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Something that came up recently that sparked my interested and eventually a topic for this blog is the criticism of Astrology. We spend a great deal of time convincing people of the validity of Astrology. Of course in every field there are skeptics. I admit that I am also a skeptic of certain issues (especially in the field that Astrology is classified under) but has it occured to anyone that the only person who has the authority to question the validity of Astrology is Astrologers themselves?
When a skeptic criticises Astrology as being purely hocus pocus, generalities and providing no proof, have any of these individuals actually researched Astrology? Have they cast their own chart and read from that? Have they predicted future events with their chart? In order to criticse something in any scientific circle you must be an authority on the subject you are criticising. Why is Astrology any different? Would a chemist debate the validity of economics to an economist without having any knowledge of the field of economics? And further, would a chemist accept any arguement about chemistry from an economist who knows nothing about chemistry to begin with? The clear answer to this is no. So why do we as Astrologers accept arguements from those who have no authority in the field they are attempting to debate?
I am all for educating people to the truth and validity of Astrology, however this does not come from your mouth, my mouth or anyones claimed experiences but from the experiences of the querent. The people who question the validity of Astrology are the only ones who can answer their question. For if they put in the time and research (as many good Astrologers have done) and through their research, produced results and created authentic experiences based on this research and results, they would show themselves the proof of the validity of Astrology. No one can convince a skeptic. A skeptic can only be converted through their own experiences.
So for those Astrologers who are faced with those questioning the field of Astrology, I suggest to you to provide them with materials, help them research themselves and thus provide their own answers to their own questions. Tell them in order to accurately judge anything, they must make themselves an expert in their field. Once they have done this only then will you debate with them concerning the validity of Astrology.
For those skeptics, I suggest instead of debating, picking up a book (or two or three dozen) and becoming an expert and an authority on Astrology. Only then will your skepticism be dismissed and your understanding deepened.
Recently this topic has came up concerning a childs birth time, and if we should, as knowledgable Astrologers, use our skill in order to elect a favourable time to give birth so that our child may.
The traditional opinion on this is that, it doesnt matter what time you Elect to have your child, it was meant to be born, the time it was born. It doesnt matter whether or not you attempt to have a child at a certain time, the time it is born, was the time it was meant to be born. Even during conception, we can see that Astrology has a major part in producing offspring at a certain time. For when the time is favourable for us to have children (when it is promised by our Nativities as well as Solar Returns and Directions) then conception will happen. If these events do not occur, conception will not. Therefore we dont even have the option to choose whether or not to conceive at a certain time.
The traditional authors somewhat contradict their own opinion by stating that, if one is to elect a time to give birth, the Sun found in Aries, at noon will produce illustrious and dignified children, ones of wealth and significant power. This is of course due to the fact that the Sun found at noon is placed in the 10th House (power and dignity) and in Aries, its exaltation, denotes more power to the Planet. Whether or not this can be controled however is the question. However, if this event does occur, expect that your child will definately attain the above promised dignity.
We now have the technology that the past never had in order to have our children whenever we see fit. Therefore, with this technology, we may utilize it in order to produce favourable results in the success of our children. This is however also questioned, as I do not know any woman, who has walked into a hospital and told them she wanted to give birth at exactly noon and to take the baby out then. The whole process is time consuming and doctors never work around a patients schedual therefore its very unrealistic to assume that we can elect a favourable time to give birth, when we cant control over all the factors in which to produce it (remember even a few minutes off an elected time can change the results). For those who practice electional Astrology will know, when electing a time to do anything, if it involves some matter of dealing with the public or in some way other variables that you cannot control, the event has a tendency to go over its time limit and therefore turns into nothing.
What does this all mean? It means exactly as the ancients have said, no matter the time we choose to elect, the baby will be born the time it was meant to be born.
Finally i have finished a collection of new books available on my website which can be found here;
You can also find free astrology books in the free book section as well!
Health and Astrology have always had a distinct relationship with each other but there is not a lot of information on the net concerning these two subjects together, I suppose mostly because science and health are often considered "obsolete" after a few years and theories of the past are not considered valid for theories of the future. Unfortunately theories of the future are just that, theories, while they have some data to support them (some are theories OF theories) we are no where near the understanding of the most simple and unifying aspect of humanity; health. Therefore it would be a crime to dismiss any theory simply because a new theory of a new century has been created and served to us. Because of this, I plan to create a section on my website, solely based on Medical Astrology. I plan to analyze old theories of health and how Astrologers constructed the health of the individual based on their Astrology.
Secondly, I really desire at this time to create some information on Mundane Astrology, another subject that is quite obscure with todays Astrological literature. This will cover a lot of topics including predictions for countries all the way down to prediction of weather. I look forward to sharing this information with users on the internet.
