Zeus is the supreme god in the Olympic god hierarchy, worshipped throughout all of Greece.
Zeus is the supreme god in the Olympic god hierarchy, worshipped throughout all of Greece.
The Scorpio is the phoenix, the bird that burns and rises from its ashes, renewed and rising up. Alike is the sign, filled with cycles of destruction and rebuilding anew.
According to Eratosthenes, Hera placed the Cancer constellation in the sky while Hercules, with all the animals by his side, fought a Hydra.
2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Thales proposed to base the entire material world on one element, water. Anaximander, on the other hand, proposed a theory called Apeiron, meaning limitless or infinite. Another Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, claimed that fire was the element of the world. Xenophanes believed that all matter in the world was a combination of two elements: water and earth. The philosopher Empedocles originates the idea of all matter being a combination, in different ratios, of four elements: water, earth, air, and fire. The Pythagoreans believed that the element of the world is the number, and therefore the world can be explained mathematically. Democritus believed that each of the four elements has an undividable base unit, which he referred to as an atom. Then, a question was asked: what geometrical shape do these atoms have?
Professor Yakir Shoshani (Material and Spirit, 2008) teaches us how the mathematician Theatetus places five equilateral bodies with equilateral polygon faces. Plato uses this mathematical result and determines that each of the four elemental atoms is one of four equilateral shapes found by Theatetus (The fifth shape found by Theatetus is called a Dodecahedron, with 12 faces, but this shape does not apply to the four material elements, rather it builds the extraterrestrial bodies). Plato relates the cube to the earth element, a shape with six square faces. Fire is related to Tetrahedron, a pyramid shape with three equilateral triangle faces. The element of air was described as the shape of an Octahedron, a shape with eight equilateral triangle faces. The water element is the Icosahedron, a shape with twenty equilateral triangle faces. As the faces of the elements are triangles, one element can transform into another. According to Plato, the materials can be simply explained using equilateral geometrical shapes, numbers, edges, and points. Fire, water, air, and earth are Plato’s way to relate materialism and shape/form, expressed in his explanation of the creation of the world in his book Timaeus, the geometrical form purifies sense and mind. The geometrical forms is the perfect, ideal shape as it is defined by mathematics. The sum of a triangle’s angles will always result in 180 degrees. Imahotep realizes the importance of the equilateral triangle five thousand years ago, by building the pyramids of Giza. Each triangle in the pyramid reflects an element of the Zodiac, just as the four elements are represented in the four faces of the pyramid.
Aristotle, in his book about the de-anima (book three, chapter five), presents a metaphor concerning light. Light enables colors, but it does not replace them nor sight itself. Light has no concrete content, but without light, colors can’t exist. Astrology holds a structure preceding the material elements we recognize with our senses. The stars and Zodiac signs are a type of theoretical construct. They are platonic ideals, cleaned of material dimensions of time and matter. Astrology is formalization void of material or emotional content like the source. The Zodiac and the planets, in our Plato/Pythagorean approach into a conscious scaffolding.
The astrological formalization derives from the fact that the movement of the planets around the sun over the Zodiac cycle creates a geometrical and mathematical explanation (so thought Plato). Man can then translate this math into spiritual dynamics.
Formalization is a type of soul/spirit, an understanding that decides on the order of things, an order which is the direction that makes us aware of things and events around us. Philosophers call this formalization in a universal name – “universal/ axioms”. Plato called them ideas. The idea of the ball isn’t the ball itself – there’s a football and a basketball. There’s also a baseball and a tennis ball. They differ in size and volume but are all balls. They all take part in the idea that we’ll call “ballness”. Despite the differences in each type of ball, we all know them as balls. If so, then they have a shared origin. The ball as an idea is eternal and conscious. A tennis ball such as in a tennis game we watch has concrete substance. This ball is temporary, unique, and material, but we know it also by its ballness that doesn’t particularly relate to its unique shape. Plato coined an idea called “Chora”, and in the model of creation presented in Timaeus, the process of material creation is ingraining the geometrical shapes befitting of the four elements (the equilateral bodies) in the mathematical ideas in that same “Chora”. The stars and Zodiac act as shapes and turn into consciousness in the philosophical plane. The reason is that they themselves are a representation of geometrical and mathematical order. They hold within the principle of reduction, that becomes the shared origin of as many states and properties as it can. The private event won’t exist as a private event without the shape that allows it to be registered in our minds. In astrology then, there exists a philosophy of generalization. The private/temporary is dependent on the structural, general, and eternal.
