Cosmic Impulses

[These thoughts of mine are ad hoc improvisation which I post from time to time on my FB page, that is, on the FB page of this blog.]

The Lot of Spirit represents the Actions as we said previously. In Zodiacal Releasing from Spirit technique, the planets inside the sign of the profection are said to provide motives for action, or impulses. Impulses for action are also provided from the planets that are aspecting Lot of Spirit or its Lord. For example, if I natally have Venus conjuncting Lot of Spirit, out of her own nature, Venus would provide impulses for action related to her natural qualities like pleasures, enjoyment, probably piety, laughter, etc. [The idea of the impulses and motives for action, and the relationship with the ZR and Lot of Spirit is of Robert Schmidt]

The doctrine of the impulses is very interesting one, and Stoic philosophers elaborated quite good on this subject. The basic function of the impulse is to initiate motion. The doctrine of the impulses is closely related to the passions. The subject is very deep and worth of investigation and it is of paramount importance for studying Hellenistic astrology, especially the Lot of Spirit as representative of native’s actions or works in Zodiacal Releasing from Spirit.

Examining the Buddhism, one can see a connection between the concept of Shenpa and Impulses. Now, I know that these two things are not related but my train of thought will become clear in what follows.
Shenpa is usually translated as ‘attachment’ but this word does not translate the word shenpa in its fulness. Shenpa is an inner impulse to do things in a habbitual manner. This is the conditioning of the previous Karma, which is now part of our habbitual behavior or reaction to the world and events in life. I like Pema Choldron’s analogy of how Shenpa is the itch and the urge to scratch. It is the hook of our habituation.

The philosophy behind Hindu astrology is quite interesting for making analogies with Western traditional astrology (in general).
In Hindu philosophy, the stories of the Puranas are representation of the Universal laws but also representations of the inner qualities in our soul, that is, they work on microcosmic level. This is very similar to the Hermetic doctrine of as above so bellow, so widely popularized today but without much deeper understanding of the phrase. In these Puranic stories, planets and their mythology are representing inner qualities in every human being. Narayana is the Supreme Being in Hindu cosmology, and even though many today think that Hinduism is not monotheism are people who have little knowledge of the Hindu doctrines. Hinduism holds that there is trully only One Supreme God, but has different Avatars or embodiments of the same, appearing in every age as to give guidence to the people of that age, to enlighten them and give more principles of how one can follow the path to the true liberation of the chain of successive lives and attain unity with the One. So, Narayana is the Supreme Lord, and each of us is representation of the microcosm of Narayana. For Hindu astrologers and inside this philosophy, Jupiter rules intelligence, wisdom, judgment, etc. Venus rules enjoyment, Mars agression, Sun is the Soul, Saturn is hard work and patience, etc.

When we study the works of the Hellenistic astrologers and later, we see that certain planets are representing certain inner qualities, or psychology so to speak. It is interesting that Valens and Hellenistic astrologers use two different words for the significations of planets. In some occasions they use the word ‘semainō’ (to signify) and in other occasions use the word ‘poieō’ (to cause). So, we again here speak about the macrocosmic principles transferred on microcosmic level. When Hellenistic astrologers use the word ‘poieō’ they do not think about physical causation directly through some ‘energy’ or similar modern usages of the words ‘causation’. The word holds metaphysical connotation just as much as it is the case of ‘causation’ in the Hindu philosophy and metaphysics appleid there as to the connection between planets and microcosmic level of every individual, or the events in life.

These are really interesting subjects for one to urge for deeper understanding, and I just rambled a bit here, further exploration is very much needed if we want to understand the Cosmos and hence the Astrology of the ancients. We can’t understand the one without the other, they are very much interconnected.

Sun and Consciousness – short philosophical exploration

Nowadays throughout the Astrology world we  can hear how Sun is referred to as the Consciousness. Is this true from traditional astrology perspective, from the ancient doctrines and is this how the ancients looked at the Sun and its associations? I think that the truth is not far  away, and I will explain this in a minute.

