OT: the Monkey Year (wasRe: Religion and Holidays)
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 14:12|
Quoting "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>:
> You might also want to see what you work out to in Indian astrology.
> It's similar to what is done in the West, but with the actual astronomical
> positions of the constellations, rather then signposts based on where the
> constellations used to be when the art was founded.
Isn't that injecting an unhealthy amount of common sense into the discipline?
A better way, surely, is that shown by western astrologers who left the signs
behind when precession replaced the constellations, but nonetheless maintain
that what constellation the spring equinox is in determines which 'Zodiacal
Age' we're in, and thus the general characteristics of the times.
Then you can do as one New Age groups I saw did, and redefine a Zodiacal Age
as 2000 years, apparently just because it's a nice round number (should be
2160 years or so), and _still_ maintain it has some relevance to cosmic goings-
on. The Gods apparently not only have a thing about the Earth's position in
the galaxy, but also about base ten.
Hm, speaking of gods and stars, I should be nailing down the cosmology of the
Meghean-Yargish coniverse in some more detail. I know they live on a spherical
piece of stuff equipped with paraphernalia to convince the casual visitor from
Earth it's a planet orbiting a sun somewhere well inside a disc-shaped galaxy,
but I suspect their world is actually pretty much ptolemaean. I guess the
Creator was making use of His sense of humour when He made it.