What is astrology?
Some would prefer to say that the planets do not directly affect us, they just move in predictable cycles, which dance to the same tune as the influences which are the real string-pullers. Whatever mechanisms are eventually found to explain the cosmic pull, one thing is certain and that is the awesome complexity of it all.
The bleeding Moon
The template at birth
Does this mean we have no freewill?
Are there any proofs of astrology?
Natural births: well starred connections.
Gauquelin also found intriguingly that babies allowed to find their own natural birth time without medical intervention were more likely to have chart similarities, especially from their ascendant sign (on the horizon at birth) to their parents' charts, indicating a stronger bonding.
The Secret Power of the Stars
Amazingly so. The massive triple conjunctions of outer planets, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto, which are rare occurrences - only 9 in the last two thousand years - usually have influence over several years and coincide with massive shifts in civilisations, the rise and fall of empires. Two occurred in the 5th Century AD as the Roman Empire collapsed, and the Barbarians took over the European continent, with vast migrations of peoples.
In 623 AD the triple conjunction of Saturn, Uranus and spiritual Neptune in Virgo coincided with the birth of Islam and the start of the Islamic calendar. The 10th Century triple conjunction saw the collapse of the Chinese and European dynasties which had been established at the previous conjunction. In 1306 a quadruple conjunction in Scorpio (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) oversaw the start of the European Renaissance, the end of the Crusades, and the founding of the Ottoman Empire.
The first effective European balance of power came about at the next conjunction in Virgo around 1713 with the end of the War of Spanish of Succession and the Age of Enlightenment begins. Europe descended into the year of Revolutions at the next conjunction involving disruptive Uranus, power hungry Pluto and rigid Saturn in Aries/Taurus around 1850, with the seeds of communism being sown by Marx and Engels. The most recent triple conjunction in the late 1980s, early 1990s saw the effective collapse of communism, and the fragmentation of the Balkans, and the Maastricht Treat being signed, moving Europe towards a single state.
Double conjunctions of two of the outer planets together are less powerful but still highly significant. Similar events occur when the same planets merge influence.
The Saturn Neptune conjunction (three times a century) is traditionally associated with worker's rights and this particular conjunction coincided with many peasants revolts from Wat Tyler's in England in 1381, right up to the Russian Revolution in 1917, to Solidarity in Poland in 1989. They also point up women's power. Saturn Neptune conjunctions reigned over the coronation of both Elisabeth 1 in 1558, and Elizabeth 11 in 1953, as well as Benazir Bhutto becoming Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1989.
Uranus Neptune (roughly every 200 years) together seem to prodce (coincide with) times of great artistic and religious inspiration. The illustrated Gospels of Book of Kells were painted during one in the 8th Century; Giotto painted the frescoes in Padua on another in 1305; on the next Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel; and in 1820 William Blake illustrated the Book of Job.
Neptune Pluto conjunctions, only four times in 2000 years, appears to throw up megalomaniac dictators from Attila the Hun (5th Century), Tamerlane (14th Century), through to Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Stalin who were all born under the late 19th century Neptune Pluto conjunction.
Intriguing but true.
Who first used astrology?
Astrology developed from ancient times as primitive people looked to the stars for omens of events to come. The Sumerians who settled on the banks of the Tigris-Euphrates in what is now Iraq around 4000 BC were the first to use astrology in systematic form. They were the first literate peoples who developed writing. It is believed that they were immigrants from further east towards present-day Afghanistan, and that astrology split even earlier going east into China, forming the basis of a slightly different system and west into the beginnings of what we use today in Western Astrology. Indian Hindu astrology also shares the same root knowledge though with its own subtle variations.
The living stream of astrology.
Mathematics, Science & the Stars.
At this point astrology was taught in all the ecclesiastical colleges in Europe, and was used by all heads of state, Holy Roman Emperors, Kings and even Popes.
Astrology fell into disrepute with the rise of science in the 17th century, going underground into the secret societies, like the Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Theosophists, who kept it alive. It has started to emerge again into public recognition in the 20th century.
Astrology lies at the heart of religion
Power patrons through the ages.
In the twentieth century world leaders have used astrology, some openly, others more discreetly. US President Ronald Reagan signed many of the treaties marking the end of the Cold War with the USSR at times set by his wife's astrologer. A previous president Teddy Roosvelt kept a copy of his birth chart in the White House office to remind him of his tendency to lose his temper. Boris Yeltsin, the Russian president was a keen follower, as was Indian leader, Indira Gandhi. French President Francois Mitterrand was known to have consulted the stars. Even Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher was not immune. Her brusque press aide Bernard Ingham asked me personally to let No 10 know if she was going to be in danger at any point at the height of the Irish troubles and terrorist attacks.
Hitler though reputed to have relied on astrologers for advice in fact sent most of them to the concentration camps, including the one closest to the Third Reich brought in by Hess, Karl Ernst Krafft. (See "Urania's Children by Ellic Howe). Paradoxically Hitler's rise to power had been foreseen by German astrologer Elsbeth Ebertin in 1923. Without meeting him she wrote of his chart: "A man of action ...destined to play a Fuhrer-like role in future battles. He will expose himself to personal danger by excessively uncautious action and could very likely trigger off an uncontrollable crisis."
Carl Jung, the Swiss founder of psychotherapy, said that understanding a birth chart would give him as much information as two years of analysis with a patient.
In earlier centuries the skilled English astrologer William Lilley advised both Oliver Cromwell and King Charles 1 during the Civil War, as well as predicting the Great Fire of London in 1666. Queen Elizabeth 1 of England in the 16th century, had one of the most famous astrologers of all time (and the first secret service agent), John Dee. Nostradamus, despite his reputation as an astrologer, relied mainly on psychic intuitions for his prophecies. The great founder of the Holy Roman Empire in the 9th century, King Charlemagne, himself skilled in the art, had as his personal astrologer, the scholarly Alcuin, who had been trained in Iona Monastery in Scotland. In Roman times the cruel Emperor Tiberius used to hurl his astrologers, when they displeased him, off the cliff top from his Capri villa. Many Roman Emperors, including Hadrian (of the wall) were themselves skilled astrologers. (See " An Introduction to the History of Astrology" by Nick Campion.)
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Sun sign astrology: too simple to be sound?