At the Crossroads of Life ... Keep an Open Mind!

Written by Nancy R. Fenn


The planet Mercury is a complex and enigmatic planet that has much more to do with our lives than just "communication", like faxes, emails, answering machines, telephones and media.

Mercury in ancient astrology wasrepparttar Winged Messenger ofrepparttar 122362 Gods. Inrepparttar 122363 Iliad andrepparttar 122364 Odyssey when someone had a bright idea, instead of a lightbulb appearing over their heads,repparttar 122365 Greeks and Romans sketched in an imaginary god, Mercury, who had just arrived onrepparttar 122366 scene with inspiration from "on high". After all, how could a mere mortal think of some of these brilliant solutions?


Ulysses inrepparttar 122367 Odyssey, whose familiar epithet was "wily Ulysses" is a typically mercurial character. The Greeks greatly prizedrepparttar 122368 qualities of flexibility and ingenuity which Ulysses exhibited. The next time you're in a jam, think of some unusual and clever way out of your circumstance and you are honoringrepparttar 122369 god Mercury. People born inrepparttar 122370 Oriental Year ofrepparttar 122371 Monkey are great at this!

The Greeks and Romans, at a different stage of evolution than us, externalized some of their urges, desires and powers which they couldn't explain in ordinary terms. For example, Socrates was depicted with a "daemon" always at his side that spoke to him. His "daemon" was a "gift" he had had since childhood, that acted like a cross between an alter ego and a guide.


Rationalists and academicians can have a terrible time dealing with Socrates' "daemon" precisely because it is so irrational, but that's exactlyrepparttar 122372 point. In all of us there is a committee which reaches our decisions for us. There are many voices. Many votes. Some people would like to think we arrive at our decisions through logic but rarely is thisrepparttar 122373 case. Certainly any important decisions in life are made based on values, emotions and instincts and then later justified with reason.

Mercury andrepparttar 122374 sign Gemini symbolizerepparttar 122375 duality within us. Sometimes this is experienced as a conflict between our head and our heart, sometimes between our better side and our worse side.

Gemini isrepparttar 122376 sign that deals with "duality" in its most basic terms: good and evil. The humorous statement "my Evil Twin did it" is very close torepparttar 122377 psychic truth of this sign. Many Geminis keep their evil twin out of view or even their good one, but you can be sure they are at some level mortally engaged inrepparttar 122378 process of reconciling good and evil inrepparttar 122379 world but most of all within themselves.


This battle between good and evil is also characteristic ofrepparttar 122380 introvert temperament group which is called infp orrepparttar 122381 Healer. Myers-Briggs and Keirsey Temperament Theory describerepparttar 122382 characteristics of introverts in 8 different categories that are similar torepparttar 122383 Jungian personality theories and infp is one of them.) To learn more, visit my website

This dialogue between opposite viewpoints andrepparttar 122384 forces of good and evil go on inside all of us at certain times but Geminis and infp's deal with this on a lifelong basis. If you doubt me, find one and ask them aboutrepparttar 122385 problem of good and evil. They will laugh and have much to say or inrepparttar 122386 case ofrepparttar 122387 introverts, much to write!

In ancient times, inspiration from outsiderepparttar 122388 self which was very valuable was attributed torepparttar 122389 god Mercury. This isrepparttar 122390 kind of information that comes from "stepping outside yourself" for a few minutes to get another viewpoint on things.


There is another aspect to Mercury which is less known and actually more important. The god Mercury also ruled crossroads. The Greeks erected little phallic statues (no pun intended) honoringrepparttar 122391 god Mercury alongrepparttar 122392 side ofrepparttar 122393 road and at crossroads to honorrepparttar 122394 god of travelers.


There were a few very well known major crossroads or Trade Routes in ancient times. Forrepparttar 122395 most part they are clustered aroundrepparttar 122396 east end ofrepparttar 122397 Mediterranean Sea in an area also calledrepparttar 122398 Levant.

Let's take a look at them.

The King's Highway wasrepparttar 122399 route from Egypt torepparttar 122400 Euphrates River The Silk Road wasrepparttar 122401 route from Baghdad to Kashmir in China The Way ofrepparttar 122402 Sea wasrepparttar 122403 route through Palestine alongrepparttar 122404 coast of Syria The Lower Road was a later version ofrepparttar 122405 Royal Road The Amber Road wasrepparttar 122406 route from northern Italy through Yugoslavia torepparttar 122407 Danube in Hungary NOTE: If you'd like to get a real feel for these trade routes, visit a fascinating site which attempts to give you a virtual experience in photos: You can see what it is like to really travel one of these routes.


To make it easier to imagine, suppose for a moment that a road could connect America to Russia and that people walked back and forth on it. Sooner or later it would be discovered by people torepparttar 122408 south and north as well. Eventually there would be crossroads joining this major route with roads leading "up" fromrepparttar 122409 Middle East, Italy and Spain and "down" from England and Scandinavia.

The crossroad whererepparttar 122410 Middle East connected would have different energy thanrepparttar 122411 one where Italy connected or Spain, England and Scandinavia. People would be differently dressed, riding different animals, speaking different languages and hawking different goods.

Information is exchanged atrepparttar 122412 crossroads as well as language, customs and commodities. People get along well with one another. In ancient times there were often special rules governing "host" and "guest" and giving crossroads people such as ambassadors, messengers, tribunes and native guides safe passage through certain territories. Crossroads people have a flexibility that is often missing inrepparttar 122413 village or city where everyone and everything isrepparttar 122414 same.


