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.”

The Power of The Word

“Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?” – Sai Baba

Jesus said, “Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will reign over all.” I sought the truth and I was disturbed because the Truth conflicted with my own beliefs. Yet when I was disturbed I became awed by the power of the Truth and so I did marvel. And when I marveled, I accepted, and when I accepted, I attained power over my life.

In the beginning man observed nature, and communicated meaning through the qualities of the animals. So transformation might be represented by a butterfly which transformed from a caterpillar, or a frog which is transformed from a tad pole.

Then came letters with each letter having a meaning and in expanding and combining the different letters based not on their sounds but on their meanings, words were put together. In the Semitic languages there is a spiritual meaning for each letter and so in the combining of letters you have not a single word, but a symbol which represents a meaning that must be understood in its context. This is the reason why the Torah, or the Old Testament is studied on a daily basis, the belief being that like creation which is ongoing, so too does the torah grow in meaning as we read it.

In Aramaic, the word Alaha (Allah) can be translated to mean, sacred unity, oneness, the All, the ultimate power, or the one that is many. Spirit, is translated in the bible from a word that means, breath, wind or air. Worship is translated from a word that means surrender. Truth in the bible is translated from a word that means, that which liberates, that which opens, that which acts in keeping with Universal harmony. And Forgive is translated from a word that means, to let go, to set free, and to omit. In Aramaic, the word used for blood is also used for wine, sap, juice and essence it comes from the same root word as Adam. The word for fruit also means offspring and the word for vine also means blood lineage.

The phrase translated to “Son of Man” in Aramaic means, human being, so for Jesus to refer to himself as the Son of Man is merely referring to himself as a human being, it was a common substitute for “I”. In the Beautitudes where it is said, “They shall be called the children of God”, another translation of the same words would be, “They shall be called channels for Unity”. Most importantly, the word that Jesus used in Aramaic for “sin”, implies a correctable error, something temporarily lost. So a better translation of someone who was the forgiver of sins, was someone who helped those who cling to their errors, find the way to freedom in Unity.

In the beginning of the twentieth century, Science entered into the realm of the metaphysical, or the realm of spirit. Physical means that which can be observed by our senses. Metaphysical is that which cannot. Science has now, with Quantum Physics, entered into the metaphysical world. The physical world according to the new science is the manifestation of the metaphysical world, what many mystics have been saying since the beginning of time. The metaphysical world, the quantum world is a world that appears to be chaotic; the first problem was that light seemed to be at once particles and then at other times waves. In the physical world nothing can be a particle and a wave. Then when they began to measure particles, they found that they could not measure both the distance and speed travelled because they seemed to arrived at whatever the destination at the moment that they departed, or to be at two places in the same moment. This quantum world is also so sensitive, that whatever we do to measure it affects the outcome of the measurement. So we are not observers of the experiments, we are part of the experiments. As strange as it is, the real world, the world that is no more than potential and probabilities manifests a world of humans, trees, skies, oceans, rivers, streams, mountains, buildings, sidewalks and all that we see, hear, feel, taste, and touch.

God spoke the world into being:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,

We do not live in the world; we live in the Words that describe the world. God spoke the world into being; existence is a word that only has meaning in contrast to the word nonexistence. The world does not exist in itself; it exists to us because we have a name for it and so a description of what it is supposed to be. The words existence and nonexistence in themselves impart no meaning. The metaphysical world, the spiritual world – does not exist in words, it exists in meanings. All things come into being through the Word, without the Word nothing exists. The Word is the manifestation of the Universe. The Word is considered masculine, and so it would be because it is action. God has no name, God has no image. This is because God is without beginning and without end and without description. A name has a beginning, an end and a description. A name defines a thing – it tells us what it is, or who it is. God is without definition or limitation. We are each the Word made flesh. We have a name, which has a number and that number has a vibration. Nothing exists outside of the Word. Nothing exists without a word. The first thing that God instructed Adam to do was to do was to name everything in the world. What did he do? He spoke everything into manifestation. Whatever has no words to describe it cannot exist for us. There is nothing more important in our universe than the Word. And each word has a number and that is what the universe sees. We each have a name and a number and it’s vibration is written in God’s book.

Ancient Priests used words to heal understanding that the sounds of certain words had an effect on certain parts of the body. The Magicians and Sorcerers of ancient times used words to manifest. Prayer, and Mantras are words used to evoke whatever outcome is being sought. Rulers and Politicians have historically used words to win over the populace. Advertising is based on the use of catchy words and phrases. The US President today uses these catchy words in his war campaign. “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, for example. Words can make people, even whole nations act in ways that they normally would not. Words can convince, enchant, heal and destroy.

