as exponents of the Earth
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The Sun as center of our Solar System
In order to prepare the ground for our exploration of the planet meanings, I want to emphasize here that in an astronomical sense, we have not encountered any reason to assign inherent meanings to the planets. The plain truth is that a planet is just a lump of matter orbiting the Sun and therefore pertains to our Solar System. In this sense, we are not attributing any inherent meaning to any planet nor do we assume that planets have any direct influence on us. Perhaps stellar astrology, which does not work with the analogies of the Tropical Zodiac but with the actual belt of stars that form the Sidereal Zodiac (1.2), might provide a basis for the meanings of the planets. That possibility might be investigated, if feasible.
However, if instead of the Sun, we take Earth as the center of our investigation and take a look at the layered field around it, we find an analogy with the cultural zones on Earth and the subtler bodies of Man (14.2).It turns out that the planet meanings handed down to us by tradition actually do emerge from this organic interconnection in a very natural manner (18.1.a). For in the analogous correlation, the inherent meaning of a planet does not follow from the physical properties of its matter, or radiance, but from the planet’s relative position in these shells around Earth.
So the layered context that we encountered in the shells around Earth as well as in the subtler bodies around human beings, can actually serve us as a reference point for the astrological meanings that over the centuries have been attributed to specific planets. Only by consistently applying this layered context and use it as our touchstone in our exploration of the horoscope’s significance and its foundations, we can hope to find a meaningful answer that we may share with others.
So in analogical thinking, a planet does not have an inherent meaning of its own, unconnected to the larger whole, but only a relative meaning that is related to the place from which it is observed. Its meaning is thus determined by its surrounding system, granting it an orderly, law-like character.
In this view ( 3.2) a planet derives its meaning from its placement within the system (14.1). Therefore the planet meanings should be regarded as derivatives of our point of observation, in this case Earth and Man.
According to this view, these planet meanings are only valid for Earth and its inhabitants; a different planet will have different shells around it, which in turn would require a different astrological system (18.1.a, 18.1.b, 18.1.c) .
In our exploration of the Sidereal Zodiac (text 1.3), we found a similar correlation with regard to the meaning of our Zodiacal or Star Signs. Every planet turned out to have its own Zodiac (1.2.a) and the meaning of our Star Signs turned out to be exclusively related to Earth as point of observation.
This view of planet meanings may perhaps seem new, but as a matter of fact it is not. After all, Saturn’s core meaning of border guard will no doubt be familiar to all astrologers. This meaning stems from previous centuries when big telescopes had not been invented yet. Saturn used to be the last visible planet of our Solar System. He was regarded as the last on the list, demarcating the very limits of our Solar System. Moreover, seen from Earth, Saturn’s position was opposite the Sun and therefore he was considered to be the Sun’s opponent.
Likewise, the meanings of the other classical planets can also be derived from the specific shell in which they (seemingly) orbit Earth.
In other words: The planet meanings handed down to us by tradition can be traced back to the point from which the planets were observed, that is, from Earth.