Mercury and Sun Conjunctions Spring 2016 by a Guest Contributor

The Astrosophy Research Center is pleased to offer this article on current Mercury/Sun conjunctions by guest contributor, Mary Stewart Adams: 

Mercury gathers up the 'sacrifice' humanity would offer to the gods, and offers it as herald out to the spiritual world at superior conjunction (March 23rd), then bears back toward humanity the answer~whether or not the 'sacrifice' has been accepted~at inferior conjunction, which will be May 9th. 

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The Difference Between Astrosophy and Astrology

Therefore, the time for casting horoscopes is really past. It will no longer do to ask, what is the influence of the Moon's or the Sun's position at one's birth, or the like. Maybe in one case or another we shall still get answers in this way, but the answers will not have sustaining force. On the contrary, they will take away from us. Yet it is altogether different if we ask this other question: What the position of the Sun or Moon or other planets at or before our birth requires of us by way of independent, self- made earthly deeds and sentiments and thoughts. Unlimited would be the scope of an astrology tending to this kind of self-education. This alone would lift us up to our true cosmic station.

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From Fishes to Water Bearer… becoming human in the Aquarian Age

On February 16th, the Sun enters the astronomical constellation of Aquarius, or the Waterman,  where it journeys until March 12th.   During these weeks, how can we learn to better understand the spiritual realities of this constellation?   Aquarius  is that constellation through which the vernal point will pass during the 6th Cultural Age within the current longer cycle of our 5th Post-Atlantean Epoch.  What then are the signs of the coming 6th Cultural Age?  What is the call for the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and how can humanity prepare for it?

In a lecture given by Rudolf Steiner titled Preparing for the Sixth Epoch [1], he speaks at length of the 6th Cultural Age and of three major characteristics which “should be carried in our hearts… is our task to prepare them.”  He also makes it clear that these characteristics will appear only in that part of humanity which has not “fallen short” of the development necessary to carry evolution forward.

Willi Sucher speaks of this future age in the following way: “The Waterman Age will see the beginning of our being imbued with faculties hitherto in the hands of divine hierarchies. The handling of etheric or life-forces is such an instance. It will place grave responsibilities on us that we will only fulfill if our moral evolution keeps pace with our occult development.

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Jupiter and Mars in Virgin

With this awareness of the actual stars and planets in the sky around us, and in this instance the ability to view them spread out over four of the fixed star constellations of the zodiac, how can we apply the insights of a spiritual scientific astrosophy to gain a deeper understanding of these stars and learn what it means to “speak” to these stars?  Much could be written about Saturn conjunct the fixed star Antares, the heart of the Scorpion, and Venus and Mercury in the Archer (Mercury retrograde in January and therefore in inferior conjunction with the Sun on 1/14), as well as the other planets.  However, in order to keep these articles short, I will focus now on the Virgin with Jupiter just above her head and Mars around her feet. 

Introduction to New Website and Blog Series

Welcome to the new website for the Astrosophy Research Center and the first blog in our series of ongoing studies.  This new design and ongoing studies is the product of renewed interest in astrosophy as pioneered and developed by Willi Sucher, based on Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science.  Our hope is that these ongoing studies will be a resource to shed further light on Willi Sucher’s expansive body of work. Our goal is to provide all of Willi Sucher’s work freely as it is our belief that this work was offered freely by Willi during his lifetime and must continue to be offered freely to all who seek it.   Articles on our ongoing studies page will be intended for those who may not be at all familiar with the work of Rudolf Steiner or the new astrosophy as well as more advanced students so that each person may come into the study at their own level.