Philosophy of Fixed Stars
Got the link for this thru "Chaos Stars" list.
I looked at the inception chart just now and I was impressed by the
angular Me/Pl and the strong 6th house/Virgo theme. There might be a
great deal of nice research coming down the pike here, but Pisces adds
a mystical bent also. Saturn singleton adds a certain depth and
seriousness. The fixed stars and galactic points deserve to be treated
this way and there is so much to learn. Anyway, thanks for starting
this group Mark.
I have been wondering for so long about the nature of the fixed stars
in astrology from a philosophical angle. For instance, I heard a
lecture by Robert Schmidt or Hand (my notes are a little sketchy)
where he discussed Greek cosmology as an "explicit theology". This
theology posits the stars as "living beings" , that is, the Greeks (I
think he was specifically referring to Plato) considered the stars to
be alive, or "gods". Also, the Greek word for "sign" is zoion meaning
'living thing' and 'image'. This lead me to the idea that the stars
are aspects of a great cosmic Soul and that these stars are alive and
"speak" through living images. By 'living images' I mean,open up a
book like Star Names by Allen and consider the phenomenal array of
representations various cultures and their astronomers have generated
for the major stars. I kind of get stuck here, but I like this line
from Plato's Timaeus(l.1524-5)
"And for this reason the fixed stars were created , to be divine and
eternal animals, ever abiding and revolving after he same manner and
on the same spot..."
Has anyone else on this list studied along this or similar lines? I'd
be interested in what you have to say.