The Art Of Astrology
Astrology the belief that the Sun, planets and star-groups (constellations) possess an influence over human destiny and the attempt to discover and to predict the nature of such influence. There are two main schools of interpretation one based on the day of the year on which the individual was born, and classifying him by one of the twelve signs of the zodiac the other, deriving its conclusions from the exact time of day at which the birth took place and making use of the horoscope, or the study of the position of the sun and the planets in various heavenly houses. Babylonia and Egypt were the centers of astrology in the ancient Orient. Hebrews shared such beliefs . The prophets, believing as they did in an all-powerful God who ruled the world on a basis ofjust reward and punishment, they had no room for a sidereal fatalism which made human lives helplessly subject to the influence of the heavenly bodies. Hence their repeated insistence that God was supreme over the Sun, Moon and...
A perusal of Summit University course material shows that the astrology information that CUT teaches its Fraternity of Keepers of the Flame is the same type of astrological items that others have taught before. The extra meanings assigned the various 12 signs can also be found in the Mason Manly P. Hall's book The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Both CUT and Masonry use Astrology as a way to get people interested in their teachings. The first three degrees of Masonry are called the Blue Lodge because the color blue is associated with the skies and astrology.
The polytheism of the Mesopotameans, the Sumerians, Assyrians, the Persians, the Babylonians are full of demons from the earliest of historical records. Demonism is the dynamic behind the magic and spiritual powers of these groups' religion.8 The Caananite, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman gods relate to the Babylonian gods in character and nature, and are also demonic. All kinds of magic, immorality, human sacrifice, astrology, etc. came to be practiced
Northern declination, and mounted to the summit of the circle of the heavens, when, according to the teachings of astrology, he entered his own house among the stars, would naturally be pronounced propitious and fortunate by the diviners, soothsayers, and astrologers. As the temples always faced the east, so as to catch the first rays of the rising sun, it is almost certain that the cornerstone also, for like religious reasons, would be laid in a line with the rising sun. The sun, as he arose on the longest day of the year, rejoicing in his pride and strength, would thus be a type of the new temple about to rise majestically from its foundations. On the contrary, to lay the cornerstone of the new solar temple in the southeastern line of the sun's decline and fall, at the winter solstice, or toward the north, the point of darkness, or yet toward Amenti, the western region of gloom and death, would, according to the teachings of astrology, be most unpropitious, if not sacrilegious.
A form of idolatry.15 It is inclined to vulgar error, too, because its operations flout the laws of nature.16 When we turn to magicians we break faith with God, growing impatient because he does not seem to hear our prayers or respond to our efforts to fast and go on pilgrimages.17 While it was believed that magic works, its study and practice continued to obtrude on those of philosophy and theology alike. The same was true for astrology. Gerson wrote in 1419, acknowledging that the heavens are God's instrument of government, and their motions more than mere signs. Astrologers, he says, must remember that their art is theology's handmaid and then they will not fall into impious errors and sacrilegious superstitions.18 The concepts of theology and philosophy, and of the peripheral sciences, the liberal arts, the mechanical arts, even the magical arts, can all be seen as hierarchically ordered to the supreme purpose of knowing God. It was generally held in the thirteenth century that...
An example of that is the historical St. James Anglican Church just off of Piccadilly Square. The church is a favorite for tourists, especially to the New Age type which it caters to. The church calls itself A Seven Days a Week Church for London and the World. Within the church are held classes for all types of New Age religious activities such as Health for the New Age through meditation, visualization , Lifetime Astrology, Yoga Meditation. If you want to join the Sufi Healing Order which meets there you can.2
Despite Moses' orders (Deuteronomy 18 10-12) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or daughter to pass through the fire (see Ritual Murder herein) or that useth divination, or an observer of times astrology or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord and because of the abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (Deuteronomy 18 10-12) Yet all of these are permitted by Judaistic Pharisee scripture. (See, for example, the Jewish Talmud, Sanhedrin 65a-b, Exhibits 70, 71)
One might expect a thinker with such a positive attitude to have known The Guide in the 1260's. Not only was it available it was frequently cited by the new generation of theologians (1250-70). And since there are a number of philosophical issues where one might expect Bacon and Maimonides to be in agreement, one could suppose that he had consulted this work. In an effort to discover any heretofore unnoticed correspondences in both thinkers, I will examine the following five problems (1) Language about God and Analogy, (2) Astrology, (3) Humility as a Virtue and the Crux of Magnanimity, (4) Moral Philosophy as the Finis (Completion) of Philosophical Studies, (5) The distinction of the Wise and the Vulgar, and (6) Philosophical style.
