Welcome to the Astrologers’ Folio Post No. 13— a homily on Love. The language of Love has long been associated with aspirational art and wisdom literature. Secular sounding words like unsummoned and quanta, do they seem out of place? And meaning, are we talking about meaning as Love…as an object of ultimate concern? Are we… Continue reading 13. Love…the unsummoned quanta of meaning.
Happy 50th Anniversary—first manned Lunar landing, 20 July 1969! If we think about Western Astrology, philosophically, what question or questions are we trying to solve? Who am I? What am I doing? Where am I going? Defined for today’s aspirant: A philosophy is one way to think about the world including one’s experience of self… Continue reading 12. The basis for a philosophy of Western Astrology.
This post is best viewed by desktop—it is not optimized for iPhone or Android. We opened the previous post describing the astrologer’s role as privileged storyteller and reverent detective. In the hands of an experienced astrologer the natal horoscope, with its splay of planets, houses and the aspects formed by their distribution, becomes a storyboard… Continue reading 11. Part 2 of 2. Sacred Degrees–and the early life narrative.
Delineating the horoscope is a process that rewards preparation. A detective’s magnifying glass is instructive–it symbolizes concentration and purposefulness–two requisites for “seeing” a chart for its clues. The astrologer, as reverent detective, prepares mindfully. Delineating the horoscope is a privileged form of storytelling. The arc of a story, including the horoscope, is all about its… Continue reading 10. Part 1 of 2. Siblings, Parents, Enemies–the early life narrative.
Cosmology! “the scientific study of large scale properties of the universe as a whole.” The first image above is a “star swarm” located within our Milky Way Galaxy–23,000 light years from Earth. The second image is a Hubble “Deep Field View” of more than 10,000 galaxies–pictured as they appeared more than… Continue reading 9. Original Light, Created Light
Have I mentioned how I was introduced to Astrology? I was a sophomore in college when I became aware my mother was an accomplished astrologer and chiromancer. How did I not know this on a waking level? We are talking about a woman raising a family in the 1950s and 1960s—a woman born in 1928… Continue reading 8. Influences and Los Angeles
Quoting from issue No. 3 of the AF “We shall not rush, but rather move deliberately to describe topics important to understanding the structure and intelligibility of the horoscope…” This line was written 12 August 2016. Perhaps, if we are not going to rush, we could pick up the pace? We may be too accustomed… Continue reading 4. Inner & Outer Experience
Today we test new waters. We move from the sublime to the granular—from sweeping comments about waking and non-waking states, to a technical introduction of the Ascendant and its role in the hands of the Astrologer. Astrology anyone? When the editors at AF began studying astrology in the late 1960s every angle of every constellation… Continue reading 3. Imaginal Aptitude—What if we don’t get it?
It seems to please us, travelers all, to think of the journey this way: the zealator precedes the adept; the novice the sage; the apprentice the journeyman—when we know the mighty tree is present in the seed—and, bless the seed, it may only become a tree or try. A challenge facing the Astrologers’ Folio: how… Continue reading 2. Love and the river…let it be the Holy Grail, the Mystery of the Rood, the Great Prize…
We may thank the Polish speaking Lithuanian born poet and Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz for helping us consider our place in the world—perhaps, as he suggests, more powerfully defined by language than longitude and latitude. From his perspective, “Language is the only homeland.” The Western Mystery Tradition, a teacher-to-student conveyed legacy of the hermetic arts,… Continue reading 1. Welcome to the Astrologers’ Folio