To Science or Not to Science
If you are new to my ‘channel’, I hope you don’t mind the frequency and the volume. I like to take a meta-view of paradox and twist it inside out to see the outside from within. (Of course, what you find there depends on where you think you started from in the first place; are you looking down from the above, or up from the below– or are you really just some nebulous great eye somewhere in the middle of it all.) The general topic of this op-ed article is about broadening our views of astrology by analyzing parts of our conflicting social construct of this passing Age, extracting the alchemical Gold of our technological advances and discarding the dross of excess we have created in the process. I will present an argument for ‘science’… and then play Devil’s Advocate and present an argument against ‘science’. Not simply because I enjoy arguing with myself (though I can learn a lot from solitary debate, I always manage to outwit myself) but rather because both avenues reveal certain truths through antithesis. In the end, what many people are asking is, ‘Is this science or not science’? I don’t think that is even a real question, ultimately there is only one singularity from which truth flows…
Deus Ex Machina
I would like for you to consider this more of a conscious conversation about the past and future, the general nature, and the overall role of astrology within the context of a new global society. So please take from it what resonates and dismiss what doesn’t. On close examination, it would appear that previous civilizations embraced astrology in much higher esteem. Even primitive cultures grasped our relationship to the planetary energies more thoroughly than we do now. It was not even a question that spirit and matter are reflections of each other. As a centuries’ old reaction to the religious pollution of scientific pursuits, today dominating arrogant science denies the very existence of spirit itself. Our connection to a conscious cosmos was at the center of daily life back into prehistory and was considered to be at the crux of all culture. We created, more so, in accord with nature, rather than in discord. We embedded this knowledge in our language, our maths and myths, our philosophies; we encoded it into music, structures, and our beliefs.
The majority of research, scientific inquiry and academic instruction are currently governed by an atheistic material doctrine. Though, in the last millennium or so, we astrologers may have improved our techniques and made natal astrology an evermore refined art, we have not progressed it as a parallel science. In the overall context, this is neither good nor bad, as modern science has its strengths and weaknesses, both of which are rooted in too much self-focus within the temporary human story and not enough on the eternal cosmic story. Science needed to break away from the increasing dogma of religion in order to explore the material world unhindered and it has done so. Yet, through hubris and ego, it has continued its inquisition at the expense of the spirit and the loss of human essence. Are we G-d and the Cosmic Machine, G-d in the Cosmic Machine, G-d as the Cosmic Machine? Or is it All just a trick of the Light..?
Horoscopic astrology is but a trifle compared to the wisdom and knowledge that the ancient cultures attained through their explorations and contemplations of the heavens. We were once profoundly more aware of the deepest nature of existence, the map of this reality and the source of it. The individual’s path and our collective participation within the source were understood holistically. This is much more important than the ‘astrology of the self’. In fact, horoscopic astrology only attains the height of its usefulness when cultivated from within a collective spiritual philosophical framework. This is true integrated astrology, and it is astrology’s authentic role and superior function for humanity in general.
I’d like to diverge a bit from the usual data, statistics and one-sided discussion towards some effort to persuade you into one camp or the dissuade you from another, but to just consider the current division between spirituality and science itself.