AR 40 Saturn
in Cancer, June, 2003 to July, 2005
AR 39 The
of the Zodiac
Twelfth Planet, Plutinos or
Eclipses Promise or Peril?
The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology
Children of the Gods
Wheels Within Wheels
Horoscopes of Destiny
Zodicac of Dendera
A Star Is Born
Age of Aquarius
Persia's Royal Stars of Ancients
The Lore of a Shaman
of the Spheres,
Relating Astrology to Number
and Sacred Geometry
an Indian does is in a circle. That is because the power of the
world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round."
Wallace Black Elk (1863-1950)
I believe what
we call time is an unfolded circle that we experience like a line
in the third dimension. Our perception of reality is stepped down
so that what is happening all at once from one perspective, or higher
dimension, is seen as linear and sequential from our limited 3-D
and moves in circles, spirals or ellipses. The Hindu god Shiva is
often depicted within a circle, dancing the Universe into circular
manifestation. Shiva is a vastly ancient deity, representing the
power of the life force which enlivens and motivates everything
in form. Shiva is always pictured with a flute, symbolizing the
transforming quality of vibration and sound.
There are wheels
within wheels, seasons and rhythms in the vast cycles of our galaxy
which pour down through the planes of manifestation to impinge on
the lives of nations and individuals. Astrology is the study of
some of the smaller cycles, using an archetypal language to define
twelve signs and ten planets. A skilled Astrologer uses this language
to translate the coded, energetic blueprint of interactions of the
planets and the signs at birth and throughout unfolding and repeating
Dane Rudyar defined
Astrology as a technique for the study of cycles. In his book, The
Lunation Cycle, a Key to Understanding Personality, Rudyar remarked
"Its (astrology's) main purpose is to establish the existence of
regular patterns in the sequence of events constituting an individual's
inner and outer experience; then to use the knowledge of these patterns
in order to control the genesis, development and recurrence of experiences
and achieve mastery."
Measure is the means
through which matter manifests as form, and Number is the agency
by which multiplicity emerges from Unity. It is through number and
geometry that the Universe is generated and maintained. Number is
both vibration and frequency and geometric patterns underlie all
of existence. All geometry is sacred because meaning and archetype
are contained in the shapes in the same way archetypal principles
are contained in numbers.
Music is sacred
geometry. The Sufi master musician and teacher, Inayat Khan said,
"The nature of creation is the doubling of one. And it is this doubling
aspect which is the cause of all duality in life; one part is positive,
the other negative; one expressive, the other responsive. Therefore
spirit and nature in this creation of duality stand face-to-face."
Certain shapes communicate
symbolic meaning. The circle is a symbol of infinity since its border
has no beginning or ending. The round shape symbolically conveys
infinite potential and carries the notion of a womb, pregnant with
possibilities. The circle is what lies behind creation before a
cycle of manifestation. Zero is "no thing" before expression. The
Zodiac is both a circle and a cycle.
The triangle or
pyramid is a symbol of the divine principle of trinity, or threefold
aspect of of Creator. Pointing upward, the triangle is an emblem
of the element of fire and aspiration toward the divine. Pointing
downward, the triangle represents the element of water and divine
energy moving into manifestation. A triangle is also a geometric
representation of the number three, connoting growth and multiplicity.
A square has four
sides and is therefore the geometric equivalent of four. A square
and the number four convey stability and the idea of being anchored
in the Earth. A cube, or solid square, signifies the physical realm
and represents aspects of walking the spiritual path. Masons use
squares to build buildings and the temple within.
Because humans have
five fingers and toes on each of our appendages, and because when
we stretch out our arms and legs we resemble a five-pointed star,
five is said to be the number of humanity. Five is the number of
change. The Pentagram symbolically represents the work and experience
of the human condition. Five-pointed stars represented celestial
deities, and perhaps the completed work, when they were carved into
temples in Egypt.
A Hexagram is formed
by two intersecting triangles and shows the idea of balance and
the reciprocity of opposite energies. Sometimes called the Seal
of Solomon, the name of this figure in Qabalah is the Mogen David,
or seal of David, the shield of love.
As the world
Cycles reveal unfolding
patterns of energy and opportunity which recur at different times,
depending on the circumference of the circle. Many cultures celebrate
feasts, or holy days, performing ceremonies at critical symbolic
moments of the moving year to honor the cycles and what each phase
Like a "freeze frame"
we stop the action and study the quality of a particular image.
When a point in time is isolated from the flow it becomes oracular
in nature and divinatory. Time is not a still photograph, but like
a haunting picture, a powerful moment in time may yield an illuminating
vision. Astrological charts are cast for captured moments and studied
and interpreted like X-Rays.
