The symbolism of Christmas relative to astrology and the tradition of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings is both profound and beautiful. The birth in a manger is in astrological language “0° Cancer.” It stands for the foundation, cornerstone, and anchor of your personality, which, in time and through the process of the continued expansion of your consciousness via your spiritual Journey through life, will come to realize itself as the Christ/Initiate at 0° Capricorn. We all begin this journey in exactly the same way—we are all born! But relatively very few of us in any one generation are able “to take the initiation” (make the spiritual progress) that leads us to understand and recognize that the Christ (Krishna to our billion Hindu brothers and sisters) lives within us, no matter what our religion or ethnicity, for the Christ as a Principle of Consciousness belongs not to one faith, but to all faiths.
As many of my readers know, I am especially interested in languages and the origins of words, especially in relationship to the spiritual life, as these verbal links show how much we are all part of the One Human Family. Let us look therefore at the word manger in this respect. In English, manger means “a structure used to store feed for animals.” It is actually the same word as in the French manger, which means simply “to eat.” The origin of this same French-to-English verb to eat is found in Latin as “manducare” (English mandible, the jaw allowing us to chew), but we can go back in time even further to the Biblical Hebrew word mon, which means “a portion of food.” In Hindi and in the Hindu religion, the word mannat means both a “wish” and a “vow,” as well as an offering that one makes in the temple (which is often one of food, as in “food for the gods”). We see the continuance of the concept of “Divine Food” in the Catholic tradition of serving the “Body of God” via the Host (holy wafer/bread) during Mass. Interestingly enough, the word manna is also a question meaning, “What is it?” for when this “heavenly food” fell to Earth, the Israelites did not at first know what it was and asked “Manna?” or “What is this (food)?” I present all of this to you as a way of relating that the “manna from heaven” as stated in the Bible is intimately connected in intent and meaning to the “manger” and thus to the Birth of Christ.
And as for the word “Bethlehem,” this is pure Hebrew, as beth means “house” and le chem means “the bread.” Thus, Bethlehem is the “House of Bread.” This may all be summed up in a quote from Deuteronomy 8:3, which says, “He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna…to teach you that man does not live on bread alone….”
In addition to the Bible, I have also been studying the ephemeris for 2018 in order to get some indications of the potential gifts that the heavens hold for each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. Our ancient science of astrology may be defined by four words: “As above, so below,” so here then are my interpretations of twelve (there are many more!) astrological Christmas presents for this coming year.
Aries and Aries Rising: Mars, ruling planet of the Celestial Ram, has a rather lengthy stay in Aquarius in 2018. He makes his ingress on May 15 and his exit on November 15 (but during that time returns to 28Ëš-29Ëš Capricorn from August 12 to September 10). Mars likes Aquarius because he can upset a few norms while in this “revolutionary” sign. As the god of war, Mars enjoys himself whenever he can make some noise! We should also keep in mind that Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, is exalted in Mars-ruled Scorpio.
The Present: If you are “making some noise” and raising a ruckus relative to a humanitarian cause in which you believe, then benefits will be yours. This is because the individual ego (symbolized by Mars as ruler of Aries) is acting on the behalf of others, scoring many positive “karmic brownie points.”
Taurus and Taurus Rising: Venus/ Aphrodite, your ruling planetary goddess, moves through the sign of the Celestial Bull from March 30 to April 24. She will be very happy to be domiciled in her own place of zodiacal residence, and chances are so will you. Venus in Taurus is incredibly magnetic, so what is it that you wish to draw to yourself? Is it a new car or new karma? Is it an increase in the quality of your possessions or the incorporation of more love/consciousness (they are the same) into your personality?
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Does Astrology Deny Free Will?
A criticism commonly leveled against astrology involves the thorny issue of free will. If our lives are somehow influenced or even predetermined by the stars, the argument goes, doesn’t that mean we have no real choice, that we’re little more than puppets of an overarching cosmic fate?
When an actor plays a role, his true nature is rarely seen, for his character is defined by the screenplay and the director.
