A journey from modern Iraq back into ancient wisdom and modern science

Astrologer Dave Mockaitis has a fascinating essay up on his blog connecting the Yezidi, a Kurdish people on the border of Syria and Iraq, back to the , a collection of Arabic texts that was widely used by mages during the Renaissance period.  He then draws connections back to the Sabians of Harran, adding a layer of interest to  on the Sabian Symbols,

He then goes back to Hermes Trismegistus, a fascinating quasi-mythological figure who appears to combine the Greek Hermes with the Egyptian Thoth, leading many (including myself) to postulate that perhaps those two were actually the same being – perhaps an Atlantean survivor who served as the messenger of ancient wisdom (Hermes and Thoth are both gods of knowledge and magic).  The saying “as above, so below” is attributed to Hermes Trismegistus – the Thrice Great.

From Dave’s article:

The dictum “as above, so below” describes the connection between the core level of reality experienced by humans and the movements of the heavenly bodies. In contemporary astrology, it is generally thought that planetary phenomena cause or are reflected in events on Earth. However, the magical tradition takes this concept one step further by harnessing or cocreating with the planetary phenomena. Many hermeticists feel that these acts even comprise a spiritual practice because by working with the planets, they come closer to “the one” (Warnock “Hermetic Gnosis).

This ancient magical practice of working with the energy of the planets in an alchemical process rather than in a relationship where a dependency on one’s fate is created.  Dave concludes,

Approaching the planets as forces which can be worked with and embodied, the mage is in a position of active engagement with the solar system, rather than merely reporting on what is likely to transpire. The Yezidi are proof, […]

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By |2009-07-20T07:37:20-04:00July 20th, 2009|Astrology, Consciousness|Comments Off on A journey from modern Iraq back into ancient wisdom and modern science

A history of the Sabian Symbols

The Sabian Symbols were originally conceptualized in a partnership between astrologer Marc Edmund Jones and spiritual medium Elsie Wheeler in the early part of the 20th century, and published in a book by Jones called The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.  Channeled by Ms. Wheeler, there is one symbol for every degree of the zodiac, from the first degree of Aries to the 30th degree of Pisces. Jones was a Theosophist and therefore well acquainted with the concept of channeling Ascended Masters and the Babylonian Brotherhood.

According to, Marc Jones was also influenced by the symbolic astrological degrees of a Welsh seer named John Thomas (called Charubel) which were “obtained psychically for the basic purpose of helping him rectify the ascendents [sic] of horoscopes.”

, a noted modern expert on the Sabian Symbols, writes that the symbols were called “Sabian” because of the connection that Jones felt to the “ancient mind matrix ” of ancient Mesopotamia and that the Sabians were ancient alchemists. However, the website for the Sabian Assembly, the group started by Jones back in 1923, says:

The Sabian Assembly has been in continuous formal existence since October 17, 1923. Selection of the term, “Sabian,” formally adopted in January, 1928, proved fortuitous on a number of counts. “The students themselves picked the word Sabian, which was lucky because it afterward turned out that the Sabians were a Mohammedan group, and nobody knew just what they were. It is not a historically legitimate word for what we do, but it’s a good substitute, and it did represent people who were interested in what was then astrology. Later Jones would derive the word from the Hebrew phrase “Yahweh Sabaoth” or Lord of Hosts, referring to the Hosts as the […]

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By |2009-07-14T17:05:23-04:00July 14th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on A history of the Sabian Symbols

Is Chiron an asteroid? A comet? Or what?

Chiron the healer

Chiron was discovered in the late 1970s, and although many astrologers still seem not to include it in their practice, it has been an important part of my work for over 20 years.

Chiron is an important part of the planetary energy that is taking place right now since it is locked into the and the soon to be separating Jupiter.  You can read more about the astrological Chiron here.  Astrologers sometimes categorize Chiron with the other asteroids: Vesta, , Hygeia, Astraea, and thousands more but Chiron is technically not an asteroid.

Chiron’s astrological qualities include the alchemical transformation of matter into spirit in our own consciousness, and while its irregular orbit can take it anywhere between Jupiter and Neptune it is most commonly found between Saturn and Uranus, bridging the personal planets (through Saturn) and the transpersonal (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto).  The alchemical process that Chiron teaches reveals the inner wounds in the body, mind, spirit system and helps to facilitate healing.

Astronomers originally classified Chiron as an asteroid with a strange orbit.  But as they observed Chiron they discovered a comet-like tail, and it was reclassified as a comet.  Astrologer Zane Stein is widely respected as the astrology world’s expert on the discovery of Chiron.  He queried Dr. Marsden, director of the IAU Minor Planet Center on this subject and posts the response on:

Chiron, originally given the very temporary title “Slow-Moving Object Kowal”, was given the provisional minor planet designation 1977 UB. Later it was given the permanent minor planet number and name (2060) Chiron. All along, there were discussions it might be a comet, and definite cometary activity was noticed, at least some of the time, beginning around 1988. The […]

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By |2018-08-04T08:32:03-04:00July 8th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Is Chiron an asteroid? A comet? Or what?

Neptune’s Return

Neptune returns this year and next to its discovery degree: 25 degrees Aquarius.  Here is a a lovely video about the return of Neptune.  It’s about ten minutes long, but worth the time.

When new planets are discovered they seem to release a new wave of consciousness into the world.  When Uranus was discovered in 1781 there was a wave of rebellion and revolution that spread around the world.  When Pluto was discovered in 1930 the atomic bomb was detonated and psychological concepts became widely accepted.  Chiron’s discovery in 1977 was highlighted by the resurgence of holistic healing and homeopathic medicine, as well as the concept of metaphysical transformation.

Neptune is a mysterious enigma, drawing us ever deeper into the transcendence that takes us beyond the boundaries of ordinary reality.  At the moment Neptune and Chiron are of course traveling together, working together to deepen the experience of the soul.

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By |2009-07-02T06:38:52-04:00July 2nd, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Neptune’s Return

Astrology: the cosmic mirror of the astrologer’s soul

from one of my favorites, Liz Greene, whose work informed much of my own early work.  In it she quotes Alexander Ruperti, one of the earliest holistic astrologers:

”There is not one Astrology with a capital A. In each epoch, the astrology of the time was a reflection of the kind of order each culture saw in celestial motions, or the kind of relationship the culture formulated between heaven and earth.’

and goes on to say:

‘For every individual astrologer today, astrology is not only a reflection of the kind of order our culture sees in celestial motions, and the kind of relationship it formulates between heaven and earth. It is also a reflection of the inherent temperament of the individual – our hopes, aspirations, personal histories, conflicts, fears, talents, and beliefs, both conscious and unconscious – and a reflection of the attitudes and perceptions that each of us brings to the story of our individual lives.’

The question of whether astrology is a science or not is one that I prefer not to delve into.  In general, I am a person who believes what I see and not what I am told.  There are too many examples, which I gleefully catalog in this blog, of instances where conventional scientific wisdom is proven to be wrong, and hypotheses which were considered “far out” by scientists are demonstrated to be true.  There are many things in life that cannot be proven by the scientific method which requires rigorous testing and duplication of results.  Love is the classic example of this – we cannot prove that it exists.  Does that mean that it’s just a neurological response?

Dr. Greene includes Nick Campion’s survey results:

How Astrologers view Astrology

Nick Campion’s survey on how astrologers view astrology


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By |2018-08-04T08:48:43-04:00June 10th, 2009|Astrology|Comments Off on Astrology: the cosmic mirror of the astrologer’s soul
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