13.10.20

A Philosophy of Astrology #2 ~ The Web


If we take the astrological claim serious, we might assume that reality as it appears to us, and life as we know it are in some sense informed by, or synchronized by symbolic (metaphysical) energies or processes. These energies~processes create a dynamic, complex, holistic, and deeply mysterious web of meaningful relations.

Each celestial body seems to have, or represent, its own specific symbolic flavor, and a multitude of symbolic ingredients continually gets mixed, just like we mix sounds, colors or herbs and spices. The movements of the celestial bodies (their orbits) produce dynamic, continually changing proportions of the various flavors, so to speak.

Coordinates
Astrologers claim that any combination of earthly place-and-time coordinates ~ for example Amsterdam Central Station, today at noon ~ is related to a fairly specific, but still quite wide spectrum of potential symbolic flavors. The symbolic 'flavors of the moment' are embodied by a 'snapshot' of the physical state of the Solar System, and even the Milky Way and beyond, at precisely that moment.

Stars, planets, asteroids and so on are physical elements in a dynamic celestial map that indicates how their potential symbolic flavors or energies are biased to, connected to, or resonating with certain coordinates. The map also contains purely metaphysical elements like Ascendant, lunar nodes etc. Interpretation of the celestial map for a certain place-and-time, according to certain technical rules, allows the trained astrologer to analyze a particular mix of cosmic flavors as it relates to certain events, psychological states and so on.

Observation
If certain potential qualities that are indicated by the celestial map are actualized in some physical or mental form, they can be observed and sometimes even quantified. This requires a certain amount of knowledge about the state of the map, a good grasp of the symbolic concepts and some talent for pattern recognition. Psychological insight is also a big plus as it is assumed that an astrological quality of a moment may express itself in someone's inner experience.



In the Amsterdam Central Station example, potential qualities could become actual through a wide range of physical and/or psychological expressions, processes or events. Anything from a messy train schedule to a perceived threat of a terrorist attack or remarkable details in the performance of a street artist, all depending on the particulars of the moment.

Heliocentric perspective
The astrological toolkit is not limited to the earthly, geocentric perspective. The heliocentric perspective (the way things are, as seen from the Sun) is also valid and has it's own quality. It is less popular in the astrological community, but astrologers specialized in mundane events, like the movements of stock markets, or historical analysis, often use heliocentric maps.

The moment of creation: birth charts
Astrologers will also go a big step further, claiming that at the start of significant 'creative' events, like for example the birth of a child or the official registration of a new organization by the proper authorities, the coordinates of the birth or new beginning are somehow permanently coupled to the child, the new company and so on. To make matters worse (as in more entangled), astrologers claim that a birth chart can even indicate details about one's future relations with other people, organizations and so on. Basically, this points to a highly synchronized idea of life on Earth, where everything is connected, and all the charts you can come up with somehow fit together organically like pieces of a giant cosmic puzzle.



To summarize: astrology claims that every place-and-time has unique potential qualities, which (if we were to look at birth/origin charts) include references to future events. And since it's all written in the sky, embodied by planets, asteroids and stars, the astrological perspective is both deeply holistic and cyclical in nature, in the same sense that the Solar System, and everything beyond, are cyclical.

This is a baffling concept. It's very difficult for the modern Western mind to comprehend how such an intricate synchronized web of physical and metaphysical patterns could be woven together. How such complexity and entanglement could arise on a universal scale. For now, let's just say that it raises questions about some of the tougher philosophical concepts like causality, time and free will.

In the next episode we'll grapple with astrological findings pointing to a fairly bizarre causal anomaly.