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“The Astrological Temperaments May Have Been Forgotten, But not Lost – Thank You!”

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It seems to me, no matter how long one has been studying a subject, the journey never seems to end, and new paths appear on the horizon, when one least expects it. There are times it seems we return to the course one was on before, and realized we did not truly explore or investigate it thoroughly enough. This was what happened to me, not too long ago, when I began wondering why people with similar charts reacted to things and events so differently. As I was pondering this, I was remembering my encounters with the temperaments in the natal chart, which is an innate component of our being unlike character and personality which is learnt and developed, and why one needed to learn and master it. It had totally slipped my mind, because even though my first teacher emphasized the importance of mastering this technique, she did not go into details of the importance it may have in our delineations. As I continued my studies, temperaments got left on the shelf collecting dust, as other things caught my attention and seem more important at the time.

I regret not paying more attention and mastering it, but as I have always believed, it is better late then never. The first thing I remember about the subject was trying to memorize what planet and signs were hot, dry, cold and wet, and their relationship to one another. In time these qualities were adapted and assigned to the following four temperaments. Sanguine is described as honest, liberal, cheerful, thoughtful, methodical, accommodating, etc. Melancholy as reserved, ponderous, studious, cynical, untrusting, etc. Cholerique is optimistic, aggressive, action, opportunist, etc. Phlegmatic is pensive, reticent, withdrawn, acquiescent, mutable, etc. How does one use this? It is in synthesizing the elements in the chart and seeing which of the temperaments, or if it is a combination of the temperaments that is the major factor in helping the individual to fulfill the promise of the chart. This technique is similar in judging how much of the charts are in air, earth, water and fire sign to quickly to determine if the individual is more into thinking, into having, into feeling or into getting things done.

By determining the temperament, we can rapidly come to an accurate decision on how the individual will approach each situation before our thorough delineation is begun. This method will indicate whether the individual will take the initiative, is laid back, is the analyst or is more reserved and contemplative. I have come across several teachers such as John Frawley who feel that one cannot have an accurate and insightful delineation without first establishing the temperament of the chart. To be convinced of this, one only needs to do what I just recently did myself, is to go to the internet and to look up the article “The Well-tempered Astrologer – Using an Ancient System in Modern Astrology” by Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum. Don’t just read it, but study it and you wonder why you have not incorporated this system in your delineation sooner. One thing I have learnt is that any technique that is going give me the edge on better understanding the chart and a more correct prediction of what the future will hold, I will use it as my own. Temperament will give us a clue to the hidden agenda of the person that just seeing, analyzing, and comparing the ascendant, the Sun and the Moon, may not as quickly reveal. I am happy to conclude and to announce to all who will listen that I may have forgotten the astrological temperaments, but they have not been lost to me – thank you.

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“Do I as an Astrologer Heed My Own Warnings or Advice?”

It has been my belief that one of the Universe’s gifts to the world to confirm its existence, its connection and its love for its creations was through the spiritual and occult arts, which astrology is one of them.  The more one tries to master any of the arts, the more one realizes that everything is connected with one another in someway.  What happens to one of us is felt or understood by the other, even if we are not consciously aware of it.  The axiom “As above, so below” can be compared to  the part that stores the essence of the whole, although in actually, it still only represents the part.  The ancients were aware and understood the importance of working with the laws of the Universe and our connection with it. I believe we have lost the keys to astrological prediction and are regaining some of the lost knowledge through translations of old astrological texts.  I suspect the reason we lost this knowledge is because we were trying to modernize, and we accidentally threw out the baby with the dirty bath water.

What we did have in our tool box to predict with, is still amazing, and with some of the new discoveries that have been revealed through the translation of old texts has been incredible.  What is still to come will probably astound us all.  I am having enough trouble just to sort through what is available and to digest it to a point where I can really understand what I am reading.  I have been trying to understand the translation of Morin, and it seems every time I restudy a section of the book, something new comes to light for me.  Sometimes it is months after something I read that I have begun to even have any glimmer of understanding of what one sentence might have meant.  The thing I am sure about Morin is that he believed that astrology proved to him that God truly existed in all it s glory and goodness.  Astrology allows us to choose and to see our destiny.  Being involved in some of the astrology egroups as they work through some of the delineations, I am always bowled over by the results.  Some times the completion to the delineations comes many months after the answer and the conclusion was given, but the excitement and the exhilaration that comes from knowing the predictions were correct, is incredible.

