David A Bratcher is a leader in Louisville Astrology. 45 years in practice and studying under some of the greats like Dane Rudhyar have made him a master at the craft.
The Origins of Astrology
The Babylonians are generally acknowledged to have originated the practice and science of astrology. Their astrological charts enabled them to predict the recurrence of seasons and certain celestial events. So, in the beginning and for more than 2,000 years, astrology and astronomy were the same science.
Babylonian astrology was introduced to the Greeks early in the 4th century BCE and, through the studies of Plato, Aristotle, and others, astrology came to be highly regarded as a science. It was soon embraced by the Romans (the Roman names for the zodiacal signs are still used today) and the Arabs and later spread throughout the entire world.
While earliest astrology was used to bring a sense of order out of apparent chaos, it was soon employed to predict weather patterns, primarily for agricultural purposes. It was eventually widened to include forecasts of natural disasters, war and other events in the affecting the human condition. Once success in these fields was established, it was a natural evolution for astrology to be used as a means for advising for kings and emperors and, in time, the population at large.
The zodiac (which is derived from the Greek word meaning circle of animals) is believed to have developed in ancient Egypt and later adopted by the Babylonians. Early astrologers knew it took twelve lunar cycles (i.e., months) for the sun to return to its original position. They then identified twelve constellations that they observed were linked to the progression of the seasons and assigned them names of certain animals and persons (in Babylonia, for example, the rainy season was found to occur when the sun was in a particular constellation which was then named Aquarius, or water bearer).
Around the year 2000 BCE, Babylonian astrologers believed that the sun, moon, and the five planets known at that time (Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn, and Venus) possessed distinct powers. Mars, for example, appeared to be red and was associated with aggression and war.
Those are the origins of astrology as the historical record tells it. Undoubtedly there are other factors that are unknown, even so the powerful truths of Astrology remain.
http://www.DavidABratcher.com Astrology with a Louisville influence. 45 years of astrological experience including the influence of Dane Rudhyar and native American philosophy.
Planets, Moon, Mercury
When most of us think of astrology, we think about our natal sign and not much else. Do you know what some of the major influences are though, that define these Zodiac signs. First and foremost is the Sun. It is the center of all life and represents a person’s personality and spirit. It is the planetary ruler of the sign Leo.
The Moon, on the other hand, gives us our Soul. The Moon is the ruling planet of the Zodiac sign Cancer. It is very much associated with the mother and with maternal instincts. In Chinese astrology, the Moon represents Yin, while the Sun represents Yang.
Mercury rules over Gemini and Virgo. It is the planet of the mind and of communication. In other words, it is the planet of the idea and the means to communicate the idea. The planet Venus rules over Taurus and Libra. Venus is associated with characteristics and principles of harmony and beauty. It is of course, concerned with love. It is also concerned with the pleasure we derive from personal possessions.
Mars is the ruling planet for the dynamic Aries, and to some astrologers, Scorpio, although modern astrologers now determine that Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio. Mars is the planet that is concerned with the things you want, and how you go about getting those things. Jupiter is associated with pleasure and enjoyment. It is the ruler of Sagittarius and is also associated with principles of growth, religion and higher education.
Saturn is the ruling planet of Capricorn and is associated with principles such as reality and restrictions, boundaries and rules. Saturn was traditionally the ruler of Aquarius until the discovery of the planet Uranus. Neptune is the ruling planet of Pisces and is associated with deception, illusions, spirituality and psychic phenomena. The planet Pluto is the ruling planet of Scorpio and is associated with the concept of transformation.
Astrology, Horoscopes,gazing at the stars, it is an ancient practice that dates far back in the history of humanity that the origins are obscure and varied. The signs of the zodiac have been standardized and passed on since the Sumerian,Chinese and Indian Civilizations first became literate and could pass the information down to later groups. I am a practicing Astrologer with over 40 years of study and I envite you to join me at davidabratcher.com for complete Astrological discussions and chart work.
The third and final phase of the sign of Scorpio is referred to as the eagle.
This phase refers to the complete ego transformation that is what the sign of Scorpio is all about in the first place. The Scorpionic personality reflected in the symbolic eagle is truly transformed and now stands beyond the lower manifestations of the sign like envy, jealosy, revenge, etc. The spirit inherent in the human ego is now set free to pursue it’s life’s purpose in incarnating in the physical form, and the mind now stands on the threshold of true meaning and the quest for life’s direction.