This section will unfortunately take some time, being Mercury retrograde as well for a few more days I will definitely hold off on writing anything important during this time (albeit Mercury did go retrograde in Gemini) I do feel its important to preserve such works for a time more suitable and profitable.
Finally the updates concerning Chapter 8 have been complete with all the information concerning how to cast and read Solar Returns, Transits, Directions and Profections! If youve ever wondered how to predict the future with Astrology this is definately the chapter for you!
I have also added a much requested "About" page, an Astrological Glossary and some information concerning the Head and Tail of the Dragon!
For those of you who don't know what an Election is, it is simply an event set Astrologically to bring favorable results. For example, if I wanted to cut my hair, and have it grow back quickly (or slowly) I would cast a chart for the time of that event in which the Planets were favorable for quick hair growth and get my hair cut on that date therefore promoting quick hair growth. The same applies to all the rulerships of the Planets that are debilitated. When a Planet is retrograde (with other debilities as well supporting it) and a certain task that is ruled under that Planet is performed, the outcome will go against the desired end if not go completely reverse to the desire.
Since Mercury retrograde is the most often observed Retrograde the significations of Mercury will be most heavily influenced in this case. Mercury went Retrograde on the 11th of October 2007 at 9PM PST. Which time can be observed in the chart below.
Now that his placement has been observed we should here note that his greatest influence will be over Mercurial matters these matters include; New arts, instable activities, industry (meaning skills), short journeys, divinations, writing and all things that yeild riches. The types of people who will be influenced most during Mercury retrogrades are; Mathematicians, Philosophers, Poets, Orators, Diviners, Inventors, Brothers, Servants (this is interesting with its initial placement in the 6th House which also rules over servants), Scribes, and Businessmen. Mercury also rules over lies and liars and therefore you should expect these during the time of retrograde and depending on the dignity or debility of Mercury judge the strength of them.
Since Mercury goes retrograde 3 times a year I will of course be including posts in the future for further retrograde periods so people can know what to expect and the intensity of the retrograde period. I hope this post has helped some understand the traditional influence of Mercury Retrograde.
The Head and Tail of the Dragon (or as they are modernly called “North and South Nodes”) are widely overlooked in Modern Astrology therefore I felt it appropriate to include these in this post to help people who may not fully understand their influence or what they mean in the chart. Most charts you will see only the North Node (or Head of the Dragon) placed in the chart. Know that the South Node (or Tail of the Dragon) is 180 degrees opposite to the North Node therefore with the placement of the North Node you can easily find the South Node by looking at the reverse. It is to be understood that the North Node or Head of the Dragon has the influence of Jupiter and the South or Tail the influence of Saturn, this is important to keep in mind during interpretations. John Partridge summarizes what exactly a node is by stating; “The Dragons Head and Tail are no stars, but nodes, or imaginary points in the Heavens and is no more but an intersection of the ecliptic and orb of the Moon, to which points when she comes, she changes the denomination of her latitude.”
“The Dragons Head is accounted a fortune, and doth increase the good of the fortunate stars, and abateth the force of evil ones.”
“The Dragons Tail is esteemed an infortune, and doth increase the evil of the infortunes, and abateth the good of the fortunate stars.”
To help the Astrologers or those interested I have also included a list of the meanings of the Nodes in each House. First is the Head of the Dragon and following the Tail of the Dragon.
The Head of the Dragon in the Ascendant, gives honors, riches, and favors of great and honorable personages, chiefly in church affairs; also a fortunate and powerful life.
The Tail of the Dragon in the Ascendant always produceth much mischief and trouble, perplexity both of body and mind; continual dolor, sorrow, loss and tribulations; scandals and calumnies attend the Native; it vitiates his face; many times is dangerous to the eyes. If near the Ascendant, it imports but short life.
The Dragons head in the second, takes of all want and penury from the Native, and gives him great riches, and hereditaments, and possessions; Fortune and prosperity in the same: and this chiefly from things Ecclesiastical.
The Dragons tail, brings much damage, sorrow, and adverse Fortune to the Native; a certain destruction of his estate; and signifies, that he will still be in fear and danger (and not without reason) of falling below his ordinary condition.
The Head of the Dragon in the third, makes the Native religious, and prefers him by such mean; fortunates him in journeys; gives him fortunate brethren, and shows their birth to be Noble.
The Tail in the third, infortunates the Native’s journeys; threatens destruction to his brethren, and sisters, and kidred; and shows much quarreling and disagreement between the Native and them : they seldom agree; but are always jarring; yea, sometimes plotting, the destruction of each other, with much violence.
