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The development of mankind

Once, these guys perched on trees,
hairy and with evil faces.
Then they have been lured out of the jungle
And the world got paved and increased
until the thirtieth floor.  

Escaped the fleas, there they sat now,
In centrally-heated rooms.
There sit now on the phone
And there is still exactly the same tone
as once up in the trees.

They hear widely. They watch far.
They are in touch with the universe.
They brush their teeth. They breathe modern.
The earth is an educated star.
With a lot of flush.

They shoot correspondence through a pipe.
They hunt and breed germs.
They provide nature with all comforts.
They fly steeply upward into the sky
and stay up for two weeks.

what's left of their digestion
they process to cotton.
They split atoms. They heal incest.
And by style investigations they determined,
that Caesar had flat feet.

So they have with head and mouth
made the progress of humanity.   
But apart from that
and observed in light,
they are basically still monkeys.

Erich Kästner 1933
( translated by Sieghart Rohr)

1. Growth of knowledge

CavemanThe intellectual development of the cave-man to modern digital-man, is basically only a growth of knowledge.
Although knowledge has enabled us to send people to the moon; knowledge has not made ​​us able to create peace on earth.
More knowledge means not more humanity or more awareness.  
More knowledge leads to more technology and more technology generally leads to alienation with life and with oneself.
Who feels like a stranger in life does not know what is happening in one’s head, does not know that the head "acts" heteronomous (that means: the head and its actions are other-directed) In a way, the knowledge has developed a momentum of its own and now determines the thinking and actions of the individual. This is the true meaning of "alienation" one has become alien to oneself by foreign regulation of the mind.

By that is not meant a different person, for example a hypnotist that influences our mind; it is the knowledge itself that has taken over the control of mind. This voice between the ears makes us confused- in the sense that it deranges the clear basis of our perception (the innocent awareness) with the bewildering knowledge of the mind. 
More technology and knowledge divides or alienates us not only from nature. Our monkey-theatre even threatens to destroy nature. We're poisoning the water; pollute the air and messing with the climate, and all in the name of scientific progress and economic growth, that is, in the name of profit. We are destroying the country with technically brilliant WMD (weapons 0f mass destruction), atom-bombs; with genetically produced food that was sprayed with “chemical plant protection products” -pesticides. It just figures that the chemical companies and politicians claim to have everything under control; would you believe it?
Our forefathers warned us long ago not to consume from the tree of knowledge -that means not to take in knowledge- but, starting with EVA, we could not resist the temptation to range with God, to put us on an equal footing with God. How deranged is that?

The devilish serpent promised, “Once you eat of it your eyes will be open, you will be like God knowing good and evil.” To live carefree in paradise was apparently not good enough.
But instead of the promised enlightenment we were all doomed from Garden Eden, expulsed from paradise - whether it will be for all eternity, well, we’ll see.

This condemnation from Paradise is in the religious sense a separation from God, a loss of connectedness with God, i.e., a separation from a carefree life in paradise. God knew of course that while we haven’t learned to resist the temptation, that is, while we have not learned to properly handle the mind and its knowledge, as long we are tormented by the diabolical greed. So, firstly he simply has forbidden Adam and Eve to nibble from the tree of knowledge.
Instead to create everything in seven days he should have taken more time for his creation of Adam and Eve and therefore give us a better understanding. So, it's actually his fault that we humans have become a foreign body in nature that behaves like a deadly virus, killing life.
What is symbolized by the expulsion from Paradise is the destruction of cosmic unity, the mutilation of harmony. In other words; the natural balance has been destroyed.
Through our human arrogance to be equal with God we have produced an imbalance in nature. Through our actions the colorful diversity of life loses in substance - more and more animal species are dying out; the felling of forests, mono-cultivation of our fields: it is getting cruelly gray around us; we are so to say on behalf of the growth of few wallets about to destroy the beauty and harmony of life

