I can’t resist sharing this! It is a German Blockbook reprinted online. What is a BlockBook, you ask? Find out on the website linked here: The Planets and their Children. If you click on the images on the webpage, you can see the entire book and read about the process used to reprint them and to translate the German Poems. There is also information about Blockbooks, early European printing and Astrology in general.
I know, another quiz!
But I checked and it works in my case. I am a Scorpio with a Cancer Moon and embroidery (Scorpio) was one of my first crafts and I do yoga (Cancer) pretty much every day!
Why embroidery for Scorpio? My guess is that we are the only ones who would be entertained by stabbing a piece of fabric a thousand times, LOL
Does it work for you? Link to Quiz
According to the Astrofaces introduction:
Astrofaces is a research study seeking to verify Astrology for modern science with photographs of subjects grouped by the zodiac signs of their Sun, Moon & Ascendant. Do people who share the three most prominent factors in the chart resemble each other?
It’s an intriguing study but so far the findings have been limited by the variability of photos and the current state of FRS, facial recognition software. Click the following link to read more and also to add your birth data and a photograph. Here is the LINK: Astrofaces.com
You may have read Sun Sign astrology books that discuss physical characteristics of people of certain Sun Signs. Like the rest of this type of astrology this is an oversimplification. Astrofaces is one project that attempts to rectify this by adding the Big Three or Sun, Moon and Ascendant and below I have an except from Nicholas Culpeper, 1616-1654, who like other traditional astrologers attributed one’s looks to the Ascendant or rising sign and its ruler. By Astrofaces I’d be a combo of Cancer, Gemini and Scorpio and by Culpeper I’d be Mercury, but fixed, with some Sun and Venus because I have a Gemini ASC and my Mercury, the ruler of Gemini is in Scorpio, (a fixed sign) conjunct the Sun and Venus, square Mars and all under the horizon. How about you? Read below and let me know…
Traditional astrology attributes one’s looks to the Ascendant or rising sign and its ruler and also to any planets that conjunct it closely. Here is what Culpeper, wrote in his Opus Astrologicum about a person’s physical appearance based on the rising sign, ‘By comparing the Planet with the sign he is in, the description of the body is found out.’ Also, ‘by considering the strength of the Planet, his aspect to the Sun or Moon, his being with fixed Stars, either of, or opposing his own nature, with his being above of under the earth. For Planets, when they are above the earth, give far taller stature then they do when they are under the earth.’ One can see he is addressing basic concepts of dignity and sect. He continues with triplicities and more but the pdf (see link) is hard enough to read these in… in general descriptions of the Planetes, he says,
The Sun presents one of a brown or yellowish colour, and forehead, great hazle eyes, sharp and piercing, quick-sighted; of no great stature, yet fleshie, and full-boned: he hath a long beard, and is quickly bald, a generous creature, high-minded, aiming at no base or mean things.
The Moon declares one with a pale and whitely face, mixed with but a little redness, if any: of mean stature, proud, of an auburn hair, flowe of speech, fat and flegmatick; short arms, fleshly hands of a mutable condition, often removing from place to place; a wearish peevish creature, seldom contented; neither delighting much in action nor idleness.
Saturn signifies a man with a black swarthy colour, big and large eye-brows, black and little eyes, thin beard, and sometimes none at all; thick shoulders, and sometimes crooked; heavie impish looks, tall stature: he goes with his head stooping forward: lean face, thick lips: he delights to be alone, and is always musing: he hits one leg against the other as he goes: he can hide his anger, and his tongue will tell no tales of his heart: willful, envious, malicious, fearful, proud, and slovenly; covetous, aiming wholly at his own ends.
Jupiter represents a man tall of stature, of a brown muddy complexion, an oval visage, high forehead, fair gray eyes, light brown hair, a handsome well-set strait body, large belly, great thighs, great well-proportioned legs, long feet, a sober, well-spoken, well-conditioned man, desiring to benefit all men; not covetous, nor caring for the goods of this world.
