Recently the government of India reaffirmed astrology’s standing as an official science. A statement from a government spokesperson reaffirmed by saying that astrology has been helping people there four thousand years. At that no one saw any reason to change the traditional standing as a science. Astrology was here before astronomy, after all.
Also near the cradle of civilization, Metrodorus of Scepis (108- 43 BC) used the “round art” of the zodiac wheel for purposes of memorization. He published the “Art of Memory” which was later discussed by Frances Yates. The idea was manipulation through reaching into the crevices of the unconscious. Here the round universal symbol would have subtle effects and hence implement memorization. The results of memorization through the round art were stunning. More theories mushroomed.
A magus by the name of Giordano Bruno (1548 – 1600) took the memory system a little further. His projection was that every human carried an image of the universe deep within the soul. Later he also conferred this theory to healing, and enlightenment.
Zoom forward to the early twentieth century for a moment. Famed psychoanalyst, Carl Jung tapped into the theory that people somehow interpret circular mandala forms unconsciously. Jung’s observations noted that some symbols register alike in the human subconscious. This famed psychoanalyst required drawing and painting as part of his therapy. As time went on, Jung accumulated results and found that when in such a deep introspective state, his patient’s paintings ultimately came up with circular, mandala like shapes.
Astrology existed before astronomy; the latter evolved from the original celestial studies – but why the differentia? Analysis for either requires knowing the positions of surrounding planets.
How interesting it is that the astrology/astronomy schism took place leading into the Inquisition. Apparently there came to be a divide between logic and intuition. Dogma went rabid, developing into judgments and murders in the name of witch hunting. Named Cartesian, after historical philosopher, Descartes, the Cartesian way held “. . . emphasis on logical analysis and its mechanistic interpretation of physical nature.”
Another schism occurred upon the invention of the telescope. Other recent developments weren’t far off from inceptions of “theories of gravitation and mechanics,” says A.T. Mann, author of “The Round Art.” He also notes that this is when astrologers dug heal into the earth in hesitation. The new invention of the telescope skyrocketed interest. With the revolutionary complexion of the times, no one noticed that the astrologers were losing status.
Once astronomy took its own lead, combined with the Cartesian way, in a departure from intuitive to straight line logic – things began changing. Astrology got a little tawdry for the sake of survival. The environment was such that anyone who didn’t follow science was often considered a heretic.
Astrologers went into hiding, hence the conception of Nostradamus’ enigmatic Quatrains. The environment was very threatening for astrologers, and everyone knows the fate of those who were considered witches. In short, there was magick on one hand and science on the other.
Contemporary astrology has the benefit of proven harmonics emitted by planets. Nasa recordings capture the sound of resonance taken during space exploration. With long anticipated Age of Aquarius, the spiritual side is returning to mankind and creating a balance between astrology and astronomy.