2. What would we be without knowledge?

What if the devilish deluded Eve wouldn’t have seduced Adam to compete with God? Would we then still be ignorant monkeys who live in the jungle?
Perhaps that would not be so bad at all, because there are us genetically very closely related apes in the jungles of the Congo, who live so isolated that they have been for a long time without any fight for their food. This lack of competition -so scientists believe – has caused that these bonobos, as they are called, live a peaceful life under female direction, have no wicked fights like chimpanzees and gorillas do, but help each other and share food with each other. The most preferred activity during the day is of course sex, each with everyone in all circumstances and without taboo for everyone to see. The bonobos are the hippies of the animal world.
These monkeys show a certain humanity which we do not find in all of our so-called human societies. We only dream of it or write thick books with the title "Utopia, what if ..."

So, what would be if there would be no competition between us people, like with the bonobos? Would then our humanity be able to develop freely? If the scientists are right, that the abolition of the in all societies so highly esteemed competition should bring about our humanity in a natural way, well… what are we waiting for?

"There's nothing good except we do it!" Erich Kästner said.

The reason for the delay lies in the fact that competition-conditions are generally thought to ensure the economic security of our societies. Without competition there would be no growth, so it’s claimed. Without competition we would not move our bud, we would not aspire for any success and profits.  
Competition is actually a genetically anchored instinctive or "animal" behavior that guarantees the continuation of nature, as by competition Mother Nature selects the fittest according to her Basic Law ‘only the strong survives’, the fittest to adapt to Mother Nature's circumstances.

Therefore, since all of our societies and their ideas are of animal nature it is not surprising that one wonders whether humanity is worth pursuing at all.
We don’t want to be quixotic hippies, or do we?

Erich Kästner is also likely to have been a hippie, because according to him we still behave like monkeys. What's happening here is animalistic. And that will not change rapidly as long as the human animal has no real insight. "Insight or recognition is the first step to recovery.

3. Knowledge is necessary

Knowledge is necessary if we want to build hospitals, if we want to live convenient and hygienic, meaning: with a lot of flush, and not like monkeys in the jungle.
In light of recent global catastrophes, such as the financial crisis and the oil-spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ozone holes, poverty and famine, of which is thought that they are all largely the result of human greed ... in this light it looks like, unfortunately, that we lack insight and humanity.  
povertyGreed is the result of the devilish temptation to nibble from the tree of knowledge against the will of God, to equate us thus with God. As long as we have not learned to restrain the greed for power, we will behave devilish animalistic -that is inhumane. Greed is therefore the result of an unrestrained mind, an animal brain let lose.
“Greedy or avaricious ... are those that are completely slavish,” says the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. According to current scientific knowledge, we are slaves to our brains, or rather slaves of the chemical metabolism in the central nervous system of the brain. In other words: We are puppets of our brain, and since we've crammed quite a lot of knowledge in there we are now puppets of our knowledge. We function according to our perception –made by knowledge stored in the brain.
DNA-discoverer and Nobel laureate Francis Crick in his Scientific Search For The Soul  writes that …your joys and sorrows, your memories, your goals, your sense of your own identity and free will - all this is in reality only the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and associated molecules.
In the brain we find a so-called "reward system." If the brain experiences prospects for profits and benefits its reward function is to release dopamine hat stimulates motivation and learning ability. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, commonly known as the “happy hormone”. This of course raises the desire for more. This means that when the brain recognizes a prospect of profit it makes us addicted, greedy, avaricious.
By a prospect of money -brain researcher say- functions the reward-system like it does with cocaine. Cocaine is a drug which is highly addictive. According to scientific tests does cash generate stronger emotions than sex! Cash and sex encourages risk-taking by the raising of "Testosterone": this sex-hormone regulates in our body the drive, the stamina, the dominant and aggressive behavior and apparently greed and diminishing criticism. The moment the reward-system is activated the critical faculties of the brain diminishes; i.e. greed makes us frivolous!  

