Manly P. Hall Reveals the Stories in Our Stars (or, Astrotheology: On the Astronomical Origins of Myths)

Screen Shot 2014-01-01 at 8.50.31 AMMost people’s eyes glaze over at the mention of “astrology” these days. Mainly because the first things that spring to mind are spirituality-for-entertainment crystal gazers and a list of general-to-the-point-of-meaningless life forecasts next to the Sunday comics (and now, apparently, a divination system to compete with/outperform other scam artists on Wall Street). Manly P Hall isn’t interested in the horoscope-ified version either, but in examining how it was the ancients studied the stars and their locations, the significance of their movements, and mapping them in constellations. Also, how various myths are mapped to celestial (including planetary and solar) motions.

Hall distinguishes it here as “astro-theology,” and, being a more sophisticated take on the subject, I figured it would be appreciated by disinfonauts (and simply deserves a wider audience, as is).  Archetypes, deep symbolism, degrees of consciousness, the Solar Hero Myth (and its many iterations), how these thoughts still effect and pervade our lives – Hall covers a great deal.  As another recent article on here suggested, ancient cultures likely understood a great deal more than we give them credit for.

Here is the first lecture, broken up into Parts 1A and 1B:

http://youtu.be/gFZXC62-cUo

http://youtu.be/rkRTkOvkoes

And the entire series can be found here:

Astro-Theology – Manly P Hall

For more background on Hall, you can find a great long-read here (thanks goes out to disinfonaut David Metcalfe  for the heads-up).  If you listen to podcasts, I recommend adding Manly P. Hall lectures to the rotation.  Even if you’ve dismissed anything with a hint of religion, his material offers much to consider when it comes to philosophy and comparative religion.

 

Related:

Manly P. Hall Gets to the Heart of Homer’s “Odyssey”

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  • DeSwiss

    Got questions? The only place you’ll find the answers, is within. Period.

    • Andrew

      Wrong.

    • Tuna Ghost

      You’ve somehow discovered a way to say even less than nothing, kudos sir or ma’am

      • DeSwiss

        And yet you’re responding. To nothing. Hmmm, they have a word for that. ;-D

  • jasonpaulhayes
    • drokhole

      Those are great, thanks!

      • jasonpaulhayes

        You’re quite welcome!

  • Craig Bickford

    The problem with Astro-theology is it permeates every religion and control system on earth today, and has for a very long time.

    • Kevin Leonard

      you are blaming astrotheology for control systems?

  • Kevin Leonard

    I have not listened to Hall’s lectures on astrotheology, but it is a topic I’ve been interested in for some time. I do not know his take on the topic, but often when I hear arguments from Zeitgeist (that have not been debunked) or from Jordon Maxwell and Tsarion, my response has been something akin to, “Yes. And?”

    The Feast of the Epiphany is Jan. 5th. The last of the 12 Holy Days. According to Rudolf Steiner, the lost esoteric meaning is that this is the day that the Sun spirit (Logos) has finally incarnated in man (Christ into Jesus) after going through the 12 Zodiacal spheres of influence.

    I do not see astrotheology as grounds for dismissal of Christianity, but as an elevation of it. It does dissect the belief-oriented Sunday School version, but now you are on a path to Truth. Tune in.

    • Tuna Ghost

      Out of curiosity, to which arguments from Zeitgeist are you referring? Nearly every point in its bit about Christianity was either grossly exaggerated or completely false in easily verifiable ways. I’d be shocked to learn they got something right, but I’m willing to allow that possibility.

      • Kevin Leonard

        Only that Christ, Krishna, et. al. are Solar deities.
        I find that to be unavoidable if one looks closely.
        The rest of that section of Zeitgeist? Agreed… crap.

        • Tuna Ghost

          I’ve always felt that “solar deity” is a term that didn’t have any real sociological relevance even during the time of christ, that it ran out of cultural capital long before even Greek culture became a thing. Does the notion not seem unduly simplistic to you?

          • Kevin Leonard

            The notion of any ‘deity’ seems unduly simplistic to me. I find it, along with the word ‘god’ to be unfortunate because of the mis- and possibly dis-information on the subject. Because of the unavoidable word associations, I also find any sociological and cultural implications to be little more than distractions. They play out on the lower triad of the tree of life, whereas the solar/christ impulse initiates at a different level.

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