The Astrologer, the King and the Fool: When will Astrologers be Invited to the Party?

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

A recent article raisedrepparttar question, why arerepparttar 122331 presence and opinions of people likerepparttar 122332 Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Nelson Mandela and Deepok Chopra regularly included in important world conferences on peace and global community while Rob Hand, say, and Liz Greene go without invitations year after year. Forrepparttar 122333 uninformed, these are two ofrepparttar 122334 world’s greatest living astrologers. Rob Hand practices out of Reston, Virginia and can be visited at Liz Greene, also a Jungian analyst, is a founder of Astrodienst in Switzerland and can be visited at

Or for that matter why isn’t Jeanne Avery being asked to head up a committee to explore peaceful resolutions torepparttar 122335 conflict inrepparttar 122336 Middle East or Deborah Houlding among those advising Tony Blair on national policy? Why isn’t Rebecca Trents speaking atrepparttar 122337 United Nations? Again, forrepparttar 122338 not-so-well informed, Jeanne Avery is an astrologer forrepparttar 122339 rich and famous who can be visited at Deborah Houlding is a world-class “classical” astrologer inrepparttar 122340 UK who can be visited at . Rebecca Brents an astrologer and editor of Enchanted Spirit, one ofrepparttar 122341 most successful metaphysical ezines onrepparttar 122342 internet which you can visit at .

This question is worth contemplating. Why aren’t astrologers being included? I am not inclined to a powerless, exclusionary or conspiratorial interpretation as if these talented and capable people were sitting at home byrepparttar 122343 phone waiting for it to ring. Onrepparttar 122344 contrary, I would rephraserepparttar 122345 question and reverse it. Why don’trepparttar 122346 world’s leading astrologers “get” themselves asked to high profile conferences on global matters? They could, so I guessrepparttar 122347 answer must be that they aren’t pursuing opportunities. Why, then?

I think this has something profound to do withrepparttar 122348 nature of astrology and astrologers, and perhaps with their tacit understanding that this is “notrepparttar 122349 way”. Before I explain what I mean by this, let me setrepparttar 122350 stage for you.

Astrology and its practitioners are ruled byrepparttar 122351 planet Uranus andrepparttar 122352 sign Aquarius. Aquarius is oppositerepparttar 122353 sign Leo, which among other things representsrepparttar 122354 ruler orrepparttar 122355 king. Aquarius also represents “everyman” or “the common man”, as in a brotherhood of equals and also represents a revolutionary force opposed torepparttar 122356 king or more correctly, opposed torepparttar 122357 mythical heroic image ofrepparttar 122358 king. We might understand from this that astrologers find themselves or put themselves at opposite “ends” ofrepparttar 122359 spectrum fromrepparttar 122360 hierarchy. This polarity worked well through many centuries of history. For example, at some times in our heritage as human beingsrepparttar 122361 astrologer wasrepparttar 122362 natural opposing companion ofrepparttar 122363 king, not unlikerepparttar 122364 Fool,repparttar 122365 king’s other stalwart companion. The Fool is ruled by Uranus as well.

We see many fools in Shakespeare’s play,repparttar 122366 most famous beingrepparttar 122367 one in “King Lear”. To get a little Shakespearean on you, then does this mean thatrepparttar 122368 astrologer is a Fool? Certainly not! Or, wait a minute, does it?

How arerepparttar 122369 Fool andrepparttar 122370 astrologer one andrepparttar 122371 same? The Fool toldrepparttar 122372 king true things that those close to him sometimes wanted to keep him from knowing, out of fear of repercussions or because they were fawning for favors. Here’s an example from Barbara Tuchman’s book, "Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century". It isrepparttar 122373 year 1340 andrepparttar 122374 French have just been soundly defeated in a naval battle atrepparttar 122375 port of Bruges. No one wants to tellrepparttar 122376 king. Back then, sometimes evenrepparttar 122377 messenger of bad news got killed. “Jester” is another name forrepparttar 122378 Fool. Tuchman states, "No one dared tellrepparttar 122379 outcome ofrepparttar 122380 battle to Philip VI until his jester was thrust forward and said, ‘Oh,repparttar 122381 cowardly English,repparttar 122382 cowardly English!’ and on being asked why, replied, ‘They did not jump overboard like our brave Frenchmen.’ The King evidently gotrepparttar 122383 point. The fish drank so much French blood, it was said afterward, that if God had given themrepparttar 122384 power of speech they would have spoken in French.” [pg. 7, “Distant Mirrors”]

The purpose ofrepparttar 122385 Fool is to -- andrepparttar 122386 power ofrepparttar 122387 Fool is derived from -- standing permanently outsiderepparttar 122388 circle of power so that he is immune both from punishment and from temptation or corruption. This way he is “allowed” to tellrepparttar 122389 truth. It creates a pure, idealistic Uranian environment. Uranus at its very best! The “real truth” about some important things seems to come from a very far away place and is often so simple as to sound like it came from a fool.

