Thursday, April 3, 2008

Informal blog Symbols

Last class a few questions came up about the symbols on page 43, they are the Alchemy charts. Am sure everyone knows are astrological signs. I got these online.

The Sun is the planetary ruler of Leo. In Roman mythology the sun was represented by Apollo, the god of light.

Mercury is the ruling the planet of Geminiand Virgo. In Roman mythology Mecury was the messenger of the gods, noted for his speed and swiftness . Echoing this, the scorching, airless world Mercury circles the sun on the fastest orbit of any planet. * (I have also seen this as a representation of virginity, but I don’t think house of leaves has any peaches in it)

Venus is the ruling planet of Taurus and Libra. In Roman mythology Venus, was the goddess of love and beauty, famous for the passions she could stir among the gods. Venus is associated with the principles of harmony, beauty, balance; the feelings and affections, and the urge to sympathize and unite with others.

Mars is the ruling planet ofAries and, for many astrologers, Scorpio. Mars was the Roman god of war and bloodshed, whose symbol was a spear and shield. Mars is associated with confidence and self assertion, aggression, sexuality, energy, strength, ambition, and impulsiveness. Mars governs sports, competitions and physical activities in general. * This also represent male

Jupiter is the ruling planet ofSagittarius, and, for many astrologers, also the ruler of Pisces. In Roman mythology jupiter was the king of the gods. Jupiter is a planet of plenty. It is tolerant and expansive.

Infinity represents an idea of endlessness it often referred to as Lemniscates.

Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet is often used to denote the last, the end, or the ultimate limit of a set, in contrast to alpha , the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In

Waning Moon ( when the right side of the Moon is dark then the light part is shrinking, and the Moon is referred to as waning, moving towards a new moon.

Pluto Pluto’s influence is subtle, yet very powerful. Pluto represents deep psychological processes that can drive one to control or gain power over some part of her life. These drives are very dangerous when they remain unacknowledged, in the unconscious mind.

Nigel Henbest, "The Planets" Penguin Books,London, 1992 (the planets in astronomy)

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