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Pisces – Something fishy here?


Pisces – Peter Tittenberger via Flickr

Before the internet most newspapers had a horoscope section. It might have been a small weekly column or a full-blown page on weekends.

Every morning my family read the local paper. I always managed to get the entertainment and sports sections. And the index. You always needed the index because that’s how you found out where your horoscope was.

Sort of an extra feature, like the comics, the horoscopes were juggled around to fit any blank space in the daily edition layout.

How times have changed… Or have they?

Horoscopes are still popular. Today people read more than a newspaper blurb. Now you can get a complete online reading if, that is, you know your date and time of birth. Press the button and the machine tells your life story.

Why are horoscopes still around?

Science generally says they’re rubbish. Christian theologians don’t like astrology much either (although Hindus consult astrologers during wedding ceremonies).

It seems there’s a middle ground between science and religion that appeals to the public. Something like myth and fantasy. I guess that’s where horoscopes come in.

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Anatomical Man in the Duke Berry’s Très Riches Heures (Photo: Wikipedia)

Whenever updating the astrology entries at I feel like a bit of a fraud. I’ll be honest. I don’t really believe in astrology any longer. Not sure if I ever did.

I know some people do believe and I respect that. We’re all different with unique paths. But for me, the power of God and the Holy Spirit makes any kind of “cosmic force” look small. It’s not that I don’t believe in cosmic forces. I do. It’s just a question of magnitude and relevance.

Let’s for a moment concede that cosmic forces affect the psyche. But what about God, the creator of those cosmic forces? God is infinitely larger and more powerful than any influence of Jupiter or Neptune.

Some astrology believers just don’t get this. They see God as the sum of the observable cosmos, known to thinkers like me as natural pantheism.

Still don’t see what I’m saying?

Let’s try this. Instead of the cosmos acting on mind and body, how about something more immediate, like nutrition.

Most people agree that nutrition is important. The substances we ingest directly influence our minds and overall health. But that’s not the whole story. Jesus of the New Testament tells us that we don’t live on bread alone. It’s the “alone” part that matters. There’s something more. Christians call it the Holy Spirit.

Likewise with astrology. We are not influenced by creation, alone. There’s more. The Creator of creation. Simple as that.

Take another analogy. God made the wind which, although invisible, is a powerful force. I believe in the wind from seeing, hearing, feeling and sometimes smelling its perceptible effects.

However, any good sailor can tack into the wind. We don’t have to be blown around just because the wind exists.

God gave us a mind and the ability to choose.

Well, enough preamable. Rather than rewrite my existing entry on Pisces, I’ll just tweak it.

No need to perpetuate the charade. I don’t believe in astrology. Life is too complex and ambiguous to be boiled down to an arbitrary theory. I’m not saying astrology is totally false. Cosmic forces no doubt exist. And astrology has entertainment, mythic and historical value. But to invest too much in it, I think, falls somewhere between spirituality and superstition.

A juvenile distraction, fine. But for spiritual adults, one hopefully moves on.

Pisces (February 19 – March 21) is the twelfth and a winter sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the fish and associated with the planetary rulers of Neptune and Jupiter. Its element is water.

Astrologers say that from Neptune, Pisces longs for a return to the primal waters; that is, a plunge into the underworld depths of the collective unconscious.

From Jupiter, Pisces is youthful, with all the pros and cons accompanying adolescence.  Astrologers say Pisceans are gentle but with fits of rashness, even cruelty.

Sometimes passive and lazy, Pisceans apparently alternate between lethargy and spells of vigor, enthusiasm and hope.

Prominent Pisces include Johnny Cash, Billy Crystal,  Elizabeth Taylor, Rihanna, Albert Einstein and Justin Bieber.

Pisces – The book of birth of Iskandar – Wikipedia

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Sagittarius – Zodiacal sign with pre-Hellenic roots

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Sagittarius: one of the twelve zodiacal signs ornating the chevet of the church Saint-Austremonius of Issoire (12th century), Auvergne, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sagittarius (November 22-December 20) is the 9th and a fall sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the archer and associated with the planetary ruler of Jupiter. Its earth element is fire.

In mythology the sign can be traced to the legendary battle between the Centaurs and the Lapiths.

Persons born under this sign are said to be level-headed, optimistic, lucky and adventurous. Some sites say that Sagittarius enjoys philosophical discussions.

Negative aspects of Saggitarius are often cited as over-ambition and destructiveness.

Woody Allen, Walt Disney, Mark Twain and Sinead O’Connor fall under this sign.¹

Like all the signs of the zodiac, I take commentaries about alleged zodiacal characteristics with a grain of salt. It’s not that I am narrow-minded. I can conceive the possibility of a psychology that includes cosmological interconnections. However, my cosmology includes realms far beyond the stars and planets (i.e. the created, visible universe).

Those extra realms are heavenly realms (not “the heavens” as in the stars above). And for me, the heavenly heavens are incomparably more powerful, direct and beautiful than the possible influences of a planet, sunspot or what have you.

But, I would argue, one has to get there in one’s spiritual formation to appreciate this.

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Sani (Shani) – Hindu planetary god

Sani (or Shani) is a Hindu planetary god who burned off Ganesha‘s head with a powerful glance.¹ As a baby, the sun was eclipsed when he first opened his eyes. Because of his cosmological influence, Sani is an important figure in Hindu astrology (which differs from other astrological belief systems).

Embodied in Saturn, Sani is the lord of Saturday, with shrines and temples in various Indian locales. travel photography India – Sani Festival, Zanskar valley via Flickr

¹ Ganesha’s head was replaced with an elephant’s head, as it remains today.

