History

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.

Newbies Transits & Forecasts

Introduction to Astrology, part VI. On transits

TRANSITIThe Astrological configuration captured in your Birth Chart is a cosmic “barcode” that stays with you forever, but planets do continue their journey in the sky after you have drawn your first breath. Therefore, they’re bound to enter new relationships with the planetary positions displayed in your Chart; and, even though this means they’re technically always “in transit”, an actual transit (when it comes to you and your Birth Chart)  happens when one or more planets make an aspect to one or more planets, asteroids or angles of your Birth Chart (although it can also be said that a certain planet is “transiting” a house in your Chart, too).
Interpreting transits is quite possibly the most important forecasting method in Astrology, as it can point out future trends, developments and themes that are likely to become relevant at a given time. As such it’s an incredibly powerful tool, if used correctly. In order to do so, it’s important to understand differences and characteristics of each planetary transit.

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Introduction to Astrology, part V. The Eternal Dilemma of the Axial Precession

One of the debates that’s heard most frequently when discussing Astrology, revolves around the so-called Precession of the Equinoxes, which should – in the eyes of the detractors – explain the status of “pseudoscience” held by Astrology and PrecessioneEquinozithe inconsistence of its claims. Those who voice this opinion are generally unaware of the fact that Sidereal Astrology (the system that takes fixed stars and constellations as a reference) and Tropical Astrology (the system in use in Western countries) are two completely different branches that drifted apart centuries ago. Sidereal Astrology is different from Western Tropical Astrology in the same way the latter differs from Bazi Astrology, and Vedic Astrology from Buddhist Astrology.
The phrase “Precession of the Equinoxes” indicates the process that brings the equinoxes to move westward along the ecliptic relative to the fixed Stars;  the expression itself has become obsolete in technical language due to improvements in the ability to calculate the gravitational force between and among planets, leading to more accurate conclusions and thus to the adoption of new terminologies. What interests us, however, is that this doesn’t affect the way Astrology operates, since in the Tropical system, the names of the signs are conventional names for the twelve 30-degree segments of the Zodiac, and the system itself is based on the point of Vernal Equinox.

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Introduction to Astrology, part IV. Relationships: Synastry and Composite

When thinking of an individual’s energetical signature, it might be useful to picture said individual as the piece of a puzzle,cosmicloooooove that may or may not fit in with other pieces according to compatibility. Each one of us has a personal, distinctive vibe that might blend seamlessly, or clash, with or against somebody else’s. This is what the planets can map, and a representation of the interplay of energies that occurs on the meeting of two individuals can be observed in a Synastry Chart.
As anyone who puts at least some thought into the dynamics of associated Life can realize, several of our responses, behaviours and ways are situational; different people with different emanations can trigger different reactions in us.  Somebody else’s planets might contact our own planets in ways that might be tensive, or harmonious (the cause of this phenomena does not lie in the planets themselves; planets are markers, not the reason). Here’s when Synastry comes into play; overlapping the two natal Horoscopes, what you obtain is a bi-wheel Chart that showcases

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Introduction to Astrology, part III. Natal Chart vs. Progressed Chart

b&wcosmoAs explained in the previous post of the Introduction to Astrology series, “the Birth Chart, or Natal Chart /Wheel, is a visual representation mapping the positions of planets in the sky at the time you were transitioning into this world“. However, being conscious individuals who are perpetually dealing with the continuous flow of Life, we are bound to experience different, and further stages of awareness about our inner structure, personality and needs. Our experiences, reactions and the thought process they trigger make us re-negotiate our outlook on Life, and, since Astrology is all but a deterministic system, it reflects this natural constant of human existance. In short, humans are not stathic entities – we progress, and our Charts do, as well.
There are various techniques to calculate a Progressed Chart. The most popular one is the day-for-a-year method, commonly known as Secondary Progressions: it involves moving the Planets in the Natal Chart forward one day for each year of the person’s Life. It is not the most valid method, rather just the one that’s most frequently used. Other techniques (Solar Arc, Naibod and so on) simply provide slightly different takes and views on how the Radix chart is projected in the Present.