Mars describes one of an high colour, slender, yet strong, and well-set; a round sun-burnt face: his hair yellow or [flaxen]; hazle eyes, quick, sharp and piercing; furious looks; proud, presumptuous, valiant, full of words, boasting and lying.
Under Venus are born people of a whitely-brown colour and complexion; black and quick eyes, little eye-brows, red lips, cherry cheeks with little dimples in them; the [lower] lip somewhat bigger then the upper; a neat, well-composed, and well-ordered body; strait, but of mean stature, affable, courteous, merry, wholly delighting in curiosities.
Lastly, Mercury gives a creature of a tall stature, black hair, long lean face, high forehead, long strait nose, lean lank body; long fingers, and lean; long feet; and he goes swinging one arm; a witty subtil man, full of talk, and of no great fidelity, unless Mercury be in a fixed signe.
Here is a link to Opus Astrologicum
This is a bio of Culpeper from Skyscript
Have you noticed that the Solstices occur on a different day each time and that the beginning and ending dates for zodiac signs are different depending on which book you read? Did you wonder why one year Cancer begins on the 21st and the next on the 22nd? This is because both solstices and sun signs relate to the Sun’s path along the ecliptic and the Sun doesn’t change from one sign to another at exactly midnight. See Kelly’s article below for a table that shows this better. These variable dates can be a concern if you are born on one of those days when the Sun is changed signs, sometimes you’ll hear it referred to as a cusp and people will say you aren’t really one or the other but that isn’t true. The Sun moves through all 30 degrees of one sign before passing into the next so even if you are born close to a boundary you’ll be either 29 degrees Cancer or even 0 degrees Leo. 0 degrees Leo is still Leo and an astrologer can easily look up your date in an ephemeris and tell which on side of the cusp you fall. Or you can check your own using the ephemeris links below.
Here is an Ephemeris to check your own birth date: Link Astro.com, Swiss Ephemeris Files
Here is a good article in which Kelly Surtees shows why these cusp dates may look confusing. Link: Kelly’s Astrology – Sun Changing Sign, Dates for 2015
September 21st is the Autumnal Equinox: The day the Sun enters Libra and the beginning of Autumn. In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. In traditional Astrology, the Sun is “exalted” in Aries while halfway through its circuit along the ecliptic, it is in “fall” in Libra, Aries’ opposite sign.
The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The Spring (vernal) Equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal Equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.
In myth, the goddess Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this is when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year begins. The harvest is stored away, the farm animals are measured against their feed and decisions are made about how many to keep and how many to slaughter and eat. This is why so much Thanksgiving feasting goes on now. Fresh meat and fruit only last so long.
Symbols of Autumn:
Blackberries, cranberries, wine, gourds, pinecones, acorns, nuts, corn, apples, pomegranates, ivy
Foods of Autumn:
Breads, nuts, apples, squash, pomegranates, and pumpkin pie.
Colors of Autumn:
The colors of the sunset: violet, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.
Stones of Autumn:
Libra is pink tourmaline, opals and rhodochrosite. Scorpio is topaz, bloodstone, and yellow agate. Sagittarius is turquoise and jasper.
Activities of Autumn:
Making cider and wine, gathering seeds and seedpods, walking in the woods, Halloween, and Thanksgiving celebrations, Christmas shopping.
This is the Year of the Wood Horse
And just in time to celebrate… here is a free lecture from The Teaching Company.
You know how much I love history… and The Teaching Company. This one’s part of the course, Foundations of Eastern Civilization, by Dr. Craig G. Benjamin, Associate Professor of History in the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. In this lecture, you will:
- look at the political rebellions that led to today’s republic,
- meet Mao Zedong, Sun Yatsen, and Chiang Kai-shek,
- and witness conflict between Nationalist and Communist parties.
Click to listen: Teaching Company Free Lecture
Click to learn about the course: Foundations of Eastern Civilization
Click to learn more about the Chinese Zodiac
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