Newbies

Planets in Astrology, Chapter 4. Venus Unveiled

inannaThe story of Venus as an Astrological archetype and deity is one of the most ancient and fascinating. This planet, the second one from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days, is named after the Roman Goddess of Love, beauty and sexuality, but the origins of her divine personality can be traced way back in time. The Greek counterpart of Roman Venus herself, Aphrodite, is a product of the assimilation of outer influences. As historian Simon Price pointed out in his book Religions of the Ancient Greeks, the parallelism between Aphrodite and Sumerian Goddess Inanna, Semitic Ištar and Phoenician Astarte, suggest that the Greeks’ conception of Aphrodite was based on these Oriental divinities.
Inanna was the most important deity of ancient Mesopotamia, worshipped in the Eanna temple of the city of Uruk, around 3000 – 2100 BC. Back then, she was already associated with planet Venus, and there are hymns to the goddess as her astral manifestation.

Newbies

Planets in Astrology, Chapter 3. Mercury, Messenger of the Self

hermes2Of all the planets in our Solar System, Mercury is the smallest and closest to the Sun,  with an orbital period of about 88 Earth days that makes it the faster moving planet. As a quick moving celestial body, never more than 28 degrees from the Sun,  it epitomizes the swift, light and scattered energy of Mercurius/Hermes, known as the fast-flying messenger of the Gods – although the symbolism of these two divinities is far more complex and interesting, as we will see – and is therefore associated with information and the means through which it’s conveyed.

History

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.

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.

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