Four teams competed in the series which was played during the full lunar eclipse of August 28, 2007. The full moon was in Pisces, Venus was retrograde in Leo, among other dynamic celestial facts. It is not surprising given the resonance that the planets and the signs of the Zodiac did not emerge victors. It is interesting to note that the astrological Aspects, concepts deeply enmeshed in the spirit of numbers outdid the Scopes to become this full moon's champions. This is especially true given the convincing victory the Scopes enjoyed against the Planets in the second game of the series. Implications? A team of cosmic baseball research alliance scholars is pouring over the data right now...
The Aspects describe the relationships between planets as they move through the heavens. "Aspect" from the Latin aspicio ("to regard"). Early astrologers determined that as the planets came into contact with one another meaning could be derived, in some cases, knowing about an aspect in advance could help an astrologer prognosticate.
Depending on a number of variables, an aspect between two or more planets can be good (benefic) or bad (malefic). The aspects are derived from numbers describing a circle. Horary astrologer Deborah Houlding puts it this way,
|Conjunction (0o)||Short Stop (SS)|
|Opposition (180o)||Center Field (CF)|
|Septile (51o 26')||First Base (1B)|
|Novile (40o)||Third Base (3B)|
|Semisextile (30o)||Catcher (C)|
|Sextile (60o)||Left Field (LF)|
|Inconjunct (150o)||Right Field (RF)|
|Semisquare (45o)||Second Base (2B)|
|Trine (120o)||Pitcher (P)|
Aspects Team Photo
The signs of the Zodiac are spread in a circle on the path the Sun travels across the sky (the ecliptic). The signs are defined by constellations (patterns of stars) that divide this circle into twelve parts (also known as the twelve zones of celestial longitude.) The specific origin of the Zodiac signs is uncertain although historians speculate the process began over 5,000 years ago. It was the Greek astronomer/astrologer Ptolemy (120-180 A.D.) who, thousands of years later, described the signs of the Zodiac in a format that has been transmitted to our contemporary times.
The word "Zodiac" comes from the Greek language and means "circle of animals" (although the western Zodiac includes three non-animal signs). Etymologists speculate that the word is connected to the Sanskrit word for "path" (sodi).
There are at least two conventional Zodiacs. The Western brand which is familiar to cultures in the Occident and the Chinese Zodiac (which consists only of animals). The Chinese Zodiac is not linked to constellations.
Signs Team Photo
Much of the early development of astrology (and astronomy) was contingent on what the human eye could see. Before the invention of the telescope only five of the planets and the moon and sun were actually visible with the naked eye. The use of technology to extend human vision had both scientific and metaphysical implications. There is a curious relationship between the extension of human vision (via telescopes, robotic spacecraft equipped with photographic technology) and the diminishing focus of man's central place in the universe. Human's countered the psychological blow absorbed by the human psyche as a result of heliocentricity by trying to construct a series of metaphors that put man back in a position of centrality. One of those metaphors is known as "free will."
The on-going invention of instruments to help us see things better is a major epistemological development in human history. The desire to see the unseen speaks to man's essential curiosity.
|Horoscope (6th Century B.C.E-?)||3B|
No team photograph available
Until the 17th century human beings were aware of eight planets, plus the so-called "fixed" stars. The Greeks, like others, observed the planets wandering through the sky. The word "planet" comes from the Greek language and it mean "wanderer." Until Copernicus initiated the heliocentric revolution positing the fact that the planets revolve around the Sun, the prevailing view was the Ptolemaic vision imagined the Earth at the center of things.
The association of the planets with events on Earth might have been the result of the attempt to understand the apparently inexplicable or otherwise significant machinations of human life. We are today familiar with the platitude "as above, so below" suggesting the influence of the heavens on human events. But it might have been man's attempt to see in the sky what was seen on the ground, so that the inverted notion, "As below, so above" might make more sense.
By the end of the 1st century B.C. the planets had already been equated with the signs of the Zodiac. Each planet had been associated with a particular astrological constellation (sign). Astrologists believe that the planet's influence on human beings is conditioned and modified by the sign the planet is in when the individual is born. The Zodiacal signs were viewed as "houses" or temporary quarters for the planets. A later elaboration of the horoscope included the further segmentation of the Zodiac into 12 houses each associated with an aspect of life (for example the 7th house relates to marriage and partnerships, the 12th house to the subconscious.)
Understanding the influence of each planet in a particular sign and its relationship to other physical bodies (see the Aspects team above) is a primary function of the intuitive astrologer. The learned astronomer focuses his or her insight on the more physical, scientifically verifiable concepts associated with the planets of our solar system.
|Mercury (always known)||RF|
|Venus (always known)||2B|
|Earth (always known)||SS|
|Mars (always known)||LF|
|Saturn (always known)||1B|
|Jupiter (always known)||3B|
|Uranus (discovered 1781)||C|
|Neptune (discovered 1846)||CF|
|Moon (always known)||P|
|Pluto (1930; declassified 2006)||PH|
Planets Team Photo
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