign of
Gushtasp, King of Persia, flourished a celebrated astrologer, whose
was Gjamasp, surnamed Al Hakim, or the wise. He was the brother of King
Gushtasp, and his confidant and chief minister. He is said to have
the coming of the messiah." (end quote). Gjamasp is the author of a
entitled "Judicia Gjamaspis", in which is contained his judgment on the
planetary conjunctions. Therein he gave notice that Christ should
"In the sphere of Persia, saith Aben Ezra, there ariseth upon the face
of the sign Virgo a beautiful maiden, she holding two ears of corn in
hand, and a child in her arm. She bring up a child in a place which is
called Abrie [the Hebrew land] and the child's name is called Eisi
it is said,
was without a peer in his understanding of the ways of astrology and
the company of 9 other Persian doctors of such consummate wisdom as the
whole world could not boast. What it is that these 10 Persian wise
men knew has not yet penetrated the paradigm of Western Man.