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Al H. Morrison on Planetary Rulerships of Houses
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Al H. Morrison on Planetary Rulerships of Houses Reply with quote

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"- The usual theory of planetary rulerships of houses repeats an error made by the Greeks when they codifiedseveral prior astrologies into a single rational system.


The scientific consensus is that horoscopic astrology emerged from a single person or a small group of people. I'm inclined to believe myself it was originally also of a revelatory nature (primarily due to ideas like this).
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The scientific consensus is that horoscopic astrology emerged from a single person or a small group of people.


The scientific consensus? Confused Does it really extend much beyond Schmidt and his merry band? Is there even enough historical evidence for such certainty?
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kirk wrote:
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The scientific consensus is that horoscopic astrology emerged from a single person or a small group of people.


The scientific consensus? Confused Does it really extend much beyond Schmidt and his merry band? Is there even enough historical evidence for such certainty?


The Schmidt project as far as I know was at least in part motivated by the previous philological research of people like Pingree (who at least was of this opinion as far as I know). Neugebauer made the originator Hellenistic as far as I know primarily due to the statistical number of surviving horoscopes (most of which come from a single person, Valens). But some maybe still try to find support for a Babylonian origin archeologically. Others more recently (as in the book The Arabic Hermes) say Pingree glossed over the possibility of a Mesopotamian origin too much, attributing such philological influences only vaguely to some surving neoplatonists in Harran.
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kirk wrote:
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The scientific consensus is that horoscopic astrology emerged from a single person or a small group of people.


The scientific consensus? Confused Does it really extend much beyond Schmidt and his merry band? Is there even enough historical evidence for such certainty?


Yes, Kirk, we "Merry Men" do seem to tend that way.
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi CJ,

There are ideas about it floating around out there and possibly some evidence for it, but I found “scientific consensus” to be misleading. Stating the case in that way can result in spreading poor standards of historical understanding among those who don't look carefully enough. I know I'm maybe being picky and taking the discussion in a different direction, but I think we need to be careful in our discussions and not grant these things of long ago and far away a more certain status than they are entitled to.
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Yes, Kirk, we "Merry Men" do seem to tend that way.


Gabe,

That's "merry band". We are inclusive here.
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find Morrison's 'Ladder of House Rulership' intriguing in comparison with the 'Ladder of Sign Rulership' through similarities and differences. But when I think about it, actually it is not a system of house rulership in the strictest sence but rather a division of the Solar power and influence as observed through the houses but according to the position of the Sun. A sort of Solar Spectrum?
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kirk wrote:
Hi CJ,

There are ideas about it floating around out there and possibly some evidence for it, but I found “scientific consensus” to be misleading. Stating the case in that way can result in spreading poor standards of historical understanding among those who don't look carefully enough. I know I'm maybe being picky and taking the discussion in a different direction, but I think we need to be careful in our discussions and not grant these things of long ago and far away a more certain status than they are entitled to.


Well nobody believes the original astrology was a syncretism of many different astrologies, so in that regard at least there is scientific consensus.
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Kirk wrote:
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The scientific consensus is that horoscopic astrology emerged from a single person or a small group of people.


The scientific consensus? Confused Does it really extend much beyond Schmidt and his merry band? Is there even enough historical evidence for such certainty?


Kirk, how can you dare to doubt this and ask for historical evidence? Shocked Even the great - and critical - Morin knew, that

"veram astrologiam, ab Adamo & Noe posteris traditam"
[the real astrology was bequeathed to posterity by Adam & Noah].

Even if there are qualified doubts that the Greeks knew Adam & Noah: It is for certain that horoscopic astrolgoy emerged from two persons: Adam & Noah! And Robert Schmidt knows this fact without doubt. Leery

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Well nobody believes the original astrology was a syncretism of many different astrologies, so in that regard at least there is scientific consensus.

I was hoping to lead you away from “scientific”. Laughing


Johannes,

If we would only listen to Morin we would have this all figured out (and he would finally be happy). But what about Eve? We are inclusive, aren't we?



Andrew,

Sorry about mangling your discussion.
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was Abraham that God taught astrology to.

Of course, the Greeks probably didn't know him, either.
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TransmaniaconMC wrote:
Regardless of where this thread ultimately needs to be filed

My apologies in advance if this post shouldn’t be here, possibly deviating either from the meaning of this forum section or from Andrew's subject. I just will see and follow whether and/or where the thread is moved to another section. However, I believe that Morrison's view on rulerships has no origin in tradition. I believe that the rulerships as they classically always have been can be explained. I don't claim that I'm right, nor do I have sources for the theory but I see some connections between things.

While, like Morrison, I also had been playing now and then with the issue how rulerships could have been meant originally, I finally don’t think these were original classical. For instance I once believed that since there is symmetry in the rulerships, that Taurus with the rulership of Venus should be the first sign of the zodiac, having the ‘mirroring’ line of the rulerships through the solstice points. I further believed that this should have the roots in about 2000BCE. However signs and rulerships weren’t defined as such that early. I therefore think that Morrison’s view, notwithstanding how interesting alternative views can be, is not an original classical one either.

