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Reincarnation, and Astrology
Part III: Destiny and the Zodiac
Robin Waterfield's translation of The Republic, Waterfield
points to what are clear astrological referrals in this poignant
quoted passage on reincarnation:
the souls had all finished choosing their lives, they approached
Lachesis in the order the lottery had assigned them. She gave
each of them the personal deity they’d selected to accompany
them throughout their lives, as their guardians and to fulfill
the choices they had made. Each deity first led its soul to Clotho
(zodiacal signs), to pass under her hand and under the revolving
orbit of the spindle, and so to ratify the destiny
the soul had chosen in the lottery.
once a connection has been made with her, the deity led the soul
to Atropos (planets) and her spinning, to make the web woven by
Clotho fixed and unalterable. Afterwards, the soul set
a fixed course for Lady Necessity’s throne and passed under
it…” Plato, The Republic translation by Robin
(Italics for emphasis and the words contained within parentheses
Destiny, and Astrology
Here's where it comes in really, really handy to read and pay attention
to translation notes...
to Robin Waterfield, the word “ratify” was associated
with the ruling of a planet. The word used for “destiny”
meant (or later came to mean) “degree on the zodiacal circle.”
The ruling planet ratified [approved, sanctioned, authorized] the
degree on the zodiacal circle. The guiding daemon or deity was assigned
to this particular degree on the zodiacal circle.
for the uncomfortable word, "unalterable," Waterfield
points out that in Plato’s other writings, he (Plato) leaves
room for change in each person's individual life.
is only the broad framework which is fixed... The whole of Plato's
philosophy leaves room for self-improvement within that framework."
Continuing on with Plato's myth, all the souls then traveled to
the Plain of Oblivion, located next to the River of Neglect. Each
soul was required to drink a certain portion of the water, that
would cause them to forget his or her past life – but apparently
some of the people unwisely drank more of the water than they had
I tell you that much of Plato’s account would likely sound
won’t get into the fact that Plato, likewise, believed a man
that had made less than wise decisions in his life would likely
be required to take a “step down” and be reincarnated
as a woman or an animal.
Point On the Astrological Chart?
In case you’re wondering, the possibility of setting a steadfast
rule – as to which zodiacal degree on the horoscopic chart
represents the guiding daemon or deity – appears to be a pointless,
endless exercise in speculation and futility.
impossible to now definitively know what (if anything) might have
been on Plato's mind.
ancient Greek astrology, the "horoskopos" literally meant
"look to the hour [of birth]." The zodiacal sign of the
Ascendant, followed closely by the zodiacal sign on the Midheaven,
were considered to be of the greatest import.
at all this through relatively modern eyes, the most likely suspects
are therefore (primarily) the birth chart’s Ascendant and
its planetary ruler, (secondarily) the Midheaven and its planetary
ruler, and/or (thirdly) any planets that might be located on the
Ascendant or Midheaven.
each and every horoskopic chart contains several potential guiding
myths for an individual.
Ultimately, the jury will (and should) have to stay out on this
one. Old world philosophers and thinkers were generally quite comfortable
with the possibility of having wonderful, thought provoking, ineffable,
tenuous mysteries with no one, single, absolute solution or resolution.
manner of thinking is obviously extremely challenging for us - with
our modern day (supposed) sensibilities and proclivities - to fully
wrap our minds around.
As for my own views on the objective reality of reincarnation -
parroting my mentor, CG Jung (parroting Gautama Buddha) - I prefer
keeping the question of reincarnation open, without passing judgment
on the matter.
St. Paul: "We know only in part, and we prophesy only in part;...
for now we "see through a mirror, dimly."
All metaphsyical, religious, spiritual theories should start with:
"It's as if... "
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