Newbies

Planets in Astrology, Chapter 2. The Moon: your Emotional Self

moonThe Moon is one of the two Luminaries of the Birth Chart. Unlike the Sun, though, the Moon radiates no Light on her own, therefore she shines by the reflected Light of the Sun. The Moon is thus the ‘Unlit Self’,  but this doesn’t mean her importance is secondary.
She is the passive, receptive end of the Yin/Yang spectrum, the Feminine polarity, and as such, she is the astro-marker of our irrationality, intuition, most importantly our emotions and the way we deal with them.

Astrology of Music Personalities

Music Musings: Aphex Twin, Aquarian Leo.

nontifareinulla“It sounds really arrogant, but my music’s my favourite music ever.”
Richard D. James

Electro-avantgardist Richard David James and his genre-defying creations have left their mark on a generation of Music. Those who are familiar with his arhythmic,anarchic soundscapes will hardly be surprised to know about his Aquarius placements, but going through the man’s few-and-in-between interviews and getting to know his idiosyncratic, self-absorbed world-view we can uncover the confidence and insane creative drive of a true Leo.

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

Newbies

Introduction to Astrology, part X. Step-by-step guide to learning

jhlkfgkfjhIf you kept up with this serie, which was purposely geared towards beginners, you should by now have an idea of the basics of Astrology, its core mechanisms and how it works (or at least I hope my job was decent enough to get these notions across!).  But getting an actual grasp on Astrology can be a long process, one that requires patience, and that can often be frustrating and with few initial success.

History

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.