Researching the origins of birthdays, they come from Babylonian Astrology, not the guidelines of Scripture. (Research the word horoscope, and find that it means hour watcher. This was one of the duties of the Chaldean priests of Babylon. They watched the skies at the hour of a birth). The person led by tradition is in the majority, and believes by simply re-naming Saturnalia Christ's Mass , and reinterpreting the symbolic ideas surrounding this solstice festival, we can consider the Paganism purged and rejected, and the formerly Pagan-founded ritual is applied to the obser
The fake name of the Mashlach, JESUS , Is a Greco-Romanism, and means absolutely nothing In Hebrew. If it were a translation , then it could be re-translated back to Hebrew. When taken back to the Greek, it means hey-Zeus , or hail Zeus . Since the closest word to sus in Hebrew is soos , it means horse . Zeus is depicted as a Centaur, and this half-man, half-horse is found in Babylonian Astrology in the constellation Sagittarius. Sus in Latin means PIG. In this book, you will discover the true Name by which we must be saved, which is
They refer to the four great angles of the heavens, where the equinoctial and solstitial points are situated, and the signs at these points are, according to ancient astrology, called fixed signs. Each sign, was, moreover, ruled by three gods, called Decans, the first of which in each sign was called the powerful leader of three. The most important and powerful of these thirty-six celestial gods were the four Decans, who ruled the four angles of the heavens, and the stability and perpetuity of the universe were supposed to be insured by them. They were also called Elobim, and the two who had their seat on the equator were believed to compel the sun to shine twelve hours over all the earth, as well as to repel him, so that he moved on to the next sign of the zodiac in progressive order. The no less powerful Elohim, or Decans, who ruled the solstitial points caused the sun to turn back at the tropics, and preserved the order of nature and of the seasons.
Proctor thinks the purpose of the pyramids was rather astrological than astronomical, for he says, The slant tunnel above mentioned is precisely what the astrologer would require in order to get the horoscope correctly. This distinction between astrology and astronomy was unknown to the ancients. The two were one. Astrology assumes, it is true, to predict not only eclipses, but the future generally from the position and aspects of the heavenly bodies but, in order to make those assumed predictions, it was first required, according to the rules of astrology itself, to obtain a correct knowledge of the position and aspects of the sun, moon, and planets. This necessitated, of course, correct astronomical observations, which might be and were put to uses entirely scientific and practical by the ancients, as well as serving as a basis for their pretended predictions of the future.
the true Jewish view of life, and one that appealed to Talmudic Judaism. The Jew as well as the man was recognized in the Cabala. Notwithstanding the strongly pantheistic coloring of its metaphysics, the Cabala never attempted to belittle the importance of historic Judaism, but, on the contrary, emphasized it the cabalists developed a Jewish Magic. (p. 478) Demonology, therefore, occupies an important part in the work of many cabalists many cabalists developed their theories on Casting of Lots, Necromancy, Exorcism. Astrology was legitimized and page 37 bibliomancy found its justification in the assumption that the sacred Hebrew letters are not one. With that old pagan deification of man idea in which nature as a whole is god and man is the doer, merely signs for things but implements of divine powers by means of which nature may be subjugated. (page 479)
Can the membership be subverted Although it rarely happens, it isn't impossible. One major subversion took place over two hundred years ago, when the Amish allowed folk magic to mix with their culture. When the Rosicrucian settlements fell apart, they joined the Mennonites in Lancaster PA. and brought in many of their occult ideas. Other influences too have intoduced occult practices. Although the famous Pennslyvannia Hex signs are more representative of the higher Pennslyvannia Dutch churches, they and the magic they represent also been practiced among the Amish. Magic, astrology, and new age healing have made solid inroads into the Old Order Amish. The Amish book which lists all their ministers is mixed with pages of Astrology, and has been for decades. After writing an expose of Astrology showing its Babylonian origin and its unscriptualness, this Author sent the book to the publishers of the Amish Calender, their book listing their ministers, challenging them to leave the...