The ancient attitude of greed in the philosophical doctrine of the Stoics was that if we want something and finally own it does not mean that our greed is satisfied... on the contrary, we get stuck into a self-perpetuating-mechanism that makes us strive for more. For brain researchers this self-perpetuating wave that amplifies the greed towards happiness is the result of the chemical metabolism in the central nervous system of the brain.

4. Society of unbridled knowledge (thoughts)

Our current value-system of the consumer-society favors greed and rapacity, particularly in that it is not seen negatively but as a feature for special cleverness, which means a person that does not perceive bargains in the stores is not only blind but also unintelligent! Stupidity or humility is not rewarded in the brain, so to speak. But greed is, as we can see bank directors and their stockbrokers receiving multi-million-dollar handshakes. They are richly rewarded for their leave.
An average worker cannot understand that: these reckless directors and agents have gambled the bank into bankruptcy with the hard-worked-for savings of those workers that thus had been driven into ruins -and for that these directors are then rewarded? Namely with tax-money from workers, which the state has given to broke banks for their greedy deeds! But who will be surprised that politicians once again do business with the rich at the expense of citizens?  
Greed leads to social conflict, the expiration of the virtue of justice. The rich get richer the poor get poorer. We know this for a long time but nothing changes. Some athletes and actors make in a year as much as a normal worker cannot earn in 40 years. What does this have to do with justice? As I said, what's going here is animalistic.
The philosopher Krishnamurti claimed (like Buddha) that all worlds’ problems are a problem in our way of "thinking". And since our thinking is influenced and controlled by  the culture and the hormones in the brain, we need an understanding and insight of our thought-process. The brain and therefore the mind function according to the fundamental laws of nature. In a way that means we are slaves of the electro-chemical process in the nervous system of the brain; we are puppets of knowledge that has been drummed into our minds -and thus is externally controlled, as long as everything runs fully automatically. 
Stanford University professor Robert Ornstein in his book "The Development of Consciousness: The Origin of How We Think" argues that the "archaic" brain dictates many of our responses in everyday life. When we are angry, anxious and aggressive, -as we are in a number of everyday situations- then the primitive parts of our brain are at work.

This primitive part of the brain calls Professor Ornstein archaic. It refers to the animal setting of Mother Nature, which says: “Only the strong survive.” And this is so since ancient times.

We have squeezed in this ancient brain a lot of knowledge over the millennia, which then enabled us to build high-rise buildings and hospitals and fly to the moon; but when it comes to living together we act like monkeys -with the exception of the bonobos, of course. Why? Because the brain is a biological machine and thus thinks fully automatically, no matter what culture it has grown and tuned into! These basic settings of the brain on which all cultures are established are the natural laws of existence that guarantee the continuation of existence. First and foremost: "only the strong survive." According to natural law, we must be all in competition.

In this context the brain-research determined that the brain makes measurable decisions that then arise a few seconds later between the ears of which we then think that we have thought it, that we made ​​the decision. Who we? The billions of synapses! 
Nevertheless, I think that it has been my decision because it is my brain that made the decision, right? But can it be true to say that the brain belongs to me -"I" the owner of the brain- when the “I” is actually a product of brain activity? "I" am therefore of the brain! Very confusing, isn’t it? Me and my brain are one.

The brain, however, the "ancient" and the “digital” controls and directs the body by itself, naturally. What then is our so-called consciousness? Is it just another product of the brain? Brain researchers believe that our consciousness, that means our self-perception in a waking body, has something to do with associated brain activity. They observed that in deep sleep, when this self-awareness is absolutely absent, there is also no contiguous brain activity. Some individual areas of the brain in deep sleep work when they are stimulated from the outside, but there is no association between those areas of individual neuron activity throughout the brain. In short, if there is no associated brain activity there is no comprehension.

Neurons are -among others- information carriers that are connected with all the other neurons like one computer is connected to all others through the internet. Certain stimuli from the outside: words, images, feelings, etc., activate a particular pinocchioneuron network, which then in turn initiates a specific response. This process of associated brain activity is reflected as language (as a cohesive thought activity) and thus made sonic discernible between the ears like an echo.

