The Moon: feeling nature of the individual

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 20, 2010 by YAEL

The Moon is the ruling planet of Cancer. In Roman mythology, the Moon was represented by Diana, the hunter goddess. In Western astrology The Moon is said to represent the feeling nature of the individual.

The moon is associated with a person’s emotional make-up, unconscious habits, rhythms, memories and moods. It is also associated with the mother, maternal instincts or the urge to nurture, the home, and the past.

The moon is used to characterize the inner child within us, as well as the past and how we have been as individuals rather than how we are now. It is also used to represent the perception one has of one’s mother, so someone with a Pisces Moon would be more likely to see their mother as a Piscean type, even if in reality that was not the case. In the horoscope the aspects the moon makes with other planets and the transits the slower moving planets make to the moon are all said to have a strong impact on how our lives unfold.

The moon is also said to represent receptivity, vulnerability, etc. but this should not suggest that its power is considered less than the sun’s. From an astrological perspective (in which we assume, for the sake of argument, that the earth is fixed and everything else moves) the sun and moon are the same size. From an astrological perspective, they are equals; a solar eclipse reminds us of this so that we do not doubt the power of the moon, which is hidden and mysterious but no less influential.

The first-century poet Manilius, described the Moon or Luna, as melancholic. In medicine the moon is associated with the digestive system, stomach, breasts, genitals, buttocks, the ovaries and menstruation, and the pancreas. The moon is the ruler of the 4th house.

Lunar phases
Astrologers traditionally also consider the phase of the moon at the time of birth in interpreting its effects on the individual. The four phases of the moon are as follows:

First quarter (new)
Astrologers say a person born in the first phase of the moon will have an underlying sense of youthful enthusiasm and optimism, a touch of the zodiac sign Aries in their nature. They will probably prefer to take the initiative, especially in romance, and will be ready to look for new interests in life, new people and new ideas. The person will see how things can be improved and can spur others to action, before leaving them to finish the project. They will probably get off to an early start in life and be quite successful when young, though other factors in the chart will indicate whether this success is lasting. They need to guard against selfishness and taking others by surprise with over quick and hasty reactions.

Second quarter (waxing)
Astrologers say a person born in the second quarter will be ambitious and sociable, with an underlying touch of the zodiac signs Cancer and Leo in their nature. The person will be locked into their goals and have a strong need to create something which will be remembered by others. They will have a charismatic personality that draws others to them, but may instinctively use others for their own ends, rather than help them. They prefer a career where they are out in front and have attention and status. They also need a place of their own to express their personality, either their home or workplace. The person should achieve considerable success when young, but other factors in the chart will indicate whether that status is maintained. The person will be slow to anger, but formidable when aroused, and hates to be hurried or presented with a fait accompli. However, they won’t mind doing this to others if it tips the odds in their favour.

Third quarter (full)
Astrologers say a person born in the third quarter will be sensitive to the needs of others and expects others to be sensitive to their own needs. There is an underlying sense of watchfulness reminiscent of the zodiac signs Libra and Scorpio. The person will need friendships, colleagues and relationships, and will relate well to others. They will either be drawn to highly successful people and help them achieve their goals, or else achieve success themselves with the help of others. There is a tension and nervousness at play which can lead to a short attention span and a constant search for new people and experiences, and sex will play some kind of transformative role in their life. The most successful time of life will be in the middle years.

Fourth quarter (waning)
Astrologers say a person born in the fourth quarter will have an underlying feeling of the zodiac signs Capricorn and Pisces. They will finish the projects that others start, and reorganize and sort out the problems left by others. They will often have clairvoyant insight and follow hunches rather than be logical. The person can be too sensitive and become upset by the demands of others, and can also be too inclined to sit back and let things happen. They will work best in groups and are not materialistic, but they do need job satisfaction. They may be slow to grow up, but are likely to go through some kind of metamorphosis later in life and achieve success in something unusual and completely individual.

The Moon through the Houses

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 18, 2010 by YAEL

The moon has entered Pisces… what does that mean ???

When the moon enters the different signs of the zodiac every 2 ½ days approximately, it changes our moods. In what area of your life will that mood most affect you has to do with where that particular zodical sign sits in your natal chart. For example, Pisces in my natal chart occupies my 10th house. The 10th house of a natal chart reveals all conditions of a person’s career, and reputation.