The sixth section is given over to the Latin reception of Islamic and Jewish Philosophy. Except for a writer like Aquinas, little work has been done on the Latin reception. In order to make progress, attention needs to be devoted to the reception of individual authors. Three case studies are included in order to make this point. On the theme of creation, Miller fills out Burrell's picture by treating William of Auvergne, one of the first Latins to make a close study of Islamic philosophy. He clarifies William's use and criticisms of Avicenna in formulating a view of natural causality. In the second case study, Rosheger clarifies Aquinas's response to both Avicenna and William of Auvergne on whether God has an essence and the implications that this has for naming. Aquinas is shown to oppose a Neoplatonic view shared by Avicenna and William, a view with roots in Plotinus. Rosheger argues convincingly that other texts in Avicenna and William disavow this interpretation, and furthermore,...
The Mediterranean world into which Christianity was ushered. This pagan Gnosticism was protean, taking many forms and drawing from a wide variety of sources. Into one or another of its varieties entered contributions from Orphic and Platonic dualism, other schools of Greek thought, Syrian conceptions, Persian dualism, the mystery cults, Meso-potamian astrology, and Egyptian religion. It was highly syncretistic. When combined with certain elements from Christianity, Gnosticism proved so attractive that, while no accurate figures are obtainable, the suggestion has been made that for a time the majority of those who regarded themselves as Christians adhered to one or another of its many forms.
Lized world by way of the good Roman roads. Mithraism was the primary religion of the Roman Empire from BcE 222 through the 4th century CE. It was the chief rival of Christianity , which history shows compromised radically in order to convert pagans into believers . By the 4th century cE, the sect of Yahudaism called the N'tzarim no longer existed openly, and gnostic clones of it had sprung up and began to compete with Mithraism for dominance. One historian said, The entire European continent and New World would be Mithraic today, if Christianity hadn't come along. Other historians have put it another way Christianity didn't conquer Mithraic Paganism. Mithraism blended in, and CHANGED NAMES. The doctrines, feast dates, rituals, accouterments, and organizational structure have scarcely changed at all. The religion of Mithraism itself was the result of a merger of the astrology of the Chaldean priests of Marduk (Baal) with the Indo-Iranian priests of Mithras. The sun-idol, Mithras, is...
Ignorant of them, or too weak to break free of them. Their spiritual leaders aren't going to tell them, because they are hypnotized as well. The reason the Writings don't make much sense to people is because they are not aware, and don't recognize their own behavior as being Pagan. Everything has been pushed into the background so well, their eyes are blinded to the real truth. Astrology, an ancient Babylonian process of worship, was used to determine the 'sigh' under which a person was born. Everything that happened to a person was determined by the stars . The position of the sun, moon, planets, and stars at the time of one's birth produced a personal horoscope , used since ancient times by witches, palmistry experts, fortune tellers, diviners, sorceresses, tarot card readers, magicians, soothsayers, and others who dabble in the OCCULT . The word occult means hidden. Such divination is idolatry Do not practice divination or sorcery and Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists...
