Contrary to well-liked opinion and belief, the seasons of the year are the supply of the signs of the ‘Zodiac’, which translates as the ‘wheel of life.’ Couple of understand it, but the indicators of the zodiac are named after the seasons first and the constellations were an following-believed. Since Astrology is based on the seasonal round and the planets, especially the Moon and Sun, it is tempting to believe that Astronomers and Astrologers and priests invented Astrology. It is probably true that they codified it and formulated a science of time, cycles and synchronicity, but agriculture was almost certainly the main explanation.
In this respect, the beginnings of Astrology was closely aligned with the almanac, yes the farmer’s almanac. The ‘wheel of life’ is not simply the band of stars that we have grouped into constellations. Yes, the ecliptic or apparent path of the Sun draws a line ‘through’ those constellations and in a spiritual and mystical sense, the sun is certainly the life giver. However, the seasonal round and agriculture was far more instantly the life giver in ancient agricultural societies. In time, these farmers who watched the stars and the corresponding sign in nature became collectively to be recognized as Pagans.
The religious world view that grew up around this initial sensible focus was quite a lot about the marriage of heaven and earth. Thus, sacred monuments and whole civilizations erected temples to align with the stars in the constellations. The pyramids of Egypt are said to be aligned to correspond with Orion’s belt. Many such examples can be given for all the advanced ancient cultures of the globe.
So, the sacred and innate urge to commune with nature – in this case with the cosmic dimension of nature, emerged and along with the sacred temples, Astrology was born. But the marriage of earth to heaven begins here on earth and the ‘signs’ of nature and the natural seasonal round was the principal recognition and at some point, a portrait of the heavens via pictures, “totems” based on connecting the dots of stars emerged. In extremely early times in Sumeria, there were in fact only 10 constellations and the 12th was a later development.
It is tempting for some to consider that Astrology was created in some contrived manner. The point to consider is that Astrology emerged very slowly, as correspondences in between seasons, weather, day and evening and positions of planets and prominent stars when codified and symbolically mapped revealed order, shape, design and Mandalas, such that we see in nature. A main cause for this was to predict the climate patterns for the sake of growing meals, as it is was a matter of life and death. In time, clocks or sundials and calendars had been created and these stood and nevertheless do at the center of a culture.
In time, constellations were named, probably to make remembering the stars simpler, and also as the basis of stories and common myths that reflected the beliefs, values and history of those who developed them. It is tempting to think that the constellations that symbolize the Zodiac are the basis of Astrology, when they are actually secondary to the actual seasons and light of the sun on the planet.
A lot of who ‘think they know’ and typically due far more to bias than proof and facts assert that Astrology is ‘nonsense’ since the constellations that represent the four seasons are no longer in alignment with the seasons, as they had been 2000 years ago. 1 wonders why these critics overlook the reality that Astrology is considerably older than 2000 years and is far more most likely 5000 years old at least. There are 12 indicators just because when you divide a circle, (like the annual cycle of the earth about the Sun), into four, and which nature conveniently helped us to do thanks to the Solstice and Equinox markers, you get four seasons and every season has a starting, middle and finish. It may possibly sound easy, but attempting to make the motives for the division complex and esoteric is not essential.
Think about Chinese Astrology with its 12 different totems and constellational correspondences. They are not the identical although there are correspondences with Western Astrology. Chinese Astrology is not primarily based on the 12 constellations “of” the Zodiac, ‘that represent the Zodiac’, yet it still provides outstanding accuracy for use. The Chinese particularly focus on the Big Dipper constellation.
The fixed stars which are featured in the constellations are the main players, not so a lot the projected pictures. Not surprisingly, the 12 constellations representing the Zodiac are not truly every equal in longitudinal and latitudinal size and scope. Witness the 12 signs of the Chinese ‘Zodiac’. Nevertheless, in the Chinese method, the 12 constellations as employed in Western Astrology are not as emphasized, yet both systems function and operate with really satisfying final results, on their own foundation. Each systems share numerous core principles and there are a lot of crossovers, but every single is different adequate as to make the basis seem contradictory, and consequently unfounded. This is an erroneous conclusion.
A important component of holistic thinking is “paradox”, which implies that two or far more apparently contradictory realities can co-exist simultaneously. That is also how the principle of multi-dimensionality fundamentally operates. The point is, they both or all can ‘work’ – and give valuable, satisfactory results. That they each function on their personal grounds is related to the explanation that significantly diverse languages perform on their own ground.
Astronomy is about the constitution, shape, size, path and distance of celestial bodies like planets and stars, and now conglomerates like galaxies. Astrology is about the holistic nature of reality and the psycho-spiritual implications that we are a component of, as opposed to apart from, nature.
The seasons tell the true story of why Astrology works and Taurus time is a beautiful time to recognize it.