Therefore, the moon going through Pisces means that it will be influencing my moods in the area of career and reputation in my life !!!

Moon in the 1st House
You often fluctuate between feeling good about yourself and down on yourself. Your emotions are inconsistent and you must make a conscious effort to maintain a positive and balanced outlook on life. You keep those around you on their toes because your moods are difficult for other people to pin down consistently.

Moon in the 2nd House
You can expect some fluctuating circumstances surrounding money with the Moon in this house. You have a strong need to feel secure about what you have and an emotional attachment to whatever your idea of financial success happens to be. You tend to alternate between spontaneous generosity and holding onto money with a tight fist.

Moon in the 3rd House
You’re quite imaginative and there is a strong emotional need to communicate and to express your ideas to others. You need to be heard and you would like others to appreciate what you have to contribute intellectually.

Moon in the 4th House
You have an especially strong need for a secure home base and having a certain amount of privacy is probably very important to you. This placement of the Moon often indicates numerous changes of residence. If this is the case, then greater stability may be obtained later in life.

Moon in the 5th House
The fickle Moon here indicates many ups and down with respect to dating, love affairs and social involvement and yet, you have a very strong need to continuously pursue these things. You are instinctively romantic and feeling that you are in love satisfies deep emotional needs.

Moon in the 6th House
You can expect many changes with respect to the work you do. This term “work” mainly refers to those kinds of jobs that you must take in order to survive and pay the bills vs. having the ultimate career of your choice. You also have an emotional need for a certain amount of order in your environment.

Moon in the 7th House
You have a strong need to experience close committed relationships. These can take the form of marriage partners, business partners, or best friends. The Moon here can stimulate numerous changes within these partnerships.
There is an instinctive desire to move with the flow of your peer group because you’re naturally inclined toward harmony and avoidance of conflict

Moon in the 8th House
You have a natural ability for handling other people’s money. However, matters relating to other people’s money including your spouse’s can be periodically subject to fluctuating circumstances. There is a strong emotional need in you for deep intimate involvement within important relationships.

Moon in the 9th House
You can be restless and you’ve probably done more than your share of being on the move. You need to expand your horizons and this is often accomplished through travel, higher education or simply getting away from it all by periodically communing with nature.

Moon in the 10th House
You could have a strong need for status and success. You need a career or some other form of accomplishment. While climbing the ladder of success though, you could experience numerous job and/or career changes.

Moon in the 11th House
You need groups of people and the support that friends and acquaintances offer. At the same time, you have a need to maintain an emotional distance so that your independence is kept intact, as there is a natural inclination toward yielding to the desires of the “group mind.”

Moon in the 12th House
You have a need to spend some time alone. Periodic withdrawal from the “real world” allows you to level out emotionally and rejuvenate yourself psychologically. You are sensitive, intuitive and sometimes restless. You can gain more life satisfaction by helping those who cannot help themselves via a career choice or volunteer work.

Ptolemy

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 18, 2010 by YAEL

Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος Klaúdios Ptolemaîos; c. AD 90 – c. 168), known in English as Ptolemy (pronounced /ˈtɒləmɪ/), was a Roman citizen of Egypt who wrote in Greek.[1] He was a mathematician, astronomer, geographer, astrologer and a poet of a single epigram in the Greek Anthology[2][3]. He lived in Egypt under Roman rule, and is believed to have been born in the town of Ptolemais Hermiou in the Thebaid. He died in Alexandria around AD 168.

Ptolemy was the author of several scientific treatises, at least three of which were of continuing importance to later Islamic and European science. The first is the astronomical treatise now known as the Almagest (in Greek, Ἡ Μεγάλη Σύνταξις, “The Great Treatise”, originally Μαθηματικὴ Σύνταξις, “Mathematical Treatise”). The second is the Geography, which is a thorough discussion of the geographic knowledge of the Greco-Roman world. The third is the astrological treatise known sometimes in Greek as the Apotelesmatika (Ἀποτελεσματικά), more commonly in Greek as the Tetrabiblos (Τετράβιβλος “Four books”), and in Latin as the Quadripartitum (or four books) in which he attempted to adapt horoscopic astrology to the Aristotelian natural philosophy of his day.

