Saturday, 01. July 2006
Ah...you are wondering if this is a true science or simply a concoction of mumbo-jumbo? One thing is certain, if you discard the ancient occult art of astrology completely, then there is no romance or poetry within your soul, for this is an art with a tradition of mysticism and ancient lore which reaches back for thousands of years.
|While it cannot be denied that an early accurate history of astrology is not available, and it is impossible to state with any surety exactly when the technique was first practiced, it would not be beyond the realm of possibility that the earliest astrologers plied their skill in the plains of Chaldea, centuries before the emergence of Christianity.|
It may certainly be traced to Babylon in the First Millemmium BC, but the Zodiac used during those antiquated times was very different ... containing eighteen signs.
The first Zodiac comprised of twelve signs appeared in Babylon and Ancient Greece between the Fifth and Third Centuries BC. However, not all the same animals were used as are employed today and not always in the same time periods as we know them in the modern age. The word "zodiac" itself stems from the Roman "zodiacus," which in turn is derived from the Greek "zodiakos," and literally means "circle of animals."
For many a long year, the secrets of this art were closely guarded, but when the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylonia and Chaldea fell into decay, their sciences (among them, the rules of astrology) passed to the Greeks and Romans. There, even in a sceptical and material age, the most enlightened of men continued to believe in the message of the heavens. "Astrology" is, after all, a Greek word..."astro" meaning "star" and "logos" meaning "words." In short, "star words" or "star messages."
Later, the Arabs became the greatest practitioners of astrology and even today, it plays a very important role in the daily life of Mohammedan nations. When this doctrine of astrology finally arrived in Europe from Arabia, kings, emperors and princes of the Church all began to harbor an implicit faith in the influences of the stars and it was far from unusual for a rich man to retain his own domestic astrologer who would advise and forewarn him.
- Secrets of the Zodiac Stars by Novareinna. (English)
|I began making mandalas some years ago after much travel, exposure to different cultures and spiritual beliefs and a reawakening to nature. My influence for the creation of the mandalas is based on a strong connection with the earth - to the natural elements, and an exploration into the conscious and subconscious worlds via dreams and meditation.|
Making mandalas is a spontaneous process full of surprise and wonder. It is a natural meditation from which all sorts of symbols, shapes, colours, forms, and themes unravel and combine to provide perfectly integrated and profound stories. Sometimes the themes and elements are well known but often they emerge from somewhere hidden - this combined with the here and now produces little treasures offering insight, joy and wisdom leading to further discovery and inspiration.
by Lindy Longhurst.
Zodiac Mandalas, Chakra Mandalas, Landscape Mandalas, Fairytale Mandalas and Personal Mandalas - very unique!!
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