In episode 59, the astrologer Leisa Schaim comes to me to talk about common misunderstandings about ancient astrology. This is one of a series of podcasts I do on topics that I reflect on as I write my upcoming book on Hellenistic Astrology.
During the show we talk about our two experiences in moving from purely modern astrology to a more traditional approach, some of the most common misconceptions people have about traditional astrology before they start learning it, and some of our resulting astrological perspectives today after going through this process.
You can find more information about Leisa on their website at LeisaSchaim.com.
Below are notes on some of the topics we discussed in the episode, followed by the link to listen to the recording of this podcast.
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Topics covered in the episode
- Technology-driven change of perspective
- It is often necessary to try out techniques first hand, which in retrospect can lead to major changes in astrological views
Some misunderstandings discussed:
- Both astrology and humanity have evolved over time, and therefore astrology of the past has been superseded by more modern approaches
- Traditional astrology is more fateful and forward-looking, and both are inherently bad.
- Potential positive and negative views of fate.
- Traditional astrology does not use the outer planets or recent astronomical discoveries and is therefore incomplete.
- Some techniques seem to work too easily, such as entire sentry boxes.
- The feeling that if one approach already works, then there is no need to learn another approach or that the other must be wrong.
Positive surprises when learning Hellenistic astrology:
- The power that lies in simplicity and systematization
- The gain of greater technical differentiations, which allow the concrete living conditions of a person to be seen more clearly in different areas
- Higher predictive ability, which, among other things, puts the connections between personal commitment and happiness in the right light
- Some techniques work so well that it is necessary to reassess philosophical questions about how astrology and the universe work
- The ability to learn Hellenistic astrology but still incorporate prior astrological learning and tools
A full transcript of this episode is available: Transcript of Episode 59
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