Seven Planets/ Liberal Arts/Deadly Sins
- The Moon and Grammatica
The Moon is associated with the Liberal Art of Grammatica,
which reflects itself in the very structure of our physical organism.
Our upright posture, which distinguishes us from the species of
the animal Kingdom, also gives us the possibility to develop the
articulation of Language. Not a mere gesturing of sound but a
coherency of words structured in such a way that it
communicates meaning for both the objective and subjective
Grammatica speaks, "My duty in the early stages was to read
and write correctly; but now there is the added duty of
understanding and criticizing knowledgeably...Two of these four
functions may be called active, and two contemplative, since
indeed we are active when we write and read anything, but we
are engaged in the contemplation of the result when we
understand or assess what has been written."
(All quotes for the speaking of teh Liberal Arts from "Martianus
Capella and the Seven Liberal Arts Vol II, translated by William
Harris Stahl, Richard Johnson, and E.L. Burge.)
Reflection on our contemporary culture reveals that we are
indeed a civilization of words. From the countless published
books in print, to the never ending stream of journals,
magazines, and daily newspapers, we are deluged with words.
Yet, we might ask ourselves, how contemplative are we in our
understanding and assessing the written word?
There is no lack of evidence to demonstrate the shadow side
of the prolifereation of words. It underscores the Deadly Sin
associated with the Moon; Covetousness or Greed. Possessing
the capacity to speak or write the word does not assure that it is
spoken or written with a moral conscientousness; nor does it
follow that it arises out of a pure thinking activity of the soul.
Unfortunately, our time is permeated with false conceptions that
the word of opinion or authoritative dogma holds greater power
than the seeking word for truth.
From: Star Wisdom for The Holy Nights of Christmas by Wiiliam