This is the cusp between scorpio and sagitarious, one of the most difficult thresholds in the entire zodiac. This cusp separates those who are aware and those who are still sleepwalking through their lives. It is also interesting to note that in this section of the heavens can be found the galactic center. The spirit is now outward turned and seeking meaning in every manifestation.
To give an example of the personality type we need understand the the majority of the Scorpionic people you will meet prefer to remain anonymous and behind the scenes. However, the eagle type can be found in such personages as Billy Graham and Johnny Carson.
These people thrive in the spotlight and not only gave meaning to their own lives but reflected the higher qualities inherent within all of us. Selflessness is another key in understanding what becomes in the Scorpianc ego that is transformed allows the spirit to work through rather than be distorted by a crystallized ego.
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This will be a time to connect your physical world with the psychic world. With the challenging transits this week you may a little extra information and guidance to navigate these powerful trends.
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I have been advised to make these posts shorter and simpler for people to read and understand. I will attempt to do so. The second level of the Scorpionic process is represented by the serpent. The symbol of Kundalini as it moves up the human spine; of the wisdom of the earthly life and the fall of the spirit of man into matter as told by the Judeo/Christian/Muslim traditions; the Greek symbol of healing in it’s double headed form.
The images are numerous in the history of mankind and all refer ( in their own separate way ) to the fiery part of water. The pure energy and power contained within the human will. The serpent shedding it’s skin is symbolic of transformation. The river as it winds it’s way through the mountains and carves out massive channels is symbolized by the gigantic horned serpent of many Native American traditions. Healers, shape rs of destiny, wise counselors, and powerful, spiritual motivators all fall into the Scorpionic Process.
Out of the primal into formative mind of humanity snakes the serpent power of Scorpio the protector of the mammalian complex in the human brain. I have no idea how true this is but I was taught that what keeps the reptilian part of the human brain in check is a layer of cells ( one cell thick ) which snakes through the brain and from where comes dreams of lightning and thunderstorms. In Iroquoian tales it is the Thunder beings who keep the reptiles at bay and the eastern diamond-backed rattler is connected to the lightning force. More of this Scorpionic discussion to come………..
08 Amazing Grace After a tumultuous 2009 we are very happy that another year of the Lean Santa Claus is about to come to a head! Even though the economy has about wrecked us the Spiritual light of love,compassion and kindness burns even brighter in our lives, This is my 65th birthday and I feel very blessed at the relationships, friendships and out and out loves of my life this year. Even though 2009 will go down as a year when the movies generally sucked, Avatar, Sherlock Holmes and Compound 9 kept my imaginative juices flowing! May the season bless you all with the spirit of hope, happiness and harmony and may you always find love or at best may love always find you.. or as Mason Lee Dixon used to say, ” Love lights all pathways, may you never walk in darkness!” Oh and by the way…The great light of 2009 is the voice of Susan Boyle, here singing Amazing Grace! Talk about purity,humility and gentleness and you have to be moved by her presence on the world musical scene! I have never encountered such a singer in the entire of my radio Dee Jay career!
We now address the first of our philosophical and psychological adjustments to the encounter with the Other indicated by the seventh house or Libran function. The sign of Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac and rules the eighth house of the natural chart. It is the first sign to manifest in three levels and have three symbols to represent those levels. The scorpion, the serpent and the eagle. The most exoteric level is represented by the constellation and the sign of the Scorpion.
This level contains all of the base or primal instincts represented by the scorpion. It’s poisonous sting, hunters cunning, and ferocious nature are all attributes of the human Scorpio at the exoteric level. Self destructive tendencies are amazing in the sign whose key phrase is ” I WILL”. When the will is thwarted in it’s outward manifestation it turns it inward in punishing or destructive ways. In the extreme it eliminates itself. When I was first studying the sign I was told to try the experiment of pouring lighter fluid in a circle around a scorpion and striking a match. Sure enough, rather than dare the flames the creature stung itself to death. A very interesting symbolic act concerning the transformational process of fire.