The English term ‘consciousness’ comes from the Latin ‘conscientia’ which in itself involves the verb ‘scire’ (to know), with preposition ‘cum’ (together with). Latin scientia is used to translate Greek ‘suneidésis’ which is equivalent of our consciousness, awareness, etc. As a philosophical term, ‘consciousness’ was introduced by Ralf Cudworth, in his True Intellectual System of the Universe (1678). However, the term suneidésis was used by several different philosophical schools in Ancient Greece and different philosophers in different context and with different meaning. Stoics used it in the context of -self-awareness, or perception of ones body, something which every living being posses, like animals who are self-aware of their own bodies, and not in a sense we are using the term ‘consciousness’ today, instead, more like ‘awareness’ – having a mental perception of the things inside your body. Now, the term ‘awareness’ has broader meaning, for example, being aware of what is going on around you, not only inside you. Other philosophers seems to have used this term in a sense that a human being is aware of the sensations inside the body, be they of a physical nature, be they of a psychological nature. So, the word suneidésis can be more accurately translated like self-awareness, at least in philosophical terms.

The word consciousness is very much pregnant in today’s New Age thought and hence New Age astrology. It is filled with very much poorly understood Hindu philosophy and hence many of those modern astrologers who use it doesn’t even know what it actually means. I will explain this further in my elaboration here. For now, let’s stick with Ancient Greece.

At the very beginning of Anthology, Vettius Valens gives description of the 7 planets, and starts with the Sun: ‘the light of the mind (intellectual light), the organ of mental perception of the soul’ (φῶς νοερόν, ψυχικῆς αἰσθήσεως ὄργανον [fōs noeron, psuchikēs, aistheseōs organon). Noun αἴσθησις (aisthēsis) means ‘self-perception, sensation, senses, means of observing, impressions of sense, visible things, etc’. The verbal form of this noun is ‘aisthomai’, with meaning ‘I perceive’. So, Sun is the organ of perception of the Soul. This is very much similar to the notion of self-awareness or consciousness as it is used today but not in all terms. Now we should go to the Hindu philosophy to see what is their take on ‘consciousness’ and what do they mean by that term.

Sanskrit word for consciousness is ‘Chith‘. Chith is not an active process like feeling or perceiving actively, it is more like passive observation. When we sleep we are not aware of the outer world but when we are awake we are aware of the world around us. Hindu philosophy teaches that there is illusion or maya and what sages do is actually going beyond this conditioning of all the people and they ‘evolve their consciousness’, it is not that it is ‘their’ consciousness, but more like taking more space of the consciousness itself which exist separately and of which every human being is part, but due to the illusion or maya, is not able to perceive. It is a complex subject and different Hindu schools posses different particulars on this teaching, but for us it is only desirable for now to know the overall notions and their application in Hindu astrology.

The great Hindu astrology classic Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra says:

 सूर्य नत्वा ग्रहपतिं जगदुत्पत्तिकारणम्‌।‌।वक्ष्यामि वेदनयनं यथा ब्रह्ममुखाच्छ्रुतम्‌॥ ६॥

6. And having bowed to Surya (Sun), the Lord of the grahas [planets] and the source of creation, I shall now describe the eye of the Vedas (Jyotish) as heard from the mouth of Brahma. [translated by Joel Lumiere].

Sun is greatest of all planets, the principle planet, the Paramatma (the Supreme Soul), in every particular chart it is Atmakaraka or Significator of the Soul.

Parashara again says: ” The lord of the sky (Sun) is all atma.”
Atma is soul or consciousness. Moon is Mind and as Moon is borrowing the light of the Sun, in that way the Mind is borrowing the light of the Soul or the consciousness itself from the ocean of the All Consciousness (Paramatma).

As we can see from this short elaboration, Sun it is consciousness, the organ of mental perception, the intellectual light and the means of the awareness of the soul, in both systems, the particulars and philosophy behind is different though. However, the importance of the Sun in any horoscope is not to be underestimate, we should pay due attention to the examination of the Sun and its associations in the chart with other points and planets.