Going Galactic

With the Sagittarius Sun approaching the Galactic Core, this seemed a good time to open up that conversation. The Galactic Core was discovered in 1932, based on an investigation of static coming over transatlantic telephone lines. The core was detected in the direction of the sign Sagittarius, coming across a distinctly Sagittarian thing – long distance communication equipment; ‘internatinal’, ‘exotic’ and ‘far-away’ being natural themes of that sign.

Barred Spiral Milky Way, in artist conception.

Barred Spiral Milky Way, in artist conception.

Despite how they weren’t supposed to know about it yet, the ancient Mayans paid a lot of attention to the Galactic Core in their mythmaking, astronomy and astrology. (Ball games were also their highest religious rituals, giving sports events a Sagittarian spin.) Long-term timing factors involving the Earth-Sun alignment to this point are the main event behind the 2012 phenomenon, which is so close that we’re experiencing its effects today: mainly, as the rapid acceleration of the historical process, Earth changes, and for some, rapid shifts in consciousness. Indeed, in a very Chiron like way, we are facing a crisis of global consciousness. If we wake up, we save ourselves; if we don’t, it seems, we go down.

Both Eastern and Western astrologers have pretty much left galactic subject matter out of the discussion until recently, but it’s finally starting to come up. “The astrological effects of fixed stars were the only influences from outside the solar system considered in traditional astrology,” says the Astrology Encyclopedia by James R. Lewis. “More recently, astrological researchers have begun to explore the potential astrological significance of galactic as well as extragalactic phenomena — such as the galactic center, black holes, pulsars, quasars and so forth.”

One of the leading minds driving the discussion, or more often, bushwhacking and trailblazing it into existence, is an Arizona-based astrologer named Philip Sedgwick, whose work I’ve discussed in several prior columns.

Sedgwick proposes that those individuals with the Galactic Core prominent in their chart — conjunct an inner planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Ceres) or an angle (ascendant, descendant, MC/IC) — reveal a potential link “with whatever is behind all this.”

All this, as in the appearance of reality; we all know there is a deeper world, and the prominence of the GC creates or allows access to the feeling of its existence on a personal level.

According to Sedgwick, whose views have been accurately summarized in the Astrology Encyclopedia, “When this transpersonal link is ignored, the individual can experience stress and confusion; when it is consciously appropriated, information can be grasped that the individual may seem to have no outward way of knowing.”

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