What has all of this evidence of philosophical dependence to do with Moses Maimonides and Roger Bacon In the Summa sapientiale of Thomas of York, the references to The Guide of the Perplexed by Moses ben Maimon are constant and ubiquituous. Indeed, Dorothy Sharp correctly notes that Maimonides or Rabbi Moses (as he is called) is a great favourite with Thomas, and it is not improbable that Thomas's strong personal tone, e.g. 'Voluimanifestare tibi' and 'oportet te scire,' was suggested by the writings of the Jewish Philosopher (Sharp, 1930, 51, n.2). On each of these topics mentioned above from Thomas of York, Maimonides is quoted (positively and negatively) in company with Aristotle, Avicenna, Averroes and Avicebron (Ibn Gabirol). It would not be wrong to state that the two Jewish Philosophers, Maimonides and Ibn Gabirol, influence the interpretation of the above topics from both Thomas of York and Roger Bacon. And yet, there is a major anomaly in all of this. The anomaly here is that...
The hourglass was one of the sacred astronomical emblems of the Egyptians. Clement of Alexandria, who gives a description of one of their religious processions, informs us that the singer went first, bearing the symbols of music, and that he was followed by the horoscopus, bearing in his hand an hourglass, as the measure of time, together with a palm-branch, these being the symbols of astrology or astronomy. It was the duty of the horoscopus to be versed in and able to recite the four books of Hermes which treat of that science. One of these books describes the position of the fixed stars another the conjunctions, eclipses, and illuminations of the sun and moon and the others their risings and settings. The hourglass is, therefore, peculiarly an astronomical emblem of great antiquity. The moral application of this masonic emblem is beautifully given in the Monitor.
Between the mid-first and late third centuries AD a number of texts ascribed to Hermes Trismegistos came into circulation. They combined elements of Platonic, Neo-Pythagorean and Stoic thought with material drawn from the cults of the East and Near-East,31 and Gnostic teaching. The end of human life as they saw it was the 'deification' of man, achieved through subjugation of the 'beast' in a man, and cultivation of the spiritual and upwardly aspiring. A taint of magic and astrology hung about these texts as they were drawn on in the Middle Ages. There was also the tell-tale warning sign for orthodox Christians that this was a mystery religion. Of the hermetic writings the Asclepius perhaps occurs most frequently in the Middle Ages. But pseudo-Hermetica were in mediaeval circulation too. The Secretum Secretorum was thought to be a work of Aristotle, written for a privileged readership of initiates. Roger Bacon rearranged it, making his own division into books. An unknown Western writer...
Al-Kindi (d. c.873) knew no Greek, but he used to arrange for others to make translations for him and then improve their Arabic if necessary. He knew Plotinus, but the chief influence upon him was Aristotle. His chief interest as a philosopher was the study of the First Cause, which he thought the proper subject of philosophy at its highest. He had leanings towards natural science too, writing on meteorology, astronomy-and-astrology and music. It is instructive that his list of definitions of philosophy's scope emerges as very close to that of Arnulf Provincialis.32 His De Radiis33 among other works was, it seems, a strong influence on Roger Bacon, although its teaching was condemned by Giles of Rome in his Errors of the Philosophers about 1270, and the general condemnation of 1277 includes at least one of Al-Kindi's doctrines.
Drawing on the most up-to-date scholarship, the volume paints a carefully nuanced portrait of the Christians' religious context. Besides describing ordinary domestic and civic religion and popular belief (including astrology, divination and 'magic'), there is extended discussion of mystery cults, ruler and emperor cults, the religious dimensions of philosophy, and Gnosticism.
Various books written by Rosicrucians and Freemasons, which promoted magick, astrology, mysticism, rationalism, deism, and various mystery religions and the occult, were guite popular in colonial New England and made guite an impact. A study of men connected with forming new religions, repeatedly indicates the far ranging impact of men like Boehme, Voltaire, Paine, Swendenborg, Charles Fourier and others.
Numbers and letters were developed into complete systems. Hence the cabalistic doctrine of the heavenly alphabet, whose signs are the constellations and the stars. Thus Astrology was legitimized, and bibliomancy found its justification in the assumption that the sacred Hebrew letters are not merely signs for things, but implements of divine powers by means of which nature may be subjugated by Man , says the Jewish Encyclopedia, under Cabala, page 479.
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