A great article about the Shared History of Astronomy and Astrology. They were once Siamese Twins.
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Astrology is “Writing of the Heavens.”
For ancient Mesopotamian stargazers, Astronomy and Astrology were the same science originally. These ancient Mesopotamian stargazers kept accurate records of the movements of the Sun, Moon and constellations for 700 years. Studying the stars is the original human longing for meaning in life. It’s spirituality. Astrology is at the root of every human seeking knowledge and understanding and order in the sky and on earth. “As above, so below” the famous Hermetic Maxim from Thoth of Egypt.
From the 8th century to the 1st Century BCE the ancient sky watchers observed the stars every night and kept records to track the constellations and to predict eclipses. That was the longest lasting science project ever we know of so far. There may be others yet undiscovered.
The ancient cuneiform language inscribed on tablets of clay can only be deciphered accurately by very few scholars today. They show the same Constellations that we know of today. The Constellation Orion, Aries, Gemini The Twins, The Big and Little Dipper which they saw as a Wagon and a Wagon of Heaven and the Lion Leo.
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2014, Year of the Wood Horse Chinese Zodiac musings
I am still working on my 2014 predictions for some newspapers. Deadline is soon.
I am also thinking about the Chinese New Year and how that compliments or not, Western Astrology and Grand Cardinal Crosses. The Chinese New Year always begins on a New Moon. On Jan 30 @ 11:20 pm PST the year of the WOOD HORSE begins.
Immediately I think of the Trojan Horse, a toy horse, a rocking horse, a merry go round horse or a horse that is connected to nature, the physical world and abundance. I am not a Chinese Astrology expert but am fascinated with it. Billions of Asians trust and faithfully follow their Astrology system as with Feng Shui, Taoist, I Ching, and other ancient metaphysical systems of knowledge. China has an unbroken lineage of over 5,000 years. Much like India, whose Astrology origins are said to be 12,000 years old, and Indigenous Inka and other shamanic traditions.
Unfortunately in the West our Astrology traditions, originating from India, come down to us from Babylonian, Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek,Islamic and European traditions. The first science then merged, was chopped, dropped, misinterpreted, spliced and then discredited by the Church and the “modernists scientific” movement. Yet Newton was an Alchemist, he died from Mercury poison. But I wander here.
The WOOD HORSE YEAR
Feels intuitively to me like- RACY. We’re off to the races. Energy will be swift, independent, high spirited, moving much faster. Travel, adventure, “pack mentality” standing your ground, far reaching. Listen to the pounding of the horses’ hoofs on the ground.
“Hi Yo Silver away.” Do you know where that comes from?
The horse is much revered in China. Considered to be magical, with super powers . The Goddess Kwan Yin has a magical white celestial cloud horse which flies through the skies bringing blessings and good luck. Think of PEGASUS from Greek mythology or Unicorns. Very magical indeed, Harry Potterish.
The Chinese Zodiac is related to the yearly transit of the Planet Jupiter through each of the 12 Astrology signs and is sidereal. Horse is equal to the sign of GEMINI in the West. Because of the precession of the Equinoxes, Jupiter is in Gemini now against the stars in real time and entering Cancer later this year.
This adds further impetus to my sense of a very fast furious year in 2014, with many arguments, condemnations, furor, and clashes between people. Power struggles, Trying to tame the wild untamed- everything. Using your gut instincts, much nostril flaring. It feels competitive.
When I was a child I pretended I was a horse. Nothing made me happier than kicking up my hoofs and trotting home or cantering and neighing. Try it.
People born in Horse years
2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918, 1906 and of course in 2014 are bright cheerful, fun-loving and childlike. They will benefit the most from this year as well as people who are born in the year of the Tiger, Dog or Sheep or if you have those animals in your year, month , day and hour.
Do you follow your Chinese Zodiac Animal?
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