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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