Most 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:
And the entire series can be found here:
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.