On Astrology - History, Facts, and Transcendence!
A post detailing the history and complexity of astrology with a surprising twist at the end!
-Astrology was conceived during the reign of Sargon of Akkad, which was almost 4,000 years ago!
-Astrology has changed in the past 4,000 years, and its understanding of it has changed as well!
-We can transcend astrology and move into other states of being!
In this post, we’re going to talk about how and when it was created, the journey it went through to become what it is today, what it is, and how we can transcend it! This is going to be a bit unconventional (honestly, what do I write that isn’t unconventional?), so I recommend holding onto your seats for this one!
With that said, enjoy the read!
How Astrology Was Created
Astrology was undoubtedly created to help us find meaning in our lives, to find our place in the universe. It’s big and empty out there, it can feel lonely even if we love people and they love us back… And so we craned our heads to the stars in search of an answer, in search of something that could fill the void of loneliness and meaninglessness.
We have (scattered) evidence of astrology being developed as far back as almost 4,000 years ago during the reign of Sargon of Akkad (2334-2279 BC)! Among East Eurasian peoples, it’s considered to have begun in the 3rd millennium BC with roots in calendrical systems (which was used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications). Back in the day, it was a commonly accepted practice that was used in other studies such as alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. By the end of the 17th century, scientific concepts were formed that “undermined the theoretical basis of astrology,” and as such, it lost its academic standing and was considered to be a pseudoscience, a reputation it has trouble living down to this day.
Nowadays, many of us take it very lightly. “What’s your sign?” has become a common conversation starter and those of us who know our full charts, as well as the truth of astrology, are few and far in-between. However, as I’ve just insinuated, there is far more to astrology than what meets the eye, and it can be extremely helpful if we view it from the perspective I’m about to share with you!
What Is Astrology (In The West)?
Through the ages and the times, through the ups and the downs, we still honor the constellations and the movement of the planets in the form of astrology.
If the sun is in the constellation of Aquarius, we call any person born at this time an “Aquarius.” This part is fairly simple, straightforward, and easy to understand.
But, have you ever wondered where all of your planets were on the day of your birth. Nay, the very minute of your birth? Yes, knowing exactly when and where you were born down to the minute means you have access to your full chart, a helpful chart that you can learn and act out! It’ll even show you the positions of certain asteroids and other entities’ placements on that special day.
And, did you know that the planets in your chart interacted with each other in a certain way right before you were born? Trines, sextiles, conjunctions, and squares are called “aspects,” and if two planets are “aspected” together, they were interacting in a certain way, and depending on how they interacted, they produced a certain personality trait within you. Sometimes they complement each other (if they’re trined or sextiled), and sometimes they oppose each other (like if they’re conjunctioned or squared).
To give you a proper example, let’s look at my chart. I was born on Wednesday, February 10th, 1999 in Redlands, CA at 3:15 PM.
You’ll notice that the sun was in Aquarius and that the moon was in Sagittarius at that moment, on that day! Now, if we take a look at the picture below:
...we notice that my sun has a “sextile” aspect (or relationship) with my moon. If we scroll down and read the definition, here’s what that means:
“Short description: He has lots of vitality. He likes public life, he is popular and his company is appreciated. He is balanced, at ease with himself, and usually gets on very well with his parents or guardians.”
Let’s take another example, this time a negative one. Notice how my sun has a “square” aspect with Lilith, which is the “most opposed” two planets/asteroids/entities can be with one another.
If we scroll down to the definition we can see that:
“There is a self-destructive side to you that should be managed by confronting your fears. You might worry about a friend betraying you, although others might find this person full of charm!”
Plus, there’s more I won’t get into today...
My point is this; astrology can get very, very complicated, and it can also become very, very helpful if you dig deep enough! You may gain insight into your personality and your problems... You’ll receive answers on how to solve these problems, sometimes once and for all!
(By the way, I’m using CafeAstrology’s natal chart service. They’re completely free, and I recommend them if you want to try this out for yourself!)
But hold on a minute - what if astrology is just a complete hoax? I’m sure we’ve all wondered that in the back of our minds. That is, “what if this was just made up by someone to get some quick cash while they were alive?” I certainly have, and my skepticism has been reinforced on many occasions, especially when I watch people live their day-to-day lives.
What’s interesting, though, is I’ve also watched people act out their entire charts without telling them a single thing about it! I’m not spiritual or superstitious by nature. However, when I see it happening in front of my very eyes, I ask questions like, “is astrology real? Does it objectively exist, even though no one can see it?”
That’s when I have to remind myself what astrology is in the present day, and perhaps, what it’s always been.
Astrology is a combination of the physical movement of the planets and the metaphysical archetypes we create in our minds. These metaphysical archetypes, when created and acted out, determine how we act whether we know about it or not!
Crazy, right? But it makes sense! If your chart says Mercury is in Scorpio, and if you know what Mercury in Scorpio looks and acts like, you’re more than likely to say, “yes, I accept this is how I’ve been since birth. I accept these strengths and these weaknesses. This is part of who I am.” What you’re doing is you’re allowing these archetypes, these traits, these qualities, and these problems to be a part of your life by telling yourself that Mercury is in Scorpio, Mars is in Aries, Pluto is in Sagittarius, etc etc.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing! These archetypes can intermingle with each other and create some interesting experiences when everything is said and done! However, I do want you to understand that astrology is mostly an identity game. A strong identity game, yes, and one that’s worth playing according to a lot of people! However, even though I watch others play out their charts, sometimes they do things that don’t jive with their charts, and so it leads me to the “soft” conclusion that astrology can be adopted and accepted, and it can ultimately be transcended as well!
So, Can We Transcend Astrology?
Absolutely. We can transcend any metaphysical creation and structure that exists today! If you want to transcend astrology, I want to let you know that it’s okay to want and need it. It’s okay to be a part of it, and it’s okay to solve the problems you believe it will solve for you, to feel the way you want to whenever you want to!
Okay, now that I’ve said that, let’s keep going!
Since even the most complicated astrology (in the west, at least) is a deep and meaningful identify game it suits you to know that conscious, consistent, metaphysical choice to “disidentify” from the entire thing will bring you to a new metaphysical state, a new realization about you and your inner world. It will most likely provide you with more meaning than you had before, and the problems you identified with will begin to (or entirely) dissipate and vanish.
Why does this happen? Because, at the end of the day, we create our metaphysical reality with the beliefs we hold, the images we see, and the feelings we feel. If we choose to believe in astrology, then we will (most likely) believe in both the good and the bad stuff that comes along with it. If we choose not to believe in it (and if we disidentify from as many beliefs as we possibly can in general), something will (probably) happen, something I suspect you’ll greatly enjoy! But, I’ll leave that up to you to figure out :)
I feel like it’s hard to write about these kinds of subjects without my personal beliefs interjecting and becoming a part of the conversation. That’s why I’ve done my very best to make sure that everything I’ve said in this post is based on my knowledge of psychic facts as opposed to me simply asserting my own beliefs!
Thank you so much for reading my article! I hope you enjoyed it, and I’ll see you in the next one!
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