Astrology, Science and the gods

Courteous Reader, Astrology is one of the most ancient Sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the Wise and the Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight in Battle, in short, no important affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer.

Benjamin Franklin

Shortly before a rainstorm the leaves on the trees turn upwards.  That has always been a clear sign for me that it was definitely going to rain. The upward facing leaves do not cause the rain; they signal that rain is approaching.  In ancient times, I might have worshiped the leaves as bringers of rain and given praise when they turned up their leaves to call down the rain.  I might have thought of the as gods, but I would not have confused them with God. The ancient Egyptians worshiped as gods many different symbols, representing different animals or insects that personified fertilization, or life, but only Ra was their God. The Greeks believed that different gods presided over different aspects of life, or elements, but Zeus would have been the God.  The Hebrew God has archangels, that could be called “gods” with a little “g”.

The planets have retained the names of the various gods, along with their own mythological story.  So, in Astrology, the Sun could be viewed as the symbolic representative of the “will” of God, and the planets from Mercury to Jupiter could be viewed as the angels or “gods” that guide us to fulfill that will.  Saturn is really in a class by itself, it holds more of the position of Satan in the Old Testament.  It tests our worthiness.  It forces us to prove our commitment, sincerity, and willingness to give all that we have.  Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are more like the archangels, because, unlike the other planets, they are not visible to the naked eye.  And in a sense, they seem to know the higher agenda, overseeing the plan that they alone are privy to.  Thus, even as Astrologers, we don’t really know what they will do; we only know “how” they will do it. Now, I qualified the Sun as symbolic of the “will” of God because it is believed that the Sun itself revolves around the galactic center.

The former is, in a sense, a religious or mythological way if viewing the planets we use in Astrology. However, in reality, they are round rocks, gases and ice circling a huge ball of fire.  Looking at it this way, we can say that they are like turned up leaves before it is going to rain, or any of the signs that our ancient ancestors used to understand what to do and when to do it in order to survive.

The clock has twelve numbers.  Our ancestors used a sun dial to judge time based upon when the shadow of the dial was in a certain sector of the circle.  The twelve sectors became times.  These twelve times are like the twelve signs of the zodiac.  Like the shadow on the sun dial, we time events based upon the movement of each planet through the different sectors of the zodiac. So in this respect, the planets neither make us do anything, nor cause anything to happen in and of themselves, they signal approaching events, and explain existing ones. They define seasons in our lives, individually and as a whole, but they do not create them.

Whether we consider Astrology a spiritual art, a mystical path, or, a form of prophesy, is simply a matter of personal perception as religion. However it is, in reality, a “Science”, a science is defined as:

  1. “the study of the physical and natural world and phenomena, especially by using systematic observation and experiment”.
  2.  “a systematically organized body of knowledge about a particular subject”
  3. “an activity that is the object of careful study or that is carried out according to a developed method”

Now scientific method is, “The method or process fundamental to the scientific investigation and acquisition of new knowledge based upon physical evidence. Science manages new assertions about our world with theories — hypotheses and observations. Predictions from these theories are tested by experiment. If a prediction turns out correct, the theory survives, but if a prediction fails the theory fails. Any theory which is strong enough to make verifiable predictions can then be tested scientifically in this way. These are the underlying methods of scientific practice. With them scientists determine which theories, hypotheses and observations are true. The scientific method is essentially an extremely cautious means of building a supportable, evidenced understanding of our world.”

Understanding this shows Astrology to clearly be a science, perhaps the oldest branch of science with the greatest and oldest body of experimentation and observation in existence today.  Physicist Albert Einstein said : “Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it. Geophysical evidence reveals the power of the stars and the planets in relation to the terrestrial. In turn, astrology reinforces this power to some extent. This is why astrology is like a life-giving elixir to mankind.”  Physicist Sir Isaac Newton said in defense of astrology, to skeptic Edmund Halley: “I have studied the matter. You sir, have not”. Sir Francis Bacon, the father of modern science told us, “The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth, distinguished from the predominance of the planets.”

When we think of science, we think of a physical science, such as the science of medicine, or weather, for example, do fail much of the time, but not all of the time.  Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine said : “A physician without the knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

Yet Astrology, has an extremely high verifiable rate of prediction.  I would even feel comfortable saying that its success rate is higher than many tested medications on the market today, or even weather predictions.  It has been secretly used for centuries by those in power.  President Theodore Roosevelt kept his horoscope mounted on a chess board in the oval office. When asked about it he would reply, “I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars.” Our first billionaire, John Pierpont Morgan said,  “Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer”. 

I was watching Dr. Oz on television and he was discussing a diet that was not approved by the FDA, yet it had a high success rate.  He said that the problem with the scientists is that it is not enough that something works they refuse to accept it unless they understand “why” it works.  That is the problem with Astrology, it works, and because it works, many religions fear that if accepted, it would challenge the power of religious institutions.  Science rejects it because there is not material reason for the fact that it works, but even that is changing with the growth of quantum physics.  Quantum mechanics works.  Yet it is really metaphysical.  It is founded on the theory that matter is not really solid, not even a little bit.  It is 99% space.