If this is all a purely biological sequence, language as well, then all what “I” –the echo or ego- think and say and do has been bio-mechanically predetermined ... even though this “I” thinks to be the originator of it all… I am just a witness. That is why the ancient Greeks called Mercury, representing mind and language, a “Trickster”; to them our mind is an insidious charlatan. This idea of "I", which we find between the ears -this echo, word or thought, is actually tricking the witness into the mind, which then becomes our prison.

5. Knowledge is consumed, knowing has to be learned

Knowledge has to be processed after consumption so that we don’t get trapped in it. But if this knowledge has made us to puppets then we need to be brought to life like the wooden puppet Pinocchio, namely by people who have mastered the mind, masters such as George Gurdjieff, Lau Tzu, J. Krishnamurti, Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Nisargardatta Maharaj or Socrates. Socrates got famous with the slogan “The only thing I know is that I don’t know.” Nisargardatta in his famous book “I am that” says: “It's enough to know what I am not.” Right; both say the same.
Both speak of the mind as a serving tool. Yet, when the servant -the mind- has Birth_of_Venus_Botticellibecome the landlord, then we (every “I”) have become its slave. And according to Aristotle, if we are slaves to the mind we are also greedy...  
Thus all these so-called enlightened ones are talking about the possibility of an inner freedom in their individual way, of course, which naturally appeals to the culture in which they live. And since every culture maintains different values and ideas those enlightened ones sound different to each other, but if you have got an overview then you get the idea that they're all talking about the same thing. About the inner freedom of the soul that is free from the constraints of Mother Nature, free from its scientific influence. As an astrologer to me that possibility of inner freedom is the resurrection of the soul, which is represented in mythology by the emergence of Venus from the sea.

6. knowing & acting

But my idea of ​​humanity is not necessarily universal. So what is humane? Let us now philosophize a bit.
Humanity in an objective, value-free sense encompasses all human, that is all -"good" as well as "evil"- human actions, attitudes, characteristics, etc. This is however just a biological specification, in the sense that "animals are animalistic" and "humans humane". The philosophical question of "what is humanity" cannot be answered as easy as it may seem at first glance.
For Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803) poet, theologian and cultural philosopher and one of the most influential writers and thinkers of Germany in the Age of Enlightenment is humanity, “a work that must be pursued relentlessly, or we sink ... back to the raw animal nature, to the brutality.” This work, of which he speaks is thus a relentless act, a constant doing -but of what?

"What shall we do", or "how shall we live?" these are questions that since Socrates (469-399 BC) shape our thinking and which are coupled with the concept of ethics. The ethics deals with human action.   
Socrates has pointed out that as long as our actions are determined by traditional moral values ​​and social arrangements –conventions- i.e., as long as we follow a certain thought pattern that determines what is good and right, as long as we are not free in our actions and thus we act as unconscious animals which have to behave according to the rules of nature.
A teacher of Herder, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804),  said in 1784 the following: Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to make use of his reason without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-inflicted, if the cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use reason without direction from another.
Sapere aude” [dare to be understanding] “Have the courage to use your own mind!” is therefore the motto of enlightenment. As I said: insight is the first step to recovery.  
Kant formulated his philosophical questions as followed: "What shall I do" "What may I hope for?" and "What is man?” which he attempted to answer in his epistemology of his ethics, religion, philosophy and anthropology.
One of the most famous politician, orator and philosopher of Ancient Rome, Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 43 BC) simply questioned – “What makes man a man?” Well, I would add “in contrast to an animal” and thus exclude the biological characteristics from the outset, for in purely physical terms we're just animals.  
Herder certainly has had the most famous and influential philosophers of history Aristotle (350 -321 BC) in mind, because Aristotle coined the word "energeia", which means something like “to be in work”. Humanity is therefore something energetic; humanity is the power that acts or is at work. The concept of energy is by Aristotle closely related to "entelechy": a characteristic or inherent power of self-realization. Thus is the butterfly, for example, the entelechy of the caterpillar, that means, the butterfly is the perfect form of the caterpillar, its self-realization. The butterfly was already in ancient Greece the symbol for happiness and new beginnings, and for the souls of the dead. Psyche, the Greek word for soul, means not only breath, breeze, and life force, but also butterfly.  