In ancient timesrepparttar 122415 crossroads were places where very important information was exchanged, information that might never reach a town or village. To facilitate this, a common language developed. Called a lingua franca, such a language permitted people from different countries to understand each other well enough to do business. [According to lingua franca expert, A. Harrak, as excerpted from his "Contracts between Cultures -- West Asia and North Africa, volume 1" in a lecture delivered atrepparttar 122416 33rd International Congress of Asian and North African Studies, Toronto, 1990, "Lingua franca, [was] "ur-pidgen" … a chameleon-like, ill-defined entity, a trade language consisting of elements of various languages, mostly Romance, which was used for centuries inrepparttar 122417 Mediterranean littoral.]

Who Are the Key Players in Astrology?

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

Astrology has evolved overrepparttar many centuries of its existence from a fatalistic, even superstitious ritual meant for “kings” and “rulers” to a viable “art form” incorporating changes throughrepparttar 122361 centuries inrepparttar 122362 development of our understanding about human nature.

Let’s take a brief but loving journey throughrepparttar 122363 history of astrology and look at some ofrepparttar 122364 key players inrepparttar 122365 development ofrepparttar 122366 field. After all, you have to know your players!

Astrology as we know it came into being in ancient Chaldea/Bablyon (roughly modern Iraq) around 1645 BC withrepparttar 122367 first “horoscope” dating around 410 BC. “Astrology as we know it” meansrepparttar 122368 procedure of consultingrepparttar 122369 stars to pick favorable times for doing things, answering questions, forecasting mundane events and analyzing individual destiny by a horoscope. Interestingly,repparttar 122370 Rising Sign was first used for predictions, though sometimesrepparttar 122371 Sun, Moon or Part of Fortune was used as well.

Ptolemy Astrological progress was also made in Egypt, Greece and Rome. Ptolemy (85-165 CE) in Greece was perhaps our first famous unique astrologer and of course he is known for many other things as well.

Copernicus and Galileo Skipping ahead throughrepparttar 122372 Dark Ages in Europe, there were two famous men who emerged duringrepparttar 122373 Renaissance who practiced astrology, Copernicus (1473-1543) and Galileo (1564-1642). Both these men are famous inrepparttar 122374 scientific field, but at one time there was a comfortable and natural association between astronomy and astrology,repparttar 122375 exoteric andrepparttar 122376 esoteric ofrepparttar 122377 stars, if you will. In 1524repparttar 122378 credibility of astrology was severely and permanently affected when predictions aboutrepparttar 122379 “great conjunction” that year failed to come true.

Oddly,repparttar 122380 resurgence of interest in astrology today can be dated torepparttar 122381 birth of England’s Princess Margaret in 1930. That yearrepparttar 122382 “London Sunday Express” ran an astrological profile ofrepparttar 122383 princess that was so popular, it peaked a general interest in astrology and from this developed your newspaper’s “daily horoscope”, not that daily horoscopes have much to recommend them.

This is a beautiful little bit of circular history (the more things change,repparttar 122384 more they stayrepparttar 122385 same) because originally astrology was used only for royals. Others like serfs, slaves and peasants did not have much to their “fate” other than a life that was “nasty, brutish and short”. Butrepparttar 122386 fate of a nation hung onrepparttar 122387 destiny of its ruler and his or her horoscope was a critical interest to all.

Evangeline Adams The first astrologer of modern interest isrepparttar 122388 very interesting indeed Evangeline Adams (1868?-1933). Adams, who lied about her birth date, was consideredrepparttar 122389 “Mother of Modern Astrology”. She was a colorful figure who practiced in New York City duringrepparttar 122390 first half ofrepparttar 122391 20th century. Adams became famous because she predicted a hotel would catch fire. When she was put on trial, she insisted that astrology itself be put on trial. Astrology won! Adams asked forrepparttar 122392 horoscope ofrepparttar 122393 judge’s son and told him things about his own son that convinced him ofrepparttar 122394 veracity of this field. Adams’ life is fascinating and there are many biographies, anecdotes and discussions about her in magazines like “The Mountain Astrologer” and online. Among her clients are reputed to have been John Pierpont Morgan and Enrico Caruso.

Dane Rudhyar Dane Rudhyar (1895-1985), considered by some to berepparttar 122395 greatest astrologer who ever lived, was a tremendous force inrepparttar 122396 development of humanistic and spiritual astrology inrepparttar 122397 60s and 70s, beginningrepparttar 122398 interface of astrology with psychology that so enriched our field. Rudhyar’s essays and discussions are well worth reading today. Of particular interest in my opinion are his writings aboutrepparttar 122399 relationship betweenrepparttar 122400 Sun andrepparttar 122401 Moon. Rudhyar’s book: “Lunation Cycle: Key torepparttar 122402 Understanding of Personality” is a classic addition to any astrologer’s library.

Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson An unforgettable force inrepparttar 122403 field of astrology of a very different nature was Ivy Goldstein-Jacobson (1893-1990). With her professional precision and purity, Goldstein-Jacobson restoredrepparttar 122404 tools and techniques of modern astrology. Perhaps her most famous book is “Simplified Horary Astrology”.

Reinhold Ebertin Reinhold Ebertin (1901-1988), his mother Elsbeth and his son Baldur, have been a major force in both German and international astrology sincerepparttar 122405 beginning ofrepparttar 122406 century. Ebertin’s work with midpoints has been influential in developing an understanding of transits and prediction. His book to read is “Combination of Stellar Influences”.

Isabel Hickey Isabel Hickey (1903-1980) made a lasting impression on our field duringrepparttar 122407 first half ofrepparttar 122408 20th century as well. Ms. Hickey’s most popular book is called “Astrology: A Cosmic Science”. It was one ofrepparttar 122409 first astrology textbooks to teach a spiritual rather than fatalistic approach to chart interpretation.

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