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The existentialism of Astrology   Leave a comment

10,000 years ago Vega was the pole star. 5, 000 years ago it was Thuban and both these events created myths that are the origins of existentialism.  The pole star is the star nearest the Earth’s northern axial tilt.  From earth it looks like the universe revolves around this point, the pole star is literally at the centre of our universe.  That makes it mythologically important.  The centre of our universe symbolises what gives our lives meaning or purpose, our reason to be.  When a pole star falls our reason for existence is gone, our lives no longer revolve around anything, this is called an existential crisis.

Thuban was Ninti lady life/rib holds up the world, Eve mother of all, the serpent wrapped around the axial tilt.  Thuban fell from the tree of life, axial tilt or Eden.  Our lives had no meaning and we were left in fallen state of ‘Paradise Lost’.  There are stages to the fall first one is that of the when the sun has fallen from its highest point at the summer solstice the fall equinox, Nietzsche’s God is dead.  Note God is dead means we have lost the centre of our lives, our reason for being – it is not God does not exist.  God is dead is the first stage of the fall, the realisation that all meaning to life is lost.  This is the stage in which Buddha realises that death, sickness and old age exist, the biblical ‘vanity of vanities, all things are vanity.’ The wall I am going to build will decay and fall just as I will decay and fall.  If all things fall nothing is eternal, lasts and no man leaves his mark on the world.  Nothing I do or obtain has any meaning.  This is the death of virtue signalling in Camus’ ‘The Fall’, death of our narcissism and self righteousness.

The Midwinter solstice is the final stage of the fall.  At the final stage we have reached a knowledge of our choices, if you don’t know the pole star has moved you can live in ignorance, believe it is there still giving meaning to the centre of our universe.  But if we know it is gone we no longer have the choice of remaining in ignorant bliss.  The Epicurean, we’re already eating and drinking with friends anyway what was the purpose of invading Rome and then eating and drinking with friends.  None of what we do has meaning so why rock the boat, let’s eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we will die.  A life without Gandhi, Martin Luther King and all the other boat rockers.  Suicide, if life has no meaning or purpose end it.  Finally cowardice, those who are not brave enough to end it but also not brave enough to live in a world without meaning.

Nietzsche’s and Kierkegaard’s response was to invent or create that meaning and purpose yourself.  This is what Buddha, Job, Abraham, Moses, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and others throughout our history have done.  This is why the mid winter solstice symbolises the birth or rebirthing of belief. The fertility of human consciousness to create new ways of being and living with each other as a society and a community.  The birth of an ideal that drives us to become more than we can be, that is more precious than our life.  The birth of divine purpose in a random universe where life is fragile and seldom rational.

The spring equinox marks the rising of the resurrected Messiah, chosen one.  Unlike the birth which is a growing experience, growing an ideal or vision from birth, the resurrection marks metamorphosis.  Metamorphosis means we are changed into a new being by our ideals and beliefs, whether that change is good, bad or a mixture of both we are no longer inventing a meaning but have become our meaning.  Like the velveteen rabbit we have made ourselves real.  That metamorphosis makes us able to be loved for the real person we are because we have become what we love, we no longer hide our reality. This is the symbolic potential of the spring equinox.  To become what we love for what we love is our true reality.  This is not the same as becoming an ideal which is impossible, becoming what we love means sacrifice of choosing the path we love instead of the path of least resistance.  Sacrifice of choosing what we believe is right over what we believe is easiest.  Sacrifice of standing by the ideal when it serves us least.  The sacrifice of picking up a cross instead of dropping our ideals and values.

Finally we are at the summer solstice, where the sun reaches its peak in the Northern hemisphere.  Lets go back to pole stars.  At the time Buddhism, christianity and Islam were created there were twin pole stars.  Kochab The bright star and Pherkad the dim calf.  ‘When the morning stars sang together’, Venus in mythology is not just the planet but also the pole star, the point marking the dawn of creation, Eden or the mythological point of ‘The Big Bang’.  Venus rules Taurus as the ancient sign of the spring equinox, but it is exalted in Pisces the remnant of the Tiamat, the sea dragon constellation of Draco in which Thuban the serpent was the pole star.  Pisces was the tails one fish and the other swallow in Sumerian feather means Kun, fly is dal and self is ni.  The Kundalini is the coiled serpent at the base of our spine a mirror image of the coiled serpent around the axial tilt.  Eve mother of all within us, ready to rise and carry our souls back to her light.

Yet the planet of the summer solstice for Sumerians was Mars, symbol of war and destruction.  From the highest position there is only one place to go and that is down.  lets take the story of Job it is an ancient one appears in Sumerian and other mythology the righteous man cursed by God or the Gods, the basic existential crisis.  yet the biblical story is new, because it represents the existential crisis of the new twin stars.  One of the first stories where Satan appears, but the Jewish beliefs on Satan are not yet fully developed.  Satan appears as a figure that is closest to God, intimate – the twin star Pherkad.  First time there is a new twist on the existential crisis story, now it is not the loss of the star but the challenge of the star by a twin, ‘man cannot have two masters’. For Buddha the answer was to pick neither as master but to find a mid path between the two.  this is similar to Aristotle’s virtue also living under the twin pole star.  The mid path between coward and foolish is brave.  Judaism answer was to split the twin pole stars into opposites, good and evil, love and hate.  Yet it does something different as well it recognises they are twins, they co exist together and neither stands on their own.  We have the duality of human nature, the angel and the devil sitting on our shoulder.  In Christianity this duality is mortal temporal nature and the divine within man.  Jesus is both man and God.  But this tale is new it is not the superpowers of Hercules, it is the divine eternal consciousness within us all.  Jesus divinity is not from powers but from who he is as a conscious being, how he thinks of his neighbours, how he treats others.

Yet this is divine because Jesus unlike the rest of humanity never falls or sins yet Christianity itself is based on the fall.  Not the fall of Eve but the fall of every single human, fall from what they ought to do to what they are capable of doing.  Based on the principle that man is eternally fallen in his state, yet this gives us hope and light.   To be fallen is not evil but human, to recognise our own fallen nature is to have compassion for the fallen state of humanity.  yet although we are constantly fallen there is hope, Christianity wipes that fallen slate clean, each day to start over to try harder not to fall.  Christianity says the slate is clean ‘go be likewise perfect’.  It cleanses the despair of our fallen state, like a mother wiping a scraped knee and encouraging us to try walking again.  This is important because each time we try we can get further without falling.  Jesus asked us to walk with him knowing we will fall, just as the sun and the pole stars fall.  But he teaches us that  it is not the fall that is important, it is how long we can endure before falling.  He offers compassion for all the grazed knees we will endure and asks us to show compassion to the grazed knees of others.      Christianity says every day is an existential crisis, every day we are fallen it is the natural state of man.  Sabbath was created for that fallen man, that he might have hope, the fallen man was not created to follow sabbath dogma.  It says we should gather with other fallen beings and love them despite their fallen state, this is what a church is, it is not a building of stone but of fallen people.  That is the symbolism of the summer solstice, the light that takes the longest time before falling, the light at its strongest within us.  It offers us hope but it also warns us that we will also fall again.  In being fallen we are saved from the narcissism of self righteousness.

 

 

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Posted July 6, 2017 by neptune's Aura Astrology in musings, Uncategorized

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