The Dragon’s Head in the fourth, argues much gain and accrue unto the Native from Lands, Houses, Inheritances, & etc. oftentimes much gain unthought-of, or unexpected, as by things hid and obscured, and the like. It also shows, the family from whence he springs, to be noble, long lived, and durable.
The Dragon’s Tail, shows much labor and sorrow to the Native; and confusion and waste of his Patrimony; loss of lands, buildings, and all kinds of edifices; trouble and anxiety in the life or lives of his ancestor, or ancestors : loss of estimation and credit.
The Dragon’s Head in the fifth House, frees the Native from many troubles, calamities and dangers; gives unto him many children, and those long lived, and very fortunate : the Native receives some public employment or office; gains much thereby : he is delighted with civil recreations and pleasures.
The Dragon’s Tail in the fifth, doth either deny issue, or else portends the destruction of the Native’s Children, by violent deaths : much cruelty and adversity while they live, makes them cross, vexatious and disobedient unto the Native. IT destroys the Native’s pleasures and delights; indicates much evil unto him, to proceed from vain, irregular and voluptuous courses.
In the sixth House, declares Good, and faithful, and honest servants; portends health of body, and a good constitution, or that very few diseases shall assault the Native : he will be fortunate in his Father’s kindred, and in beasts of the smaller sort.
The Dragon’s Tail in the sixth House, shows that the Native shall be afflicted with many mischievous diseases; and crossed, plagued, and perplexed with evil conditioned servants.
The Dragon’s Head in the seventh, denotes very few enemies; but portends much good from women : and that he shall use their companies, and delights therein. It also denotes great riches with a wife, or wives; and shows her to be of an honest, prudent, and excellent carriage and behavior.
The Dragon’s Tail in the seventh, portends many public enemies unto the Native, and many prodigious calumnies, scandals, and disgraces from them; and that constantly : but my author says, it portends (also) their destruction. It declares a cross and unhappy marriage, always brawling and contentions between the Native and his wife; never quiet; continual discontents and murmurings, jealousies, & etc. many times, separations. It denotes also, the death or dissolution of the wife or wives.
The Dragon’s Head in the eighth, prenotes a long and healthful life, and gives the Native inheritances and honors, and gifts and legacies, by the means of persons deceased.
The Dragon’s Tail in the eighth House, denotes a loss of goods; and threatens the Native with a violent death.
The Dragon’s Head in the ninth, declares the Native to be Religious, and confers on him riches and honor, by such means : his dreams, and revelations, and visions, (to speak like an enthusiast) will for the most part prove true and certain : his sea voyages, or long land journeys, will prove propitious unto him, unless he shall be afflicted by the malignant beams of the Infortunes there.
The Dragon’s Tail posited in the ninth House of the Nativity, discovers the Native to be unstable and wavering in matters of religion : he will be suspicious, and of evil faith; he often proves a pestilent heretic
If the Dragon’s Head shall be happily, and fortunately posited in the tenth House, it denotes honor and preferment unto the Native, (let his condition be what it will) and that he shall grow rich : it also shows him to be of a good and honest life.
The Dragon’s Tail in the tenth, declares loss of honor, reputation, credit and esteem unto the Native; a deprivation of all worldly honor and preferment : it throws or precipitates him from the chief pinnacle of Dignity, into the very jaws of the dungeon : sometimes he is condemned to perpetual imprisonment or exile : it also portends short life to the Mother of the Native; and the time she doth live, much infelicity.
The Dragon’s Head in the eleventh, gives the Native much familiarity and friendship with Princes, and great persons; and denotes much honor and riches from them.
The Dragon’s Tail in the eleventh, separates between the Native and his friends; and portends many strife’s and contentions he shall have with them : he cannot obtain anything he hopes for, without much difficulty.
The Head of the Dragon in the twelfth, imports many enemies unto the Native; subjects him to penury and servitude : it fortunates him in great beasts.
The Tail of the Dragon in the twelfth of a Nativity, denotes many oppressions unto the Enemies of the Native; yet the Native rarely escapes prejudice thereby : he is prejudiced by dealing in great cattle.
I hope this helps some Astrologers in the understanding of the Head and Tail of the Dragon.
I apologize for the delay in posting as its been more then a month since my last post but I will be posting regularly in the future.
The issue of the rulers of sex has appeared on a forum I am apart of so I thought it appropriate to repeat the argument here because its quite a controversial issue. Modern and Traditional Astrology have always had some conflict concerning what House has rulership over sex or procreation. On one hand we have the Modern Astrologers who, with very little justification (im sure you can already see who's side I favor so I apologize if you find this biased), state that the 8th House rules over sex. The only justification I can even come up with (and I have yet to see other Modern Astrologers provide a reason as to why this House rules over sex) is that because the 8th House is aligned with Scorpio (as each of the twelve Houses naturally have 12 signs falling into them), and Scorpio has to do with the genitals it must have something to do with sex. Let's analyze this idea for a bit.
