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Let us develop a little bit more about Precession. The axis of the Earth is not completely perpendicular to the Equator, the gravity of attraction of the Moon and the Sun make the Earth wobble, thus producing a displacement of the Vernal Point. In very simple terms, from the perspective of the spectator, each year the Earth regresses (gets behind) 50 seconds of arc, a sort of delay of one whole degree every 72 years; an observer of this phenomenon should have to wait for about 26 000 years to see the Vernal Point coincide again with Zero degree of Aries. The Polar star changes every 6, 500 years.



In Astrology, ancient and modern, what we call Aries is not the constellation of Aries, but the space between the Vernal Point of the Spring Equinox and 30 degrees more. Taurus is from 31st degree to 60th, and so on for the rest of the zodiac. 12 signs X 30= 360 degrees, the whole circle. If l was born when the Sun was on the 291th degree of the circle of zodiac, 291 degrees after the Vernal Point, l am a Capricorn and l will die a serious Capricorn, as much as l would have liked to be a Sagittarius, more fortunate and jolly.

One of the many things that fascinates me in Astrology is the perfect and mysterious arrangement of the symbols, l admire the harmonic assemblage of cycles and rhythms. From the surface to the bottom of the heart of the universe. Thus, due to the rotation movement, the Sun turns around the 12 signs in on day; this fast and obvious movement is related to the Ascendant, the appearance of a person. The also turns around the 12 signs in one year (one month for each sign), and this movement reveals the essence of the individual. Then the Sun ALSO turns around the zodiac in about 26 000 years, and this movement creates the Eras, the Ages of mankind; same as we say that those born between Feb/19 and March/19 are Pisces, we could also say that all those born in the Age of Pisces are Pisces, but in such a subtle way that we cannot realize it unless we go to the bottom of our hearts.

All those born with the Sun in Leo, for example, belong to the same sign, will have the same compulsion about expressing themselves in a creative and unique way; but the Ascendant, lets us say a Leo with Virgo ascending, will provide him or her with a specially personality, a more distinguished one, and strict and painstaking attitude towards the environment; born in the Age of Pisces, he or she will have a very unconscious attraction or dislike towards spiritual life, and maybe a yearning for isolation; if born in the Age of Aquarius, the compulsion will be about innovation, social networks.

How is it possible that all the subtlety and exuberance of meanings of Astrology get buried under the massive hulk of prejudices of the media? Because, on the one hand, people want to believe in easy formulae of influences and destiny, very few want to get to know themselves and take responsibility of their own lives (the real gift of astrology); on the other hand, many have a sort of faith in science as a sort of religion, they take scientific speculation as an absolute truth. Eventually, both attitudes end up being a sort of superstition.

Authentic science knows no prejudices, it is open to adventure; it undertakes risks trying to understand what is hidden behind appearances and simplistic explanations. Science is based on uncertainty, the real geniuses who have contributed to develop knowledge have never been dogmatic. Astrology is not a science in the modern sense of the world; but it is definitely a Traditional Science, a system of symbols revealed by the gods (or by the collective unconscious if we do not believe in a spiritual life) with its own laws; it teaches us how to understand and how get to know ourselves.(end)

N.B. For those interested in learning more about Precession of the Equinoxes, ‘ALAN OKEN’S COMPLETE ASTROLOGY’ provides a clear and well developed explanation of this interesting theme.

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ASTROLOGY, SUPERSTITION AND SYNCHRONICITY(1)

by xavier_astro | 2011-03-15 00:00 | 占星術  

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