Now getting back to the question to whether as an astrologer do I heed my own warnings and advice?  As an astrologer and a student who truly loves the study, and realizes that if one has mastered the techniques, the answers are definitely available.  I don’t seem to have any problems delineating another person’s chart and giving my opinion on what the chart seems to be indicating and the direction it seems to be pointing to.  Unfortunately when delineating for myself, I find it very difficult to be objective, I find myself trying to see how the aspects could explain what I hope for, instead of allowing the answer to come forth on its own.  The more the question or situation has a deep emotional attachment, the less likely I am able to delineate with an objective temperament.  As far as heeding my own warnings and advice, it is easy to do as I am not expecting anything from the situations because I am taking precautions indicated by the aspects to avoid any complications that may develop.  Unfortunately if one is looking for a favorable outcome, it is easy to interpret the facts to meet one’s expectation.  If I am honest with myself and am seeking a truthful answer, I usually seek the advice of someone who is able to be objective with the question at hand.

“An Astrologer Like a Great Actor Creates the State of Mind ▬ To Be or Not To Be”

As we begin the New Year, many people including myself have a list of New Year resolutions we hope to accomplish in the coming months.  How this tradition got started and whether it really does any good in our life is questionable, but it is something we may or may not look forward to, but tend to have a list ready when asked.  As I have grown older I realized if I am to finish any of the projects, I need to be realistic on what I want to bring to fruition.  Many times I think I have started projects to please others, instead of trying to accomplish something that would really please me.  As I begin the year 2011, I recognize the most important thing I want to perfect in the coming period of time is to be a better and more predictive astrologer.  To accomplish this, I plan to do an intensive study of the classical and traditional astrological material that has been translated into English.  Normally when I find an area of study I find to be important and enlightening, I try to convince everyone to do it my way.  I am not sure if my state of mind has become more mellow, or has wisdom taken hold of my consciousness, but my thoughts to bring others to my side of the conversation, is not as important, any more.  What I do find important is that what ever idea, thought or project we wish to accomplish, we do it with intensity and for the love it.

I consider myself, a modern astrologer with more then a curiosity for all the other avenues of astrology, with the traditional pulling at my coattails.  The different avenues and approaches the study of the stars has to offer, only makes the art that much more diverse and interesting.  I don’t think any one approach is the right way for every one.  We all have our own ways of doing things, and certain things work better for us then others.  Finding our groove and working with it will be a key to a successful and a satisfying life well lived.  It is not the area of astrology we study that is important, but how we approach the topic at hand, which will determine how proficient we become in the subject matter.  I have come to understand that learning all the rules and definitions will give me a handle on the subject, but understanding and being in tune with the chart was missing.  As I contemplated on this I remembered that my other great love is the movies, theatre and watching great actors at work.  It dawned on me that we must be like the great actors who are so into their character that we don’t see the real actor, but the character he or she is portraying.

This made sense to me as memorizing rules and aphorisms of the planets, signs, aspects and et cetera will give us the foundation for delineating a chart, but it won’t give us the subtle difference to the essential motivation of the chart.  It is not just being able to give further details on the delineation of the signs, planets, and aspects, as astrologers and those interested in astrology, but to be the chart itself and to feel what it is feeling.  To be so involved and connected to the chart that chart takes on a life of its’ own.  Understanding and feeling how the planet feels in the sign it is in, and the house it is in, and the fundamental feelings that is brought about by the aspects with the other planets.  Some planets and signs are considered hot and dry expressing a certain nature and disposition, and we must understand and feel what it is like to be in the company of a different temperament.  Is there a problem and what that situation would create?  Understanding these differences may be very slight and subtle, but that type of delineation, separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls.  My final comment is that if we are to really understand and delineate a chart with intuition and insight we need to be the chart inside and out.  We must be like all great actors and become that which we are interpreting.  At the moment of consultation, one should not be able to tell the difference from the consulting astrologer and the chart that is being delineated.  “To be or not to be” is the state of mind any individual, whether amateur or professional should have in delineating any type of astrological chart.

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