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Astrology divines events by abstract structure

Astrology uses the sequence of the twelve core archetypes as abstract ‘signs’, but does not split the four large types into two each, as natural and cultural media do. The major stars are not eyes of constellation figures (except for the Hyades bovid skull, Gemini heads, Leo heart, and Virgo womb), and they do not form an axial grid. Astrology is a synchronistic divination craft, based on calendric cycles of qualities. Horoscope configurations express a few options among many latent options and combinations, and in this respect it resembles nature and culture.
Stellar or ‘Ptolemaic’ astrology involves about 50 stars, too many to make an archetypal set. Astrology systems that include star positions, read them in terms of their angular distance from the spring point (which slowly moves), and of the timing and character of planets crossing their celestial meridians (see a similar mixed grid in the ‘solar system’ crop circle, in the Natural Stoneprints chapter). Some other forms of divination, based on
conventionalized correspondences between stock situations and abstract fields on livers, bowls, boards, spirals, or verses, used with ‘random’ event generators, are also synchronistic (see the Piacenza liver; and African bowls).
Natural aspects of divination, especially planets, perplex our conscious minds, which are prone to assuming conscious, individual and social autonomy in biology and ecology, especially of ourselves as self-conscious specimens and cultures. The fault of conscious assumptions and false logic is not in the stars, but in us. Links between game boards, planets, personality traits, verses (as in the I Ching, Book of Changes), yarrow stalks (a kind of dice), numbers, and events, are among the many side-effects of the holographic unity of the natural and cultural kingdoms.
Typology in myth, art and astrology may seem as artificial and stereotypical, even cartoonish, as soap opera characters, but it is instinctive, and useful to crafts such as ritual and psychology……… [order the book Stoneprint at $30 plus postage  from Four Equators Media, via edmond at syrex dot zo dot za using Paypal ]…………….

By Edmond Furter

Edmond Furter wrote the book Mindprint, the subconscious art code (2014, Lulu.com), to demonstrate five layers of recurrent features in 200 artworks of all cultures and Ages, revealing the archetypal core content of culture. His second book, Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (2016, Four Equators Media), expands demonstrations of the subconscious expression of archetypal structure to houses, temples, monuments, pyramid fields, geoglyphs, villages, cities and regions. The same structure also appears in mythology, such as Babylonian building rituals; and in reflexology points in our hands and irises, thus in nature. Stoneprint also demonstrates that the periodic table is a kind of natural 'culture', and that culture is a natural 'species' of behaviour. The structure in our works is as rigorous as grammar or DNA.
The books Mindprint, and Stoneprint, and editions of the structuralist anthropology periodical, Stoneprint Journal (some of which are available on Lulu.com), draw on extensive research in iconography, archaeology, history, esoterica, astronomy, art history and structuralist anthropology, spanning 26 years.
The core content of culture includes about 100 recurrent features of the sixteen main types, their sequence, five polar markers, and a time-frame orientation, that nature, individuals and societies subconsciously and compulsively express in all media. The mindprint or stoneprint model of structuralist anthropology has several major implications for all the human sciences, and offers a theoretical bases for a holistic approach to the study of the cultural record. Edmond Furter works as a freelance researcher and editor in Johannesburg.
Order the book Mindprint at $30, or the book Stoneprint at $30, or editions of Stoneprint Journal at $5, plus postage, on edmondfurter at gmail dot com; or Mindprint, or Stoneprint Journal editions on Lulu.com

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