Stoneprint introduction

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 ]…………….