Astrosophy is freedom! Those who are familiar with what astrosophy means, know that: ‘man was created as a free being - even if he be born in chains’ (Friedrich Schiller).
The Universal Law
Astrosophy follows a so-called ‘vertical’ world view, that corresponds to a universal law: i.e. that the universe is pure spirit. As above, so below! What is external is reflected by what is internal. As in heaven, so on earth. Nothing is static, everything is in motion. Good and evil are the fruits of the same tree. Individual opinions are just parts of the whole. Every action occasions a reaction. The microcosm is a miniature reflection of the macrocosm. What we take for a coincidence is merely an unrecognised law. ‘The starry sky is within you’ (Goethe). Everything bears both masculine and feminine qualities.
This ‘law’ was pronounced by the master of all masters, Hermes Trismegistos. For a long time it was treated as a ‘secret’ doctrine. Those who openly proclaimed it according to true insight, were persecuted and often murdered. Why? Because such universal laws, which we inevitably find in all major world religions, are contrary to the interests of their orthodox leaders. This ‘law’ undermines every religious doctrine that is supposed to function based on centralised power, and the maintenance of power by rules. This ‘law’ is also essentially about transferring power to all individual human beings, and making them realise that, as individuals, they have to live in accordance with those laws which were ‘inscribed in their body’ at the time of their birth.
The exposition of this ‘secret’ doctrine, as it is known these days, first appeared in written form in 1908. The Kybalion, which is a main work of Hermeticists, contains the seven Hermetic Principles, which are considered to be the foundations of all wisdom teachings. They have meanwhile been scientifically proven to a large extent, although they do not require any scientific confirmation, because they are the description of what is, what has always been, and what will always be: the order that is inherent in creation.
Seven Universal Principles
The seven universal laws are the fundamental basics for people who are searching for their true self, for their unique inner truth. hey are: the principle of spirit (spirituality); the principle of correspondence; the principle of vibration; the principle of polarity; the principle of rhythm; the principle of cause and effect; and the principle of gender.
Astrosophy interprets these laws in its own unique way. The seven sacred principles are those which we recognise in their totality, as perfection in form. We see them symbolically represented in many examples, for instance, in myths and fairy tales such as the seven little goats, the seven mountains, the seven dwarfs, and so on. We also see them represented when we speak of the seven virtues, the seven vices, and find the seven principles perpetuated in the naming of the days of the week:
1. the day of the sun (Sunday)
2. the day of the moon (Monday)
3. the day of Mars (Tuesday, according to Germanic mythology: Tyr, god of war)
4. the day of Mercury (Wednesday, according to Old English wodnesdaeg, Woden = Odin)
5. the day of Jupiter (Thursday, according to Germanic mythology: Donar, Thor)
6. the day of Venus (Friday, according to Germanic mythology: Freya, Frija)
7. the day of Saturn (Saturday)
Thus, we can only be free if we perceive this law as being inherent in all forms, in all motion within the forms, and if we acknowledge and use this in its perfection. Then we are walking with ‘seven-league boots’, and packing our ‘seven things’. Then we realise that we are impregnated form, evolving life. Then we can understand Peter Maffey, and others as they sing: ‘Seven bridges you must cross, survive seven dark years, seven times you will turn to ashes, but one day you’ll shine bright ...’.
Inferring from One Level of Phenomenon to Another
In the life cycle of time and space, which astrosophy reflects in its very depth and essence, and which encompasses everything that is, and has spirit, soul and body, we can experience these seven principles as analogies (correspondence, synchronicity) on all levels of the world of manifestation.
The Saturnine, for example, reveals itself as the principle of the form of life, of hardness and structure. It is assigned to the planet Saturn, and can be found in humans as that inner quality of the old, wise man. It represents the conscience and has the characteristics of prudence, objectivity and sense of responsibility. In terms of anatomy, the Saturnine principle corresponds to the skeleton, the backbone and the knees; it manifests itself in diseases associated with any hardening activity, such as the forming of stones in certain organs.
The virtues of being reliable and hard-working are attributed to it. Furthermore the animal species of ants, turtles and ibex are representative of that principle. Sculpture is its mode of artistic expression. Qualities of the Saturnine can be found in lead, as well as coal, lime and salts. Its primary characteristic is hardening or crystallization.
