|Exegesis Volume 08 Issues #056-059|
exegesis Digest Thu, 25 Sep 2003 Volume: 08 Issue: 056
In This Issue:
#1: From: "Jan Sar"
Subject: [e] Re: exegesis Digest V8 #44 & 46
From: "Jan Sar"
Subject: [e] Re: exegesis Digest V8 #44 & 46
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2003 03:54:05 +0000
Once upon a time...
- Does astrology work? This is rather a rhetorical question.
First we would
have to define what actually it is we are looking for, what we expect to
obtain. There is no uniform concept at the present (neither among
astrologers or non-astrologers) and all existent ideas should be revised,
amended or reworked again. To confirm this in any kind of valid way, we must
also first answer the question: “what does astrology represent today?”
- The question: “Do you believe in astrology?” is an absurd one. One may
believe in religion, because religion cannot be proved or disproved within
contemporary criteria. In this case, what is left to believers is …to
believe. If we can establish an occurrence of just a few points that can
bring a comparable interpretation, then astrology has nothing in common with
- What are these points?
- It is rather difficult to give an even sketchy overview of this subject
and any attempt lacks either details or a more refined description:
First, a personal horoscope is the result of a coming together of two
individuals and is an outcome of their relationship. A horoscopic pattern is
strictly the result of their predisposition towards having a child, and
ability to bring this child to adulthood.
This pattern contains primary and concise information about both parents,
their attitude towards themselves and a child, - and suggestions about a
possible course of a following development (what we call: a life cycle).
Planets are only, an imprint on the primary instinctive programme and the
base for consequent subconscious responses. “…the pattern of the stars is
inevitably reflected in you…” (Lyall Watson, Neofilia).
- If anyone who is trying to “read a chart” cannot see these correlations,
he or she has not even the required basic prerequisite one should have in
order to call ones self an astrologer.
- What is next?
- A horoscope (a person) is not suspended in a vacuum. At all times we abide
by the influence of the environment (and how the environment continues to
filter planetary influence). This is the background upon which a horoscope
evolves, from the static picture of the instant (the beginning) to its
- And what is this outside influence that affects interpretation of a
- Each and every relationship which results in a procreation will convey
some similarities inherited from both parents, grandparents, family… This
begins from the subconscious choice of a mate, and in a similar way the
selected timing of the conception and so on… Stability and security of the
home environment here plays a major part. A child depends entirely on these
rudimentary conditions till about the age of 5 – 6 years of life. Any
potential disturbance that could upset this period of life will be traceable
through the horoscope – an outcome of such investigation will depend upon
the skills of an astrologer.
- The next stage of life follows biological changes and the introduction to
the self-dependent way of life. This usually continues till ages 13 – 15. -
In many cultures throughout the ages this was the end of a childhood. In our
present-day social make-up and in, so-called, developed countries, it still
continues as the very confusing teenage time (up to age of 18 – 19).
Everything that is happening during the above years, school, friends,
conditions and quality of life, will get imprinted upon the horoscopic
pattern. Our surroundings will play the major role in suggesting what, from
the personal “potential,” will come into being and in which way (!). At this
point, horoscope interpretation will very much rely upon the “art” of an
astrologer, knowledge expanding well beyond signs, symbols and keywords.
- Here I may give a small example from my practice. –
Canada is a unique
country. It accepts and is trying to preserve cultures and traditions of all
nations that take a part of, and participate in creating this new homeland.
It is a “cultural mosaic” not attempting to favour one ethnic input over the
other, nor to impose North American standards or select people into ghettos.
For an astrologer this is a real challenge. He can have clients from every
place on the earth, Germany, China, India, Russia, France… you name it. Do
you expect, that interpretation of a chart will be only based on signs,
symbols? Would keywords be the same?
- What about an event chart or the electional horoscope?
- Like living on a noisy street, we learn to disregard, to block out, some
frequently occurring typical noises. We respond only to the more significant
changes in our background – whatever these changes may be. The same is
happening with every other stimuli including those that may come as very
distant planetary implications. In this contemporary world, busy as it is,
with a multitude of interferences coming from all around (never mind those
directly from planets), our response to transits will be noticeable if they
form uncommon patterns.
