Hi friends! I want you to be the first to know that I am bringing the word auspicious back into the conversation. What does auspicious mean? You may recall hearing this word in your English lit class while discussing the works of William Shakespeare. He loved the word and used it often. It means “lucky,” but not just in a casual way. For example, if a union was described as auspicious, it meant the stars were aligned in favor of the event. History tells us that monarchs, emperors, sultans, US Presidents and chiefs throughout time consulted their astrologer before planning major events. Leaders were looking to the stars to find the most auspicious time to plan a coronation, go to war, travel, marry or plan a coup. Could it really be that beneficial to plan earthly events based on the movement of the stars and celestial lights? Consider the alternative.
Romeo and Juliet were star-crossed lovers, and we all know what happened to them. “Star-crossed” is a term that means the opposite of auspicious. It probably also refers to the unsavory astrological aspects called “squares” and “oppositions.” If you were to chart four stars that are squaring each other, the image would be of a cross: two stars opposing each other intersected by the 90* angle of the other two stars, also opposing each other. Stars crossing or squaring each other creates terrible pressure, opposition and total discomfort at the physical level. Shakespeare knew, as did many before him, that there is an auspicious time for beginnings, and an auspicious time for endings. Certain times are great for initiating love, and certain times are good for declaring war. How do we better understand the concept of auspicious timing? All we need to do is look up at the stars with the help of some wonderful astrologers. But before we do, let’s consider a little-known quip from Greek philosopher, Healer and father of western medicine, Hippocrates. He unequivocally stated:
“A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”
Wait, what?? You heard him. That guy that every doctor swears allegiance to by reciting the Hippocratic Oath was pretty stoked about this concept of Astrology, and here’s one example of why: Hippocrates knew that the body, being made primarily of water, was always under the influence of the lunar phases, much in the same way the tides are. He wrote that he would not consider performing an elective surgery during a full moon because of the high degree of pressure created and felt here on Earth when the Sun is in opposition to the Moon. Apparently, the amount of pressure the moon exacts on the body during this time accelerates blood flow, and this simple piece of information helped doctors of that era avoid unnecessary risk. Pretty nifty, huh? Hippocrates was a revolutionary mind in his time, but he wasn’t the only one. The ancient Greek philosopher Hermes Trismegistus clued us in to The Principle of Correspondence, which is one of his seven principles of The Kybalion. Most of us are familiar with this idea thanks to his famous axiom, “As above, So below.” This means that the energy produced by the position of the stars is mirrored here on Earth. It really is just that simple.
Get thee to an astrologer.
Now, a common misconception the superstitious folk will attribute to astrology is that it is incompatible with free-will, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s not that astrology determines what will become of us; the stars incline, they do not compel. Studying the stars gives us more information with which to make better decisions. It’s like turning the light on before moving through a dark room. When we can see potential obstacles, like the coffee table or the sleeping dog, we are better able to navigate around them. Though you may still choose to run into the coffee table, even with the light on, the idea is that you probably won’t now that you realize it’s there. So, once we move past this new-age superstition with our sense of free-will firmly intact, we can look back through thousands of years of ancient writings from every corner of the globe to give us the bigger picture.
I have structured the HMS Log Book to include the basics of Astrology for your journaling pleasure as well as to help widen your gaze. I find it incredibly enlightening to have an awareness of the Lunar Phase each day, so the moon is front and center on the page. You will also find the elemental phase that corresponds with each Zodiac Sign at the top of each page. These juicy bits of information clue us in to the energy affecting the collective herd. For example, when we are in the middle of a water sign (Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces), which signifies an emotional and subconscious energy, folks can trigger very, very easily. This tells me it’s time to tread lightly and really taste my words before I spit them out. I set out to be even more compassionate and loving, knowing that the collective is likely riding on their very last nerve. Maybe I decide to stay out of the fray during the full moon phase of a water sign like Scorpio, which in my mind equals hot water. Astrology helps us side-step the proverbial bubbling cauldron, and who doesn’t need more insight in their lives. Like ‘ole Will said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
With love & joy,
Start Chart by Albrecht Durer, 1515