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Sun in Sagittarius and the philosopher’s stone

Sun in SagittariusAstrology amazingly enough is still using references to information used over two thousand years ago. Despite all the progress humankind has made since then, the foundational or structural points of astrology remain unchanged to this day. Of course when dealing with the immutable structure of the cosmos, which has been a permanent fixture as backdrop to our place in the universe for millions of years, it doesn’t seem too unusual. Some things never change, like the planets revolving around our sun in our solar system. So it makes sense that our reference points in astrology are the same ancient ones used in Babylonian, Egyptian, Arabic, Greek, Roman or Vedic times.

And yet some things do change, albeit incredibly slowly, like the precession of the equinoxes, which is a 26000 year cycle more or less. Still, the constellations of the zodiac, based on the positions of the fixed stars in the heavens, are thousands of years old and are still the fundamental reference points in our astrological system, whether tropical or siderial. And that system is used for two primary functions, namely prediction and personality. “It is written in the stars” is just as good as saying it is written in stone, when referring to something irrefutable, immovable or incontestable. So it seems that human nature, with all its complexities and nuances, is the same as it ever was, the same basic and predictable system of consciousness, expressing itself via the same body and mind that existed thousands of years ago, if not millions. Human beings still have the same body/mind organism through which to perceive their realities, as well as to perceive themselves, to whatever degree of self-awareness their existence allows them. And thus astrology, as a system of analysing or interpreting that awareness, remains as valid as ever. The human who engaged in eating, sleeping, mating and defending millennia ago is the same as the one today. And the person engaging in self-reflection back in the mists of time is the same too, despite the external sophistication that may have been added layer by layer since then. At the core of it, certain eternal irrefutable truths have remained and always will.

And it is precisely that which enables us to cut through the external, superficial so-called sophisticated trendy, fashionable yet fleeting aspects of existence and self-awareness, to find the unchanging core of our natures and address those core needs or questions. Who am I, why am I alive, what happens when I die? These are actually the real core existential questions that have been asked by humans whether Babylonian, Arab, Greek, Roman or Vedic, throughout the millennia, and whose answers remain exactly the same now as then. And it is these questions to which we should be focusing our consciousness as human beings in this rare and valuable human form of life, where we have the ability to be self-reflective, more self-aware, compared to the rest of life on earth. Eating, sleeping, mating and defending may well be necessary for survival, but unless we raise the level of our endevours beyond that basic level of existence, we are in fact no better than polished animals, pigs in silk, appearing to have attained so much more sophistication that our predecessors in history, with apparently greater levels of sense gratification based on ever newer technology. Yet still we have not leaned to conquer death and disease, we have not learned to pacify the addiction to mating and eating, nor do we know who we are and what to do at the time of death in order to gain the perfection of this human form of life in securing permanent transcendence from its temporary shackles. This is the meditation of the true philosopher now during this month of the Sun’s transit through Sagittarius.

The Bigger Picture – Sun and Mercury in Sagittarius

Astrology, the bigger picture of the cosmosMercury moves into Sagittarius on November 20th, followed closely by the Sun late on 22nd. This is a fiery and optimistic sign for the Royal Sun and his primary winged messenger to be situated, as Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter (aka Jove from where we get the word “jovial”). This is the marathon time of the year for those keen to capitalise on the festive and holiday mood that permeates most of our readers’ lives now. The opportunity to rake it in or dish it out in large doses is available to us all. The mood should be more spontaneous than usual, and “don’t sweat the small stuff” might be the motto of the month.

In our enthusiasm to be honest and frank we may find ourselves inadvertently putting our foot in our mouth, purely innocently of course, for the revengeful malice of Scorpio will have passed by now. Just remember that Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system so with this theme comes the propensity to be a bit extravagant in our generosity or indulgence, with less thought of the credit crunch to follow after the season of good cheer passes. By all means harness that enthusiasm and love of life. Just keep one eye on the bigger picture and your bank balance as well. Explore the great outdoors if you get a chance, expand your horizons by all means, without being careless at least this month.

This is an ideal time to pursue deeper philosophical or moral issues too. Those great rhetorical questions of life, the universe and everything should be asked, for they do indeed have answers. What is life without some depth of meaning, some perspective, some greater purpose, and this is the month to pursue just those insights. Great souls before us have asked just the same questions and have come up with some pretty profound answers, both tried and tested, so you don’t have to start from scratch. Any university library, online website or temple bookshop should give you all the answers you need as to who am I, what is the goal of life, why are there so many stars in the sky, is there life after death, who wrote these laws and what is the best way to implement them. Such moral, judicial and philosophical questions are ripe for the answering now as Mercury allows the mind to comprehend the bigger issues when in Sagittarius. Leave the other times of the year to sort out the day to day detailed stuff, but for this month step back and get the bigger picture, visualizing where your current path is taking you and where you will be in 5 or 10 years from now if you keep on it. Just don’t be too hasty to get there, for time is one thing that can never be replaced once it is lost. Think big if you must, aim high, but remember the little man while you shoot for the stars. We need to be fair in everything we do. No over-optimistic riding roughshod over the other souls on our expansive road to fortune. That would be unethical and thus defeat the very purpose of it all. It’s win-win or no game when you really analyse the scene globally at this stage. There’s no more room to indulge on our ever-shrinking planet, with resources, land, water and other such life-sustaining valuables being scooped up all around by those who can, as it all gets privatised away from under our feet. So bigger may have been better in the old days, but today ethical and sustainable practice will win the day and show the world your true intelligence. The gas guzzler is only looked at with disdain in today’s world. Also the forest guzzler, who in the name of palm oil or soya plantations mindlessly rips up the indigenous forest, like a wolf pack ripping the lungs out of the chest of a buffalo carcass. Those forests are the lungs of the planet, and at the end of the day it’s our fresh air too. Who ever imagined, just a few decades ago, that we would be buying bottled water from a store? Similarly, who can foresee the day when we need to buy our oxygen by the bottle because there is just not enough left floating freely in our atmosphere?

So be bold this month, think big, see the bigger picture, but remember to avoid over-confidence or a glib approach to life that ends up becoming a careless disregard for tomorrow. For tomorrow begins today. Great souls from far off foreign cultures and far distant times in the past have left us guidelines to follow, if you are looking for answers. The rest is common sense. “Keep your feet on the ground when you reach for the stars” is another worthwhile motto now, and you don’t need to know Sanskrit to figure out the meaning of that profound aphorism.