The significations of Scorpio include; decaying, decomposition, rotting, things stinking, infected, abounding in worms, & etc. These are not pleasant associations (especially when thinking of sex), however they DO apply to the three areas of the body that Scorpio (and the 8th House) represent, the bladder, genitals and anus/rectum area. So now we understand that yes Scorpio rules over not the function of procreation but the function of waste removal (since genitals are dual purpose). Therefore how is it that the 8th House (which shares similar significations with Scorpio) rules over sex? I have heard many reasons such as "its for darker/passionate sex" but this passion comes from lust which is under the rulership of Venus, not Mars (for Mars has the passion of war, death, destruction).
The significations of Venus however fall quite easily into procreation, in fact all the traditional authors state that Venus also rules over the "seed". Venus has a prime rulership over pleasure and the seeking of pleasure which makes it have a primary placement and rulership under the 5th House who also signifies pleasure. The result of sex is not only pleasure (Venus & 5th House) but also children (another 5th House rulership). In fact the very term "venereal", as venereal diseases, is rooted in the word Venus (meaning of Venus' quality). Its not very hard to understand Venus' connection to procreation & sex (it is one of the most well known qualities of Venus). With this I see much justification in the belief that the 5th House is the House of Sex. We see Venus' rulerships sync with the rulerships of the 5th (hence why she was given joy in that House) and we see in both Venus and the 5th House we see that they both rule over the result of sexual union (pleasure and babies). Therefore it seems impossible, in my opinion, that the 8th House would be associated with sex above the 5th.
I have decided to use this blog in which to voice a few rants concerning the current state of the Astrological community as well as other topics which people tend to frivously believe without question or reason. Hopefully some of my readers will get an education out of this and it will help them develop real Astrological skills.
The first of these ridiculous additions to Astrology is the term "Karmic Astrology". A simple search produces a few websites which give a minimal description of what "Karmic Astrology" is but of course, all of the descriptions are somewhat different. The websites themselves usually provide an FAQ about Karmic Astrology and then of course offer their services and that is about it. For the sake of brevity I will follow a simple definition of (what I believe to be) Karmic Astrology, that being, that the Nativity of an individual can determine their past actions (as well as future) because of the decisions theyve made in the past show up in the Nativity. The role of the Karmic Astrologer is to understand these paths and interpret from them of the individual in a "spiritual sense" rather then an ego-focused sense.
Its interesting that rather than actually researching what "Karma" is, the professed adepts in "Karmic Astrology" seem to follow under what Western idealized Karma represents (which is nothing farther from the truth). Karma, Hinduistically speaking, is nothing more than the action towards a decision. Throughout our lifetime we are presented with many decisions, some are minor some are major. An action is nothing more than the path we choose when faced with a decision. For example, if one is on a diet and they see a chocolate cake, they are faced with a decision; do they take a piece? or do they pass it? Whatever they choose is an action (or Karma) and each of these decisions lead to different paths and then to different decisions, do they break their diet after eating the cake or do they stay on their diet? These actions all lead down certain general pathways which are greater, similar to a spiders web.
Each individual has the ability to choose a path which is greater for them or which is worse for them. For example, if you are low on money and you need it do you get a job or do you rob a bank? If you decide to rob a bank, the next decision is what do you do after? Do you turn yourself in or run from the law? If you turn yourself in and go to jail, get out, and need money do you follow that same path? or do you change your ways? There are greater karmas and lesser karmas and whatver you choose you will be lead down a path more negative or positive depending on the decisions you make. A man who makes bad choices in his life, will eventually be lead down a path of destruction, whereas Saints who make good choices are lead to the path of glory and providence. It is true that karmic actions can bleed through incarnations but many peoples "karmic scale" is fairly stagnant and they remain in the same spots making the same decisions repeatedly.
Now you understand the simple concept of Karma (which is nothing more than a simple explaination of actions and decisions everyone faces). To anyone who is somewhat versed in Astrology, they will see that this IS the foundation of Astrology. There is no "Karmic Astrologly" because all of this is shown already in all Nativities. Nativities declare the inclinations of the individual from birth, their paths and their choices to decisions (even the decisions that will face them when using predictive methods). So why is there a need for "Karmic Astrology" when its quite clear that Traditional Astrology describes percisely what Karma is in ones chart?
Welcome to the new Antiquus Astrology blog based on the Antiquus Astrology website found here www.antiquus-astrology.com
Contents of this blog will include Astrological information and discussion concerning different aspects of Astrology, specifically from the Traditional era but as well some Modern Astrology in attempts to dispell confusion and misunderstanding concerning the origins of Modern Astrology.