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Astrology (Beyond the) Basics – Deconstructing Lilith: Subversive Feminine Power

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Picture by Claire Oring – claire-oring.tumblr.com

Writing an article about Black Moon Lilith is not an easy task. She encompasses so many layers of human experience – mythical, socio-cultural, sexual, instinctual dimensions are all intertwined within her Essence. Lilith is raw, tortured, unapologetic and rebellious, an archetypal figure whose charisma and iconic influence have been cemented through millennia of history. Her use in Astrology, however, is fairly recent: it’s not until the 1930’s that she started to appear in Astrological studies, with the work of French Astrologer Don Néroman. Black Moon Lilith’s entrance into mainstream astrology was delayed and tortuous, which comes as no surprise considering that we’re talking about a figure who incarnates themes of rejection and ostracism.  

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History, Myths, Religion – Third and Last Chapter. Ptolemy, Rome, Renaissance and decay

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Ptolemy, by Giordano Ziletti

In the previous chapters, we covered the History of Astrology up to the Hellenistic period, following the iter that led to the birth of Astrology as it’s nowadays known and practiced. A great deal of this “elaboration” is mostly Claudius Ptolemy’s merit. Ptolemy (c. AD 90 – c. AD 168), author of the famous opus Tetrabiblos (‘four books’), was a Greco-Egyptian writer of Alexandria, known as a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, and also astrologer. He lived in the city of Alexandria in the Roman province of Egypt, wrote in Greek, and held Roman citizenship. He viewed Astrology as a theoretical science, by means of which it’s possible to explain the interconnections between celestial and terrestrial phenomena and to trace the cause-effect relationships between the stars and the earth.
Ptolemy’s theoretical approach to astrology was in sharp contrast to the approaches of his Astrologic peers: he wrote about basic physical principles from which all phenomena can be derived, the four humors, heat, cold, moist, dry, the favorable or unfavorable aspects, the angular relationships or aspects like conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition.

History Newbies

Planets in Astrology, Chapter 1. Sun as the Inner Self, and Sun Worship through the Ages

solarfaceFor a man to be fully conscious, all of his parts must become fully conscious. For a Sun to become fully radiant, all its planets must become radiant. For the Absolute to remember itself, all beings must remember themselves. To those who ask, ‘what is the purpose of the Universe?‘ we can thus reply that the task of the Universe, and of every being within it, from Sun to cell, is to become more conscious.
Rodney Collin

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History, Myths, Religion – Chapter Two. From Babylonians to the Greeks (via Egypt)

egyptiancalendarIn the previous episode, I introduced this serie, outlining a short summary of Mesopotamian evidences about Divination and Astro-Mantic practices from the third Millennium before Christ to the seventh century before Christ. In this second entry, I will focus more on how these practices ended up spreading well beyond the Mesopotamian world, to be taken up by different civilizations with their own cultural background and serving as the foundation for a systematization of Astrology in the Western sense of the word. I will extensively elaborate on the Greek culture, since all sources agree in stating that Astrology, as we know it today, is essentially a product of this civilization. I will especially dwell on myth and cults to shed Light on how deities and attributes came to be associated with the signs and planets throughout the centuries – from this point of view, Religious and worship practices will constitute an important part of this narration.

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History, Myths, Religion – Chapter One. Brief summary of the onsets of Astrology in the Mesopotamian World

With this post, I’m kicking off my serie dedicated to exploring the origins of Astrology from a historically accurate (asBabylon,_1932 much as my knowledge allows me) standpoint. This research report has been prepared by yours truly, consulting publicly available information taken from reliable sources, listed in the Bibliography at the bottom of each post, and it will focus on the roots of both the practice of Astrology and the myths and cults that converged in the Archetypes of signs and Planets, but doing so in a way that’s also accessible to those who don’t have an academic background in this kind of studies.
It’s the Myths and Religious aspects, however, that will be a dominant theme in this narration. The reason of this lies in the fact Astrology was originated and perfected in contexts where the Religious, Spiritual, and we could also say mythical aspect played a pivotal role in shaping the society and its rules, which means that private, ritualistic, juridical issues and operations were informed and permeated by the substratum of mythical and religious knowledge. In short, there was not such a thing as separation between the two spheres of Religion and Civil matters; the two simply collided, and Astrology was a part of one as much as the other. So you can’t discuss the origins of Astrology without tapping into the background of Religious beliefs and Mythical narrations belonging to archaic and ancient societies, and, most importantly, we can’t understand the complex system of analogies and associations if we don’t also tackle important matters like the syncretism of cults and worships and the circumstances that made it possible.