1791, a planet (Uranus) that is visible to the naked eye was discovered.
answer appears to be that human nature was evolving beyond the limits
that had existed. Ancient astrology had gone so far in the predictions
of exoteric events for an individual that a person's life from birth
could be mapped with a surprising degree of accuracy, even up until
the time and manner of death (for further reading see Liz Greene's
Astrology of Fate).
human condition was predictable, and that was its condition - hidebound
and straightjacketed. For the ordinary individual, life existed
"out there"; even the god/desses and spirits were seen
as external events except by a small band of adepts and initiates
of both the Pagan and post-Pagan eras. The subconscious and unconscious
were not accepted as parts of the human psyche, but seen as external,
the birth of a God/ess there are always portents, and surrounding
the birth, major events that affect both king and commoner.@#148;
hundred years before the remarkable discovery of this planet, the
Renaissance flowered in Europe. The art forms and sciences of classical
Greece were expanded into new dimensions. The tyranny of Aristotlean
philosophy was questioned and the majority of its tenets found to
be no longer workable. The techniques of perspective were invented
in the Fine Arts, and Music developed the Science of Harmony and
some new musical instruments also.
organized religion lost much of its power, and the middle class
started to rise with economic and then political power.
the period 1600 to the discovery of Saturn, Europe entered the Age
of the Baroque. Ideas and forms in the Fine Arts and Music were
modified and some of the older forms died out completely. Politics
became a Science under the tutelege of Machiavelli and one of the
greatest changes in the external world happened when fences divided
land boundaries (refer Christopher Hill@#146;s The World Turned
the time of the discovery (or birth) of this new planet, events
occurred which shook the lives of all strata of society, being the
French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era. In the Arts, Mastercraftsmen
broke away from Royal patronage and worked as individuals. Richardson
wrote the first @#147;novel@#148;; prose literature had arrived,
and a Scottish engineer developed the steam engine.
first, the new planet was named after its discoverer, William Herschel.
However, due to the system of cosmic nonclemature it was decided
to name the new planet Uranus, after the father of Saturn, as it
was a planet outside the orbit of Saturn and thus closer to the
darkness of the void.
studied the historical events that happened around the @#147;birth@#148;
of this planet and because of the major inventions and the pulse
of individuation, it was given the rulership of the fixed air sign,
Aquarius. Astrologers would also argue that Uranus hasn@#146;t fully
been integrated into the human psyche, as can be seen by the neuroses
of present civilization and the body/mind split which is so evident
Roman mythology (borrowed from the Greek), uranus was castrated
by his son, Saturn, who then flung the genitals into the Mediterranean
and the Goddess, Venus, was born from the sperm and blood.
the discovery of this planet, Europe entered the Victorian age,
a period when Western humanity attempted to disassociate from its
sexuality; in other words, the @#147;collective@#148; endeavoured
to castrate itself - a legacy that we are still trying to work through
in the 1980@#146;s.
suffragettes and consequent movements to liberate women emerged
into society, which led to the rebirth of the Goddess; in astrological
terms, the re-integration of the collective and the individual.
This has been accelerated by the discovery of two further planets
in our solar system which are invisible to the naked eye - Neptune
seems to me that the discovery of a visible object within the tropical
Zodiac as late as 1781 reinforces the concept that we @#147;will
not@#148; see things clearly until the mental conditions within
us are in harmony with the physical world. The ancient astrologers
of Babylon and Egypt could not see this object; those of Greece
and Rome probably didn@#146;t want to see it.
with the emergence of @#147;individual@#148; consciousness, this
planet became visible. Uranus symbolizes the Truth and Mythos of
the individual and when a person looks deeply at this planet, their
own Truth (both light and dark) will confront them.