More than Sun Signs: The Many Types of Astrology

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The first type of Astrology to emerge was Mundane Astrology. Michael Baigent in his observations on Mesopotamian Astrology writes “Mundane Astrology seeks a greater understanding of the dynamics of the mass of individuals who gathered together in the body politic.” Therefore when studying history, Mundane Astrology should be considered, since rulers consulted the stars to govern by. By understanding the stars, rulers could divine what is going to happen next, so they can plan accordingly.

My introduction to Mundane Astrology was the writings of John Michael Greer (former ADOA Archdruid). What I gleamed was that the reading is set in the capital of the country on the date of its founding. Then the Twelve Houses and their ruling planets are examined from the months of that particular Ingress to the next one. For example, the Cancer Ingress for the U.K. is June to September (when the Libra Ingress is read). The founding date is the coronation of Victoria, since that marked a new era for the U.K. Predictions are made for politics, economics and society for that particular Ingress for the U.K. This information can be then acted upon for the selected period.

Natal Astrology was developed after the Persian invasion of Babylon in 539 BCE. The Persians expanded upon Babylonian Astrology. They added such concepts such as the Sidereal Period (the length of time taken by a planet to pass through the twelve signs of the Zodiac back to its starting point), fixed Zodiacal signs, and the Synodic Period (the period between consecutive conjunctions of a planet with the sun as seen from the earth).

Professor Bartel Landert Van der Vaerden, who studied early Astrology, said that the religion of Zoroastrianism of the Persians brought a different perspective. Because that religion said that there was a free choice between good and evil for the person, they could learn their potential choices from the stars. Birth charts for individuals were created to advise them on how the stars influenced their lives.

In modern times, the birth chart is a map that a person can to guide their journey. The chart of where the stars are when the person was born is cast. Then the astrologer studies the chart to for the general outline of the person’s future. The natal chart can also suggest what types of careers and relationships that the person can succeed at. Natal Astrology is the focus on the individual and their relationship with the stars.

The birth chart is three dimensional with the birth date, birth place, and birth time. It projects the future by the position of the heavenly bodies at the junction of these three points. It can define where the nodes of a person’s life is overtaken by planets and their returns. The astrologer acts as the navigator of the person’s chart.

Joanna Woolfolk defines Horary Astrology as a “special horoscope cast for the moment in which a specific question is asked. The theory behind Horary Astrology is that there is a sympathy between the cosmos and the human mind.” Horary Astrology is used to answer questions since the stars offer immediate guidance. An example would be Queen Elizabeth I asking John Dee, her astrologer, what the stars counsel for England to do against the Spanish Armada.

Christopher Warnock defines Horary Astrology as the branch of Astrology that predicts the future by using the time of a question. He stress that the time of the question is critical in casting the chart. He states that traditional sources say that the question is “born” when it is asked of the astrologer who uses their location for the chart. The ruling planets and houses related to the question are then read. Warnock uses his location for the birthplace of the question.

Works Used:
Baigent, Michael, “Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia.” Bear and Company: Rochester (VT). 1994.
Gillett, Ray, “The Secret Language of Astrology.” Watkins Publishing: London. 2011.
Hall, Judy, “The Astrology Bible.” Sterling Publishing: NY. 2005
Warnock, Christopher, “Renaissance Astrology.” 2018. Web. https://www.renaissanceastrology.com/.
Woolfolk, Joanna, “The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need.” Taylor Trade Publishing: Lanham (MD). 2008.

2 thoughts on “More than Sun Signs: The Many Types of Astrology

  1. On Mon, Aug 17, 2020, 5:10 PM Neptune’s Dolphins wrote:

    > neptunesdolphins posted: ” The first type of Astrology to emerge was > Mundane Astrology. Michael Baigent in his observations on Mesopotamian > Astrology writes “Mundane Astrology seeks a greater understanding of the > dynamics of the mass of individuals who gathered together in the bo” >

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