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Astrology and the New World

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Johannes Ehvass

Welcome, dear reader! The Enlightenment, often hailed as the Age of Reason, ushered in an era where logic and empirical evidence reigned supreme. As society championed scientific discovery and rational thought, astrology faced a unique challenge. Positioned at the intersection of ancient beliefs and emerging skepticism, the celestial practice found itself both critiqued and revisited. Yet, even amidst this intellectual revolution, the allure of the stars persisted, reflecting the enduring human desire to find meaning beyond the tangible. Join me as we explore this dynamic period, where astrology navigated the delicate balance between tradition and transformation.

Astrology in the American Colonies and Early USA

Introduction: Stars in a New Sky

Crossing the Ocean: Astrology’s Journey

Enlightenment astrology

As European settlers journeyed to the New World, they carried with them a myriad of beliefs and practices, astrology being one of them. In a land of new beginnings, astrology found fertile ground to evolve and intertwine with the emerging American culture.

Why Astrology?

The uncertainties and challenges of colonial life made many settlers seek guidance, and for many, astrology provided answers to their pressing questions about the future and their place in this new world.

The Puritan Dilemma: Astrology in New England

Strict Beliefs and Occasional Hypocrisies

The Puritans, known for their strict religious views, publicly denounced many forms of divination, including astrology. However, in private, some might have still sought astrological advice, especially during times of crises.

Signs and Eclipses: Astrological Interpretations

Eclipses, comets, and other celestial events were often seen as omens. While religious leaders interpreted them as signs from God, there was a parallel narrative that leaned on astrological interpretations, tying these events to earthly happenings.

Middle and Southern Colonies: A Melting Pot of Beliefs

Quakers, Anglicans, and Astrology

In colonies with a more diverse religious landscape, like Pennsylvania and Maryland, astrology was more openly practiced. The Quakers, known for their tolerance, allowed for a variety of beliefs, including astrological ones.

Plantations and Astrological Almanacs

In the agrarian Southern colonies, planting by the signs—using astrological signs to determine planting dates—became a widespread practice. Almanacs, which included astrological information alongside other practical advice, were common household items.

Benjamin Franklin and ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’

Combining Science and Astrology

One of the most famous almanacs was Benjamin Franklin’s ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’. While Franklin was a man of science, he recognized the public’s interest in astrology and included astrological predictions, albeit sometimes with a touch of satire.

The Popularity of Almanacs

Franklin’s almanac and others like it became essential reading in many colonial households, underscoring the intertwined nature of astrology with daily colonial life.

Astrology in the Revolutionary Era

Astrological Predictions and Political Decisions

In the tumultuous years leading up to the American Revolution, astrological predictions about the fate of the colonies and their conflict with Britain circulated widely. Some revolutionaries even consulted astrologers for auspicious dates to carry out significant actions.

The Birth Chart of a Nation

The United States’ birth chart, cast for July 4, 1776, has been a topic of interest for astrologers since the nation’s inception. This chart, interpreted in various ways, reflects the character, challenges, and potential of the USA.

Conclusion: An Astrological Tapestry

The American colonies and the early USA were a tapestry of diverse beliefs, with astrology being a significant thread. From almanacs to the revolution, and from Puritanical Massachusetts to the plantations of Virginia, astrology played a multifaceted role in shaping the new American identity.

The Role of Astrology in Colonial and Revolutionary Thought

Introduction: Stars and Stripes

The Revolutionary Backdrop

As the tension between the American colonies and the British Crown intensified, so did the quest for understanding and predicting the future. Amidst this tumultuous period, astrology offered both hope and caution, resonating with the prevailing revolutionary sentiments.

Astrology: A Bridge Between the Mundane and the Celestial

For many colonists, astrology became a bridge, linking their day-to-day struggles with the grand cosmic designs. It offered a perspective that their rebellion and quest for self-determination were in sync with the universe’s plans.

Planetary Movements and Political Revolutions

The Significance of Celestial Events

Eclipses, planetary conjunctions, and other astronomical events were meticulously observed and interpreted. Such events, viewed through an astrological lens, were believed to influence kings, nations, and the outcome of wars.

Specific Predictions and Their Outcomes

Some astrologers made bold predictions about the outcome of the impending revolution, and while not all of them came true, they played a role in shaping public opinion and morale.

