Apollo, the carrier of the Sun – ‘Know Thyself’

Apollo, the carrier of the Sun – ‘Know Thyself’

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The Sun – Apollo, god of light

Depending to one’s low level of consciousness of self and life’s struggles background, it is difficult for such creature to relate to their Sun sign, or if they do, sometimes it is distorted or a projection of one’ wishes to ‘be’. Having this in mind, our Sun is the main base to energy yourself up, to know yourself before jumping into the future hands free and uncomfortable. That’s how god Apollo is known for, the oracle Apollo.Therefore, you must know yourself first, a composition set of self-knowledge.

As we know, the Sun isn’t a planet in astrology where we look for the word and expression ‘oracle‘. People usually think of the water signs or Neptune and Pluto, or even prophetic Sagittarius. Therefore, it is important to further tell the difference about ‘oracle’ of ancient Greece from modern oracles. Here with god Apollo we are dealing with one’s full opened eyes to recognized what if in front, a feeling of what is next followed by a grasp of consciousness sliding at the edge of the third eye, ready to tell what is to come for you, because you deep there, know why are you doing here, your meaning, the reason, the personal power, the ultimate motive to be where you exclusively are, being who you are no matter what life you are living. It is to predict one’s will and its consequences in yourself, this is a signal of consciousness emerging and giving space for freedom of choice, to know or to deny?

Another reason for Apollo being associated with the Sun is his many qualities in many fields that requires creativity, Apollo is known for  then we can associate also with the 5th house and Leo, the sign that most want to appear then all. Apollo would never show or cause embarrassment to others. The god’s skills were present at very young age, demonstrating the power of the Sun in creativity while we are the child of life.

“Apollo was a god who had a clear idea of what was right and what was wrong. He believed strongly in law and order. He interpreted the law for mortals and gave the cities their legal institutions, including civic courts so that disputes could be settled without bloodshed. Uncomfortable as Apollo was with chaos and tumult, or even passionate intensity, he was an idealist with a vision of a society that could live peacefully under the rule of fairness and of law.

Apollo was destined to make his father proud of him. Following his dramatic debut with the Python, he went on to become, not only an unerring archer, but the best musician (playing a lyre given to him by his half-brother Hermes), poet, philosopher, law maker and creator of legal institutions, a masterful physician, the god of prophecy, and a great scholar who always spoke the truth. It is from the Greek god Apollo that we get the sayings “Know thyself” and the call to moderation in all things, the Golden Mean, reminding us to do “nothing in excess”. – http://www.godandgoddess.com/the-god-apollo.html

Apollo had several male lovers (for me this is great to know, always lol), demonstrating the originality of the self in expressing what it feels alike in sexuality as well. The Sun in astrology is sexual as well, especially for men charts, in women’s the Sun usually symbolized the father of the man in her life, nevertheless the Sun won’t express the way it should, but definitely it will have its characterized credentials of the past conditions.

Students when entering the world of astrology and stand alongside with mythology in order to complete or support their crafts, usually stumble when they come across with the imagined god Apollo of not being associated with the physical Sun itself, but the carrier of it. Kind of romantic actually.

Driving his golden chariot to pull the sun across the sky each day, Apollo’s most important role was that of Helios, Greek god of the sun, his golden light brightening the lives of all it touched.” http://www.godandgoddess.com/the-god-apollo.html

The case of Miss Adia

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s “Apollo Pursuing Daphne”, c. 1755.Below the quick case of Adia, is an example of how we can carry the Sun and not see what we are actually carrying on, while in the journey, Adia can become conscious of an environment in decay and chose to know herself, or would she stay and carry her family curse on? Apollo is also known as the family curse breaker.

Lets suppose there is this powerful women, with a Sun in Aries is called Miss Adia. She was born under stress, disharmony, abuse and violence. Suppose her Sun (self) has powerful contacts with Mars (violent/assertive) and Pluto (vengeful/trauma) , she could choose to be a victim or the author responsible for her own acts, as soon as she gains consciousness of the consequences of living in such precarious environment?

If Miss Adia refuses to leave, the Sun’s power would manifest in its most negative way, considering the ongoing violent scenario, boosting her powerful tendency to rage, abuse of power and violence herself, thinking that is normal acting that way. Would she chose to move on from that environment for good, she will realize how much of the Sun power she once gave away. A consciousness side of Adia is fully recognized, through her brave act, she now brought light into her life, rather than her being the Sun herself, but the used the source, her individual source of power, her personal power, while the Sun in astrology representing the self (individual). Doing this, she also took conscious of the power of sensing the future, where through choices, comes its next scenario, where we must be creative to accomplish an experience.

Adia shall then… know thyself better.

The aphorism ‘Know Thyself’

There, in upper central Greece, is situated Delphi – and archaeological site that holds an import location from the human most deep imaginary world translated of both self experience and transcendence in all field of experiences in life, independent of one’s astrological age and time, are integrated in one particular place in the world: Sanctuary of Apollo, where in there was once inscribed on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi; the aphorism to ‘know thyself‘.

The mysteries about the authorship of this single and mind-blowing Delphic maxims, remains remote. There are several attributions to the aphorism ‘know thyself‘, and during my searches, I found that Thales of Miletus is the most appeared name  alongside the aphorism, thus receiving such attribution and honor of this.