>From the astrological point of view we also live surrounded by such
confusing and “noisy” influences that we never have a chance to experience a
“clean-cut” planetary effect. We may say, that every planet in every
horoscope is at variance by the individual nature of a horoscope. The
influence of transit is creating a very complicated dependency from what is
both immediate and distant, from Nature and peoples, and we have already
lost most of our ability to single out many of the signals.
- Over centuries the foundation for the interpretation of any horoscope was,
in its essence, found through the emotional (read: instinct dictated) nature
of the human. The astrologer was working on the assumption, that instinct
dictates behaviour and that this is the inevitable fate of our make-up. We
also cannot escape any mass effect summing up emotional responses. We can
say with certainty, that this last feature is still valid and easily
observed during any of the current upheavals.
The fragile factor of a human mind, and developing intellect, is still
continuously being confronted with instinctive background; Incessantly
interlaced with all the twinkling and ‘vibes,’ we may be subconsciously
exposed to… Any attempt to decode an event horoscope BEFORE fact, in our
existing messy world is equal to a shot in the dark and all we can do is to
set up some assumptions. Similar story exists for the electional chart. Who
is going to be able to collect all the necessary pieces of the puzzle?! We
do the best we can. Our practice suggests that it is better to avoid what
may be undesirable than to look for some assumed ‘best.’
- The use of the harmonic chart is far superior in many
ways when applied to
current affairs. The harmonic chart displays a horoscope as it looks through
a particular aspect, with all inter-related planetary arrangements and
midpoints that also supplement this with an individual definition of each of
the separate components. The most common in use is 4-th harmonic division
because this gives a picture where we may find nearly all the horoscope
dynamics. This is also the best-known type of chart at present. The aspect
presents a certain reference to subtle processes pertaining to the human and
Nature. We choose the “family of the square aspect,” but in reality every
distance between two points (on the horoscope) is an aspect and the harmonic
chart will be a close-up of such relations.
My personal understanding and analysis come from forty years of a busy
practice. The theory, if any, in this case would be its final outcome. The
way I teach, and my school of “The Cognitive Astrology” is trying to take
on the issue of this feeble and presumable factor of the human mind that has
the ability to counteract imbedded emotional inner content and responses
that reflect primitive instinct (and to contradict the way readings were
done for centuries).
Astrology in the past was not concerned much with any conscious or
productive development of man’s individual qualities. Following an old
maxim: “Only the emperor is above the influence of stars,” only those of
wealth and in power were free in doing what they wished without considerable
risk or harm. I will, of course, not say, that today we are all perfect or
that we will ever be, but chances are, that on occasion we can avoid
yielding to unreasonable impulses.
- There remains one more subject that is rarely discussed among astrologers
in the recent century. This relates to other, global events such as weather
patterns or significant weather changes, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and
…major wars. I don’t know if one can any longer find an astrologer who is
competent in this field (a speciality that was very popular in the past). I
can only say that this subject may suggest further study. – (However the
recent “hit” by the meteorite (registered by one of satellites) in the area
of Russian Siberia (Budajbo, 24 Sept. 2002, around 05:00), on looking
briefly, does not resemble the planetary pattern of the Tunguska event.)
- I am aware that for many it would be more comfortable
if astrology was to
remain as a one of the myths. To me it feels sad that much time is wasted on
non-constructive disputes (arguments) more related to personal egos than to
the subject or verification of astrology. This wouldn’t surprise me if the
disputants belonged to the amateur’s of astrology, but it is hardly expected
from distinguished gentlemen, men of the science.
“…we still have much to learn from our past and the most
strategies are those which can combine the best of the old with the
readiness to accept what is new.” (Lyall Watson)
Jan Sar-Skapski astrol ind.
End of exegesis Digest V8 #56
exegesis Digest Wed, 15 Oct 2003 Volume: 08 Issue: 057
In This Issue:
#1: From: "Dennis Frank"
Subject: [e] how does synchronicity relate to astrology?
