Planet Earth in Astrology

It's amazing how little attention or understanding our own planet Earth gets in the scheme of astrology today. Earth is a planet after all -isn't it?. And all real planets have astrological influences -don't they? Of course they do. So if Earth is a bonafide planet, and it has indeed an astrological influence, where or what in the hell is this influence in the horoscope?

It must be a HUGE influence since we live on the darned thing! Yet nobody seems to connect the dots, or if they do, you don't hear them shouting it out from the rooftops.

Yes, I've heard the old line about Earth being in the sign opposite your Sun since astronomically it is always 180 degrees away from it. This is pure astronomical rubbish since astrology is a geocentric(earth-centered) science or discipline rather than a heliocentric(sun-centered) one. We're living on the Earth darn it -not the Sun! Real astrology is concerned about how everything appears from where you're standing, and you certainly aren't standing on the Sun!

So how do you a measure the influence of a planet you're standing on. Easy. It's called the eastern horizon(it may have been western in other ages). The eastern horizon is where the Earth's circumference etches its way along the ecliptic from an individual's standpoint(see "the eastern horizon in astrology article" in this site). Of course, we see this as the sky moving westward rather than the Earth rotating eastward. Roughly every two hours, a thirty-degree section of the sky "rises" westward along the ecliptic(planetary path) over the horizon. The exact apparent meeting point between Earth's eastern horizon and the ecliptic marks the Ascending degree and/or sign -from the perspective of the individual's exact time and place of birth. It marks your unique astrological signature on this planet.

In short, the rising sign or ascendant , is the influene of none other than our very own planet! Planet Earth affects us astrologically via the ascendant or rising sign - which is why this part of our horoscope is such a big deal in the first place, yet most astrologers consistently fail to make this connection(between the Earth and the ascendant) clear. Astrologers refer to the rising sign or ascendant as an "angle", a "filter", or a "mask" that we wear, dominating the way we look or act in public. The ascendant is all of these things and more! It is your Earth, Terra, or Gaia sign! Our planet desperately needs a real name! Earth is not a good name as it often associates it with the element of the same name.

Why are astrologers hiding the true meaning of the Ascendant or Rising sign in astrology? What do they have to lose from it? Is the clergy(total believers in astrology) behind their restraint? The knowledge of how Earth is the central or primary influence in the horoscope would certainly revolutionize astrology and make it credible to both science and religion. It may even unite them, as they are both the wayward offsprings of astrology. There are too many schisms in this world and a strong need for a more integrated approach.

Our planet(and all other planets or heavenly bodies) are collective entities(gods if you will), with a definite influence on all of its inhabitants. This influence is not only physical but spiritual or astrological as well. Our bodies come from the earth/Earth which is of the same substance as the other planets and our spirits come from the planet's own spirit or oversoul which envelops it. This spirit or ascendant force has the greatest effect in the shaping of our bodies(and minds). The spirits of the other planets also shape us on all levels. If we birthed on the Sun, then the Sun would become our rising or ascendant influence and the Earth planet would become a regular planetary influence such as we now consider Mars or Jupiter. If we birthed on Mars then Mars would energize our rising sign -and so on.

Our Earth or Ascendant sign is our worldly self, the part of us we are shaping or integrating into ourselves as we breathe or speak. It is our current lesson or school and there are twelve ascendants to master or experience before we can leave this planet permanently. Ideally, if Pisces is your current rising sign, Aquarius was your last, and Aries wll be your next. Your rising sign is a way of keeping tabs on your many different lives here. The keywords for planet Earth are diversity and relationships which can give important clues about its ruling sign.

It's a real shame that astrology as a whole has not yet made the connection between Earth's astrological influence and the ascendant or rising sign. Or if they have, they're not telling. This is sad, because it's really keeping astrology from flourishing into the great science/art that it is. What we need in astrology is less parroting and more courage and original thought. Most people already know the truth and are simply waiting for the "authorities" to state it.

In summary, our Earth is a planet too -with a astrological influence, but because we live on it, its influence comes to us in a special way -via the ascendant or rising sign.

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