A Guide To Astrology

For some friends in Singapore interested in this sort of thing. All ideas below can be found in some form in particular 16th c. Florentine works.

1. Astrology is the determination of the stars, and how they may relate to the life of man. One wonders if stars are actually spirits, intelligences in and of themselves.

2. The vantage of one’s own eye is therefore critical to attempting to figure out the stars. To the human eye unaided, all the stars look the same, like dots one can connect any which way. It is only when one wants to focus that one notices differences between the stars, that their seeming equality is reconcilable with their individuation.

3. That there are individual stars means that the stars may not be able to be connected any which way. Certain stars might demand different relations than others. For example, some stars might be needy of more energy, as they work hard with planets to sustain life on other worlds, or some stars might need their preeminence as they may act as a guide to travelers everywhere.

4. You might object right now and say that I’m not being truthful to how astrology works, that I’m working with how the stars relate directly to human experience, and not thinking about how the stars reflect the divine which in turn dictates human experience. The divine must be conjectured, though, from how we mere mortals relate to anything. So I want to start small and then move larger, to see if there is a more natural approach to astrology which might help us evaluate which ways of looking at divinity are better than others.

5. From #3, we see that stars have needs, and that their needs are similar in type. This might be the basis of equality among the stars, and would suggest to us that there are determinate relations between stars even if stars differ. Complete equality would mean that the stars could relate to each other in any way and there would be no difference to us. Our system posits equality for the sake of appreciating difference.

6. The needs of the stars are based on the light they give off. Some stars give off an intense, dense light that burn planets. These stars conceive of their preservation as the destruction of everything around them. They need lots of energy, and are fed it by other stars. For when other stars give off light, that light is bent towards these more aggrandizing stars by the motions of other, duller celestial objects acting like mirrors.

7. Some stars give off a gentler light because a substantial amount of their light is reflected towards these more intense stars. It is not inconceivable that life exists on planets orbiting these stars. But there is an unevenness among stars of this category: some are more intense, almost as if they were less successful clones of the most intense stars. Such “not as intense” stars give off a light that tortures life, and does not help life develop. Other stars seem to almost want to foster life, as if that were the point of having light.

8. Finally, there are stars that give no light that can be seen. Some of these stars are black holes, which almost seem to wage war with the concept of light itself. Other stars do not try to “wage war,” if you will, with “space/time,” but rather sit idly as if they were nothing but mass. In fact, in their case, their mass matters far more than any light they may be giving off. Such mass exerts pull on other celestial objects and thus indirectly exerts a pull on the light the brighter stars receive. This indirect relation can never be accounted for, but it can safely be said that the brighter a star is, the more other stars will only count for their mass. When too many stars are nothing but mass, it is as if the universe is a chaos, for a great force might exert itself or might not, and no one knows what it will favor one moment or the next. A too-bright star “wills” its own destruction, so to speak.

9. Now we have engaged in personification of stars to explain the human vantage. But we live in an age of science, and we know full well that personification is a very silly thing. What matters is that the manyness of detail, of causes and effects, is accounted for by a few reporting to some one. That one, empowered with all the knowledge we can give him, can be trusted in any and all situations to make the right decision, for science always guarantees a greater good no matter how many ways it encompasses.

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