From: "Dennis Frank"
Subject: [e] how does synchronicity relate to astrology?
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 21:53:11 +1300
In view of the widespread intuitive grasp of the answer
to the above
question - amongst those familiar with both subjects - I suspect readers
may wonder why I bother to raise an issue that everyone seems to regard as
settled. Well, those of you who have been on this mailing list several
years ought to be aware that at least one regular contributor rejects any
connection between the two. I wondered whether the explanation might be due
to a different cultural basis, but have not sought to clarify this.
This time I will not use my own explanation, hoping that
a different one may
serve. Quotations that follow are from "Synchronicity: the promise of
coincidence" by Deike Begg (2001). This is merely one of a range of books
on synchronicity published in English, plus quite a few more that focus on
coincidences. This body of literature illustrates a common comprehension of
the subject that the authors share, that reflects the like-mindedness of
comprehension of the subject amongst people with whom I have discussed it
over the years. Despite the various definitions and explanations of
synchronicity produced by Jung, that do indeed indicate a variety of
interpretations of the term, our culture seems to have embraced the notion.
This embrace is illustrated both by the body of literature I have described,
plus the evident intuitive agreement on how the phenomenon is experienced.
I'm trying to be careful and explicit in making this point, in case
non-English-speaking cultures differ in this respect.
"Synchronicities tell us that underlying our ordinary
consciousness is an
intelligent, creative and infinitely sensitive organizing pattern that
defies and transcends individual understanding. When our intention is
earnest and when we imbue it with energy by focusing our thoughts and
feelings and by visualizing the desired outcome, we generate a force that is
truly creative and can usher in the future.."
This underlying organizing pattern has a creative capacity
and is oriented
to the future, it seems. We can use our attunement to it to catalyse
development. This underlying pattern is a deep-level environmental
relationship and an organic connection to the world. Astrology is just a
way of interpreting it, I suspect.
"Our intentions, like synchronicities, are intimately
interwoven with our
purpose.. There is much talk today of our purpose being a conscious
connection to other realms of existence, to worlds of other dimensions and
vibrations, yet none the less worlds that form part of the one world.. one
of the requirements that perhaps attaches to all purposes is the alignment
of our small personal self with the soul; or, to put it another way, the
alignment of our personal purpose with that of the soul's."
The soul was a thoroughly discredited notion back in the
'60s when secular
society was leaving christianity behind, but the new-age movement has given
it new currency. Perhaps it serves as the conduit to the higher self. Some
writers contrast the ego with the higher self, with the ego being more
vehicular (self-promoting, identity & status) and the deeper self more
connected to personal destiny, the collective unconscious, and temporal
development. The former relates to the horizontal & vertical axes of the
horoscope, the latter to the lunar nodal axis.
"Purpose is already encoded in our souls before we are
born and therefore
there is someone inside us who knows what it is." It is a life-purpose that
the author means, though I guess more than one such may be possible per
incarnation. [Learning seems to always have been my main one, but I have
been able to spot various sub-themes involving remedial work on character
deficiencies (reincarnational karma, I suspect). I aspire to a grandiose
life-purpose of contributing significantly to the world, but the prospect of
success seems to be receding!]
"Synchronicities are signposts to purpose." This
indeed seems to be the
general consensus. Noteworthy synchronicities are often life-changing.
"The unconscious, through dreams and synchronicities,
will inform us of the
next step we need to take." This presumes we have an agenda, a plan, even
if only a general scenario. The subconscious mind, a reservoir, apparently
contains a deep-level connection to the rest of the world that informs us.
"The word *kairos* comes from the Greek word meaning `the
right point in
time' and also `hitting the target'. Kairos is that gap between time and
space where forces and circumstances flow together to create, out of their
joint substance, something new. Time, space and physical reality blend
together and the veil that normally separates the three disappears. At this
point it is possible to catch a glimpse of the profound wholeness that
underlies and informs our existence. In that moment, when time virtually
`shrinks to almost zero', as Jung put it, it even becomes possible, with the
right awareness, to take part in events in another dimension.. That is why
synchronistic phenomena have something `miraculous' about them."
