Many cultures from the Babylonians to the Greeks and Egyptians, all found profound meaning and understanding from connecting to and observing the stellar and planetary spheres. The ancients lived in an enchanted world with a deep reverence for nature and a constant communion with the surrounding subtle forces and natural cycles.
As they discovered, through observing the sky over long periods of time, there is a divine order to the interlocking paths and patterns that the celestial bodies eternally weave, and a sacredness to the unfolding cycles of time. Skywatchers, astronomer-priests and omenologists noted that eclipses would repeat in 18-19 year cycles, and that this 1000+ year cycle had a beginning and an end.
They studied all the visible planets, with the 29 year cycle of Saturn, the 8 year cycle of Venus and the 12 year cycle of Jupiter. Mars played a big role indicating war and the shining luminaries (the Sun and the Moon) marked the seasonal and monthly rhythms – sparking, sustaining and nourishing life.
The planets were seen as gods. Receiving information necessary for flourishing from the mind of the world, involved understanding the secrets of the planetary realms and paying attention to their signs.
All is Angle ~ ancient Egyptian saying
The fundamental importance of the sky to our lives has enriched cultures for a long time.
Did you know that each day of the week is named after a planet?
Certain planetary cycles are linked to our time of birth, as we become imprinted with a set of tendencies and a possible archetypally resonant life path trajectory. The planets then formed various significant angles to each other, holding qualitative information as to various challenges or experiences you – as the protagonist in your hero’s journey – may experience in life, with the chart also signifying the characters around you in your personal narrative.
Know that the philosopher has power over the stars, and not the stars over him ~ Paracelsus
In times long gone, professors of astrology were called mathematicii, reflecting the roots of astrology and its connection with geometry and mathematics, and of course astronomy, which was the very same subject. Symbolic notions of the sky and its impact on our inner realms was the necessary spiritual counterpart to the physical study of the celestial spheres, and life was lived according to the accepted maxim ‘As Above, So Below’. Reality was organised through associating and grouping things together which resonate and express ‘sumpatheia’ or mutual symbolism, interfacing with the transpersonal realm.
Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it,
and having seen it, to find one in himself ~ Plato
Time has a particular quality too. As this ‘kairos’ time moves, these cycles reflect and express events and patterns in our lives and in our psyches. Just like the seasons have four strong turning points, a ‘transit’ to our natal chart has a beginning, a middle and an end. You can use those ‘angular’ points to make changes in that pattern. Tuning into nature through observation of the heavens, allows life to become infused with a sense of meaning, connection, validation, synchronicity and right timing.
The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind ~ Johannes Kepler, Harmonies Of The World
The chart expresses in a multi-dimensional way. Astrologers connect the outer planes to your inner world, using a set of techniques (some developed over thousands of years), the moment of your birth and evolving time. This allows us to go backwards and forwards in time, using your soul map to gain a deeper and broader understanding of life.
The universe is the externalisation of the soul ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson