By Mysteurei &

Jodi Treuhaft, Cosmic Librarian

Each night we are reminded of the vastness of the vault of heaven as we look at the sky above us. As children we are mesmerized by the plethora of lights, and the phases of the Moon. And rightly, so. The lights, gazing back at our glances, are as diverse as all other phenomena. Bright lights, dim lights; colorful lights, pale lights; steady lights, twinkling lights; traveling lights, stationary lights.

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Astrologers are very often asked, what is it that they do? Asking an astrologer what they do is not much different than asking any other professional what they do. Ask a doctor what he does, or a lawyer, or an athlete for that matter, and you will find a myriad of answers because the answers to this question will be as varied as the trees in the forest and as widespread as the bodies in the heavens. The history of astrology is just as vast and widespread. To this day, archaeology continues to unearth multitudes of ancient and archaic remnants that remind us of our profound connection to the heavens. There is an abundance of historical evidence that reflects humankind’s long-held reverence of, or at the very least, observation of (and sure fascination with) heavenly phenomena.

Take a look at a few of these wonderful examples. This first photo is of a clay tablet from Babylon, Iraq, which is housed in the British Museum in London. inscriptionHere we find one of the earliest recordings of the observation of Haley’s Comet which was recorded in Cuneiform between September 22 and 28 of September, 164 BCE.

 

 

Here are other prime examples of sky-watching in antiquity. These astronomical artifacts are from Prehistoric Malta. These stones are from Hagar-Qim and Tal Qadi, 3500 -3000 BCE. bwrockSeveral temples here have been found to be oriented to astronomically significant moments of the solar and lunar cycle, just as many other better known megaliths and monuments, such as Stonehenge are. Many of the discoveries here are of pottery with astronomical markings.

Another clay tablet has been translated which records an asteroid approach on collision course 29th June, 3,123 BCE as documented by a Sumerian astronomer. It was found by Henry Layard in the remains of the library in the Royal Palace at Nineveh. Believed to have been made by an Assyrian scribe around 700 BCE, stoneit is an astronomical work with drawings of constellations on it and contains text with known constellation names. Recently the tablet has been claimed to describe a collision near modern Kofel, Austria, causing the historic Kofel Landslide, which is actually dated much earlier. This event has been placed at 9,800 BCE, and illustrates the astronomical wonder of the prehistoric world, regardless of the location of the actual event.

Historically, astronomy and astrology went hand in hand with religion and religious practices the world over. We only have to look at the ancient and original texts of many of our modern religions and religious practices to see the hints, if not the downright explications, of astronomical and astrological allusions.

In the opening book of the Judeo-Christian bible, Genesis, tells us that, on the fourth day of creation, God said “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault to give light on the earth. And it was so.” [Mosaic from 12th-century Sicily showing the fourth day of creation. God creates the Sun, Moon, and stars. A Ptolemaic conception of the solar system is depicted.]gold

Genesis goes on to inform us that “God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. God also made the stars.”

Considering that well over half of the world’s population probably knows the Genesis account, and about a third the world’s population are Christians who hold high regard for their scriptures, you would think that the heavens, and their disciples, would command much more respect than they have in modern times. Yet with all its discrimination, and despite the chagrin of our ministers and clergy, astrology persists.

The word itself, astrology, denotes the beauty, with acumen, of what it is that astrologers do. Look at the etymology and it becomes simple and clear. The Greek Astrologos, simply put, is the study of the stars. The English word is actually comprised of two Greek words, aster (meaning star, from which we derive many English words, like asterisk) and logos.

Most New Testament readers will find this term, logos, familiar. Logos is the word that has been translated as “the word” in John 1. John tells us that “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. Word was in the beginning with God.” This is probably the most familiar translation of Logos.

But the Greek usage of the word logos (logos) packs a much bigger punch than that! Logos is one of those Greek words that can be understood, translated, and interpreted in many various ways. In philosophical circles it was understood as “the first principle” and it contemporarily means the “study of.” Hence we have, in English, words like biology (bios=life), geology (geo=earth), and psychology (psych=soul) which are the study of life, the study of the earth, and the study of the soul, respectively.

So many of the world’s religious traditions observe and revere the heavens. In fact, many of the religious holidays and observances of the world’s traditions are still consecrated by the cosmic calendar. Astrology is an integral factor in Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion, and is handmaiden of sorts to many mystical and spiritual disciplines like Kabbala and Hermeticism.

The very seasonal holidays and observances we continue to perpetuate, both old and new, are based on the constellations and the zodiac. So too, are our modern clocks and calendars derived from the cosmos. Our hours, days and years, are all synchronized with the universe.

calendar_2Astrology is a common denominator of all of life, it would seem. We all share the same vault of heaven, though with somewhat different perspectives, certainly dependent upon our individual locations. Astrology has piqued our curiosities since creation and has beckoned us to observe, record, and recognize the stars and planets. Astrology has one of the longest track records in recorded (and orally transmitted!) history.

So why the fear? Why the horror on the minister’s face, or the disdain in the rabbi’s eyes, when the word astrology is mentioned? Could it be because of astrology’s many incarnations? Astrology has had many lives over the millennia. Astrology has seen many rises in favor and many falls in disgrace. Astrology has guided prophets, psychics, and mystics, and it has been utilized by tyrants and misused by charlatans.

Astrology is practiced by healers, psychologists, medicine men and women the world over, in all corners of the globe. Kings, celebrities, and notable personalities have subscribed to astrology with documented success. Astrology has survived its critics, its condemners, and detractors and is flourishing once again. There is a resurgence in astrology today that I believe will be prove to be greater and far-reaching than ever in history.

In the past it seems that astrology hadn’t had access to the proper ammunition for its defense. Astrology’s critics are now facing a new class of citizens – an informed and educated community of astrologers that now stream through the World Wide Web. The internet has made access to information accessible to anyone with a connection. The information streaming through the internet today is abundant. We no longer have excuses for ignorance but we must be judicial with the information which we retrieve. It is, after all, the world-wide-web.

Yes, the tyrants, the charlatans, the psychics, mystics, and healers are still out there. But we now have the choice. Intelligence – the act of choosing between! – is more important now than ever. I find it interesting that traditionally the planet Uranus, which rules astrology, also rules technology and the computer age. I suspect that this technological age was necessary for the advancement of astrology. Astrology can now escape the adolescent constraints of domineering dogma and undeserved ridicule that has had it tethered to the stagnation.

At what age did you lose your awe? Did you ever really lose it? Read on! Study on! Observe heaven and rediscover your mesmerism with the lights of the universe. Liberate your minds and your souls just by participating. Recollect your divine nature, follow your intuition, and recapture the joy once experienced when you gazed into the heavens above. Become reacquainted with the heavenly bodies.

What are the heavenly bodies? And what do heavenly bodies do? What are their purpose? Do they have purpose? Is the old adage, “as above, so below,” true? Can we realize the correlations and take note of the effect of particular patterns that occur? What changes occur and how are those changes experienced? What is regular? What is not? The questions that arise are multiplied by the answers which we discover.

So, just what do astrologers do? They study the stars. They observe, they discover patterns in nature, they view existence holistically. Most prophets have been astrologers, although not many astrologers are prophets. But astrologers are, above all, disciples of the cosmos. To study astrology – to read it, research it, investigate it; to compare, dissect, and analyze, and to share their knowledge – this is what astrologers do. And this should be the purpose of astrology.