The Power Of Myth

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2013 at 9:03 am
Campbell and Jean Erdman c. 1939

Campbell and Jean Erdman c. 1939 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Ask and ye shall receive, knock and the door shall be opened to you,” Luke 11:9

Joseph Campbell tells us:

“The ego cannot reflect upon  itself unless it has a mirror, against which to read itself, and that mirror would be the mythological  schedule that lets it know where it is.”

He also wrote,” It doesn’t help to try to change (an imposed system) to accord with your system of thought. The momentum of history behind it is too great for anything, really significant to evolve from that kind of action. The thing to do is learn to live in your period of history as a human being, that is something else, and it can be done.”

But I have a question. At what point does the “Momentum of history” lag behind the need for change or some form of evolution where the individual can truly find myths in his “Period of history” that are relevant. What if you live in a myth less age or at best the myths you have feel more like a Labyrinth where a proverbial Minotaur awaits you.

Campbell goes on to say . “Throughout the inhabited world, in all times and under every circumstance, the myths of man have flourished; and they have been the living inspiration of whatever else may have appeared out of the activities of the human body and mind. It would not be too much to say that myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth.”  In other words myths are indispensable, and needed in order to survive and thrive in life. Myths inspire us.

In the book, Your Mythic Journey, Sam Keen and Anne Valley-Fox postulate,”The dominant myth that informs a person or a culture is like the ‘information’ contained in DNA or the program in the systems disk of a computer. Myth is the software, the cultural DNA, the unconscious information, the meta-program that governs the way we see ‘reality’ and the way we behave.”

“But in the same measure that myth gives us security and identity, it also creates selective blindness, narrowness, and rigidity because it is intrinsically conservative. It encourages us to follow the faith of our fathers, to hold to the time-honored truths, to imitate the way of the heroes, to repeat the formulas and rituals in exactly the same way they were done in the good old days. As long as no radical change is necessary for survival, the status quo remains sacred, the myth and ritual are unquestioned, and the patterns of life, like the seasons of the year, repeat themselves.”

There are periods in history when generational myths require restructuring or complete absolution from our psyches altogether. A shape shifting of our archetypes. The 1960″s was such a period.

Unlike previous post war decades, the 1960’s was a decade of revolution. Many young people started doubting the values that were passed down by previous generations. Many of the ideas presented in the sixties continue to evolve today. It is interesting to note that this was a period of a significant Uranus -Pluto contact.

Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs and the sixties. “The people who invented the twenty-first century were pot-smoking, sandal-wearing hippies from the West Coast like Steve, because they saw differently,” he said. “The hierarchical systems of the East Coast, England, Germany, and Japan do not encourage this different thinking. The sixties produced an anarchic mind-set that is great for imagining a world not yet in existence.”  In astrological terms this was the beginning of a 138-year Uranus-Pluto synodic cycle. This was a time of planting seeds for new myths to grow.

Nick Antony Fiorenza clarifies that the present Uranus-Pluto synodic cycle is a major evolutionary transition for us all, that heralds us into a new time/paradigm on earth. Synodic Cycles are created when two (or more) planets align in their orbits around the Sun. The synodic cycle theme, defined by the planets involved and the star alignments at the time, will unfold until the two planets align again, marking the completion of the synodic cycle and the beginning of the next one. Our current Uranus-Pluto square may stimulate the creation of new technologies and modalities of thought motivated from structural systems and societal modalities that simply no longer work. Mr. Fiorenza goes on to state it can motivate radical and mind-expanding change in the very foundation of matter, energy and consciousness that breaks us from very deep-seated and long-standing genetic, cultural and social behavioral patterns. This seems like a very tall order to me. Anyway one thing is for certain it is certainly a stressful time, the Uranus-Pluto synod is probably the most stressful combinations of planets. We are currently living through one of the most stressful periods in human history, at least since the origin of this particular synod which began with the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in 1964. We are currently in the most intense period of this Uranus-Pluto synodic square, the exact square taking place on, November 24, 2013, in between the fourth and fifth Uranus square Pluto transits. This marks the most stressful period of the cycle until the period between the sixth and seventh square, which takes place between December 15, 2014 and March 17, 2015.