If the caterpillars would know what will be one day  
when they are butterflies only
they would live very differently:
happier, more confident and hopeful.
Death is not the last.
The butterfly is the symbol of transformation,
symbol of resurrection.
Life does not end; it is changed.

Heinrich Boell 1917-1985

Just as the caterpillar can turn into a butterfly so the human animal can transform into a human! If the human animal, so to speak as a human caterpillar, has realized this possibility, has transformed into man, leads, says Aristotle, a successful life. For Aristotle by ‘a successful and happy life’ is not meant the subjective sense of happiness that one gets if one has won the lottery, but the attainment of happiness.   
The way to happiness, this work that must be pursued relentlessly, is to Aristotle's opinion, a virtuous life.

7. Virtuous action

Political and religious powers, however, usually don’t have the realization of happiness as a goal, at least not for all. The desired human behavior and unwanted inhuman behavior are determined by human laws and divine commandments and then implemented by a threat of punishment.
No wonder that all the "virtues" these days, civil as well as religious, are considered outdated moral values ​​of authoritarian state-powers, especially by the youth. These state-naturalized moral values ​​actually only serve to destroy the individuality and make puppets out of us citizens. Puppets which are of course very good for serving the assembly lines of the society. "Trained monkeys of a modern-day slavery"  

But through the dismissal and thus the decay of virtues, vices have no limits. Justice, charity, kindness, compassion, have gone out of fashion. With the disappearing of the virtues, vices, especially greed, are more evident in all sectors of our societies. Greed is one of the Seven Deadly Sins that in Christianity were counter-balanced with the seven virtues and the Ten Commandments.
The Seven Deadly Sins

  • Acedia: inertia of the heart / mind (laziness, cowardice, ignorance)
  • Luxuria: pleasure (hedonism, licentiousness)
  • Superbia: pride (arrogance, vanity)
  • Ira: anger (retribution, revenge)
  • Invidia: envy ( jealousy)
  • Avaritia: avarice (greed)
  • Gula: gluttony (indulgence, selfishness)

The seven deadly sins or vices are actually seven different types of addiction, (which is easily observed in the German language were all those words ending with “–sucht”, meaning addiction) that means greed and all other vices were kept under control by the seven virtues: prudence, justice, moderation, courage, faith, hope and love.

So through the dismissal and the decay of the virtues the evil vices such as greed and injustice are of course more obvious. The consequences of greed are well known. Greed or avarice was in ancient times considered as a disturbance to the inward peace and to the human capacity for happiness.
King Midas -according to Greek mythology- pled Dionysus, god of fertility and ecstasy, that everything he touches would become gold. In no time Midas was filthy rich and threatened to starve; for all the food he touched also became gold. His greed led him to the brink of death.
The imminent global food-crisis ought to be seen in connection with this, for the greed and thus the missing critic faculty of politicians makes a major contribution to the global climate change which then leads to more often and greater catastrophes in nature, and those lead to a disruption if not destruction of food production or its distribution. Prices are shooting up and once they are up there they don’t come down that easily.

Science says that to get a grip on greed can only be achieved through the great effort of taming. Until recently this taming of hormones and neurotransmitters has been accomplished by the formation of virtues! The goal of human life, so Aristotle in his book on ethics and political theory, is the good life -happiness. For a happy life you have to develop virtues, including an appropriate handling of emotions and desires.
The training of the virtues is therefore the taming and curbing of the brain that makes us naturally addicted by an enlarged production of the happy hormone dopamine and the sex hormone testosterone.