There exists a contradiction between foretelling the future and free will. If God already knows everything we are about to do, all of our choices, then maybe we don’t have free will. If something has to happen and it is inevitable, we are void of freedom. It is similar to film tape, where each frame has been predetermined, such is our lives. Knowledge of the future beholds a paradox: A result cannot precede the reason. We can only know or experience something after it has happened, but a future event has not yet occurred… therefore, if we can see a future event using astrology, it derives that that event has and has not occurred simultaneously. Moreover, if the prediction is correct, the future actually becomes the past… How can this situation possibly be? In the movie “Matrix” (1999), Neo asks the Oracle after dropping the vase, “How did you know?”, to which the Oracle responds: “Oh, what’s really going to bake your noodle later on is, would you still have broken it if I hadn’t said anything?”. In a deterministic world where life is a fixed and sold game according to the states of the positions of the stars, we are not responsible for our actions, as no man controls his actions. In a world where everything is predetermined, there is no sense for concepts like good or evil. Astrology in its formalistic form holds options and does not put our lives in a single direction. We can understand this from the structure of the Zodiac itself. The Sagittarius brings a variety of options such as travel, education, sports, and even horseback riding. Each sign brings a different set of options giving us a range of free choice. Astrologically, what is set in stone is not the event itself, but the shape (the sign or the planet in a specific time frame). This is because it’s bound to its mathematical order. The private event is open to our choice. It houses both determinism and free will. A mathematical formalistic determinism that bounds between stars and human consciousness. We have freedom of choice as a result of the options within each planet and sign. The choice that we make is bound within its general idea of its shape. We simplify from the event its story, allowing us to put ourselves on the general timeless plane. The signs turn in our consciousness to the determinism of shape, a type of basic plan in our minds. The signs are birthrights, void of content that grants our plans a shape, pattern, and frame, a type of contextual connection. You can symbolize it using a river, its flow directs us to a certain direction, but as we flow the waters shape the sides of the river and create different patterns from within the main flow. These patterns are our freedom of choice. The flow generates the river, which generates the flow. We are in a state of open and closed, in a combination of form/shape and content, eternal and temporary, choice and predetermined outcomes.
Separating between form/shape and content, eternal and temporary, event and idea, the construction on which the idea is based on, is extremely important. Its role is to grant us the free choice, to keep it Jewish, and to not lock it behind determinism (that takes away responsibility). The rationalist will argue that astrology has a twilight zone that slips away from discussion about either nor , what happened and what has not… but this twilight zone is a type of twilight that is between shape, idea, form, and the actual event. In the words of Gersonides (1288-1344, in his book “The Wars of the Lord”), it is the zone between the possible and necessary. This zone is necessary to keep our free will.
The astrologist, explaining the astrological map, brings the idea presented in the movie “Minority Report” (2002). In this movie, John Anderton, played by actor Tom Cruise, is chief of a futuristic 2054 police, serving in the pre-crime department (based on the story of Philip. K. Dick.), and its role is to prevent future crime. The information on the future crime is generated by a psychic named Agatha, who floats in a pool and predicts future crimes. Anderton realizes that part of the psychic visions have other possible minority reports (the assumption that something might happen but there is no guarantee of it) that adds another explanation to the one in Agatha’s visions. Astrology holds within this sort of minority report, of a different possibility to the future.
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