The Astrological Pamphlets and Almanacs: Spreading Revolutionary Ideas

The Rise of the Astrological Press

With increasing literacy rates and the widespread availability of printing presses, pamphlets and almanacs became popular mediums to disseminate astrological knowledge, often intertwined with revolutionary ideas.

‘Written in the Stars’: Celestial Propaganda

Revolutionary leaders, recognizing the influence of astrology on the masses, sometimes used astrological language and symbolism to rally support, suggest British tyranny was against the cosmic order, and argue that the revolution had celestial backing.

Choosing Auspicious Dates: Astrology in Strategy

The Significance of Electional Astrology

Electional astrology, which determines the most auspicious time to undertake an initiative, was sometimes consulted to decide on important events, believing that aligning actions with favorable stars could ensure success.

Historical Accounts and Astrological Influence

While not all leaders openly admitted to using astrology, there are historical accounts and anecdotes suggesting that some pivotal events were timed based on astrological considerations.

Astrologers: The Unsung Heroes of the Revolution?

The Role of Prominent Astrologers

Several astrologers were active during this period, providing counsel to the public and occasionally to leaders. Their interpretations of celestial events often held political undertones, providing either warnings or affirmations about the revolutionary path.

The Legacy of Revolutionary Astrologers

Though their names might not be as celebrated as other revolutionary figures, these astrologers’ influence in shaping public sentiment and revolutionary thought cannot be denied.

Conclusion: The Revolutionary Dance of Stars and Minds

In a time of uncertainty, when the very foundation of society was being questioned and reshaped, astrology offered both a comforting and guiding hand. The stars, for many, were not just distant celestial bodies but active participants in the grand drama of revolution. Through pamphlets, almanacs, and whispered consultations, astrology played a subtle, yet undeniable role in the birth of a new nation.

Native American and Indigenous Interpretations of Astrology

Introduction: A Collision of Worlds

The Pre-existing Astrological Beliefs

Before the European settlers arrived, the indigenous peoples of North America already had their own rich and intricate systems of understanding the cosmos. Their relationship with the celestial realm was deeply intertwined with their cultural, spiritual, and daily lives.

A Meeting of Two Astrological Traditions

The arrival of the Europeans and their astrological beliefs initiated a complex interplay between two distinct ways of interpreting the heavens.

Indigenous Celestial Traditions

The Sky as a Storyteller

For many Native American tribes, the stars were not just luminous objects in the sky but narrators of ancient tales, keepers of wisdom, and guides for life on Earth. Constellations had their own stories, often linked with the creation myths and moral lessons of the tribe.

Ceremonial Practices and the Celestial Calendar

The indigenous peoples used the celestial cycles to determine the timings of ceremonies, agricultural practices, and other community activities. These events were deeply synchronized with the natural world and its rhythms.

The Zodiac: A Comparative Study

Indigenous Zodiac vs. Western Zodiac

While the Western zodiac is divided into twelve signs based on the solar cycle, many Native American tribes had their own zodiac systems, often based on lunar cycles and significant seasonal markers. The characteristics and lessons from each sign, while different in symbolism, often echoed similar human experiences and traits.

Adoption and Adaptation

Over time, some tribes began integrating aspects of Western astrology into their practices. This resulted in a fusion of beliefs, where indigenous celestial symbols coexisted and sometimes intertwined with the more familiar signs of the Western zodiac.

Shamans, Healers, and Star Readers

The Role of the Celestial Interpreters

In indigenous cultures, certain individuals held the responsibility of interpreting celestial signs. Often, these were shamans or spiritual leaders who would decipher the messages of the stars, guiding their communities in decision-making, healing, and spiritual matters.

European Influence on Indigenous Star Readers

As European settlers and their astrological beliefs became more prominent, some indigenous star readers began incorporating certain Western astrological elements into their readings, leading to a unique blend of astrological interpretation.

Challenges and Continuity

Colonial Disruptions

Colonialism and its subsequent effects disrupted many indigenous practices, including their astrological traditions. Forced conversions, displacement, and cultural suppression meant that many of these celestial traditions were at risk of being lost.

The Resilience of Indigenous Astrology

Despite these challenges, the indigenous interpretations of the stars have shown resilience. Today, many tribes are actively reviving and preserving their unique astrological traditions, while also embracing elements of Western astrology.