As long as this taming is not exercised on a societal level, it will be becoming worse in all our societies, more unjust and brutal and cruel -gruesome gray.

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (1866?-1949) compared the mind with a coachman, whereby the coach represents the human body and the horse's emotions. The passenger in the cabin who has hired the coach represents the ego between the ears. Our human carriage -whether thick or thin, pretty or ugly- transports that “I” from one place to another; both passenger and driver -"I" and the mind- are not the owner of the carriage. Buddha called the owner the witnesses, Nietzsche called him Superman; others call him the "enlightened master". Gurdjieff called him the "perfect man". It is also interesting that Gurdjieff called his doctrine of the Incarnation like Herder and Aristotle "The Work" or later "The Fourth way ".
"Lau Tzu," the old Master of China (600 BC), world famous for his book “Tao Te Ching”, which is something like the Bible, a holy book, described his teaching simply as “Tao," the Way. Harassed by his students to write down his teachings before he dies Lau Tzu begins his book with: “what can be said cannot be true;” indicating besides silence that the knowledge inherent in words -true or untrue- is not true at all.

8. „right“ learning of knowledge

Whatever we call the doctrine of Incarnation, Tao or virtue, it's about learning to use the mind and its knowledge to become humane; "to learn rightly," as Buddha [560 BC] would have said, because who has not learned it rightly might be captured by it without knowing it.
The word Buddha derived from ‘bud’ -awake. Prince Siddhartha Gautama was called the Buddha, the Awakened One, because he woke up from the night of error and ignorance and stepped into the light of awareness. Buddha is not worshiped as a god but he is seen as a signpost leading to enlightenment of the individual. Buddha is revered because he became man by his own power, not by the revelation of a God and not through the study of sacred texts, but through meditation. Siddhārtha became Buddha because he had overcome all delusion and greed. That means he had learned to handle the mind -or in other words, he had mastered the mind.

In Buddhism, it's the same as in the Socratic philosophy about ethics and knowledge. And similar to the Roman "philosophia moralis," Lao Tzu’s "Tao Te Ching" and Gurdjieff’s “work” has Buddha described an individual way towards the realization of humanity. In 525 BC he spoke in Benaris for the first time of the four noble truths and the noble eightfold path.

1. Life is suffering. This not only refers to physical suffering but also to unhappiness boredom and such. 
2. The suffering has recognizable causes. We are suffering greed because we are not happy with how it is.
3. The causes can be eliminated: There is a way out; this way is called nirvana: "not burning anymore" literally it means "blowing out the candle."
4. There is a remedy for it: the “Noble Eightfold Path”.

1) right perception (knowledge of the four noble truths)
2) right thinking (overcoming of the ego-relatedness)  
3) right words (waiver of gossip and slander)
4) right action (don’t commit any acts that could damage others)
5) right livelihood ( do not do anything bad such as arms sales)
6) right ambition (make an effort to do good)
7) right mindfulness (follow your actions and thoughts),
8) right concentration (right meditation) perfect tranquility

9. Astrology, knowledge of incarnation

In a world where capital gain, efficiency and practical use are the driving forces philosophy and astrology are viewed by many as unrealistic and useless. Philosophy and astrology are "ancient" sciences working for the creation of mankind. In ancient times the Philosophy of virtue was an educational method for the incarnation. Christianity rearranged virtues into godly commandments that had to be obeyed, thus they were actually no longer virtues but forced dos and don’ts.
In John Steinbeck's book "East of Eden" for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize, he describes how language has been influenced through incorrect interpretation or translation taking a biblical word as an example that was translated as “thou shalt”, yet its correct meaning according to Steinbeck was “you can.” That would mean that the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” actually meant to say "you cannot kill”.
A virtuous knowledge was made to a commandment of the Almighty. Thus, not only the vices got tamed but also if not mainly Moses followers. The God-fearing people were made ​​to submit to a almighty God in good faith, because now they had no other choice, because who does not follow these heavenly commandments and laws gets heavily punished.

