“From observable scientific evidence, we understand the story of the universe as an emergent process with a fourfold sequence: the galactic story, the Earth story, the life story, and the human story. Together these constitute for us the primordial sacred story of the universe. The original flaring forth of the universe carried the present within its fantastic energies just as the present expresses those primordial energies in their articulated form....” -- Thomas Berry, Sacred Universe
I find it both mind-blowing and reassuring that there are scientists and spiritual leaders who dare to explore common ground these days in discussing the Universe as an unfolding and evolving Being: it’s no secret that the “human story” Thomas Berry mentions above is a bit dicey these days, but perhaps we can ground our fears about this state of affairs in the confidence that there is no creativity without a bit of chaos. According to cosmologist Brian Swimme and spiritual scholar Thomas Berry, that’s how the Cosmos works—always has, always will.
As an astrologer, of course, I’m attuned to the idea that the Universe-writ-large (and from all time) informs our present life—as the saying goes, “As Above, So Below.” And this is no vague, sentimental notion: the deeper that scientists probe into the origins of the Universe, the more certain they become that every speck of dust in this Cosmos contains essentially the Whole of Creation. Clearly, that mind-blowing reality reflects in us. And that’s what astrology is all about, in the end.
So as a practitioner, I spend an awful lot of energy examining transits and planetary cycles and the whereabouts of various planetary objects at any given moment because, for as miniscule as Earth and its inhabitants are in the Cosmic scheme of things, those placements reflect the dynamics of our events and realities back to us. This data is an astrologer’s stock in trade, of course, and from where I’m sitting, it’s all very meaningful and helpful if our goal is to understand the subtle order that lies beneath the chaos of the Universe’s (and by association, our) unfolding, and then to act from that wisdom with grateful, awestruck hearts.
It’s less helpful if our goal is to simply analyze away the sacred dimension of this earth experience so we can justify ignoring it for the pursuit of power and/or profit. If you possess an historical perspective, you know that Humanity has been traveling this latter path for far too long.
The impacts of this “latter path” have become all too personal for me lately, with a series of hacks on this site that seem to be aimed at derailing my efforts. It seems that my only choices going forward, to address these attacks, are first, to shut down public access and to make this a subscription-only site---an organizational challenge I’m not really up to, since this is a one-woman effort, or second, to simply move on and publish my work through different channels. I’ve decided to pursue the latter.
On that note, I would like to announce that, as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing this “labor of love” with you all—and as much as I am so grateful for your readership and kind feedback—I am retiring this blog project, effective immediately, so that I can redirect my energies in different ways.
In his amazing study entitled Sacred Universe: Earth, Spirituality and Religion in the 21st Century, Berry also says that “Our most urgent need at the present time is for a reorientation of the human venture toward an intimate experience of the world around us.” At this time of my life, and with all the pressures surrounding us these days, I look forward to taking this advice to heart: I’m not sure where it’s going to lead, but as I’m sure you all do, I’ve got places to go, people to see, creative projects to pursue!
Besides, I cherish Berry’s saying that we're less likely to destroy the Earth when we have fallen in Love with Her, and that resonates deeply with me as I stare my 70s in the face. We “grandmothers” must stick together, for all our children!
So, thank you again for your kind attention and as always, please feel free to contact me if I can be of some astrological service. Be safe, be well...and most of all, be in touch with what matters most to you!
All the best, Raye
Raye Robertson is a practicing astrologer, writer and former educator. A graduate of the Faculty of Astrological Studies (U.K.), Raye focuses on mundane, collective-oriented astrology, with a particular interest in current affairs, U.S. history, culture and media, the astrology of generations, and public concerns such as education and health. She’s published articles on these topics in several key astrology journals over the years, including most recently, the TMA blog. For information about individual chart readings, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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