Socially and politically we can see this all around us, as the present synodic cycle constructs and deconstructs myth. This is a defining moment in history. The wonderful astrologer and book author Elsa Panizzon said of the current Uranus-Pluto square, that no one really knows what is going to happen, and if they tell you they know, they are basically fools.  She did not say this exactly, but it is the jest of it. I think this is true. It takes courage to look into the undefined and not be fearful. In his book “How to Have a Life-Style”, the wise and witty Quentin Crisp said many years ago, ” present day society, with its constant change, its deafening communication, its almost total loss of definition, has produced a climate of bewilderment so profound that in it personally disintegrates in all but the most persistently self-aware. What we need, therefore, is a reaffirmation of personal boundaries. If to look upward is in vain because, to put it politely, You Know Who is apparently  resting, and to gaze about us is unbearable, where else is there to look but within?”


Astrology and God

In Uncategorized on October 9, 2012 at 9:05 am
Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

” Let there be lights in the Heaven and let them be for Signs”

Genesis 1:14

” There shall be signs in the Sun, the Moon and the stars. ”

Jesus Christ, Luke 21:25

Enn Kasak wrote in an article, that Lynn Thorndike  ( July 24, 1882-December 28, 1965)  the American historian of medieval science and Paul Feyerabend  (January 13, 1924-February 11,1994)  the Austrian born philosopher of science warned us, that we should not condone the practice of  separating the history of astronomy and the history of  astrology. A closer look at the subject somewhat unexpectedly reveals that compared to other ancient practices, ancient astrology complies more closely with modern scientific requirements. Some important scientific paradigms may in fact prove to originate in astrology. Prior to the Renaissance astronomy and astrology were one and the same.  Claudius Ptolemy , who has been considered the most influential astronomer and astrologer of antiquity, for instance wrote Almagest , arguably the most influential book of  astronomy in the 15th century. He also wrote Tetrabiblos, or The Four Books, which was a work on astrology.  ( The first book deals with astrology from a technical aspect,  including astrogeography,  medical,  horoscopic astrology.  The second book deals with universal astrology.  The third and fourth book deal with personal astrology).  Modern astrology is based on formal rationalism , prediction is derived from effects that must be physically determined ( i.e. the placement of the planets, the degree where planets aspect each other), but cannot be proved by scientific method.  Anyone who has ever built an astrological chart from scratch, realizes the considerable amount of astronomy and math it requires to complete the task. Astrological  interpretation is a different story,  it is based on mythological thinking and archetypes.  Modern Christian thought is also based on mythology and archetypes.  Similarly when people approach these subjects, it is through a fog of myth and archaic archetype.

In his article , Is There a Christian Zodiac, A Gospel in the Stars;  Charles Strohmer  from the Christian Research Institute reports. Since the 1980s, an increasing number of Christian ministers, authors, and apologists have been teaching that the signs of the zodiac and the names of certain stars once carried a nonoccult meaning to the Hebrew patriarchs and ancient Israel. Allegedly, this meaning was conveyed in the story of Israel’s Messiah-Redeemer, which today Christians know as the gospel of Jesus Christ.  In other words , A Gospel in the Stars, or the GIS theory. In her book, Mazzaroth, or the Constellations,  Frances Rolleston ( 1781-1864), laid the ground work for what would become modern GIS theory. By unearthing  the ancient names of the signs of the zodiac and numerous stars. Rolleston elucidated their pagan meanings in various cultures and then proposed gospel-meanings for these signs and stars through an impressive and systematic biblical exegesis surrounding hundreds of verses.  this encyclopedic work eventually became the four-part book. Recently prominent Christians, including Dr. D. James Kennedy, Kenneth C. Fleming, Marilyn Hickey, Chuck Missler, Henry Morris, and the Southwest Bible Church radio program, have promoted GIS theory in books and sermons.

In ” Astrology from a Christian Perspective” , Carmen Turner-Schott, a Christian therapist and astrologer states that ,according to a recent study, nearly 30 percent of Catholics stated that they believed in astrology. Among white evangelicals there was 13 percent that professed a belief in astrology.  She feels that many Christians are turning to astrology as a tool because of its accuracy and the comfort they find from it.  ” I feel that astrology was a tool created by God for us to understand ourselves better and to use as a spiritual tool.”  “As a Christian, I focus on what Jesus taught. Christ himself talked about the importance of astrology when he said in Luke 21:25, “There shall be signs in the sun, moon, and stars.” He discusses with the disciples the importance of astrology and how it can be used as a sign of his return. If we are not supposed to interpret the energies of the planets and signs and if Jesus was truly against it, why would he tell us this important information?”  Mrs Turner-Schott feels there is much evidence in the Bible that supports Christian astrology, and feels this is not a relevant issue;  at best this is a progressive and exceptional perspective. Mrs Turner-Scott also speaks of  pre-Christian, religious based astrology in Kabbalistic astrology. “In the book Kabalistic Astrology, it is written that the twelve sons of Jacob were representative of the twelve signs of the zodiac and that the personality traits of each son were used to describe each sun sign we know today.”