In another forum I once had written down some thoughts about how the rulershipsmight have been formed. This was in fact part of a very large post of which another topic I made some thoughts on at this forum (origin of exaltations http://skyscript.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4554 ) formed another part.

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From Greek astrology we have the rulerships we still use today. The placement of the planets as rulers in the signs Cancer to Capricorn is a depiction of the Thema Mundi. It was believed that the seven ‘planets’ were in these signs when the world was created.

I believe that there could also be another relationship. The seven ‘lights’ in the following order, Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn was one of several ideas of orders of planets. This one (Moon being closest to earth) was called the ‘Egyptian’ order (with sometimes Mercury’s and Venus’ places swapped). The more known ‘Chaldean’ order was, moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. (Jim Tester, “A History of Western Astrology” p.166). I believe that there are some links of the Egyptian (rulerships) order with some other ancient Greek thoughts. In Richard Hinckley Allen’s “Star Names, Their Lore and Meaning”, Cancer “according to Chaldean and Platonist philosophy, it was the supposed Gate of Men through which souls descended from heaven into human bodies p. 107. The opposed sign Capricornus was the “Gate of the gods” through wich the souls returned after death, p.136. There is also a google books version of Hinckley Allen’s book http://books.google.com/books?id=x4qVPl-qpNQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=sta r+names In the centuries BC the midsummer solstice point was somewhere close to the middle of sidereal Cancer and the midwinter solstice point close to the middle of sidereal Capricorn.

With the idea of the Babylonian southern most ‘path’ related to death/underworld in mind the link of the midwinter point/ Capricornus and death is made again. More cultures linked the midwinter point with death (and birth, return of the sun) Many graves of Bronze age Britain were directed to the south and also in a sense that on midwinter’s day the sun would shine in the grave trough some tunnel. Interesting part of the Platonist view is that the soul returned to the gods/heavens instead of the underworld. From the middle of the 1st millenium BC several ‘mysterycults’ rose which viewed the human soul as a divine ‘spark’ imprisoned in the flesh and this material world. Some of these cults, which usually only revealed their secrets to initiated members, taught reincarnation. The belief was that by living a pure life one could unite the ‘spark’ soul with the divine principle up there. I believe to have read somewhere that souls ‘coming’ to earth before birth, resided on the moon, which brings us back to the rulership of the moon in Cancer, the highest sign. After passing the summer solstice point, the sun descends, the day grow shorter until it reaches the lowest point in the winter solstice. A symbolic death but also symbolising a new life when the days grow longer. In an analogous view after birth the human already starts to die and after death is ‘born’ again in the heavens. The ‘beginning to die immediately after birth issue’ is part of Stoic thought (J. Tester, p.32). Stoicism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoicism was one of the most popular beliefs some 2000 years ago. One of the main principles of Stoicism was that everything was ruled by fate.

I think the ‘empty’ signs on the opposite side to the Cancer to Capricorn were given to the planets in a ‘mirror image’ to symbolize some travel of the soul to the Moon again to be born again. In this view man’s attachment to the physical world would last in a cycle till final liberation of the world.
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Whether this is the correct view or not, it leaves the traditional rulerships as they are and in this view Morrison’s idea of two ‘adjacent exaltations’ Moons to the Sun can’t be reconciled with either the concept of the Thema Mundi or that of the Egyptian order of the planets.

On the other side I think Morrison is not to be blamed on this point. He died in a time when mass use of the internet was scarcely out of the egg and the same was the case with the translation projects of the classical works. However his promotion of the use of asteroids initiated an almost unstoppable movement, since astronomers discover thousands of asteroids each year now. Sometimes I think that this excessive growth and the hand in hand growth with it of overpsychologisation in astrology for this part revived traditional astrology as a counter effect.
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought it was Abraham that God taught astrology to.


Using March & McEvers 'The Only Way to Learn Astrology' as the textbook.

Sorry again, Andrew. The Devil made me do it.
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It could be some coarse and early system and division of the solar influence as manifest through the houses?

If a native has the Creative Sun in the 9th house, maybe he cultivates (Moon) the 8th and the 10th. Maybe he communicates (Mercury) the 7th and the 11th, and appreciates and enjoys (Venus) the 6th and the 12th. Maybe he works (Mars) the 1st and the 5th, expands (Jupiter) the 2nd and 4th, and contracts (Saturn) in the 3rd.

Just me wanting to explore another avenue of thoughts. Confused
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Your avenue is very interesting indeed, Andrew, but (a little) highly speculative without the least foundation in classical literature, isn't it? Or do you know any source? This would be more than fascinating.

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"prior astrologies . . . astrologers of a time much earlier, non-Greek . . . a culture which apperntly didnt progress charts . . . "
These hints given by Al H. Morrison are too obscure to be treated as rational or helpful in my opinion. Or do you know more about this?

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