|Exegesis Volume 3 Issue #63
Exegesis Digest Sat, 31 Oct 1998
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 11:41:01 -0800
From: "Roger L. Satterlee"
Subject: Re: Exegesis Digest V3 #62
In response to my critics...no technique of idea modeling, which promises to promote a specificity of terms, seems able to replace my natural inclination to attempt the grandest, most inclusive, generalizations--the broadest conceivable perspective of my world. Therefore, to my mind, Astrology fits seamlessly into the world as a human activity/behavior, and should probably be modeled and "measured" as such. As is the case in either Science or Art, there seems a source of new information about important patterns which lies just over the horizon...man's horizon. However, because astrology is *not* a physical phenomenon, the mechanical models of science do not apply (except as over simplified metaphors or similes). All *occult* phenomena seem the suggestions of recognizable patterns in the *hidden* underpinnings of my total experience--like the equivalent of thoughts at the level of the soul and not the exclusive property or activity of my conscious mind. These occult experiences no doubt reflect the *experience-organizing* nature of my human psyche in both its hypothesized forms---the continuum of collective and individual psyche. There seems a well of my consciousness that can only be accessed indirectly: I incorporate the symbols I find available. The "mechanisms" used to access this well in my consciousness are most fancifully invented and re-invented by my peers according to their literary tastes. So, if Astrology were but a bucket, a rope, and a spindle--a device for hauling the materials of extended consciousness *up* into the light of day, I would have no need to debate the statistically defined dimensions of this hypothetical device...nor would I have any reason to insist that any such detailed structures of a "mechanism" exist. I reserve the right to decide for myself how to distinguish all that may nurture astrology, from all that which seems only a convenience food for astrologers.
Mary...if one's mind/psyche *appreciates* (meaning to recognize and identify with) nebulous, gossamer, patterns of interactive potentials...then overlays the particular details of one's conscious mind...the result is a "delineation" and a "prediction" as a single packet of information containing these *totally interdependent parts*. In effect, there is essentially no difference between a chart "reading" and a type of lucid dream...and this is no doubt as it should be...:)
Astrology is an intellectual contrivance that I enjoy immensely...the way I enjoy my guitar, or my bicycle. But most of all, Astrology is like a boomerang negotiating a fickle wind; and astrologers are like those boomerang builders and flyers who wish they could change the fixed physical parameters of their elbowed contraption from moment to moment--so as to compensate for every fluctuation in the prevailing winds as these occur. The irony is that astrology is not a hand-crafted contraption. It is organically composed and can be observed navigating its elliptical cycle (even in fickle winds) due to its inherent ability to distort itself at will...the ability to reshape its lift-generating members in the manner of the lens in one's eye...astrology is ever adjusting itself to the perfect lift producing curve without a conscious thought...:)
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 22:40:19 +0000
From: "Francis G. Kostella"
Subject: Castle Besiegement
I regret not having the time to actively participate in the discussion on experimentation, but I did want to point out an article on the web:
Twelfth Century Castle Besiegement in Sport The Results of a Research Project
which seems like the kind of thing one might want to do if one were interested in doing a statistical study of an ancient technique. I can't do the article justice here, perhaps someone else can do so???
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