Whoever has understood this principle - and this applies equally to the other principles of the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Venus - knows how to connect one level of phenomena to another, and can thus see the relationship between the essence of the knee and the Capricorn in the animal world; between the holly in the plant world and the metal lead - and of course also to the principle connected with it in Genesis: in the evolution of the plan of creation.
Recognising what cannot be changed
Everything that is more or less Saturnine, is also Venusian, as well as Marsian. That is what makes the distinction. On the human level, this indicates different temperaments, different modes of expression, different proportions of the upward striving (fire/choleric and air/sanguine), and the downward striving (water/phlegm and earth/melancholy). What human beings bring with them is their condition; it is inscribed in their body; it is determined and can no longer be changed.
Freedom involves recognising what cannot be changed. Everyone is caught within their own limitations. Only human beings are able to reflect with a freedom of spirit that means intuitively understanding that true ‘freedom’ means longing to be or to do, what one is supposed to be, or to do; that the law they have to follow is laid down in the seed from which they emerged.
This applies only to him or her as a unique individual. They have only their form, the particular world of their own to fulfil. They are their only goal and will find their freedom only in what they already are. In one‘s beginning lies also the end. A human being follows step by step what Goethe expressed as follows: ‘As stood the sun to the salute of planets / upon the day that gave you to the earth, / you grew forthwith, and prospered, in your growing / heeded the law presiding at your birth. / Sibyls and prophets told it: You must be / none but yourself, from self you cannot flee. / no time there is, no power, can decompose / the minted form that lives and living grows’ (translated by Christopher Middleton).
Uranus, Neptun, Pluto: Stepping Out of any Narrowness
In the terminology of astrosophy, the Cycle of Twelve, the Seven Sacred Principles operate as the perfect form, but they are also challenged to understand the universe as the highest conceivable form - to step away from any narrowness of thinking (angst) that does not encompass the universal view.
In 1781, the planet Uranus was discovered, whose principal significance is that it takes the liberty of expanding the existing, of challenging the petrified, the hardened. It incites rebellion; it questions that which already presents itself as the absolute, and if necessary, eliminates weak points. What has become crystallized is thus dissolved, and its tranquillity disrupted; the conventional and conservative is stirred into new directions - to free itself from the grip of the past.
But that is not all: in 1846, the planet Neptune was discovered, and, according to the principal, ‘as without, so within’, and from a vertical perspective, floods this world with the impulse for solution and dissolution. Under its influence one loses one's bearings, finds access to the immeasurable and expands one's consciousness. A person seeking proof, for example a scientist, comes to understand the finiteness of the causal, and comes to the conclusion, like the physicist Werner Heisenberg: ‘Truly new territory in any field of science can only be won if one is prepared, at a decisive moment, to leave the ground upon which science has rested so far, and to jump, as it were, into the void.’ In short: a true scientist must become a mystic.
Those who have thus penetrated the interior of nature and long to find the deepest possible meaning to life on earth, must also fathom the endless cycles of becoming and passing away, of contracting and expanding, of living and dying. Even with the discovery of Pluto in 1930, and knowing that it takes approximately 250 years for it to complete one revolution of our solar system, still it is bound within the cycle of expansion and contraction. They will also find the meaning of life in destruction, for example in volcanic eruptions, for everything is in transformation - and takes its time to rise again like a phoenix from the ashes.
It takes millennium for hot lava to cool, to eventually break down to dust, to then form humus, attract lichens, mosses, and then be suitable to grow plants, that we can ultimately cultivate, harvest and store. Mother Earth, like every mother, knows that once she has conceived, she can then bring forth from within herself, after a predetermined time, something living. It develops within her. In doing so, she uses the individual cells that are available to her - even if these cells do not, or cannot, know anything about the bigger picture, because they have to take care of their immediate needs, which they have to serve. Just as the liver cell takes care of the liver - and knows nothing of the larger task of the human organism, in which it has its’ home.
Freedom is Service to What Surrounds Us
Freedom, therefore, is service to what surrounds us. Freedom is the sound that must pass away in order for a melody, that is the greater unity of sound, to emerge. Freedom is the melody that permeates the world as an expression of life as love and energy, in all its ups and downs.
This energy fills everything. All melodies are interconnected: in major and minor, in war and peace. They are the spheres in which everything moves. Astrosophy takes the liberty of describing this. Nothing more.
About the author:
Wolfgang Maiworm is the publisher of Lebens-t-räume, magazine for health and consciousness;
astrologer, author, servant in ZEN.