Our ancient forefathers studied the signs around them and found that in studying and following the signs, from the movements of animals to the movements of the stars, they were able to survive and prosper.  They had no interest in “why” because they were humbled by the awesome power of the Universe within which, they knew themselves to be a tiny part.  They felt such reverence for that power of All-That-Is that they did not question, they simply learned and followed, and passed on these signs.  Confucius taught his followers that, “Heaven sends down its good and evil symbols and wise men act accordingly.” St. Thomas Aquinas told all who would listen: “The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sub-lunar world.” 

Only when the reverence and awe of the Spirit in all, was transformed into religion, and man with his egoistic need for power and control decided to fashion G-D in his image, and use that image to gain more power and control, did we lose the most important gift given to man – the ability to read the signs. We are entering a time, where science is changing the world in which we live from one of matter which separates forms, to one of formless space, appearing as matter.  Astrologers are returning to the study of Astrology’s ancient roots, seeking the true foundation of the knowledge.  Religions are losing followers to the search for the core truths, to the Spirit of the Universe, finding less and less comfort in illusions of form held by religion.

Our institutions are crumbling, as we are waking up to the understanding that whenever we make a form permanent, by natural law it will become corroded, corrupted, and crumble.  Like the Israelites, we have been wondering in the desert, the desert of the material world.  We are tired of disappointment; we are tired of faith that must be adjusted to justify the world.  Deep inside, we are all awakening to the fact that we must seek a world that justifies our faith.  And we can only find that in connecting through each other, through the Universe around us, through love, to the Source which is unknowable, yet at the same time unfailingly true.  Astrology is written into that truth,  Genesis:

14: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16: And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17: And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18: And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

The greatest light is the light of knowledge and the greatest darkness is the darkness of ignorance.  All roads are beginning to converge, we are being offered enlightenment, by again being given a chance to align ourselves and our lives, to the music of the spheres, and to the rhythm of our own lives.  Part of that journey, is one of again looking up to Heaven, and the bodies placed there to be as signs.

Astrology became a secret tool of the wealthy, Donald Reagan, formerly Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff said: “It’s common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology.”

Understanding Time

The most straightforward conclusion is that both past and future are fixed. For this reason, physicists prefer to think of time as laid out in its entirety— a timescape, analogous to a landscape— with all past and future events located there together. It is a notion sometimes referred to as block time. Completely absent from this description of nature is anything that singles out a privileged, special moment as the present or any process that would systematically turn future events into present, then past, events. In short, the time of the physicist does not pass or flowScientific American Editors (2012-11-30). A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox

I have been fascinated with time for many years.    Time is really one of the great mysteries because it has so much depth of meaning.  There is physical time measured by the movement of the hands of a clock.  That outer expression of time allows us to keep our experiences in linear order, to measure the distance between this time, or experience and the next or past.  It lets us know when to expect our seasons and cycles.  . We are passengers traveling through this timescape in a vehicle that is our own energy field, containing our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physicals bodies.  This vehicle is transported through this timescape by the same unseen Driver that transports all vehicles on their paths here on this planet.

As we move through time distance grows between us and a painful loss, that distance, which gives us perspective, and healing. After all, we do not really observe the passage of time. What we actually observe is that later states of the world differ from earlier states that we still remember. The fact that we remember the past, rather than the future, is an observation not of the passage of time but of the asymmetry of time. Nothing other than a conscious observer registers the flow of time. A clock measures durations between events much as a measuring tape measures distances between places; it does not measure the “speed” with which one moment succeeds another. Therefore, it appears that the flow of time is subjective, not objective. Scientific American Editors (2012-11-30). A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox This is the same time that appears to move so slowly when we are children, and to increase in speed as we age.  Yet at any age, it seems to move so slowly when we are waiting for something we want to happen, and to move so quickly when we are facing a deadline, or are running late.

Time seems to exist relative to the context within which we view it. There is another way in which we perceive time.  This perception is much more indicative of place.  There is the experience of time as color.  I don’t mean yellow or green, but how a period of time contains its own color – tone, energy.  The Renaissance Period, the Industrial Age, the Age of Reason, The Age of Enlightenment, the information age, are examples of large periods of time containing a singular energy or color.  Then we have decades, the sixties, the seventies, the eighties, each decade evokes a general energy that covers the economy, the style, and overall emotional sentiment coloring that period of time. If we envision time as the true environment through which our paths lead us, those periods of time would be like countries that all vehicles must pass through.  Yet on a personal level our lives have periods that contain their own color, those would be the stations in which our individual vehicles stop, or linger.

