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In the previous pages, we have seen that ejection-from-the-inside makes the unknown knowable. For our inquiry into the validity and significance of the horoscope, it is important that we really let this ejection procedure sink in. After all, a horoscope is set up with ourselves at the center (5.2). Consequently, for our quest it now becomes relevant to understand how the horoscope is set up from that center. For this, we need to know a little bit more about projections (5.2) as used in the various measuring systems.
To project is to throw forward
To be able to locate astrological (and astronomical) elements, we make use of projections. The very word ‘projection’ already points to its essence. It is related to the concept of ‘throwing’. Its root, ‘ject’, is also found in the French verb ‘jeter’, which means ‘to throw’.
We can distinguish different forms of throwing. ‘Ob-ject’ refers to something thrown against us or that is in our way. ‘Sub-ject’ refers to something thrown down before or under us, to be studied or ruled over. ‘E-ject’ refers to what is thrown out, ‘in-ject’ to what is thrown in and ‘ab-ject’ to what is thrown or cast aside.
‘Pro-ject’ literally means ‘throw forward’. If an idea is alive in you, you first see it before you in your mind’s eye, and then you throw it forward, making it into a project, in order to realize it. In the same way, you can cast a celestial body from space onto a picture plane, projecting it on that screen.
1. by directly throwing itself outwards, from center to circumference, just as when we draw a circle using a pair of compasses. In this way, the center distributes itself equally in all directions via the radius, so that the circumference emerges as a perfect circle.
2. by first erecting a central, polarized axis. In this axis, the center divides itself into two opposite poles, as it were (fig. 7.2). So before throwing itself outwards, the center first enters into duality through the central axis, where both poles carry an opposite charge. They reveal themselves in their diametrical relation to one another. Through the projection arcs that originate from the North and South points, all phenomena show up at the circumference.
Two forms of revelation
These two forms of projection are fundamentally different in nature:
1. In the first case, the Center throws itself outwards onto a flat, two-dimensional plane without any previous polarization.
2. In the second case, the Center first erects itself in a third dimension via a vertical axis and then makes itself known by casting projection arcs onto the circumference.
The first type of projection points to an omnipresence where the center (that is, consciousness) reveals itself directly at the circumference in countless forms of manifestation, for example in Creation.
The second form of projection involves a disunion that is realized by a prior division of the center into two opposite poles, onto which the center transfers its identity. Either pole derives its identity from being incompatible with the other pole. Here the projection arises from the two polar points on the axis, with the projection arcs as intermediaries. In this way, individualized forms of manifestation can be brought forth.
Through the first way of projection, nature emerges in all its fullness (and symbiosis), without knowing itself. This non-individualized expression corresponds to Omen astrology
The second way of projection, based on a prior division, implies disunion and can therefore lead back to an awareness of the pre-conceived, separate Self.
The other way round
Of course, if we take the manifested form as our starting point, the opposite is equally true. If we want to know the essence of a phenomenon that we observe as a form on the periphery, then we must find the source from which it arose. In other words, we must know the location of the center of the circle on whose circumference that particular phenomenon showed up.