Ascertaining and Studying by Probabilities
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Astrology contains a wealth of ancient symbols in a web that should reflect the cosmos as seen from earth. The said essence of intricate patterns that are made by the revolving planets in their orbs against the starry background carpet are interpreted and applied to humans by claims anchored to stellar symbol markers and various patterns they form.
Birth astrology, the sky pattern at birth, to what extent or to what degree has it capacity to assist or support basic handling fitness? To what extent can it help us? In what ways? How far can it help us to get aware of golden chances to make progress some way or other? Such questions are rather essential to astrology.
To find out of some things we should first investigate them thoroughly and well first-hand. But that is often draining and expensive, and may be very little remunerative. It tends to work better in the long run to learn from the most reliable others, wherever we can find them. It sustains efforts to remain fair and quite unbiased. Skills are needed too, and perhaps much aplomb when presenting the findings. We need to evaluate research findings too, so as to ascertain how applicable they seem to be, and so on.
To go for solid, fit inspection is supported by such as "Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement." [John 7:24]. Appearances may be deveiving. The question is which ones, in what ways, and how to deal with them, in case.
We may also study: "Since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you ..." [Luke 1:3]. Now how do we investigate carefully enough to make our findings valid in a field some way or other? There are many ways to proceed. And how is an orderly account formed? In scientific research and scholarly study some markers stand out. There are many books on the subject. You may find links to a few of them through this page: [Link]
Findings may be presented metaphorically. One one hand metaphors may offer beginner help; on the other hand figures of speech need to be decoded for more serviceable understanding. The last part is often wanting. Here is how to arrive at apt metaphors: Try to get through the steps 1-6 of the taxonomy of learning, and add a step 7, symbolise well: [More] One may study the figure on that page to make way down the stairs "down from the metaphor" to step 3 and 2 again so as to arrive at effective, tried meanings that may be applied with success too - to the degree there are any such inherent meanings at all, or to the degree that such meanings and applications may be derived from the symbol, metaphor, figurative speech, regardless of other, possible meanings. Good grasps are had be doing things - "learning by doing" applies here (from step 3 to step 2 in the figure).
What we get when "cracking open symbols and metaphors" like this is as when cracking nuts. Some have good kernels, others have bad kernels, and some have no kernels at all. All in all, much depends on how we choose to interpret figurative expressions. That is so for the visual arts too, and most other arts.
Anyway, lovely figures of speach often ease the way up and throughout life. Against that, it is written that Jesus talked in metaphors to the public, for they could not see or understand anyway [Matthew 13:13]." Contrast such waste of time with the practice of Buddha:
The Blessed One [Buddha] thought: "I have taught the truth . . . But simple as it is, the people cannot understand it . . . I must adapt my thoughts to their thoughts . . . Therefore, I will tell them stories." [Carus]
So he told parables. [Compare]
Astrology is in part built up of stories. There are ancient stories of the planets, each told of as a god among Greeks of old. They glide across a background of stars in the Milky Way, and across that starry sky there is a net of idea figures called constellations.
The constellations are irregular polygons of varying shapes. There are 88 official constellations. The sun appears to pass through 13 of them in a year. The thirteenth constellation is the Serpent Holder, Ophiuchus. It is much overlooked, but is still there among the twelve other constellations. The constellations are connected to old stories too, from many civilizations: Egyptian, Indian, Sumerian-Babylonian, Greek, and others. Various mythologies contain such stories.
Now, in the non-canonical but probably authentic Gospel of Thomas, the very first logion (saying) Jesus also talks for interpretive skills. also, "Good equipment does half the work", and rather often ninety percent of it, if not more.
First inspect and present nicely as fits, then reach onwards toward sane and fair judgement. Also, it helps to render solidly and fairly, and be forewarned.
Carl Gustav Jung formed a school of self-explorative thought. It's called analytic psychology.
Astrology is also quite an art - a genre of presenting and telling. Many seem to find refreshing benefits from dealing with arts. The art parts of handy and clean astrology could work well, but who's on top of that, you may benefit from asking - but not just into the air.
Some troubles bring long-range benefits in their wake. Much depends on how we respond to and make use of the tests, problems and hardships.
In order to climb a ladder of study, solid inspection and fair judgement and assessments are necessary. ◊
Inherited astrology is like a river-bed. Segments from antiquity include a lot of myths and variants of related myths. Will a birth chart that is related to them, portray major changes, chances for setbacks and twisted wincers in your deals?
OUR dreams at night may contain very valuable lessons, Jungian psychology tells. Besides it's Bible taught too. (3)
To watch out not to get your mind twisted through distorted or bad symbols can do you good. How to do it? Here is a good reply; it is 2500 years old. [Kalama Sutta].
Hindu astrologers claim the horoscope can assist evolution - and the birth chart reflects inherent inclinations, some of which can be tamed or curbed for a while, and others tamed and harnessed, and others can be made use of freely and happily. Along this vein some think there are twelve constellations (star images in the sky, not star signs), and that they are of even length. Think twice. There are thirteen constellations in the zodiac, and they are of uneven lengths. One constellation, Virgo, is about 45 degrees wide, for example. [More]
It is held that astrology in a wide sense is a living influence on at least a quarter of mankind. So what? [See Aeb]
Along with one's birth one gets the drafted licence that portrays in fixed, symbolic ways: ◊
ANOTHER idea is that you have a natural right or freedom to learn. (5) [T+]
Carus, Paul. The Gospel of Buddha: Compiled from Ancient Records. Chicago: The Open Court Publishing Company, 1984 and 1915.
Jerome, Lawrence. Astrologi - en bløff? Bergen: Universitetsforlaget, 1977.
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