Ptolemy’s treatise on astrology, known in Greek as both the Apotelesmatika (“Astrological Outcomes” or “Effects”) and “Tetrabiblios” (“Four Books”), and in Latin as the Quadripartitum (“Four books”), was the most popular astrological work of antiquity and also had great influence in the Islamic world and the medieval Latin West. It was first translated from Arabic into Latin by Plato of Tivoli (Tiburtinus), while he was in Spain (FA Robbins, 1940; Thorndike 1923). The Tetrabiblos is an extensive and continually reprinted treatise on the ancient principles of horoscopic astrology in four books (Greek tetra means “four”, biblos is “book”). That it did not quite attain the unrivaled status of the Almagest was perhaps because it did not cover some popular areas of the subject, particularly electional astrology (interpreting astrological charts for a particular moment to determine the outcome of a course of action to be initiated at that time), and medical astrology, which were later adoptions.

The great popularity that the Tetrabiblos did possess might be attributed to its nature as an exposition of the art of astrology and as a compendium of astrological lore, rather than as a manual. It speaks in general terms, avoiding illustrations and details of practice. Ptolemy was concerned to defend astrology by defining its limits, compiling astronomical data that he believed was reliable and dismissing practices (such as considering the numerological significance of names) that he believed to be without sound basis.

Much of the content of the Tetrabiblos was collected from earlier sources; Ptolemy’s achievement was to order his material in a systematic way, showing how the subject could, in his view, be rationalized. It is, indeed, presented as the second part of the study of astronomy of which the Almagest was the first, concerned with the influences of the celestial bodies in the sublunar sphere. Thus explanations of a sort are provided for the astrological effects of the planets, based upon their combined effects of heating, cooling, moistening, and drying.

Ptolemy’s astrological outlook was quite practical: he thought that astrology was like medicine, that is conjectural, because of the many variable factors to be taken into account: the race, country, and upbringing of a person affects an individual’s personality as much if not more than the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets at the precise moment of their birth, so Ptolemy saw astrology as something to be used in life but in no way relied on entirely.

Music of the Stars

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 17, 2010 by YAEL

Scientists can record the sound of Stars The technique, called “stellar seismology”, is becoming increasingly popular among astronomers because the sounds give an indication of what is going on in the stars’ interior. Since everything what we can touch and see was made inside the stars, we all are Star Children. Do you feel connection to the universe and all there is while listening to this music?

This is how Earth sounds:

The Sun

Saturn’s Rings

Interesting Facts You Need to Know About the Ruling Planets in Astrology

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 15, 2010 by YAEL

Planets rule over a zodiac sign. The sun for Leo, the moon for Cancer, Mercury for Gemini and Virgo, Venus for Taurus and Libra, Mars for Aries, Jupiter for Sagittarius, Saturn for Capricorn, Uranus for Aquarius, Neptune for Pisces, and Pluto for Scorpio.

In astrology, every zodiac sign if ruled over a “planet”, which is equivalent to astronomical planets plus the sun and moon. The planet’s energy is said to influence the characteristics of the zodiac sign. Know which planet rules over your sign in the following.

Sun
The sun in astrology can be considered as a planet or a luminary which is synonymous to a bright star. It is the zodiacal planet of Leo. It is an integral object in astrology and everything related to astrology is centered around the sun. It symbolizes strength, wisdom, and maturity.

Moon
Like the sun, the moon is also considered a planet in astrology. It is the zodiacal planet of cancer, since it is the earth’s natural satellite. It is also the object which has the greatest affinity to it. Its symbolism is closely related to a mother-child relationship, which is nurturing and caring.

Mercury
The planet mercury rules the signs Gemini and Virgo. It is the planet of critical thinking and communication. This is thought to enable us to be aware of our surroundings and give concrete observations.

Venus
Venus is the planet of harmony and beauty. This planet is related to issues of love, romance, relationships, and emotions. It is also concerned with the pleasures and luxuries in life. The planet Venus rules over Taurus and Libra

Mars
The planet of mars displays your deepest desires and enables you to express it. This planet compels you to be alert and determined to get things done. It also uplifts your ambitions in life and highlights your confidence to help you excel. It is the planet of Aries.