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage”, Mather 2.1-12. These wise men who found Jesus following the Star of Bethlehem, have also been referred to as the Magi.  Upon closer observation the Magi were priestly like men who practiced  Zoroastrianism, a pre-Christian religion that followed the teachings of a prophet named Zoroaster. As part of their religion, these priests paid particular attention to the stars, and gained an international reputation for astrology, which was at that time highly regarded as a science.  The Magi have been ex’tensively researched throughout the years, probably most notably by British scholar Mary Boyce, in her book , A History of Zoroastrianism.   In his blog, Zoroastrian Astrology and Cosmology ,  K.E.Eduljee writes. ” In maintaining the tradition of astronomical observations and a resulting calendar initiated by Zoroaster, the magi became keen and systematic observers of the movements of celestial bodies.
Despite the attempts of a few Hellenic authors to belittle the magi by naming magic after their practice, the credibility of the magi as wise healers, physicians and seers was without parallel in the known world, so much so, that Christian tradition found it necessary to claim that it was the magi who found Jesus based on an astronomical observation that was prophesized by ancient magian astrology.”

There are many theories as to why the Magi used astrology, but one thing remains certain, the three wise men that found Jesus were astrologers.  So from Christianity”s origin astrology and God were collectively present.

Saturn in Scorpio- A New Suit Can Either Make or Break a Man

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2012 at 7:10 am
Pluto in rotation. Gif-animation

Pluto in rotation. Gif-animation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scorpio Glass

Scorpio Glass (Photo credit: marusin)

I have been wondering a lot lately about the upcoming Saturn in Scorpio Transit,  most people seem to look at this upcoming event with some trepidation as it has a Saturn/Pluto theme built into it,  after all Scorpio does rule Pluto,  or is it vice-versa ?   Anyway , I don”t really see it like this.  I see this as Saturn building his repertoire, a wardrobe change as it were,  and you have to feel a little sorry for him too because he has to wait two and a half years before he can change his shirt. I am A Capricorn and am not really daunted about trying on a new shirt, I mean what is the significance of a Saturn/Venus , Saturn/Pluto colour, maybe a little leopard print, they both have pitfalls and advantages, and please do not underestimate the primordial power of Venus. Venus is a velvet glove, ( A very tasteful velvet glove with embroidered pearls on the side), but inside is a big fat steel fist. My point being that the Saturn/Venus combination is no picnic either. Anyway a new suit can either make or break a man.

   Zipporah Dobyns in her book, The Book of Saturn talks about some of the Pitfalls we may encounter. Pluto and Saturn is another combination of desires with a major issue involving power. Pluto symbolizes a part of life where we need to learn to share power and pleasure with close lasting peer relationships (That does not sound so bad, especially the pleasure part).  As usual, it is possible to express these principles in  either of two opposite extremes which are both destructive. Those who have not learned to share power with peers or with the world will seek total control. (In S & M terms these are the people who repeatedly forget the “Safe Word”).  The opposite extreme produces dependent and helpless people who feel they have virtually no personal power. ( In S & M terms these are the people who could care a less if someone forgets the “Safe Word”).  The obvious solution calls for sharing the power and responsibility along with the pleasures and possessions which are part of the Pluto side of life . As with all major growth challenges, this is easy to say, but not easy to do.

  I refer to the S & M terms because it represents the type of sex that is characterized by Saturn being in Scorpio or Saturn transiting the eighth house, but that is not all.   It is a metaphor for Saturn in Scorpio and the extremes of behavior resultant.  Scorpions are capable of doing the most good and of being the most evil.  It is a continuum that Scorpions live with daily, which truly separates them from us.  This is the blessing and the curse of  Saturn being in Scorpio.  Saturn deals with reality, not your reality, because you are probably pretty good at dealing with that at this point, but everyone else’s  reality, everyone else’s diverse , foreign behavior, that is where most people have trouble.

  It is the dysfunction of not accepting reality that gets you into trouble with Saturn in the first place.  It is what gets you into trouble in life in general , your ability to accept reality is a reflection of your general mental health,  we do not need astrology to tell us this.

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