It is via some kind of temporal connection that we can
"The synchronicity inherent in astrology is one of the
examples of a hidden order of reality. A horoscope, from the Greek *hora*,
'time', and *skopos*, 'observer', is a map of a moment in time. It is a
graphic replica of how the sun, moon and planets were positioned around the
Earth at a given moment. As this moment relates to something specific,
e.g., the birth of a human being, it is a *synchronistic* one."
"When my son was born, Venus was at the exact point where
Jupiter had been
at my birth and Jupiter itself was now passing over the degree where Venus
had been at my birth. Astrologically, this combination signifies a great
love between two people. Similar connections exist between my horoscope and
those of my daughters. The same can be said of the comparisons of
children's birthcharts with that of their fathers, siblings, grandparents
and other members of the family. Every astrologer knows of the amazing
synchronicities found between the birthcharts of people who have a
significant relationship with one another."
Astrology gives us an intellectual perspective on our
connection (that synchronicities point to). It is a tool that enhances our
capacity for timing choices and actions, and it extends our free-will
relative to fate.
The above quotes illustrate how synchronicity is described
by a populist
writer. I thought it important to avoid the more theoretical views of the
authors of various other books on the subject. Impact on the course of
history these days comes more from accessible sources, which seem
user-friendly to younger folk, not from theoreticians. Astrology seems to
be regarded with interest rather than scepticism by the younger generations,
so the most easily-understood explanation will prevail. Synchronicity is
serving this purpose, and my intention is to demonstrate how this general
view is seen. If it seems simple, that's because it is. It is an intuitive
perception, but because it has become so widely shared, its cultural
influence is greater than any alternative. We theoreticians may prefer a
more detailed definition and explanation, but that is beside the point.
"Some of the synchronicities described in this book seem
so far-fetched that
they are hard to believe. But that is precisely the point. When fate steps
in, miracles are possible and circumstances will contrive to bring something
about in a unique creative act. That is the nature of synchronicity. Each
synchronistic phenomenon is a gift from the goddess Dike. She held a
special place among the ancient Greek deities. Dike was the way of the
world, the way of nature, the way things happen, synonymous with the Chinese
idea of Tao. She ruled over the rising and setting of the stars, the phases
of the moon (the moon was sometimes even addressed as Dike), and she guarded
the courses of the sun and the whole cosmos. she was one of the three
*horai*, which means `correct moment'. The *horai* are goddesses of the
`right order to live by'. They bring things to ripeness, to the right
moment. Their rule kept order amongst the gods, between gods and men, and
especially between the two sexes. Dike means `just retribution' and her
sisters were Eunomia, `lawful order, and Eirene `peace'. These were the
gifts that the daughters of Themis and Zeus brought to the world. Dike's
wheel moved through time, controlling the seasons and ensuring that
everything assumed its rightful place."
The ego may limit our choices, inadvertently making us
captive to fate, if
we fail to heed the inner voice of the self.
"At times, however, many of us are introduced to the prospect
identity, a being that transcends the ordinary self. Poets and philosophers
have long celebrated this awakening, and every sacred tradition is based
largely upon it. Saints and sages since antiquity have claimed that we can
realize an identity beyond our personal history, a being that spiritual
teachers have called by such names as *atman* (in the Indian Upanishads),
Big Mind (in Zen Buddhism), "the soul at one with God", or the "true self".
In this transcendent identity, which is connected it seems with the essence
and divine source of the universe, we feel as if we have discovered who we
really are." [from "God and the Evolving Universe",
Many authors have in the past couple of decades cited
instances of great
scientific discoveries produced by intuition, imagination, and dreams
instead of scientific procedure. These seem usually to be received as a
vision; a perception of the whole picture, a typical production of the
right brain hemisphere. Mozart described in a letter how his music came to
him: "the whole, though it be long, stands almost complete and finished in
my mind so that I can survey it, like a picture, at a glance." But the
right brain is just the vehicle for the process, the channel. The image
seems to come from something deeper, beyond it.
