What does this say about what they could mean? Since the Earth-Sun relationship is very stable, leading to a tropical zodiac with definitive beginnings and endings that can remain constant for as long as the Earth spins, so too does it represent things which are archetypally unchanging or eternal about life on Earth.
Since the stars in constellations are unstable, indeterminate and changing in the long term from our perspective, so too do they and sidereal zodiacs attached to them, represent what is incidental and specific to an era in time. This is true in a literal sense, because the constellations we currently see will only be arranged in this way for a brief time on a cosmic scale, and the images projected onto the stars reflect animals that only existed contemporaneously with human beings in the evolutionary timeline.
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Imagine the Earth is like a ship in an ocean. Life on the ship would unfold according to a schedule or template, of waking, working, playing, eating, resting, being born, living and dying. Outside the ship is the unpredictability of the ocean, the capriciousness of the weather, the glacially shifting climate. This is what I think the relationship is like between the tropical and sidereal zodiac. Just as the Earth-Sun relationship is stable and unchanging, so would the tropical zodiac reflect the regularity of life on the ship. However for this distinction to really work, it would be helpful for the zodiacs to be formally distinguished.
In order to honor their new paths, we need to set the terms of divorce, including name changes, division of assets and a custody agreement. The tropical zodiac would need new names for its signs to properly differentiate itself from constellations and the sidereal zodiac. This has been a long time coming. They have the same names as sidereal signs because they used to coincide, but to be properly distinguished they should have different names. It should be envisioned and understood as a solar zodiac, a construct explicitly derived from the Earth-Sun relationship and distinct from stars.
From this point of view, Aries is not the home of Mars because the ram is its constellational image, but rather the ram was chosen as the constellational image of Aries because it is the home of Mars and the ram embodies some qualities of Mars. Here are my suggestions:.
I know there are some divisions within the community of sidereal astrologers on this topic, and I am not a siderealist, but as an outsider there seems to be a pretty clear solution to all the different anayamsas out there. Then the sidereal zodiac could be rooted to a more truly fixed point which honors the sidereal tradition of nakshatras. In the long term however, the consequence of aligning the sidereal zodiac to a single point is that the sidereal zodiac would no longer be anchored to the stars in constellations but more properly to the galactic axis.
The tropical zodiac needs to solve its hemisphere problem. Planetary rulerships belong to the tropical zodiac. This is going to be controversial. I contend that planetary rulerships have a distinct connection to the tropical zodiac in the northern hemisphere. The Moon and Sun rule the signs where the Sun is in the hottest part of the year, Saturn rules the signs where the Sun is in the coldest part of the year, etc. There is not, as far as I am aware, a compelling sidereal rationale for planetary rulerships.
The constellational images alone do not provide much justification for a sidereal sign to be ruled by a particular planet. Characteristics of signs based on their constellational images belong to the sidereal zodiac. In Hellenistic astrology there are many associations made with the stars in a constellation and weather patterns, as well as associations made with the nature of a sign that tie directly to characteristics of its constellational image, so these could remain intact in sidereal contexts.
Characteristics of signs based on their seasonal features belong to the tropical zodiac. For example, cardinal, fixed and mutable signs only make sense in a tropical framework, the signs where the Sun is when a season begins, continues and transitions.
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The only way these could logically be integrated with the sidereal zodiac is if sidereal Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces assumed more cardinal characteristics since that is where the Sun is at the beginning of the seasons sidereally. Tropical astrologers might have to rethink the meaning of fixed stars. A lot of the lore surrounding particular stars revolves around their position within a constellation. In such cases a tropical astrologer would have to think about how the appearance of the star itself might inform its benefic or malefic nature, somewhat divorced in a sense from its position within that constellation.
We may have to revisit our view of constellations period. When considering that different cultures have had the same instinct to find patterns and fashion myths out of the stars, we could come away with the notion that there is something about the stars which represent something eternal. On the other hand, when we see that different cultures find very different images among the stars from each other, we may come away with the notion that the constellations are ephemeral, simply arbitrary cultural projections.
This may also bring us to question whether the constellational images established long ago by Babylonians and later featured figures of Greek and Roman mythology still apply to our modern global society of today they still do , or if we could project our own myths and images onto the stars? What if there was a way to project our culture onto the stars in a way that was meaningful today? From the tropical perspective, this could be done by simply considering which stars are present in each tropical sign, and forming an image with the stars that matches the nature of the planet ruling that sign.
Each time a star enters or leaves a tropical sign, the zodiacal image would be updated. In the same way that astronomers decide the names of new planets and how meteorologists decide the names of new hurricanes, astrologers could decide on the new cultural image reflected in those stars. This would reflect their incidental importance to a particular time and place rather than bearing eternal significance. Knowledge is key to these folks, since it fuels their broad-minded approach to life. The Sagittarian-born are keenly interested in philosophy and religion, and they find that these disciplines aid their internal quest.
At the end of the day, what Sagittarius wants most is to know the meaning of life, and to accomplish this while feeling free and easy. Centaurs were the intellectuals of ancient Roman mythology, and Sagittarians are quick to consider themselves their modern-day counterparts.
Those born under this sign are clear thinkers, and choose to look at the big picture most of the time. They also like it when others agree with their well-thought-out point of view. The alternative to this, for better or for worse, is a Sag who can become argumentative and blunt. Indeed, Sagittarians are enthusiastic consumers of information and enthusiastic in general , the better to get the answers they need. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. In ancient Roman times, Jupiter was the King of the Gods, and most Sagittarians would say that the royal pedigree has been passed on to them.
The Sag-born are generous and just — much like a noble leader.
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These folks are also expansive in their thoughts, as well as in their approach. Sags are forever reaching for knowledge, understanding and answers.
They are outspoken in their beliefs, at times to the point of exaggeration. A new stage of human evolution will be born. This way of approaching the zodiac and using it to understand the whole of earthly evolution is said to come from Chrstian Rosenkreutz. During this time of the year the sun is covering the twins, or rather breathing the energy of the twins towards earth.
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The twin-energy gives the third energy of spiritual development, starting in the Lion with an awakening of spiritually based enthusiasm, courage and compassion, that develope a potential within the chakras that is in harmony with modern man's strong individuality. At the same time it reawakens the chakras' power of clairvoyance as it were before they fell asleep to give room for the development of the modern consciousness.
Through the energies of the Crab the chakras are bound together, creating a whole reawakening energy field around them. From theTwins a quality of spiritual brother- and sisterhood is conveyed through which we become able to support each other in our effort to reclaim the realms of the Spirit.
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All this lies in many, but not in all ways, still in the future. A consequence of this is that those, who are entering this field of spiritual evolution, will often be lonely. It is therefor important and a true blessing to meet likeminded people who do understand.
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To learn how to live a spiritual life is quite a task, and the danger of living in doubt or even giving up, while we in reality are making good progress is there. There are demanding challenges on the way and the support of those, who in their own way are going through the same as we do, helps. This is a phase of evolution only a little part of humanity has reached, but at the same time our numbers are growing, our impact can be felt and we are clearing the way for the whole of humanity in a not so far future.
Think of these things throughout the day. Focus on them before you fall asleep and have them in your heart whilst you meet the sunlight in the morning which is conveying the energy of the twins in this period from June 20 to July When meditating the morning sunlight, that is backed up by Taurus, we meet the force of pure creativity. The most natural expression of our human creativity is our speach, our word. While it is an ability we just use without cherishing it much, it is carrying all aspects of human expression: the painter's colors are there, so are the sculpturer's command of forms and the architect's feeling for the wholeness and the details of structures.