It's ok, didn't offend me (I'd hope that this is a community that isn't easily offended but hey you never know so thanks for the clarifier ). Skepticism is good and healthy, especially in laying foundation. Belief is the enemy of knowledge as the saying goes so everything should be arranged and rearranged, examined and re-examined from as many angles as we have can find! Put another way, variety is the spice of life!Aurelius wrote: ↑Sun May 17, 2020 2:30 am Thankyou for your reply it's much appreciated.
Upon re-reading my post (written late Friday night after a few beers ) it seems a little condescending, that wasn't my intention. I am genuinely interested, but I have a very analitical mind and tend to over scrutinise things sometimes and usually come across quite skeptical.
I am all for the idea you touched on about influencing what we put our energies into and have commented somewhere here much to the same effect. I understand that Astronomy and Astrology are two entirely different subjects but am wondering if facets of Astronomy come into play with the latter?
What really interests me are the influences of the stars on the builders of the ancient monolithic structures scattered all over the planet, as there seems to be such precise mathematical equations at play but to what ends is my main query, and, as stated previously, although I realise the two subjects are different, what corrolation does Astrology have with these mega structures, if any, and is there any knowledge that can be gained by advancing my knowledge in the subject you practise?
I have studied some anthropology in regard to the ancient megastructures and understand quite a bit about movement of the constellations throughout the millenia or Axial Precession if you will, and am just trying to gain as much info from as many different sources as possible in search for cohesion.
It seems that across this world there were HUGE connections with the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Saturn (especially pivotal for the ancients- there are interesting arguments that Ra, the Egyptian Sun god, is representative of Saturn and the Egyptian sun was in fact what we call Saturn), and (not so much in the west, but DEFINITELY in China) Jupiter. Structures built honor passages of those light bodies through the Earth, which is really beautiful and clearly, really powerful.
In my own practice, I'm fairly eccentric so I wouldn't encourage following it. I would say the best entry point into Astrology is when you're interested in self-development. You can chart your own using every system imaginable and then you can begin to project goals, ideas, etc. into the "future" based on transits you've learned about or simply are curious about working with. Then take notes on what happens around the time of those transits. The knowledge gained by this practice/exercise is the same as a dream journal. I came across a simple yet brilliant quote by Louise Hay that describes the experience. She said "The universe speaks in symbols." So for instance, one of my practices is to stargaze. Without fail, when it is visible and without knowing based on a chart or having read about its current position, my eye first lands on Mars. I immersed myself in every archetype about Mars I could find and committed those to memory and simultaneously noted what was going on in my life. Now I use Mars as a kind of indicator of how easy or difficult I can expect things to be. When I observe Mars close to the horizon, it's not an easy time. When I observe Mars high in the sky, it's smooth sailing/full steam ahead. When I observe the skies and am not drawn to Mars or it is not visible, I find these are my lazy times haha. After awhile it works like a self-fulfilling prophecy so it its REALLY important to be learning more all the time and to push the boundaries of what you think you know. Mars used to really freak me out as the energy can be violent. But once I took the time to observe and study, I noticed that for all of Mars' violence, it's not an indicator of pain/suffering or death and it is one of the more easily diffused energies.
Knowledge of astrology may inform knowledge of history but only if you use the systems they would have used. We can reconstruct some but it's not always possible. If you're interested in a hardcore professional, I can connect you with my astrologer. She's fucking incredible- a former professor of American literature. She has now written her own tarot and practices evolutionary astrology. She has studied occult topics in literature and history and would be a good resource for bridging the academic/historical with the spiritual. I use astrology almost wholly esoterically but I started with basically a personality study.