Jupiter
Jupiter rules over luck, health, wealth, bliss, and success. It opens windows for opportunities and enables us to enhance our skills and talents. It symbolizes our accomplishments and potential bounties. It is the planet of Sagittarius.

Saturn
Saturn is the planet of time and sobriety. It brings out challenges, and on the way of fulfilling it, we may encounter different obstacles before success is achieved. This planet is personified as a teacher. It rules over Capricorn.

Uranus
The planet Uranus signifies change. And, as changes happen consciousness is elevated. It is the planet of freedom. Uranus rules over Aquarius.

Neptune
Neptunes is the planet that entails greater responsibilities that may cause ambiguous feelings like anxieties and insecurities. It is the planet of illusion and imagination and you may tend to create your own world. It is the ruler of Pisces.

Pluto
Pluto symbolizes regeneration and rebirth. It is mysterious and secretive. Its rule may begin with small, negligible events that would be noticeable gradually. It is the planet of scorpio.

These associations don’t always reflect on the daily activities. Such equations should not be used as a basis for decision making.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 by YAEL

Johannes Kepler

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on October 12, 2010 by YAEL

Johannes Kepler; December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630) was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, and key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution. He is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. They also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton’s theory of universal gravitation.

During his career, Kepler was a mathematics teacher at a seminary school in Graz, Austria, an assistant to astronomer Tycho Brahe, the imperial mathematician to Emperor Rudolf II and his two successors Matthias and Ferdinand II, a mathematics teacher in Linz, Austria, and an adviser to General Wallenstein. He also did fundamental work in the field of optics, invented an improved version of the refracting telescope (the Keplerian Telescope), and mentioned the telescopic discoveries of his contemporary Galileo Galilei.

Kepler lived in an era when there was no clear distinction between astronomy and astrology, but there was a strong division between astronomy (a branch of mathematics within the liberal arts) and physics (a branch of natural philosophy). Kepler also incorporated religious arguments and reasoning into his work, motivated by the religious conviction that God had created the world according to an intelligible plan that is accessible through the natural light of reason.Kepler described his new astronomy as “celestial physics”, as “an excursion into Aristotle’s Metaphysics”, and as “a supplement to Aristotle’s On the Heavens”, transforming the ancient tradition of physical cosmology by treating astronomy as part of a universal mathematical physics.

Advisor to Emperor Rudolph II
Kepler’s primary obligation as imperial mathematician was to provide astrological advice to the emperor. Though Kepler took a dim view of the attempts of contemporary astrologers to precisely predict the future or divine specific events, he had been casting detailed horoscopes for friends, family and patrons since his time as a student in Tübingen. In addition to horoscopes for allies and foreign leaders, the emperor sought Kepler’s advice in times of political trouble (though Kepler’s recommendations were based more on common sense than the stars). Rudolph was actively interested in the work of many of his court scholars (including numerous alchemists) and kept up with Kepler’s work in physical astronomy as well.

Officially, the only acceptable religious doctrines in Prague were Catholic and Utraquist, but Kepler’s position in the imperial court allowed him to practice his Lutheran faith unhindered. The emperor nominally provided an ample income for his family, but the difficulties of the over-extended imperial treasury meant that actually getting hold of enough money to meet financial obligations was a continual struggle. Partly because of financial troubles, his life at home with Barbara was unpleasant, marred with bickering and bouts of sickness. Court life, however, brought Kepler into contact with other prominent scholars (Johannes Matthäus Wackher von Wackhenfels, Jost Bürgi, David Fabricius, Martin Bachazek, and Johannes Brengger, among others) and astronomical work proceeded rapidly.

