Posted November 30 2007 - 10:35 AM
I will periodically post small articles or posts explaining certain concepts.
I welcome contributions from others. My main area of interest is traditional (pre 18th century) astrology. I know Astroteacher, a member of this board, is traditional astrologer and knows more than I, but think I post more.
There are a few more mainstream astrologers running around as well.
So let the thread commence!
Posted November 30 2007 - 11:13 AM
Most people know their Sun sign. One of the reasons why this is so popular, is that it takes no knowledge of astrology whatsoever to know your Sun sign. Born on March 23? All you have to do is open your local newspaper and look for the sign that contains that date. Presto!
Sun signs were not used for character delineation in traditional astrology. This is purely a modern invention, though exactly when and why it started I can't answer. Suffice it to say there is no information about Sun signs in any of the older astrology books I've read.
The Sun was very much used for many things in the old days. For instance, if you wanted to find out about someone's father in their birth chart, the Sun represented the father if the person was born during the day.
What was the alternative? Rising signs - also known as the ascendant!
The rising sign is the sign on the eastern horizon at the moment of birth. The east is symbolic of birth in many cultures since it is from the east where the all the stars and planets arise.
Simply put, in traditional astrology, the rising sign represents "you". In most cases, if I want to find out the state of of someone, I look at the planet that rules their rising sign.
In modern astrology, the Sun represents you and the rising sign represents how others see you.
However I think the rising sign is a much more elegant way of finding information.
First of all it is more individualistic. Rising signs change roughly every two hours and are dependant on where you were born. So two people born on the same second of the same day may have different rising signs if they live in different cities. The disadvantage of Sun signs is that everyone born within a month of each other regardless of location is the same. I don't feel this reflects the reality of people's individuality.
Second, it is a nice way to quickly see what is helping or afflicting someone. If a planet representing sickness is afflicting the planet ruling your rising sign, I know there is a problem. If a planet representing wealth has a good aspect with your ruling planet, I know things will come easily to you.
In traditional astrology, you don't get the "what's your sign" question coming up. The rising sign will be a major indicator of certain things, but even that doesn't give you the whole picture. You still need to look at the entire chart to get any detail.
Posted December 03 2007 - 09:20 AM
Posted December 03 2007 - 12:09 PM
That's probably why many people todoay dismiss and critisize astrology for being invalid and not very practical but that's due to lack of knowledge on their part in that they think the sun sign is all there is to a person's astrological makeup.
That's precisely it!
Posted December 03 2007 - 12:39 PM
Posted December 03 2007 - 03:03 PM
The sun even effects our own seasonal changes...
The Sun is the cause of the seasons.
I ascribe to the traditional notion of planetary spirits. You can't say that gravity or magnetism from planets is causing the effects since that can be measured, and with the exception of the Moon and Sun, all gravitational effects are negligible.
Posted December 04 2007 - 01:47 AM
Posted December 04 2007 - 10:03 AM