During a full moon cycle we turn more awareness toward our lunar friend, and turn inward in the light of the Moon. What is our focal point? Where is the center focal point in the field of astrology? Is it the sun, which is the center of our own solar system? Or is our perspective of the solar system and the many planets that appear as stars only seen through our own eyes? The Ephemeris, universally used by astrologers so far as we have seen, records the position as the planets appear from the earth.
The Bible and the Light of the Moon
In Genesis we are told that God created the universe all at once, giving us two lights: the light of the sun and the more subtle light of the moon. Gen. 1, 16; “And God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also.” So in Genesis we see the significance of the moon as a symbol of light. Is it any wonder that people have honored and worshiped the moon since the beginning of time?
Cycles of the Moon
It is said that certain phases and conjunctions of the Moon indicate the traits of character which appear as the talents and disposition of a person. Can we use the alignment of planets at any given time to give a clear picture of who you will be, and more importantly what you will become? Are we directed by fate, and can the value or content of a persons life be seen through the art of prognosticating?
Is astrology a tool for foretelling the future? Certainly we have an amazing astrological awareness, a system built around the stars and their relationship to one another. We’ve also tied our own lives to the stars, finding defining qualities in our birth time and place and our relationship to the ever-changing landscape of the stars.
The perspective of the planets as they would appear from the sun as the center would show a complete and perfect revolution in the zodiac, with the exception of the moon.
Living in the light of the moon
The moon we would not recognize in the same “light” as one of the planets. The position of the moon is alway in its relation to the earth, continually moving. The sun, in our minds, is the center, appearing to be in a fixed position. We know that the universe is expanding, therefore the idea that our solar system and its sun remains in the same place is absurd, yet in our relationship to the sun we see it as always being in the same place.
There are two perspectives: the Heliocentric position of the planets is easy to understand, giving us the view that the sun is the center of the universe, and Earth and all other planets revolve around it. In the Ephemeris viewpoint the position of the planets is shown as they appear from the earth. Venus and Mercury complete their revolution between the earth and the Sun, and so they never appear excepting in a certain section of the Zodiac. They travel through many signs and then into retrograde. Saturn and Uranus also retrograde, according to the Geocentrism system, which is the perspective of viewing the solar system from the earth.
The Light of the Moon in our Lives
Which viewpoint do we use? Is there a correct way to view our universe, or are our systems of viewing the planets and the science of astrology merely tools through which we gain greater understanding of ourselves? Let us return to the beginning, to Genesis: we are given two lights, the intensity of the sun and the subtle nuances of the moon. From this perspective we are the center, not the sun, even though the planets revolve around it.
Living By The Light Of The Moon © 2009-2012 Ava Saadi. About the author: Ava Saadi shares her interests in many aspects of the metaphysical perspectives as well as her interest in natural empowerment through foods and Reiki energy healing.
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