This webinar offers a key to understanding the Mesoamerican astrological tradition, a tradition that was lost but is now being re-discovered and recreated.
In Mesoamerica, today's Mexico and Central America, high civilization arose about 2,000 years later than it did in the Middle East and Asia. Just as in the West, a kind of astrology appeared early on and it continued to evolve over the centuries.
No significant outside influences altered its development until the arrival of the Spanish five hundred years ago. At that time the Maya were in a state of decline and the Aztecs were at the peak of their empire. The effects of the Spanish invasion on the indigenous astrology was devastating. Friars were brought in to systematically eliminate as much of the traditional ways as possible, to be replaced by the Christian model. Disease decimated the populations eliminating nearly all who were knowledgeable of the astrological traditions. Worst of all, most of the books were burned. Only a few relics, books, inscriptions and an oral tradition kept what is truly a Native American astrology alive.
Western astrology, essentially Mesopotamian astrology heavily modified by the Greeks, is spatial. We have signs that are measured against the stars, houses measured against the horizon and meridian, and aspects that measure the distances between the planets. While it is true that some elements of Western astrology combine both time and space, most of it is spatial.
In Mesoamerican astrology time serves as a sign. The basic unit of one day, one rotation of the earth, is the foundation on which other units rest. The core of time-based Mesoamerican astrology is the 260-day astrological calendar. This time unit has links to many astronomical cycles and was used for character description and choosing times for activities such as business trips and political or religious rituals. This 260-day calendar operates on several levels, one being the Long Count which structures a 5,125-year era – best known as the Mayan Calendar which “ended” in 2012.
The planet Venus was of critical importance to Mesoamerican astrologers and its movements were carefully observed and precautions were taken when it was conjunct the sun and moving retrograde – it was thought to be a bad omen for leaders.
This webinar serves as an introduction to this astrological system. Those interested in astronomy and archaeology will find it of interest as will those who have an interest in the highly descriptive day-signs.
Bruce Scofield, PhD University of Massachusetts; MS History of Science, Montclair University; BA, History, Rutgers University. Mr. Scofield has been a practicing astrologer since 1975 and has been a teacher and lecturer at many regional and national conferences over the last twenty years. He has written many articles for various astrological publications and has published a number of important astrological texts, including Timing of Events: Electional Astrology; The Aztec Circle of Destiny; Native American Astrology from Ancient Mexico, and Signs of Time: An Introduction to Mesoamerican Astrology. Mr. Scofield received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts where he works on Gaia theory and solar system influences on climate and life.
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