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Scorpio (October 23 – November 22)

Astrology is premised on the belief that there are meaningful connections among astronomical events, the human mind, and the world around us. The belief evolved over the centuries, starting in Mesopotamia, it was later influenced by Hellenistic culture and spread through the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

What we read in the papers and online today is mostly, in my opinion, sheer fancy. I have heard of people simply “making stuff up” for their astrology column in magazines. But many people still buy into the belief, which for the most part seems harmless if not taken too seriously.

Western astrology carves the night sky up into

12 astrological signs, each covering 30° sectors of the ecliptic, starting at the vernal equinox (one of the intersections of the ecliptic with the celestial equator), also known as the First Point of Aries. The order of the astrological signs is Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces

Scorpio is the eighth and a fall sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the scorpion and associated with the planetary rulers of Pluto and Mars. Its element is water.

The Wikipedia Astrology Portal’s section on Scorpio tells us that

In western astrology the sign is no longer aligned with the constellation [Scorpius] as a result of the precession of the equinoxes

Two Women with the Signs of Libra and Scorpio....

Two Women with the Signs of Libra and Scorpio. Engraving, only state; sheet (trimmed): 11 5/8 x 8 in. (29.5 x 20.3 cm). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In astrological lore, Scorpio’s are said to enjoy social power and be full of passion (to include sexual passion) and worldly ambition. Bill Gates and Hillary Clinton are prominent Scorpios.

Although I don’t really believe in astrology as a predictive or decision-making tool, if someone finds the mythology of astrology helpful in learning more about themselves in the here and now, then I could see it as a useful tool.

I’d say the same with the Tarot and I Ching. Some might say I’m being narrow minded on this point. But in actuality, I’ve been through many of the divinatory paths and realized they could only take me so far. After years of “reading the cards” and “tossing the coins” I simply got bored because the predictions never came true. In time, I realized I was just playing a game of wish-fulfillment. But when the game proved to be just that — a game — I tired of it in favor of the reality of being loved and guided by the higher graces of God.



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Painting Jautis (Taurus) in the twelve-paiting cycle Zodiakas (Zodiac). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taurus (April 20-May 21) is the second and a spring sign of the zodiac, symbolized by the bull and associated with the planetary ruler of Venus. Its element is Earth.

Taurus originally was associated with the constellation of the same name but “in western astrology, this sign is no longer aligned with the constellation as a result of the precession of the equinoxes.”¹

The bull symbol is based on ancient Mesopotamian astrology and Greek myth.² It symbolizes power, materialism, stubbornness and practicality. From Venus, Taurus is said to obtain a fierce loyalty to loved ones.

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² Ibid.

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Virgo, the virgin or maiden

Virgo, the virgin or maiden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virgo ( August 22-September 22) is the sixth sign of the zodiac. A summer sign, Virgo is symbolized by the idea of the Virgin and associated with the planetary ruler of Mercury. Its element is Earth.

The Latin term virgo means “maid,” “maiden,” “virgin,” or “girl,” and also refers to the constellation called Virgo as well as an aqueduct near Rome.

Astrologers and other believers in astrology claim that Virgos are not stereotypically prudish virgins. Instead, they say that Virgos can be highly refined, unmarried sensual beings who enjoy privacy and solitude.

From Mercury, Virgo is said to obtain a thirst for knowledge. Prominent Virgos are Sean Connery, Michael Jackson, Stephen King and the pop star, Pink.

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Zodiac (Greek: zoidion, an image of an animal)

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The Zodiac is derived from the visible part of the night sky, divided into 12 equal portions (each 30° of celestial longitude based on the ecliptic). It contains the 12 major constellations associated with the 12 major signs of astrology, as well as the 12 major stages of transubstantiation as outlined in medieval alchemical lore.

The zodiac was in use by the Roman era, based on concepts inherited by Hellenistic astronomy from Babylonian astronomy of the Chaldean period (mid-1st millennium BC), which, in turn, derived from an earlier system of lists of stars along the ecliptic.[1] The construction of the zodiac is described in Ptolemy‘s vast 2nd century AD work, the Almagest.[2]

The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which in its turn comes from the Greek ζῳδιακὸς κύκλος (zōdiakos kyklos), meaning “circle of animals”, derived from ζῴδιον (zōdion), the diminutive of ζῷον (zōon) “animal”. The name is motivated by the fact that half of the signs of the classical Greek zodiac are represented as animals (besides two mythological hybrids).

Although the zodiac remains the basis of the ecliptic coordinate system in use in astronomy besides the equatorial one,[3] the term and the names of the twelve signs are today mostly associated with horoscopic astrology.[4]

Astrology has been variously championed, questioned and lampooned, but in India commercially obtained horoscopes are frequently used to determine suitable marriages, a practice stemming back for decades.

As Calcutta grew in size and the social composition of the city became more mobile and diverse, matrimonial advertisements and marriage bureaus that served the function of matchmaking as well as various other types of marriage-related services such as matching horoscopes seemed better suited to the needs of the urban householder. In fact, many matrimonial bureaus combined the task of brokering marriages with astrological functions. Advertisements such as the following littered contemporary newspapers and journals: “Undertake marriage negotiations of respectable families-Jyotirbid Pundit K. Samajpati B. A. (Medical Astrologer)-Residence, 4 Guruprasad Chaudhury Lane, Calcutta” (Amrita Bazar Patrika, November 14, 1929, n.p.). Others were even more precise, stating, “if you send your date, year, and place of birth to the address below, you will be provided with your horoscope at the lowest possible price-Sri Motiranjan Kabyatirtha, P.O. Sarutiya, Jessore” (Bijali, February 18[1922]:6).²

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² Rochona Majumdar, “Looking for Brides and Grooms: Ghataks, Matrimonials, and the Marriage Market in Colonial Calcutta, circa 1875-1940,” The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 63, No. 4, (Nov., 2004: 911-935), p. 920.