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Hermes

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Introductory remarks
« on: April 30, 2015, 07:24:21 PM »
In this brief introduction to this part of the forum we take a fresh look at the old art and science of Western Astrology and the challenges it faces in modern times, the era of scientific methodology and the emergence of plethora of planetary and solar data from the booming space exploration programs.

Many people know how to interpret and understand an astrology chart; what the houses mean, the aspects of the planets and their position in the signs. Fewer people wonder how/why things work the way they do and even fewer know the real answers. Yet, it doesn't take much study to realize that astrology, this god-less and holistic approach to inter-influencing energy exchanges between man and the cosmos has something to offer, that there is something true in it, thus its popularity and wide use. Astrology was once completely integrated with astronomy and great scientists like Ptolemy and Newton were studying astronomy and practicing astrology in a unified manner. Today astrology has been divorced from science and it has become a column in a newspaper, a magazine or the subject of discussion between prospect lovers in a bar, discussing their sign compatibility!

In the mean time and after this 'divorce', space exploration keeps unveiling new secrets about our Solar system and the Cosmos. Numerous missions and probes send back to us an enormous amount of detailed data about radio emissions, the composition, structure and properties of the bodies in the solar system and its environment. Since the official link of astrology with science has been cut off only a small amount of feedback to the methods of astrology happened. For example, we are aware of some modern astrologers using dwarf objects like Chiron in the Solar system in their interpretations but the actual value of these attempts has to be evaluated with further study. We are also aware of a shifting and increasing realization of the role of the Sun and its emissions in the study of the foundations of astrology, e.g. the work of Rudhyar, but we need more. More study and reflection on the foundations of astrology is needed using modern tools and more work on the reconciliation between astrology and astronomy by integrating the new information that is available now into the foundations of astrology. Astronomy would benefit by this too, since astrology might provide a chart of meaning and purpose to it.

Simply put astrology can be considered to be a dynamic interaction of energies [signs, Sun, planets] according to the laws of harmony reflected in their position [e.g. houses] or aspects [geometry]. Below we list some of the areas that further development is needed:

1) Energies and Meaning of the Signs and their relation to the corresponding constellations.

How is it possible that so weak energies can have an actual influence?
What is the nature of these energies? Is it just physical or also subtle? How the latter is manifested in an horoscope?
Can we [and how] identify it?

2) What is the relation of a conventional astrological 'sign' and the Sun-Earth relation or the background constellations?

3) What the current data tell us about the existing energy sources active within the domain of each sign?

4) What are the emissions and the role of the Sun in astrology, exactly?

5) What are the full radio-emissions of the planets, not only in the optical spectrum?

6) How the geometry [position, aspects] influences the mixing of the energies of the 'interacting' objects?

7) What is the role of constellations and energy sources in general that lie outside the Solar plane? A true 3D astrology.

Finally, what would be the appropriate progression [house etc] when moving from an individual to Humanity, Earth and Solar nativities?
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