Late for no. 20 also…


Ooof… I kept my deadlines with The Daily Spell… but I fallen way behind here. Shame on me…

Here goes Issue no. 20 of The Way of the Stars.

On this article: General description on the planets, and the first one of them, The Sun.

The Way of the Stars

An Introduction to Astrology

By Pablo Dotro(*) – The Mage of the Many Shadows.

wizard@elysium.com.arhttp://www.elysium.com.ar

“Lady of the Azure Mantle,
to you we call in the clear, dark Night.
To read our Destiny in your Heart,
these words I offer thee,
in perfect love and perfect trust.”

 

Merry Meet, my dear friends! We are, once more, together learning the basics of the ancient art and science of Astrology. This week we start our journey through the realm of the planets by taking a look at no other than the Sun, one of the most important elements in almost all astrological charts.

 

Describing the planets.

Since the planets are one of the more important keys in astrology, great care has been taken, down the centuries of astrological tradition, to provide insightful descriptions of them. Planets feature prominently in almost all astrological manuals, and are a favorite subject of the new generations of humanist astrologers.

How we describe them?

Planets are little more accessible to us than signs. They are named after Greco-Roman deities, and their astrological modes of action are closely connected to the myths and stories associated with those deities.

The planets have, in recent years, been thoroughly studied by astronomers and other scientists. We would be fools not to take into account all that research: after all, symbols transcend all limits, and hidden beneath orbits and calculations there may also be quite a few gems of understanding.

And of course, besides myths of old and new science, there are almost five thousand years of astrological tradition going back to the early civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt.

If we want to benefit from all these sources, we need to combine them into a suitable whole, almost like a gestalt(1). With this in mind, and for the next nine or so weeks; I will describe each one of the planets combining information from many different sources.

For each planet, I will show you some relevant astronomical data, a very short summary of the most relevant myths and stories related to it, and a description of what the astrological tradition has to say about it. As always, the keywords are in italics for easy reference.

 

Today’s planet: The Sun.

In Astronomy:

  • The Sun is a star. The only one present in our planetary system. The eight “true” planets orbit around it in orbits shaped in kind of oval called “ellipse”.
  • The Sun is composed of hydrogen and helium, and radiates to space a huge amount of energy as a by-product of thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen atoms. Without this energy, life would not exist in our Earth.
  • The Sun measures around 1.4 million kilometers in diameter (109 times bigger than Earth), and its mean distance from us is of around 150 million kilometers. By astronomical standards, it is a rather small star, of a relatively common composition and situated in a fairly “suburban” area of the Milky Way.

In myth and legends:

Considering the huge importance the Sun has for all life on Earth, it should not surprise any of us that there are countless myths connected to it. Almost every culture has its share of  “Solar Heroes”, and quite a few of our ancestors personified the Sun as a deity. Let us note a few of the more relevant myths and deities.

In Greek mythology, the Sun was Helios, an early Titan and god. In a pattern that is repeated in many cultures, it was pictured as a figure of great power, moving through the sky in a chariot, circling Earth every day.

Apollo was, to the Greeks, the classic type for the Solar Hero. His worship was quite extended, and his domain was equally vast. It included prophesy, music, the arts, warfare, beauty, law, medicine, poetry and hunting.

Hercules/Heracles was also a classic Solar Hero, even if his blood was not entirely immortal. It embodied the very essence of the intrepid and active principles that are the hallmark of the masculine self.

In Egyptian mythology, the classic example is Ra, in its multiple incarnations. Maybe the more striking of them all was it’s cult as Aton-Ra, during the early monotheistic period of Akhenaton, into which the fertile and active elements of the Sun were more clearly reflected in the images and representations.

 

In the astrological tradition:

The Sun is the inner core of our self. Even as the Sun is at the “inner center” of our planetary system, it is symbolically at the very center of our body, mind and soul. It represents our awareness, our ego, our vitality and energy. The Sun is a key element of our individuality, and that’s why the solar sign is important in astrology.

The Sun is often also related to our idea of our father, of the external and internal authority. There is e sense of honor and nobility that is related to our Sun. The mythical image of the warrior king or a golden child is clearly connected to the archetype of the Sun.

When the Sun is strong and well placed in a chart, it manifests as dignity and presence, life and dynamic energies that radiates from our inner self and are freely shared with others. A sense of authority and self reliance is evident on Sun-dominant charts.

In charts where the Sun is not well balanced, or when it is excessively weak we can readily see its effect as weakness, insecurity, dark characters and so on… but also as despotic or tyrannical personalities, where the power and inner energy is not harmonically expressed.

Since the Sun is so connected with our perception of ourselves, we tend to identify with what it represents. The sign where the Sun is located and the angles the Sun forms with the rest of the planets in a chart are usually related to both how we express ourselves and how would we like to be perceived.

We need to remember, however, that not everyone has its Sun so emphasized in its chart that we may dare simplify our interpretation to that sign or position alone. The Sun is like the focal point of the chart… it needs of the energy of all the other planets to express itself.

 

Coming up next week:

Next week I will talk a little of how to make sense of the keyword system us modern astrologers are so fond of ;-)… and our next planet will be The Moon, a symbol I know a lot of you cherish and love. Remember you can read this one and all past columns in my blog(2).

 

References:

(*) Pablo is an advanced astrology student at the Centro Astrológico de Buenos Aires (www.astrolcaba.com.ar), a First Degree student at Witchschool, and has extensive experience in Wicca, ceremonial magick, computer science, the Internet, physics and chemistry.

 

(1) http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/gestalt  

(2) http://www.wordsofmagick.com.ar/blog

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