9.10.2004

Another Generation

I once went to a meeting of astrologers in my area. I felt entirely out of place; very much the sore thumb. It was a gathering of approximately two dozen people, and as I scanned the room I could not help noticing that it was a veritable sea of gray heads. There was no one even close to my age. And although I have been studying astrology for nearly a decade, most of those present dwarfed my experience by three to five times.

It was intimidating.

I am young compared to many astrologers. I can't really help it; it sort of works that way biologically. But I sort of like it, in spite of the automatic presumptions that come with being less aged in a field that is dominated by the two or three generations before me. Perhaps if had some greater need for validation, I would feel differently. But I don't. What I feel is a sense of cosmic timing, like I have a place on the forefront of the modern age.

It is a fantastic time to be an astrologer, especially considering humanity's technical advancements. Astrology itself may not have changed much, but our technology is so much more powerful that I think people can approach astrology in a way that simply was not viable before. Here are just four of those ways:

#1. Mass communication and computers make it easy to move, store, and process data. Email and cell phones cut down on the time it takes to send information, time and date are recorded on so many things that it is far easier to locate that information these days than it ever was before.

#2. Astrological software takes what used to require mathematics and an ephemeris (an astronomical reference book that notes where a planet was at at a specific time and date) and does automatic calculations and presentations. With the astrological software I have, a chart is available to me in a matter of the seconds it takes to type in information (www.astro.com has prefab chart creation that uses such software). Proper and full analysis of that chart, of course, still takes hours or longer, but to create a basic chart previous astrologers had to do the math, refer to books, and painstakingly draw out the chart. And corrections...well, they were a pain.

But now we have software. And we have PDAs.

#3. Atomic clocks. You can have one on your computer, on your wall, wear one on your wrist. And by the very nature of an atomic clock, you're not going to get any better precision of time.

#4. Global Positioning System satellite tracking. This does for space what atomic clocks do for time. With a handheld GPS you can be in the depths of the Amazon and know your exact latitude and longitude.

Just over a decade ago, most of these technologies were not available to the public, or at least were not as accessible. How times change.

Anyhow, yes, I am young. Perhaps that means I lack wisdom or maturity, and that I do not have the depth of experience that my predecessors do. As for those who came before me, I am thankful to them for doing so much work for me, because they tried to share what they knew so that it would go on down the line, and survive into future generations.

For what it's worth...that's me.

2 Comments:

Blogger LisaPal said...

How critical are the latitudinal and longitudinal degrees? I know the approximate latitude and longitude of where I was born and I guess if I had a GPS device, I could go to the hospital and get an exact reading, but is close enough close enough? Same deal with time. I don't know how accurate the doc was, nor if a matter of minutes matters.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Lasciate said...

I usually use the city, though there are online mapping sites such as mapsonus.com that allow for selecting the lat./long. of a specific address.

These are good questions that I'll answer with a post. Just not on this day. My heart's just not in it at the moment.

1:45 PM  

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