The Supernova of 1604

Remnant of Kepler’s Supernova SN 1604

In October 1604, a bright new evening star (SN 1604) appeared, but Kepler did not believe the rumors until he saw it himself. Kepler began systematically observing the star. Astrologically, the end of 1603 marked the beginning of a fiery trigon, the start of the ca. 800-year cycle of great conjunctions; astrologers associated the two previous such periods with the rise of Charlemagne (ca. 800 years earlier) and the birth of Christ (ca. 1600 years earlier), and thus expected events of great portent, especially regarding the emperor. It was in this context, as the imperial mathematician and astrologer to the emperor, that Kepler described the new star two years later in his De Stella Nova. In it, Kepler addressed the star’s astronomical properties while taking a skeptical approach to the many astrological interpretations then circulating. He noted its fading luminosity, speculated about its origin, and used the lack of observed parallax to argue that it was in the sphere of fixed stars, further undermining the doctrine of the immutability of the heavens (the idea accepted since Aristotle that the celestial spheres were perfect and unchanging). The birth of a new star implied the variability of the heavens. In an appendix, Kepler also discussed the recent chronology work of the Polish historian Laurentius Suslyga; he calculated that, if Suslyga was correct that accepted timelines were four years behind, then the Star of Bethlehem—analogous to the present new star—would have coincided with the first great conjunction of the earlier 800-year cycle.

Epitome of Copernican Astronomy, calendars and the witch trial of his mother
Since completing the Astronomia nova, Kepler had intended to compose an astronomy textbook. In 1615, he completed the first of three volumes of Epitome astronomia Copernicanae (Epitome of Copernican Astronomy); the first volume (books I-III) was printed in 1617, the second (book IV) in 1620, and the third (books V-VII) in 1621. Despite the title, which referred simply to heliocentrism, Kepler’s textbook culminated in his own ellipse-based system. The Epitome became Kepler’s most influential work. It contained all three laws of planetary motion and attempted to explain heavenly motions through physical causes. Though it explicitly extended the first two laws of planetary motion (applied to Mars in Astronomia nova) to all the planets as well as the Moon and the Medicean satellites of Jupiter, it did not explain how elliptical orbits could be derived from observational data.

As a spin-off from the Rudolphine Tables and the related Ephemerides, Kepler published astrological calendars, which were very popular and helped offset the costs of producing his other work—especially when support from the Imperial treasury was withheld. In his calendars—six between 1617 and 1624—Kepler forecast planetary positions and weather as well as political events; the latter were often cannily accurate, thanks to his keen grasp of contemporary political and theological tensions. By 1624, however, the escalation of those tensions and the ambiguity of the prophecies meant political trouble for Kepler himself; his final calendar was publicly burned in Graz.

Harmonices Mundi
Kepler was convinced “that the geometrical things have provided the Creator with the model for decorating the whole world.” In Harmony, he attempted to explain the proportions of the natural world—particularly the astronomical and astrological aspects—in terms of music. The central set of “harmonies” was the musica universalis or “music of the spheres,” which had been studied by Pythagoras, Ptolemy and many others before Kepler; in fact, soon after publishing Harmonices Mundi, Kepler was embroiled in a priority dispute with Robert Fludd, who had recently published his own harmonic theory.

Kepler began by exploring regular polygons and regular solids, including the figures that would come to be known as Kepler’s solids. From there, he extended his harmonic analysis to music, meteorology and astrology; harmony resulted from the tones made by the souls of heavenly bodies—and in the case of astrology, the interaction between those tones and human souls. In the final portion of the work (Book V), Kepler dealt with planetary motions, especially relationships between orbital velocity and orbital distance from the Sun. Similar relationships had been used by other astronomers, but Kepler—with Tycho’s data and his own astronomical theories—treated them much more precisely and attached new physical significance to them.

Among many other harmonies, Kepler articulated what came to be known as the third law of planetary motion. He then tried many combinations until he discovered that (approximately) “The square of the periodic times are to each other as the cubes of the mean distances.” However, the wider significance for planetary dynamics of this purely kinematical law was not realized until the 1660s. For when conjoined with Christian Huygens’ newly discovered law of centrifugal force it enabled Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley and perhaps Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke to demonstrate independently that the presumed gravitational attraction between the Sun and its planets decreased with the square of the distance between them. This refuted the traditional assumption of scholastic physics that the power of gravitational attraction remained constant with distance whenever it applied between two bodies, such as was assumed by Kepler and also by Galileo in his mistaken universal law that gravitational fall is uniformly accelerated, and also by Galileo’s student Borrelli in his 1666 celestial mechanics.