Scorpio is considered the forceful water sign. Ruled by Mars, before the discovery of Pluto ( its’ natural ruler in my opinion), Scorpionic waters are represented by powerful rushing mountain streams which carve their paths and beds in solid rock. The force of water is a key symbol in understanding the development of life on this planet. Delivered to the earth in comet and asteroid collisions over millions of years, water was one of the first transformational elements shaping a hostile environment into one humanity ( an all other life as we know it ) could develop within. I can think of no other more powerful primal image than that of a water filled meterior smashing into the semi-molten earth at thousands of miles an hour. Dramatic, violent, deadly and thorough are all scorponic key words at the primal level. Willful manipulators, subtle, cunning agressors, powerful charismatic transformers and motivators. These are the willful scorpionic types you may meet at the primal levels. Their solution to many problems is to eliminate the cause, totally. To obliterate, obfuscate and render non-existant is the scorpio way to deal with an opponent. Extreme anything is appealing to the primal nature of the scorpion.
Look! I know this sounds dramatic and you may well say,” Well, David, I know Scorpio individuals who aren’t like that!”. My reply is that you don’t know the total extent of the subtle scorpionic personality your are dealing with at the subtle level. No scorpio ( sun sign is the most blatant) will evel reveal the inner workings of their mind to any outsider at anytime no matter how close you are to them. These are individuals who keep their secrets to themselves, always. Of all of the people I read charts for these are the people who really don’t want me to reveal anything about their inner nature. They really don’t want me to know, much less anyone else! The next level of the sign is dramatically different, however, and by their reaction you can tell just what level of a scorpionic person you are dealing with at any given moment. I will discuss more of this in the next post.
The Autumnal Equinox begins the process of meeting the outer world for the developing ego and in the plant kingdom a point is reached where life begins to withdraw into the seed. The juxtaposition is significant for the surface life, mammals, reptiles, insects etc.. Some will begin to retreat some will develop adaptations to the coming cold and remain active. The world balances all on the weakening of the suns’ rays. This begins the receptive principle of Yin. Mars/Aries represents the Grand Yang principle whereas Venus/Libra represents the opposite. Reaction,response,balance,harmony,in-breath,are all Libran concepts. The function of the kidneys ( which the Chinese refer to as the Masters of Life ) and the inner ear as well as the balance point in the human body ( three fingers below the navel ) are indicated. We stand erect and therefore the sense of balance has permeated, even our psychology. The balance of mind, body and spirit represents the Ultimate form of balance within the human organism and takes Libra into three levels which are not represented overtly in the symbolism of the sign. The symbol of Libra is the scale and it’s static position communicates harmony. So balance and harmony go hand in hand. It has been rightly said that Librans are shit disturbers as well. I have personally seen Librans ( male as well as female) enter a room that is quiescent and purposely stir people up as well as entering a chaotic group and calm things down. This is a human response to imbalance which motivates even the most reticent Libran. In essence, matter is constantly seeking balance with spirit as change is one of the only constants of the Universal. Matter is constantly seeking the return to energy while energy is constantly changing into spirit and spirit is constantly reforming into matter, etc. In this universal process of becoming beauty is being released and attracting which is the underlying Venusian principle as ruler of Libra. In Natal interpretation, Venus represents centripetal force inherent in the birth pattern while Mars can be said to represent the centrifical force. Simply put, we draw to us those experiences, people, resources, and ideas we need in order to fulfill our birth pattern through Venus. Libra shows us where balance and harmony are achieved, usually in relationship of all kinds as we are dealing with social relationships in the 7th house which is the Natural house of Libra and Venus.
We have now covered in brief the first six signs of the Zodiac, which represent the self. The next sis signs represent how the self reacts or responds to different levels of the Other. How the self relates to it’s external environmental influences and what effect these influences may have upon the self. The first six signs represent active and passive subjectivity. The next six signs represent objective passive and active responses or reactions to life circumstances, including people. Virgo is the last of the subjective/passive responses and reactions and as such is deep and feminine in Nature. The female mysteries center around just how the organism knows what response to take to insure survival and prosperity. In Libra we have the apex of the Grand Yin. Virgo represents the complex organismic processes inherent in all human beings and how the sub-conscious portion of the ” Mind ” operates. Just how does the Nurturing given by the Great Mother work in relationship to Karma/Dharma, the outpouring of the soul and the conditioning of the environment including the parental input of language, culture, etc. Here we must pause and examine our concept of the Self for all of the cultural ideas world wide, past and present. Virgo is the field of the harvest of millions of years of evolution. She is impeccable and we are the fruit of the Great Mother’s labor.