As the planets
move, shifting angular relationships form between them in a definable
sequence, and different energetic formulas develop as the character
of a planet is affected by the zodiacal sign it occupies and the
tension formed with other planets. Aspects between planets, or their
angular relationships, are based on divisions of the circle. The
characteristic of the angle has a similar nature to the archetypal
meaning of the number used to divide the circle, resulting in harmonic
frequencies in a horoscope. Aspects convey the meaning of numbers
by virtue of their geometry. In his book Horoscope Symbols, astrologer
Robert Hand remarked, "The nature of aspects does not arise out
of the relationships among the signs . . . the relationships among
the signs arise from the numbers that divide the circle into aspects."
The most commonly
used aspects are divisions of the circle by one, two, three, four
and six. Also described here is one-fifth of a circle. Other numbers
and aspects, including multiples of seven, eight and nine, are used
One - One
is always first and stands alone. Symbolically one cannot be divided.
Unity can only create by a process of addition. Meanings of the
number one include initiation, unity, beginning, initiative, singleness,
isolation, originality and self-conscious. In the vertical, linear
form of the Arabic numeral one initiation of movement begins with
the vertical line which connects above to below, showing the place
where heaven touches earth. Two planets occupying the same degree
is called a conjunction and divides the circle by one. A conjunction
relates to the number one, embodying a union of planetary energies
and a singular focus of combined energies. The result depends on
the nature of the planets involved.
Two - In
the expression of two the energy of manifestation moves from singularity
to duality. Two is a perfect replica of one, created by addition,
and is the first divisible number. Meanings of the number two include
duplication, duality, reflection, replication, division, recreation,
receptivity, dependence, polarity, division, double, twin, mirror
image, antagonism, opposition, complementary, alternate, life force
and sub-consciousness. One half of a circle is 180 degrees and two
planets on either side is termed an opposition. The opposition gives
the experience of polarity and standoff, but also potentially unites
complementary energies, just like the number two.
Three - Three
expresses the perfect outworking of the principles of one and two
and grows through multiplication. Meanings of the number three include:
multiplication, trinity, development, imagination, growth, creativity,
unfoldment, pro-creation, and expression. One-third of a circle
is 120 degrees and a trine aspect. The energy of a free-flowing
trine brings ease, and like the number three gives growth and multiplicity
of the planetary energies which relate in this way. Sometimes this
ease creates a troubling inertia.
Four - The
number four carries the memory of the order of manifestation and
an understanding of the lay of the land, moving from the first three
numbers. Meanings of the number four include: classification, order,
reason, measurement, recording, planning, surveying, naming, tabulating,
stability, geometry and topography. One-fourth of a circle is 90
degrees and a square angle. The square aspect is usually considered
the most difficult. Squares place two energies at cross purposes
and make it harder to see what's at work behind the scenes.
Five - The
number five embodies the law which proceeds from the abstract order
of the number four. Five stands in the middle of the numbers one
through nine. Meanings of the number five include: mediation, change,
adaptation, means, agency, activity, process, uncertainty, instability,
transition and versatility. One-fifth of a circle is 72 degrees
and is called a Quintile. Quintiles, like the number five, are a
dynamic energy which carry the potential for genius if grasped and
Six - One
form of the number six is two interconnected triangles, forming
a perfectly balanced symmetry. Six embodies the perfected union
of opposites and rests in the center of the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Meanings of the number six include: equilibration, balance, symmetry,
harmony of opposites, balanced polarities, reciprocity, love and
complementary activities. Dividing the circle by six yields a slice
of sixty degrees and is called a sextile aspect. Sextiles offer
growth, but require work and choice. Effort is necessary to achieve
the balanced polarities inherent in the meaning of the number six.
Drawing lines between
aspects can also form a kind of "solid" geometry or harmonic resonance
within a chart. Configurations called Grand Trines (three planets
in trine to each other), Grand Crosses (two intersecting oppositions),
T-Squares and Kites (a Grand Trine pierced by an opposition), contain
more powerful impact because they are formed of multiple planets.
Some of these configurations are somewhat common, while others,
such as a Grand Sextile, may be seen only once in an astrologer's
career. These geometric astrological formations can take on a significance
that dominates the quality of the horoscope, vibrating like the
powerful keynote of a number above all other influences.
A kaleidoscope is
an optical instrument which uses a reflecting surface and bits of
colored glass. Rotating the lens creates beautiful symmetric patterns
in a series of unfolding designs. The geometry of Astrology works
in a similar manner. Depending on the planet, and the duration of
its orbit around the Sun, we experience complete cycles of planetary
geometry or portions of the pattern. Mercury speeds around the Sun
three times in a year, but Pluto takes more than 240 years to make
one circuit. Our experience and understanding of time can be deepened
by a combined perspective of a single, beautiful but ephemeral,
geometric expression or by seeing life like a kaleidoscope in constant
motion. Paradoxically, if our conscious is focused in the "now,"
we experience both the magic of the moment and the mystery of the