Stock Market Outlook
Let us look at the prospects for selected stocks through the earnings-surprise method. First, we see what the planetary weather is by scanning for transits. There is a Solar Eclipse on February 15 and a retrograde Jupiter station on March 8 at 23°Scorpio. Venus is conjunct Neptune at 13°31’ Pisces this month on the 21st.
February's Planets And You
On the 15th, there will be a Solar Eclipse at 27° Aquarius. The sole lunation of the month, it opposes the degree of last August’s Solar Eclipse at 29° Leo, reenergizing issues from last summer. It also reawakens issues from 18, 36, and 54 years ago, as well as further back. The shadow of the eclipse falls in the southpolar region, not visible from any major country. It was the late Al Morrison who theorized that eclipses conjunct the poles tend to have an effect on the world in general, much as planets at 0° of the cardinal signs do.
Your Astrological Guide To Getting Organized!
Sometimes, working at home as a writer, I feel overwhelmed by pieces of paper, large and small. The same is true of pens and reference books. When the stacks are tall enough to cast shadows, I grow claustrophobic and flee to the public library. There I can work in a spacious, orderly, and ideal if somewhat sterile world.
The Astro-View From Scotland
Anyone who has ever written a regular column will know that there are times when inspiration is—not to put too fine a point on it—notable by its absence. At other times, so many ideas are flying around that catching one by the tail to pin it down is, to say the least, tricky. And, you never know, as the last deadline is met and you can now relax for a few weeks, which set of conditions is going to prevail the next time.
Question: Which dorm mate should I choose?Date: July 23, 2017Time: 10:24:00 A.M. E.D.T.Place: West Hartford, CTThis question came from my client’s daughter who is beginning her first year of college and will live on campus. She asked: “I have a dorm room at the college I will attend this fall. Two of my girlfriends are also attending the same college. They both want to room with me, but I can only take one as a roommate. Which one should I choose?”I asked her which friend requested to room with her first. This a very important question because it establishes the houses that rule each friend.
December's Planets And You
As loyal readers know, eclipses are the most powerful energizers in astrology. I usually begin an eclipse analysis about three months prior to its occurrence because the general rule is that Solar Eclipses begin to heat up the degrees in the zodiac about 90 days in advance. An example from last spring, however, demonstrates that this time span is simply a guideline.
Christmas And Soul - Centered Gifts For The Signs
The search for self—the process of individuation—is not a fad. Certainly, there are processes, weekend intensives, and specialized spiritual products and programs that come and go. We could say that there are a number of outer forms for the search for self that are indeed trendy, glamorous, and faddish, but that is the nature of all forms of social popularity in general. The essential search for the key to the expansion of consciousness and the resultant transformations in our attitudes and lifestyles are certainly not faddish. There is a Path, and that Path is the Goal; our job is getting There, and I assure you that there is a “There” to get to.—AO
The Astro - View Scotland
The Titan Prometheus was a pretty arrogant fellow in my view. According to Greek myth, he stole the fire of knowledge from the gods, hidden in a fennel stalk, to give to humanity for our enlightenment. Did he consult any humans beforehand to see if we wanted such a double-edged gift? To the best of my knowledge, he did not. He thought he knew best. For this blatant act of hubris—i.e., thinking you are as smart as the gods—he was savagely punished by Zeus, their king. You probably know the story, but it bears repeating just to remind us that hubris is not a good idea. Chained to a rock, Prometheus had his liver pecked out by an eagle on a daily basis; it regrew overnight—the punishment never ended.
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Why Iranians Continue to Seek Refuge in Australia
Shokoofeh Azar moved to Australia as a political refugee in 2010. Her novel The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree (see WLT, Spring 2020, 96), originally written in Farsi, was shortlisted for Australia’s 2018 Stella Prize for Fiction and the 2020 International Booker Prize. Here she recalls her refugee journey from Iran to Christmas Island and reveals why Iranians continue migrating to Australia, despite the absence of war.