In the following, Q- is 'Question', and A- means 'Answer', which is by Edgar Cayce who answers in a self-induced sleep or trance.
Q-Please give a definition of the word astrology.
A-That position in space about our own earth that is under the control of the forces that are within the sphere of that control, and all other spheres without that control. That is astrology, the study of those conditions.
In the beginning, our own plane, the Earth, was set in motion. The planning of other planets began the ruling of the destiny of all matters as created, just as the division of waters was ruled and is ruled by the Moon in its path about the earth; just so as the higher creation as it begun is ruled by its action in conjunction with the planets about the earth. The strongest force used in the destiny of man is the Sun first, then the closer planets to the earth, or those that are coming to ascension at the time of the birth of the individual, but let it be understood here, no action of any planet or the phases of the Sun, the Moon or any of the heavenly bodies surpass the rule of man's will power, the power given by the Creator of man, in the beginning, when he became a living soul, with the power of choosing for himself. (Frejer 2002, 270)
There is more:
[Cayce sleeptalks further:] The inclinations of man are ruled by the planets under which he is born, for the destiny of man lies within the sphere or scope of the planets . . .
Mark Thurston (2004) says Edgar Cayce supported the fundamental premise of astrology that the planets and stars have a relationship to human temperament and behavior. In fact, he encouraged the study of astrology: "Well for everyone to make a study of astrology!" [311-10] Thurston further:
Cayce differs from many astrologers, however, in the area of causation. The fact that Mars was on the ascendant, near the horizon, at the moment of birth does not cause one to behave in a certain way as an adult. In Cayce's view, it's the other way around: Because of past life experiences in the material world, and non-corporeal experiences the soul has had before birth (so-called interplanetary sojourns), the soul chooses to be born when the planets depict best its own innate patterns—when the planets "bear witness to" it, as Cayce puts it.
From Pluto was discovered in 1930 and till 2006, Pluto was considered the ninth planet of the Solar System. Pluto is now considered the largest member of the Kuiper belt without being dominant within it, and after Eris, Pluto is the second-largest known dwarf planet in the Solar System. A number of scientists continue to hold that Pluto should be classified as a planet. (WP, "Pluto")
The American Edgar Cayce (1877–1945) discoursed while in a "sleeping" state. What he said was recorded by others, and when he awoke he usually said he did not remember what he had said while asleep. He never profited from his sleeptalk recordings. (WP, "Edgar Cayce")
Cayce said that his trance statements should be taken into account only to the extent that they led to a better life for the recipient. Moreover, he invited his audience to test his suggestions rather than accept them on faith. That is sound.
Much information that is not verified scientifically, may still be OK. Much that is unproved, is not disproved either. Consider, "Twin fools: one doubts nothing, the other everything." (Mieder et al. 1996, 166). It is also said that "the wisest of fools are called philosophers (Ibid. 221)."
Good evidence that Cayce's sleeptalker teachings about the human-side qualities of planets are quite correct, is hard to find so far.
It takes a soul to see well enough higher up.
Edgar Cayce dictated all of his discourses from a self-induced trance. A stenographer took his discourses down in shorthand and later typed them. Copies were sent to the person or persons who had requested the psychic reading, and one was put into the files of the A.R.E. [Association for Research and Enlightenment].
Not that there are not definite helps to be attained from astrology, but those who live by same the more oft are controlled rather than controlling their own lives and their destinies. Astrology is a fact, in most instances. But astrological aspects are but signs, symbols. No influence is of greater value or of greater help than the will of an individual. Use such directions [from the planets] as steppingstones. Do not let them become stumbling-stones in thy experience. (Reading 815-6, in Cayce 2010, 15)
"In thyself ye find Venus, Mercury Mars, Jupiter and Uranus as thy experiences; to be sure with their correlating from earth's experience in the sun and the moon." (Cayce 2010, 19)
"The strongest power in the destiny of man is the Sun, first; then the closer planets, or those that are coming in ascendency at the time of the birth of the individual; but let it be understood here, no action of any planet or any of the phases of the Sun, Moon, or any of the heavenly bodies surpass the rule of Man's individual will power." (Ibid. 20)
"The inclination of man is ruled by the planets under which he is born. In this far the destiny of man lies within the sphere or scope of the planets. With the given position of the Solar system at the time of the birth of an individual, it can be worked out -- that is, the inclinations and actions without the will power taken into consideration." (Ibid. 20)
"It behooves all that there should be as great consideration given as to where the soul came from as to where the soul is going! . . . That the soul may have sojourned in an experience in Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or any of those sister planets of the Sun . . . makes for a nature in the mental capacities and abilities of a soul." (Ibid. 24)
"The sojourns in the astrological . . . are mental urges." (Ibid. 26)
Cayce, Edgar. 2010. Planetary Influences and sojourns. Virginia Beach, VA: A.R.E. Press.
Frejer, B. Ernest, comp. 2002. The Edgar Cayce Companion: A Comprehensive Treatise of the Edgar Cayce Readings. New York: Barnes and Noble Digital.
Mieder, Wolfgang (main ed.), Stewart A. Kingsbury, and Kelsie E. Harder. 1996. A Dictionary of American Proverbs. Paperback ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
Thurston, Mark. The Essential Edgar Cayce. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher / Penguin, 2004.
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