"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us."
The ancients looked at the World as a living being, in fact her name is Gaia, and Human beings as the World in miniature. It was believed that the movements of both World and Human beings corresponded, and because of this the destiny could therefore be calculated. Thus Astrology evolved - to interpret the events, and the life of us Human beings by movements of the planets and stars.
This collective knowledge, together with mythology and legend surrounding the mysteries of the Zodiac, offers enlightenment and insight into an absorbing subject.
A Divining Tool
- Of all the planets, so you know which one rules your Sun sign?
- Did you know that your ruling planet has its own personality?
- Are you in the most appropriate profession?
Astrology is defined as 'the art of divining the fate or destiny of persons from the juxaposition of the Sun, Moon and planets'. In other words, what Man does is influenced by the planets and how he does it is influenced by his Zodiacal sign.
Devised by the Babylonians circa 500 BC, the Zodiac is an intellectual concept. It is envisaged as a band of sky, an imaginary sphere surrounding the Earth on which astronomers locate celestial objects. The Zodiac comprises of 12 signs, and each named after the constellation which once was found in it.
The Wheel of Life
The first six Sun signs of the Zodiac, Aries through to Virgo, relate to the formation of the individual, from the primitive self-drive of Aries to the industrious Virgo, recognising ands adapting to the social sphere.
The final six Sun signs begin with Libra, which desires harmonious relationships on a one-to-one basis. The gradual integration of self into society is revealed until, with Aquarius, the need to be an integral part of society is established. Pisces, however, requires something more than mere socialisation. To achieve fulfillment, Pisces seeks to attain a mystical 'oneness' and a sense of harmony with the Universe.
First or last, the ongoing cycle of life, represented by the Zodiacal wheel, has no begining or end - simply eternal continuity. As Manilius, a poet of the first century AD, writes in his astrological epic Astronomica: 'Being born, we begin to die; and the end depends upon the begining.'
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream"
-Edgar Allen Poe
Astrology Points of Interest
I always recommend to my students to visit second hand book shops and keep a look out for Astrology books that don't cost a mint.
Today there are many free Astrology programs available via the internet. I still prefer Solar Fire and use it to do my charts.
The Federation of Australian Astrologers meet on the 3rd Saturday every month at the South Melbourne Community Centre. Everyone is welcome, come along and learn something new and also meet like minded people.
If you are interested and serious about Astrology I recommend doing the 4 year Diploma in Astrology with Asto Synthesis in Kew.
Astrology as well as Tarot, Kabbalah, Numerology, Mythology through to Crystals, Herbs, etc... are all modalities that work well with each other. Once you start with one, you will also open up to the next, they compliment each other and they give extra information and resources to each other.