"But transcendent knowing is not limited to artistic or
scientific work. At
times it comes as immediate knowledge about how we should proceed in the
everyday conduct of our lives. We might call this "precognitive" or
"anticipatory" intuition. It might come as a hunch, "gut feeling", or image
of our doing something at a particular time or place that ultimately leads -
as if by "synchronicity" - to new information, connections, or situations
that enrich our lives and allow us to actualize larger projects. With
intention and practice, we can learn to recognize such intuition more
quickly and follow its lead. Transcendent knowing, then, like the other
extraordinary attributes described in this book, seems to come from a being
or nature beyond the ordinary self. And when it is cultivated, it
increasingly reveals a higher Presence calling us toward greater life and
action in this ever-evolving world."
These authors have focused on spiritual evolution, which
is perhaps the
suitable outcome of the consciousness-expansion movements (mid-'60s to
mid-'70s) and self-improvement therapies ('80s) that were the spear-head of
cultural development in the West before the younger generations lost the
plot. Calling the deeper context God is easy, traditional, and unhelpful.
Our deep-level connections may not go that far, at least not necessarily
always. Neither is it merely the higher self (or, if you are a new-ager,
the Higher Self). Synchronicity seems to connect us to some kind of
time-stream, but it is a deep current that involves others at that deep
level. It is at least partially, if not fully, communal. Implications of
personal destiny, and a spiritual dimension thereof, cannot be denied, but
neither can the collective context. The astrology of the collective was
quite fashionable in the '80s, and social trends were correlating quite
nicely with outer planet transits of the signs. These days, seems to me,
the correlation is very much in question. Has the rampant individualism of
current western society produced a degeneration of social coordination to
the extent that the sign archetypes are no longer an evident generational
End of exegesis Digest V8 #57
exegesis Digest Wed, 15 Oct 2003 Volume: 08 Issue: 058
In This Issue:
#1: From: "Roger L. Satterlee"
Subject: [e] Goya: the Dark Paintings
From: "Roger L. Satterlee"
Subject: [e] Goya: the Dark Paintings
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2003 16:01:31 -0400
Variations enabled by Emphasis and Context:
Goya; the Dark Paintings:
(point and click to step closer to this painting)
Chart and overlay:
The Essential Commentary:
If we ignore Saturn's obvious dominance here for a moment, we can see
different kinds of Uranus projections here, as the result of the variations
of expressive emphasis performed by the Integral Individuality (1.), the
pattern-driven, natal chart "psychical being" of the painter, Francisco
The context of one painting spurs the expression of Uranus in the
form of a noun, as an object; and in the other, Uranus is expressed like
verb--the action of the subject matter. In case you missed it, Uranus it
that concertina object on the right of Fig. 1.). There is no object in
Fig.2) which is typical of a Uranus noun, and similarly suggestive of the
clock face natal position of Uranus.
The various expressive modes of a natal planet's range of symbolisms are
dictated by the articulated planet's contextual role. This is not an
for apparently a planet can be (unfortunately, tritely) likened to
a packet of a particular type of psychical "energy" which can be seen as
divided and distributed as needed; but always limited in its respective
proportion in terms of quantity. Thus the Uranus' potential can be seen at
different times as predominantly a shaper of objects (nouns) , and at other
times mainly projected as the action(s) (verb, or verbs) we associate with
artists chosen subject material. (And here I caution any assumption that
the "language" of the II with rules with its English language
counterparts....the rules are
Now, in Fig.2) the "he-goat" is the mix of Saturn and Neptune. The
prominence of Neptune in this image is like the idea of astrological
dispositor in that the Saturn energy is subordinated by the Neptune in this
particular potion of the projection--this particular joint effort which
serves the contextual aims of the image as a whole.
The Hopeless Attempt at a Conclusion:
So, we see a token Uranus object in one painting, and not in the other.
see a Uranus object, it probably means that Uranus' energy was not
completely spent on the expression of (the meaning of) the subjects
actions, as opposed to token shapes and colors, and their interpositions.