Now what aboutrepparttar 122390 astrologer? Benjamin Franklin once said, “Courteous Reader, Astrology is one ofrepparttar 122391 most ancient Sciences, held in high esteem of old, byrepparttar 122392 Wise andrepparttar 122393 Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight in Battle, in short, no important affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer.”

Stopping Time

Written by Keith Varnum

Six hundred feet straight down! Nothing to breakrepparttar fall. I've got to switch channels. I don't like my chances on this station. Infused with youthful caprice, I mused to myself about my predicament. Enjoyingrepparttar 122330 intense body rush of imminent danger, I was torn between prolongingrepparttar 122331 joy-terror and searching for an escape from my imminent demise.

I'd been in similar dire situations before and I'd always evadedrepparttar 122332 worst. How did I get out of danger before? Quick, you idiot, think! You don't have all day!

The impending disaster pumped my adrenaline-and my memory. I let go, I reminded myself. That's what I did in past situations. I just let go of having to controlrepparttar 122333 whole thing. I released my need to be right about how life operates. I allowedrepparttar 122334 picture to change. That's when circumstances shifted and something unexpected, seemingly impossible, occurred. Letrepparttar 122335 channel switch, Keith! I coached myself into letting go into safety once again. Avertingrepparttar 122336 most probable outcome, I robbed death of its prey yet another time.

Yes, rather unceremoniously, I was reminded ofrepparttar 122337 natural malleability ofrepparttar 122338 physical universe by a six-hundred-foot free fall straight down a sheer cliff. The threat of a perilous plunge into empty space re-impressed on my young mindrepparttar 122339 lessons I learned in similar predicaments: go withrepparttar 122340 slide onrepparttar 122341 ice rink, relax intorepparttar 122342 tackle in football and turn towardrepparttar 122343 skid inrepparttar 122344 car. Now I call it "the decision to surrender." Back then, I called it "just letting go."

I was fourteen. My girlfriend Cheryl and I decided to go for a hike down a precipitous gorge in upstate New York. We had most ofrepparttar 122345 crisp spring day to play before reporting to work as dinnertime servers at a local restaurant. The trail was winding and steep. Three hours later, we arrived atrepparttar 122346 bottom ofrepparttar 122347 granite and shale canyon.

After spending an afternoon swimming inrepparttar 122348 rippling stream, it dawned on us we didn't have enough time to hike back uprepparttar 122349 zigzagging trail torepparttar 122350 top and get to work on time. We concluded we could still make it back to our job deadline if we climbed straight uprepparttar 122351 vertical cliff.

Ascendingrepparttar 122352 steep cliff turned out to be quite easy. Protruding fromrepparttar 122353 sheer granite wall were small rock ledges as easy to climb up as rungs on a ladder. Within thirty minutes we were twenty feet fromrepparttar 122354 top. We would have been home free, except thatrepparttar 122355 previous night's rain had soakedrepparttar 122356 soil nearrepparttar 122357 crest, looseningrepparttar 122358 shale ledges. As we nearedrepparttar 122359 top, each time we placed a foot or hand onrepparttar 122360 next rock outcropping,repparttar 122361 shale broke away fromrepparttar 122362 cliff. Very quickly, we found ourselves frantically moving our hands and feet from one shelf to another, searching for something solid to support us in order to clamber uprepparttar 122363 last few feet to safety.

With total panic on her face, Cheryl looked over at me-a silent plea for guidance screaming overrepparttar 122364 space between us. I didn't know what to do next. I had no answers. Like her, I'd also run out of ledges within reach to grasp. I felt myself beginning to slide downrepparttar 122365 cliff.

Suddenly, my whole life flashed in front of my eyes! It was like watching a movie being projected a few feet in front of me. Duringrepparttar 122366 first second of my descent intorepparttar 122367 abyss, I re-experienced every major positive event of my life in full, living color, including allrepparttar 122368 emotional and physical sensations of each incident. I re-lived every significant birthday party, picnic, vacation, romantic date, school honor, sports achievement and family celebration of my short life. This vivid, comprehensive review was very rich and satisfying. Considering my precarious situation, an incongruous aura of calm and fulfillment swept over me.

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