Monday, July 11, 2011

How Astrology Works

If you know most people eat lunch when the sun is at the midheaven, or sleep soon after the sun goes down, then you already understand astrology.  That’s all it is.  What happens when we have more or less light.  It’s a simple concept taken to the level of geometric calculus. We take any time and place on earth and analyze it according the events which come before and after, all organized according to the cycles of the solar system.  We begin with a moment and end with the universe.  We take a life event and place it within the context of infinity. Of course infinity must be broken down into comprehensible parts; it must be made finite...

the zodiac divides the infinite cycle of life into twelve finite parts.

Astrology is a language, but unlike most of the languages we learn to speak as children, it is spherical instead of linear.  It is a language that incorporates everything people knew in Hellenistic times about life, from agricultural cycles to those of the solar system.  Two thousand years ago, thanks to the Egyptians, Babylonians, Sumerians and countless other cultures that observed and mapped the heavens-  natural philosophers were able to articulate this cosmology of a blue ball floating in a sea of darkness and light, absorbing that light and spinning out of earth and water countless vessels capable of carrying that light for a few seconds or centuries at a time.

It is a complicated language, but the rewards are immediate.  The more we learn about the movements of our solar system, the more at home we feel in the real world.  The more we learn about astrology the more we know what our ancestors thought about time, heaven and the nature of existence.  We get a good idea of what philosophers meant when they used words like 'soul', 'spirit' and 'mind'.

Astrology is basically roots philosophy: to better understand Plato we study the language used during his time to describe the cosmos.