Uranus' outrageous-ness in Fig.2) is almost all in the verb form, (the
remainder in the
form of adjectives?) Throughout all of the artist's paintings we hope to
find the soul-print
pattern of the Integral Individuality projected, but it may be only subtlety
present by virtue
of being deeply immersed, and thus obscured, in the personality-harnessed
forms of more photographic depictions.
Perhaps: Photographic realism in art
approaches the limits of creative
existence...the tempting portal of Integral Individuality's possible escape
the *reasonably* assured immortality of the collective "reality" ...where,
as to survival,
it hasn't a snowball's chance in hell...:)
( http://home.perm.ru/dorfman/ )
Institute of Arts and Culture
18 Gazeta Zvezda St., Perm 614 000, Russia
Abstract: The theory of integral individuality (Merlin,
substantially to the understanding of human individuality as a complex,
structured system that is regulated by its own laws and is not reduced to
world but rather interacts with it.[..]"
"[..]However, metaindividual world is something more than personality. At
time it is something more intimate than life-world as understood by
F.Vasilyuk, or D.Leontiev. The metaindividual world makes an integral part
individuality, and holding at the same time its own features.[..]
("Clouds in my coffee, clouds in my coffee...."?)
The Optional, Caffeine-Induced, Incoherent Screed:
Astrologers talk about integrating the hypothetically separate
features of natal charts, but too often fail to illustrate the concept in
ways which seem, to me, sufficiently concrete. Demonstrating astrology is a
lot easier when we apply to specific images, rather than flimsy mental one's
we too often perceive as being unclear, out of focus, or somehow just
outside our personal experience, etc.. We fail to see the significance of
what most astrobabble attempts; and, fortunately, we do perceive how it
justifiably fails most of the time. There is a huge egoistic leap from one's
mere perception of astrology to any belief in astrological analyses and the
subsequent "predictions" based on that wholly self-serving
application/perversion of the more idealistic and theoretical psychological
concept; which , thankfully, has remained almost immune to the toxic waste
of time by the fortune telling astrologers of the millennia.
Astrology is an art with a fragile but enduring objective potential. We
divide Education into Arts and Sciences, not because we want to, but because
we have to, in order to establish some objectivity from the dubious
ego-inflating traditions of self-serving subjectivity. However the Arts do
have a level of objectivity. We can move towards objective Astrology by,
quite simply, showing the psychical "logic" of expressed astrological
artifacts (the projected planet/aspect symbolisms as observable objects in
the arts). Our human creativity produces astrological artifacts for us to
find, catalog, and eventually analyze: surely it does so more incidentally,
rather than by way of our conscious purposes. Our own astrological
behavior is as autonomic as our pulse and respiration rate: patterns already
"in us" emerge that are, in essence, as completely beyond our willed
intentions as the characteristics of our own individual genetic patterns.
Astrological artifacts are the creative products of our Spirit, of our James
Hillman "Acorn", of our Integral Individuality, rather than the mere
byproduct of social life--our personality with all its interpersonal,
eco-political facets, and the desires or infatuations which may serve to
eventually enable out individual projections. For the most part, we all are
a pile of fractured and discarded astrological artifacts waiting to be
discovered, that is, if and when we acquire the motivation and the ability
to become our own psychological archeologists. But how can be objective in
this most subjective, mysterious, and archaically ancient-seeming realm of
the living self? Well, for better or worse, we are what we create!
Employing astrology, we may scour the scant traces of our own separate
existence. Like an archeologist of the self, we can seek to find the
Integral Individuality, which like a pyramid in ancient Egypt, has retained
its own structure over the seeming eons of this our epic and opus, our one
brief but hopefully meaningful, personal, and possibly individual, lifetime
End of exegesis Digest V8 #58
exegesis Digest Wed, 10 Mar 2004 Volume: 08 Issue: 059
In This Issue:
#1: From: "Paul Petersen"
Subject: [e] Status
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 11:23:54 -0600
From: "Paul Petersen"
Subject: [e] Status
It appears that the Exegesis discussion "Back Issues" have been truncated at Volume 08 Issue #016 (Aug 2003). Is there a "Current Issue," and if so, where might it be located?
Perhaps I'm mistaken, or have overlooked something.
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