If we can believe that the power of the mind can manifest things or experiences in the outer world, imagine what that power, given sound and released could accomplish. There is no greater tool known to man than the word.

The physical body is a vehicle for the self. “I”, that which I know as myself can neither be seen, nor touched. Anything that can damage my body cannot damage my spirit. Yet, that which can damage my spirit can destroy my life. Words, are the weapons or the salve that reaches into what cannot be seen, reaches into our hearts and souls.

When I was a small child I was deeply aware of the impact of words. Hurtful words seemed to enter into my solar plexus like a knife twisting and spreading throughout my being long before they seemed to enter my mind. It was as if by the time I heard the words – the damage was already done. In my home, words were the weapon of choice. I watched as each family member was stabbed and brutalized by words spoken in anger by another. What astonished me the most, was after the anger came the apologies, or the, “I didn’t really mean it”. The person who spoke the words actually believed that they could be retrieved. A bullet can be retrieved, a knife can be retrieved, a spoken or written word can never be retrieved, and its damage can never be undone. No amount of apologies or forgiveness can ever undo the poison of a word misspoken. There is no antidote. Can you find the organ of self-worth and heal it? Can you find the organ of self-confidence and heal it? Parents should use each word spoken to or in the presence of children with the utmost care. Whatever you call your child he will call himself for the rest of his life.

Children are suggestible; they work within the description of themselves that they take from their environments. The words that we mean and words that we don’t have no discernable difference to a child. The subconscious mind cannot differentiate between what was meant as truth and what was meant to make a point, or to hurt. To an adult who has been raised with a less than positive description of himself or herself all negative words have meaning. I remember as a child hearing a neighbor compliment a drawing that I had made. I remember my mother responding, “Yes, she has talent, but…”. I don’t remember what came after the “but“, all I remember is that I expect the “but” every time I do something well and it is noticed. I expect to be exposed as a fraud.

We all have different reactions to the words that we hear as a child. Some children who hear that they will never amount to anything or that they are not good enough to succeed react to these words as a challenge – or a means to receive the needed approval or love and so they reach amazing heights. Some react by never trying to be more than is expected of them based upon the things that they heard. Many grow up to become leaders; they go on to inspire generations that follow. These people reach higher and higher, they amass more and more searching for that achievement that will fill the whole left by those words spoken years before. Nothing built from the material world, or gained in the material world can ever heal a spiritual wound, a wound caused by words. It is only through finding the spiritual meaning that we can extract the poison. As in the Bible story of Joseph, we must reach to understand God’s reason for words spoken by others. Emotional pain and suffering are not human constructs. They are built into our egos for the purpose of moving us to achieve the goals that we have set in each incarnation. Pain bores like a drill deep into our center and the path that is drilled deepens the meaning of the lessons as we learn them. Those who have hurt us with careless words have been ignorant of the power within those words. They only understand pain as being caused by a physical act. It is for us to understand that the people who hurt us with their words are the ones chosen to deliver that which we must learn from, and often – that which we must use to teach or lead others.

Most relationships are not destroyed by the actions of those involved, but by the words of those involved. When two people enter into a relationship they are placing their hearts, their hopes and their trust in one who has entered into their lives holding a mirror through which they see themselves in their most beautiful and flawless state. The “other” holds up a mirror in which they see themselves through love. Only once before were they so vulnerable and that was when they came into the world. As soon as they begin to disagree, they feel threatened. Each fearing that the other, who carried the mirror of their goodness, and their beauty, will take it away. Feeling threatened they lash out with words that are spoken in anger, meant to intimidate, threaten or hurt the other into staying in the same place, not changing, not growing and, not putting down the mirror. The words start flying, the mirror starts cracking, the trust begins to wither, and although there are apologies, and despite attempts to retrieve the words spoken – the bond is weakened. The words cannot be retracted. And if they continue, the bond, worn away by the acidic action of the words, becomes permanently destroyed. The word is mightier than the sword.

So often a person dies of an illness that could have been overcome, had the doctor not declared an approaching death. A researcher noticed that people who were mentally challenged had a much lower mortality rate from a certain type of Cancer than did others. Surprisingly, what they found was that it had nothing to do with genetics, there was no special anti-body attributed to the mentally challenged. It was as simple as the fact that they did not recognize, or understand Cancer as a death sentence. Because the word “Cancer” was meaningless to them, and could not be explained, the emotional contribution, which is obviously great, to the deterioration of the body was not there. It had no more impact on their spiritual, or emotional bodies than if someone had sad that they had a large do-di-da. If we take responsibility for nothing else in our lives, we must take responsibility for the words that we place in the hearts, minds and bodies of others. We must fill them with loving truth. Use them wisely. Seek their meaning. Words are the greatest power given to us.