|Exegesis Volume 07 Issue #113
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Exegesis Digest Mon, 23 Dec 2002
Subject: [e] Re: Christmas thoughts
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 00:03:06 -0700
On the contrary, there is nothing more practical than philosophy.
Becasuse i do not see astrology as something which can be measured statisticly from raw data, i practice a certain way. If i believed that astrology was a simple description of "the sky happening to mankind" i would act very differently.
The passivity encouraged by current false beliefs about astrology is dangerous to our practical and moral life. Further, a statistical approach cuts off the most interesting questions about astrology before they can be asked. If astrologyis nothing more than a list of natural processes which are so beyond resistance and reordering that humans will act them out in a simple way, then why bother with the interpretation or prediction? It will all come out the same, regardless? ********* In order to practice at all i must have some kind of picture of how astrology works and also one of why astrology matters.
Before i encountered astrology i was aware of a form of information theory as it applied to communication within organizations.
Every MESSAGE had to be ENCODED and sent through a MEDIUM to a RECEIVER which correctly or incorrectly DECODED it. Every medium was produced some STATIC which tended to degrade every message. Thus sophisticated senders used REDUNDANCY (repitition in more than one form) to protect messages.
Such a formula provides a framework for describing astrology. The cosmic universe produces changes in the electro-chemical environment which are received AS THOUGH they were messages (whether they are SENT or merely happen). In decoding such alterations as though they were messages, receivers use redundancy to help them. When redundancy is lacking then various decoders may produce wildly different meanings from the same input. Further, different decoding frameworks may change the apparent meaning.
Redundancy in astrology can be another way of describing the tradition among practitioners that for reliability, a predicted even must be forecast three different ways.
Variability between decoding frameworks points to the differing impacts on people born in different eras.
Because decoding of the input from the celestial can be quite varied for the many reasons implied in an information theory description, the role of the astrologer becomes very interesting indeed.
And this way of looking at astrology reframes our working definition of the art. Astrology becomes larger to include all the celestial input which is decoded by the receiving humans.. not just the short list of ten planets and 12 houses preferred by some.
I'm aware that in a community hooked on synchronicity and the sacredness of ancient texts, this is heresy.
What better place to be heretical than here, in wise company?
Jane Axtell http://www.startiming.net
> >From: "Jan Sar"
> >Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 17:38:57 +0000
> >Just some Christmas thoughts.
> >There may perhaps be readers who would interpret exegesis as a sort of
> >philosophical exercise of a couple of distinguished scientists. The average,
> >so-called "practicing astrologer" may not feel a need for such a discussion
> >because he or she does not see any immediate "practical" application. It is
> >important however, that such place exists and that does involve thinking
> >process, so much needed in this area of interest and activity.
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