The longer our vehicle lingers at a particular station, the more of that energy we absorb and carry with us to the next. To put this in physical terms, if you were going to a place where the language and customs were different than yours for a week, you would learn a few words, pick up a few customs and probably forget it all when you leave.  However, if you were to find yourself remaining in that place for a number of years, you would adopt the language and customs.  You would begin to think in the new language and take on the new customs as your own.  That experience would be absorbed and integrated into who you are and remain with you even after you left.  However, you would still be who you were before that journey began, only enriched by that additional layer of experience.  So, I am an American, if I went to live in Italy for 10 years I could live like an Italian, speak like an Italian, but I would still be an American.

When we prepare for our journey in this life, we are not blank slates, we are perfect souls with a specific agenda based on the lessons that we want to learn, the growth that we want to achieve and the souls that we want or need in this life to meet these goals.  The soul plans where and when these situations and other souls will be met.  Most importantly, we plan where in the timescape our journey will begin.  That first stop is the most important because we will enter it with amnesia. We are not born when we enter this life, our bodies are born.  We are not created and molded by our parents, our bodies are created and our first experiences are provided by our parents.

The timescape known as ‘childhood’ gives us our first colors, it colors our world as we perceive it, and even more importantly, that time colors how we perceive ourselves.  But because we are whole, fully formed souls with amnesia, and not newly created beings, childhood does not define us. We come to this first stop fully defined.  Yet, we have no memory of our own definition.  So we absorb the color of that time as our own.  We see ourselves and the world through that color. As we continue on our journey, and travel the path of destiny to each new stop, some of that color chips off because it doesn’t stand up to the conditions at other stops along the way.  Each time of our lives that we pass through gives us some new color, or reinforces an earlier color.

The Late Great American Dream

By Denise Gibel Molini

For some reason, I have been dealing with writer’s block for a while, but this seems so important to put out there that I had to express my concern.  Sunday, I was watching 60 minutes.  They aired a segment on robots that were doing the work of employees in the manufacturing industry.  The experts said, in that segment, that in the near future, robots would fill the jobs brought back from China and other areas of the world.  When we go to the supermarket, we see more and more that self-service lanes are replacing cashiers.  Even garbage trucks have arms that lift and dump the garbage into the truck.  It is no stretch to imagine that robots will soon be able to stock the shelves in the stores and, as moving computers, be much better at advising consumers the precise location of any item on any shelf in any store.

In Florida, the Sun Pass is taking the place of tollbooth attendants.  We have automated telephone operators, automated customer service, self-service gas stations, automated parking lots, and e readers.  It is no giant leap to envision automated buses and trains.  We already have automated bank tellers.  And in case Hollywood has not noticed, the actor will soon be replaced by automated characters, without in anyway effecting the box office receipts, as seen by the movie Avatar.

The technological advances that we once hailed as devices that would make the jobs of workers easier, are replacing those same workers and then some.  If we continue in the direction that technology is leading us, we will arrive at the destination we fear most.  Every medical, military, industrial, commercial, educational, service oriented advance that we have made with technology, from the Gutenberg printing press, has inevitably eliminated jobs.

Einstein did what he loved, and in his heart, he imagined that his work would ultimately be in service to mankind, never did it occur to him that it would be used to destroy it.  Invention is form of art.  The inventor is inspired to create.  The inventor is carried away by the invention and never, in the end, does he or she consider that it is taking us closer and closer to the elimination of our basic ability to survive.

If we make the effort to move, for a moment, away from our awe in what we are able to create, we will realize that each creation brings us closer and closer to our irreverence.  We seem intent on destroying ourselves and all that we believe in.  It says that art imitates life, but I think that is not the case.  Art gives us a glimpse into our possible futures.

Some will remember the television show, “Touched by an Angel”.  It did not really impact me that the head angel was Black.  However, when they finally brought us face to face with God, and He was Black – it was in that moment that I knew I would live to see a Black President.  This was only later supported by the fact that it seemed from then on, every time I saw a depiction of God in a movie it was Morgan Freeman, and when he was not playing God, he was busy playing the President.

How many movies today depict the takeover of computers, the ultimate enemy of mankind being none other than mankind’s own technological creations.   If we can even remember, those of us who were not educated to memorize, but to think, imagine, and envision, what the possible symbolism might be hidden in our obsession with blood sucking vampires, or the walking dead feeding on each other?  Leonardo Da Vinci, Nostradamus, Jules Vern, just to name a few who peaked into the possible means to our own end.

Perhaps the true prophets of our age, are the writers of these movies and television shows that we perceive as entertainment.  Perhaps we should take heed of the repetitive theme of the need for individuals from the future to return to our present to change the course that lead to our end, and find a way to change that course, NOW.

It is our nature to create, explore and expand, that cannot and should not be curtailed.  It is our unalienable right.  And I do not believe that it in itself is the means of our destroying the quality of life we so deeply cherish and pray to leave for our children and grandchildren.  I do believe, that the use of that gift, for financial profit, power or supremacy, is what will guarantee that our children and grandchildren will have only one dream left by us, and that dream will be to survive just one more day.