Telescopes & Horoscopes
"There is one
God, but within that God are many. There is one self, but within
that self are many. There is one body, in one time, but the self
has other bodies in other times. All 'times' exist at once. Historically
speaking, mankind chose a certain line of development. In it his
consciousness specialized, focusing upon sharp particulars of experience.
But inherent always, psychologically and biologically, there has
been the possibility of a change in that pattern. Such a development
would, however, necessitate first of all a broadening of concepts
about the self, and a greater understanding of human potential.
Human consciousness is now at a stage where such a development in
not only feasible, but also necessary if the race is to achieve
its greatest fulfillment."--Seth, through Jane Roberts.
Several centuries ago, a
very brilliant and creative person lived in Italy. His name was
Galileo. Many scientific experiments he conducted were fairly revolutionary
for his period. As befalls many thinkers who are slightly ahead
of their times, Galileo ended up facing the inquisition. The bone
of contention in this case was whether or not the Earth revolved
around the Sun. Galileo was for--the Church against. Because martyr-hood
wasn't his thing, Galileo recanted and was allowed to go free. It
has always been rumored, however, that as he turned from his inquisitors
he whispered under this breath, "But it does move."
Galileo could ignore the common sense evidence of his eyes (the
Earth is stationary) and the dogma of the church (the Earth is the
center of the universe) and support his belief that the Earth did
revolve round the Sun. The reason was because he was the inventor
and earliest user of what we now call the telescope. Prior to Galileo,
mankind polished glass into various prismatic shapes and found that
certain combinations of lenses held together produced a magnifying
effect. Objects on Earth, for example, could be made to look much
larger than they did to the unaided eye. Galileo, apparently, was
the first to turn the telescope toward the heavens.
This must have been one of the ultimate mind blowers of all time,
for, among other things, Galileo saw the moons of Jupiter circling
their mother planet. That telescopic vision of smaller bodies circling
a larger one gave factual support to the monk Copernicus' hypothesis
that the Earth moved about the Sun.
Galileo published his findings and it is popularly believed that
he was laughed out of the academic community. The majority of the
authorities, to whom he looked for approval, simply refused to look
through the telescope. I suppose one reason for their hesitation
was the unconscious realization that if they took one look through
the telescope it might be the end of the world as they knew it.
This telescope could be dangerous to their world view. Another interesting
reason for skepticism was the fact that Galileo didn't really know
how the telescope worked. This is true, for the laws of optics weren't
under-stood until Newton's day--quite a bit later. All Galileo knew
were the new facts. He saw craters on the moon, rings of Saturn,
and the four inner moons of Jupiter. He didn't know why his combination
of the lenses allow-ed this to happen, but he thought it absurd
to deny that it did.
What we have here with Galileo, it seems to me, is a strange but
not that uncommon historical parallel between the telescope and
the horoscope. The telescope is a tool that gathers and focuses
light. It allows us to see physical things otherwise invisible.
It works whether or not you understand the principles of physics
involved. The bottom line test of the telescope is using it as it
is supposed to be used and see what you see.
I suggest the same thing can be said for the horoscope. The horoscope
is also a tool for focusing. It allows us to focus on the dimension
of meaning. One of my key beliefs is that we live not only in a
world of facts, but also in a world of meanings. They are part of
the fabric of the universe. We can discover meanings in the events
of our lives. A focusing lens enables us to do so. The horoscope
is one type of focusing lens. Like the telescope it works, whether
or not you understand why.
It is absurd to argue against astrology, as modern day academics
do, on the grounds that it is "scientifically impossible"
It is just as absurd as it was for earlier skeptics to deny the
properties of the telescope. I've never found anyone who couldn't
use the horoscope to focus on the world of meaning. All it takes
is desire to do so and some instruction on how to use the tool.
Galileo, as we all know, had the last laugh, for facts have a peculiar
stubbornness about them. They just don't go away. I suspect there
were people in his day who held out to the end. However, people
who refused to consider the possibilities of the telescope and the
brave new world it implied, probably went to their graves muttering
things about the devil and human folly. In our own time we are confronted
with a similar choice. Are we not going to consider the possibility
that horoscopes work? Are we at all interested in expanding the
limits of who and what we think we are? What type of strange fear
kept Galileo's contemporaries, especially the intelligent ones,
from looking through the telescope? What are we afraid of? Ourselves?
is an astrologist in Humboldt County, CA. He has also been a guest
on Spirit Talk TV.