The Astrologer, the King and the Fool: When will Astrologers be Invited to the Party?Written by Nancy R. Fenn
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The astrologer, who read horoscope of king knew that fate of king “was” fate of nation. They were one and same. He also stood outside power circle and was expected to tell pure truth, though often it was not with impunity. Some astrologers who gave bad news were dispatched(!) Emperor Tiberius, for example, used to hurl his astrologers off top of a cliff.
In what way is “truth” of astrologer pure, like that of Fool? Information derived from an astrology chart isn’t “psychic” or “intuitive”. It isn’t a personal impression or a counseling skill. It is based on a set of rules and a bunch of numbers and angles. It is mathematical. William Tiller, Stanford professor of physics, is quoted on astrologer Dr. Glenn Perry’s website as saying, “Mathematics has been and will continue to be quantitative language of science, but astrology will become qualitative language of human condition.” Dr. Perry has a doctorate in clinical psychology as well as being an astrologer. You can visit his website at www.aaperry.com.
Thus we see that astrology is a “pure” or abstract experience like mathematics where truth is being told sometimes from a great emotional distance and in terms of symbols. The heyday of court astrologers was probably from 15th to 17th centuries in Europe. Tycho Brahe served Danish court. Johannes Kepler served House of Habsburg (Austria) and Galileo Galilei served de Medici family in Italy. As you know, these men were also pursuing interests in alchemy/chemistry and in astronomy. The subjects were not separated into right and left brain as they are today.
Slightly later, skilled English astrologer William Lilley advised both Oliver Cromwell and King Charles 1 during British Civil War, as well as predicting Great Fire of London in 1666.
In more recent times, President Reagan was suspected of consulting astrologers such as Sydney Omar, Jeanne Dixon and Joan Quigley, through his wife, Pat. When Dixon refused to predict that Reagan would be elected in an earlier campaign for presidency, she was replaced. You can see that one of reasons astrologers remain outside establishment is to render greater service by detachment. They “oppose” king, president and establishment in sense that they are not under direct power or authority of these entities and are expected to give a detached “outside” comment that can be really valuable because of its purity. Now, let’s look at second reason.
Conferences, groups, referendums and other activities taking place today that address global issues are operating under Piscean Age protocols. (In next paragraph, I will review evolution of “Ages” briefly.) At some level I think astrologers know these Piscean Age methods are antiquated and ineffective and at same time they are not yet “called” to fore as priests and leaders of their own age, Aquarian Age. As great as Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Nelson Mandela and Deepok Chopra are, they are in some sense relics of Piscean Age and its spiritual rather than mathematical approach to worldview and they represent waning or cadent powers. Aquarian values are succedent, on upsurge, very soon to become angular, cardinal, dynamic and directive.
The “ages” such as Age of Aquarius and Age of Pisces are based on an astronomical phenomenon called “precession of equinoxes”. Because of this heavenly condition (!), constellation in which vernal equinox takes place changes roughly every 2,160 year. It is part of a 25,920 year cycle, sometimes called an “eon”. The signs move backward from perspective of earth and so Age of Pisces precedes Age of Aquarius. At moment we are in a transitional period. By most reckonings Age of Aquarius will not “really” begin until around 2060 but we are seeing signs of it everywhere. For more information about this, please visit my website for an article entitled, “The Age of Aquarius”.
In Aquarian Age, astrologers and physicists may become “king” and mythical heroic concept of king may become complimentary or opposing force. The subjective, feeling-based spiritual values of Piscean Age may be replaced by detached objective mathematical principles of harmony inherent in a paradigm such as astrology or in known physical and metaphysical laws of universe.
Boy! Party, party, party. Our phones will be ringing off hook then!
Nancy R. Fenn has a fulltime astrological practice in the San Diego area and maintains a website full of resources for the beginning and professional astrologer. Visit Nancy on the web at www.bemyastrologer.com
Stopping TimeWritten by Keith Varnum
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The flashback ended as abruptly as it began. Suddenly, I was acutely aware of being suspended in time and space between life review and next moment of present time-me in midst of my slide down cliff. During that seemingly eternal moment, realization hit me like a ten-ton boulder: I don't want to die! A wave of acute appreciation flooded over me. I love life. I want to continue exploring what life has to offer. I remember whispering to myself, I want to live, as if one part of me were informing another part of me.
Then, swoosh! I plummeted into vast emptiness beneath me. Some alert, unknown aspect of my being spontaneously yelled to Cheryl, "Lie flat! Relax! Let go!" Hearing words that came unbidden from within me, I, too, obeyed, and consciously chose to surrender to inevitable.
I don't remember anything after that decision, including what logically should have been a very abrupt and painful landing. All I know is, Cheryl and I were suddenly sitting in stream at bottom of gorge where current formed a small pool. Although water in pool had turned crimson with our blood, neither of us was experiencing any aches or discomfort. The bleeding came from small, razor-thin cuts all over fronts of our bodies. But we had no broken bones, bruises or other injuries. It was as if only purpose of scratches was to remind us that, yes, indeed, we had just gone free falling down a six-hundred-foot cliff.
After a short period of wonderment, we practically danced up long, circuitous trail to top of gorge. We were so thankful-and simply happy to be alive, in one piece and being given a second chance. The climb was effortless.
Crisis. Emergency. Danger.
These threats to my well-being were my early teachers. From these seeming enemies, I learned that when faced with an expected outcome I don't like, I have an option. I can open to an alternative scenario, another framework, a different set of rules. I jokingly call my ploy "switching channels." It's an apt metaphor. I simply let go of my old way of viewing world and allow a fresh perspective to emerge-or not! After all, when we truly let go, anything can happen! More often than not, however, I find myself shifted to a new reality-a different station with a new story line that has a much better ending! This is stuff of miracles and alchemy.
(c) 2004, Keith Varnum. All rights in all media reserved.
Drawing from wisdom of native cultures and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his practical approach to healing and transformation as an author, life strategy coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio host, vision quest guide and international seminar leader with his empowering "Dream Workshops" and free, fun "Prosperity Ezine" at www.TheDream.com.
Drawing from the wisdom of native cultures and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his practical approach to healing and transformation as an author, life strategy coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio host, vision quest guide and international seminar leader with his empowering "Dream Workshops" and free, fun "Prosperity Ezine" at www.TheDream.com.