Conclusion: A Tapestry of Stars

Indigenous interpretations of astrology offer a profound reminder that our relationship with the cosmos is multifaceted and deeply personal. The celestial stories told by Native American tribes add rich layers to the broader tapestry of astrological beliefs. In a world where cultures and traditions are constantly colliding and merging, the indigenous celestial narratives stand as testament to the enduring human quest to find meaning in the stars.

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Introduction to Astrology

The history of Astrology
Moving beyond deterministic astrology
Foundation of Astrology: Planets, Signs and Houses

Astrology and the Holographic Universe

The Holographic Universe
The Human Psyche as a Mirror to The Solar System
The Human Body as a Mirror to The Star Signs

Astrology Background

Egyptian Astrology
Mayan Astrology
Chinese Astrology
Indian Astrology - Jyotish
Celtic Astrology
Tibetan Astrology

Mesopotamian Astrology

Early Mesopotamian Astrology: The Dawn of Celestial Divination
Enuma Anu Enlil: The Epicenter of Babylonian Celestial Omen Interpretation

Babylonian and Chaldean Astrology

Babylonian and Chaldean Astrology
Chaldean influence and evolution
Chaldean Wisdom: Safeguarding and Transmitting Astrological Knowledge

Hellenistic Astrology

Hellenistic Astrology background
Claudius Ptolemy and Tetrabiblos
Vettius Valens
Dorotheus of Sidon

Persian Astrology

Persian Astrology background
Sassanian Astrology

Late Antiquity and The Transition Period

Late Antiquity and The Transition Period
Hellenistic to Islamic Transition: The Torchbearers of Astrological Wisdom

Islamic Golden Age

Arabian Astrology Background
Arabian Astrology Contributions

Medieval Astrology

Introduction: The Medieval Cosmos
Monastic Preservers: Astrological Knowledge in the Dark Ages
Astrology in Medieval Medicine
Kings, Queens, and Constellations: Astrology in the Medieval Court
The Church and the Stars: A Contentious Relationship
Universities and Scholastic Pursuits: Academic Astrology
Astronomy & Astrology: Tools of the Trade
Medieval Astrological Houses and the Synthesis of Traditions
Transition to the Renaissance: Humanism and the Celestial Arts
Reflections: Medieval Astrology's Echoes in Modern Practice
Astrological Art of the Middle Ages
Famous Medieval Astrologers
Medieval Astrological Texts

Renaissance Astrology

Renaissance Humanism and Astrology
Scientific Advancements and Astrology
The Social Fabric: Astrology in Everyday Renaissance Life
Court Astrologers of the Renaissance
Controversies and Conflicts: Astrology Under Scrutiny
Renaissance Texts and Authors: Continuation of a Tradition
Astrology and Art: Celestial Imagery in the Renaissance
Renaissance Astrological Practices: Evolutions and Innovations
End of the Renaissance: The Gradual Decline of Astrological Influence
Renaissance Astrology's Echo in the Modern World

Enlightenment Astrology

Introduction: The Enlightenment and Astrology
Challenging the Stars: Astrology's Critics during the Enlightenment
Astrology and the New World
Astrology in the 19th Century
The Dawn of Psychological Astrology
Astrology in the 20th Century: A Modern Renaissance
Astrological Associations and Schools
Modern Controversies and Astrology
Astrology and Popular Culture
Astrology and Technology
Current Trends and Future Directions in Astrology
Conclusion: Reflecting on Astrology's Evolution

The Planet Significances

The Sun in Astrology
The Moon in Astrology
Mercury in Astrology
Venus in Astrology
Mars in Astrology
Jupiter in Astrology
Saturn in Astrology
Uranus in Astrology
Neptune in Astrology
Pluto in Astrology
Chiron in Astrology
Black Moon Lilith in Astrology
Pars Fortuna in Astrology
Ceres in Astrology

Houses in Astrology

Introduction to Astrological Houses
The Angular Houses
The Succedent Houses
The Cadent Houses
The 1st House
The 2nd House
The 3rd House
The 4th House
The 5th House
The 6th House
The 7th House
The 8th House
The 9th House
The 10th House
The 11th House
The 12th House
Interaction Between Houses
Derived Houses, House Rulers, and Interceptions
Conclusion: Synthesizing House Knowledge

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