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“The origins of this profound maxim may, in fact, reach further back into history than all the civilizations mentioned above. According to Plato, Solon, one of the Seven Sages, received his education in Egypt. Pythagoras, another pillar in the formation of Greece, also studied under Egyptian instruction. Know Thyself might arguably have originated from the Coffin Texts of ancient Egypt, texts that adorned burial sarcophagi of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom from as early as 2000 B.C. These texts might have been drawn from the Old Kingdom, a series of Egyptian dynasties that began at around 3000BC, outdating the Hindu Vedas, the Chinese I-Ching and the Greek founders.” – http://thyselfknow.com/history/

Socrates and Plato then shed light into the subject more acutely and intensely, making statements of what they would think they message would actually mean according at their specific time. Both related the aphorism to the individuality (Sun). Despite the personal meaning you may give, it is clear the message aware us to know inside of ourselves, the expanded inner consciousness of being fully and true to one’s life meaning.

Its usage is wide until today. I find this fascinating, such a small sentence, a few words and a simple message could open your consciousness in just milliseconds, thousands yeas have passed and humanity is stubborn enough to keep the philosophical learning intact. I can understand why this devotion is to dwell with, the usage of this particular and famous aphorism is authentic and quick to grasp.

Socrates (http://thyselfknow.com/socrates/):

“I am not yet able, as the Delphic inscription has it, to know myself; so it seems to me ridiculous, when I do not yet know that, to investigate irrelevant things.

Care first about the greatest perfection of the soul.

What I want to discover at present, is the art which devotes its attention to precision, exactness, and the fullest truth.”

Perhaps, Socrates was being creative in publicizing one manner of seeing the truth of himself, which would be honesty, offering others the opportunities of doing the same by the creative example.

Plato (http://thyselfknow.com/plato/):

“I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I am still in ignorance of my own self would be ridiculous.

I may be a simpleton, but in my opinion, only that knowledge which is of being and of the unseen, can make the soul look upwards.”

Thales of Miletus (624 BC – 546)  one of the seven sages

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“Being asked what was very difficult, he answered, in a famous apothegm, “To Know Thyself.” Asked what was very easy, he answered, “To give advice.” To the question, what/who is God?, he answered, “That which has no beginning or no end.” (The infinite)” website math.tamu.edu

During my searches I found out that Thales is often named as the co-author of the aphorism ‘know thyself‘. Aristotle named Thales the first well recognizable and known philosopher, scientist and mathematician in Greece. It is known that Miletus was born about 624 BC in Miletus, Asia Minor and died about 546 BC in the same area where now is called Turkey. This particular information about the year of birth was as far as I could get on-line, and still, I could learn through out my studies that a few things are known about him, since most of it was destroyed or lost with time.

But the chances are huge that he was born in such an impact day of that year, a year of a great cardinal square between Uranus in Libra and Neptune in Capricorn, and hey, they were doing exact aspects that year! He was born a natural rebel of the ordinary establishments in religion and traditional society, in his texts it is said he used to not use mythology to explain certain matters, he would try things different and new. It is said Thales had an unusual clever mind, adopted with a natural gift of philosophy and mathematics, and he refused to get married (Uranus in Libra). For that, if he was really born around a date of that year, he was surely affected by such configuration in his own natal chart. Thales believed that the Earth (Capricorn) is a flat disk that floats on an endless expanse of water (Neptune) and all things come to be from water. What a radical (Uranus) statement (?)

Adding the fact that the North Node that year was finishing degrees of Cancer in the middle of that particular year, adding and extra potential change factor towards society. Also, Pluto and Saturn were conjunction exact in Pisces those intense month. That year was a strong year such as we are having nowadays with the Uranus square Pluto, but that time it wasn’t Uranus/Pluto but Uranus/Neptune, bringing an element of divinity and a radical approach to Neptune’s lair, which what exactly did. Jupiter was in Aquarius trine Uranus in Libra – the crazy professor that has something new to share, the innovator, Thales was also as well known innovator of his generation.

It is said that Miletus was an agitator and initiator of a modern scientific thinking of his times, giving him the titled of one the sages or the famous Seven Wise Men (Greek: οἱ ἑπτὰ σοφοί, c. 620 – 550 BC). Together, this examples of man as initiator of a new and radical thinking of that time, they were the mainly contributors to the western culture foundation.

According to this particular mathematicians website, Thales was highlighted in such areas:

  • Thales of Miletus was the first known Greek philosopher, scientist and mathematician. Some consider him to be the teacher of of Pythagoras, though it may be only that he advised Pythagoras to travel to Egypt and Chaldea.
  • From Eudemus of Rhodes (fl ca. 320 B.C) we know that he studied in Egypt and brought these teachings to Greece. He is unanimously ascribed the introduction of mathematical and astronomical sciences into Greece.
  • He is unanimously regarded as having been unusually clever–by general agreement the first of the Seven Wise Men, a pupil of the Egyptians and the Chaldeans.
  • None of his writing survives; this makes it is difficult to determine his philosophy and to be certain about his mathematical discoveries.
  • There is, of course, the story of his successful speculation in oil presses — as testament to his practical business acumen.
  • It is reported that he predicted an eclipse of the Sun on May 28, 585 BC, startling all of Ionia.
  • He is credited with five theorems of elementary geometry.

Doing his chart, made me realize that outer/transpersonal planets in transits doing revolutionary aspects to each, forms two kind of revolution and evolution in human affairs, the first is while the transit is in present activated, the second is the seed from that moment and its reflexion in the future that sometimes what most matter. What you do today/now/present will reflex into the future.

Thales was for sure an astrological product of the intense time when he was born, reflecting the wisdom of his generation ahead, being a leadership and pioneering and recognized of one of the wise man of his century, one of the seven sages. The Sun is like him as well, to stand out among others, to follow the light while being guided by his own principals and his individuality even when he didn’t know he was doing at his time. Like Apollo, we carry the Sun, but in our case, we carry our Sun – the sense of individuality mustn’t be carried by anybody but YOURSELF.


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