Saturday, March 07, 2009

Weekend Waffle

A line in John Anthony West's excellent book "The Case for Astrology" caught my eye the other day. He talks about the Principle of Correspondences, and how it relates to astrology and to that thing called magic, also alchemy and, well....everything really. He goes on to say that "Art is magic, literally and technically". He uses composers as examples in his book, but we can use artists and writers equally well - they take inanimate materials: canvas, paper, paint, chalks, pencils, inks, a camera, film, and tranform them into something which can initiate a rush of emotion in the observer.
By reaction with the Principle of Correspondences their work can touch our inner being - not in every case, but where Correspondences exist. When we feel drawn to someone or something, I'm confident that the Principle of Correspondences is at work - somehow, through astrological links. If we knew exactly how, we'd be well on the way to solving the mystery of astrology.

I saw Archbishop Desmond TuTu interviewed on late night TV this week by, of all people, Craig Ferguson. It was a lovely interview, thanks to the uninhibited approach of the interviewer and the delightful personality of the interviewee.The archbishop was born with Sun, Mercury and Venus in Libra - sign of balance and diplomacy. Moon and Jupiter in Leo, help to make him comfortable on the world stage. He has a Grand Cross showing very clearly in his chart, signifying the struggles he has lived through in trying to effect justice and peace in a strife-torn Africa. This man is a wonderful example of Christianity. Many other churchmen could (and should) take lessons from him.
(12 noon chart used in the absence of birth time).

I keep reading complaints that too much is being written and discussed about trivia, especially trivia related to America's new First Family. Critics say that "there are more important things to write about, these days". Well, yes of course, and there are thousands of people writing on those important topics.

Communication has increased a million-fold or more in the past year or two. I can't identify the astrological reflection of this, unless the mushrooming was started by Jupiter's transit through Sagittarius -both planet and its home sign are connected to excess and expansion. More of what used to be part of girly chats over coffee has morphed into journalist and blog fodder.

Interest in trivia has always been part of life. It's necessary, I believe, to counteract an overdose of gloom and heavy duty news. I do, occasionally, have a need to read about whether Michelle Obama's sleeveless dress was thought okay for a serious political venue, or whether President Obama's hair is rapidly turning grey, or what dog will be choosen for First Dog. It's similar to the way we crave morsels of sweetmeat after large helpings of food which had to be chewed and chewed and chewed for digestion's sake. News is news, trivia is trivia, there's room for both in the ever expading world of communication.


Shawn Carson said...

Hi Twilight,
My attention is drawn to Tutu's Moon / Jupiter conjunction. When either of the luminaries are in good aspect to Jupiter, this acts as one's "saving grace". Even in the midst of great challenges and obstacles, these people are able to remain optimistic. They choose to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don't mess with Mr. In-between.

Twilight said...

Hi Shawn ~~ Good point. Although this is a 12 noon chart, I've just run rectification tool on my software to find the range the Moon would have covered on his birth date, - from 8 to 23 degrees.
So Moon and Jupiter would have been close enough to be considered conjunct, whatever the time of birth - and more than likely the two were very close indeed as he was born.

Thanks for noting that! :-)

anthonynorth said...

I find trivia important, if for nothing other than to tell me what people are thinking, and what media is doing to change it :-)
West is big in the Lost Civilisation world - almost the nemesis of traditional Egyptology.

Wisewebwoman said...

I truly believe T, that it is in studying the micro that we get the building blocks for the bigger picture. But we can't simply focus on the mundane.
It is the tunnel vision obsession with external frivolous trappings that has gotten us into a pile of trouble now.

Twilight said...

AN ~~~ Oh yes - there's that, it's as well to keep a watchful eye on that aspect too - we are but pawns in their game - as somebody once said - Dylan I think!

Oh dear - now you've set me off on a new tack, investigating Mr. West's doings. Hmmmm - I may be gone for quite some time.....

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ That's so true - It's like all else in life, when things get out of balance and too much emphasis is place in one area over another - things go pear-shaped very quickly. :-)

R J Adams said...

Quite right! Even Sparrow Chat is given to the occasional foray into trivialities.
As for Desmond Tutu, he is a rare breed. I rank him with that other great South African, Nelson Mandela. It's remarkable that one nation should produce two legendary figures in one lifetime.
(I'll leave you to decide whether this is the result of an 'astrological event') ;-)

Twilight said...

RJ ~~~ Yes, a very rare breed indeed. Those two are good examples of "cometh the hour, cometh the man" aren't they!