Astrology can fulfill the necessary task of taming the brain without enslaving the individual, because astrology is not a religion nor a political doctrine of a particular culture, but rather a teaching of universal cosmic unity. Astrology is a teaching without a master and therefore no conflicts arise between students of different masters. Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Buddha, and Lau Tzu are in this sense only a mouthpiece of that teaching. The teaching is important, not the master. Education is important, not the educators. Nature has its own educational method, the constant struggle to survive: competition.
Nature does not need a teacher; she is developing on its own. Nature needs no consciousness to function. Nature needs no foreman for her organization, and even humanity could evolve naturally, as can be seen with the bonobos in the Congo, provided that, as with the bonobos, the competition rules of nature were dropped. If this would not happen then one would need taming, namely the taming of the hormones in the brain that regulate the natural competitive instinct. But without knowledge of these processes in the brain, domestication seems highly unlikely. What nowadays brain-scientists scientifically explain has been previously described by insightful philosopher.

If we do not want Incarnation –the making of humanity- leave to chance, to consume knowledge seems to be necessary -but this knowledge has to be savored with caution! This “caution”, “supervision” or “overview” in dealing with our thinking apparatus was and is the task of philosophical virtues. By the virtuous relish of knowledge its proper digestion is ensured and thus incarnation possible.

10. Knowledge of future

Without this virtuous taming of the ancient brain the competition rules of nature provided by the accumulated knowledge are the focus of our attention, that is, this self-perpetuating-mechanism enters, and thus heats-up, enhances or increases the need for security or superiority. Thus the addiction for power comes into being, thus greed and excess and all the other vices originate.
If we can see astrology as a teaching free from all political and religious values, a teaching that can be spoken in all languages, but essentially is an overarching cosmic language of universal unity, then we have something like a modern global teaching of virtue that can assume taming the brain and thus teach all of us on earth humanity.
By learning the language of astrology, we study a cosmic perspective by which this taming is exercised. Instead of having a tinted view of an animalistic culture we look through the four colored lens of cosmic unity.    
The four colors or elements of astrology were transformed into the model of the four psychological types by the famous founder of modern psychology, CG Jung. By an ever greater awareness of unity an ever greater understanding of coherencies between all parts of existence is created. With the growing understanding the need to achieve the real purpose of astrology ‘to blossom as humanity’ grows too. This growing need comes into being by the relentless work, as Herder would say, by the inward force of change, the entelechy of Aristotle. This growing need is also comparable with “the principle of hope” of Marxist philosopher Ernst Bloch (1885 - pandoras-box1977).  
I want to mention that Ernst Bloch's hope has nothing to do with the hope that was left behind in the box of Pandora as the only poison -that is, of all the vices meant to destroy mankind, hope alone remained in the can. Thus, humanity was locked in the box and is being held in the belief that hope alone can save it from the freed evil. This hope makes us idle! We stay in the box and wait for better times.
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote about hope based on the Pandora's Box: “Zeus wanted, namely, that no man even tortured so much by the other evils, throw not away the life, but go on, to let him being tortured ever anew. For this he gives man hope: it is in fact the worst of evils because it prolongs the agony of the people.” Through inaction!
But sometimes hope can be also the positive attitude of one who initiates an action. If what we are hoping for lures us to do everything we can then we work -in Herder's words- relentlessly to achieve this.

This ‘relentless work’ can also be represented differently. Buddha spoke of “witnessing”, where the witness is an indifferent observer! The German word for witness “Zeuge” is beautifully ambiguous for it can be translated as witness as well as creator and thus unifies the concepts of virtue and awareness. In this light it follows that ‘who is aware is virtues’, or who is aware can really act ... or work. 

This awareness is the real crux of all philosophies and religions on earth, at least seen from the astrological point of view. In the four colored lens of astrology is awareness the inner quality of the soul.
Let’s go step by step. What actually is the soul? To religious or philosophical conception the soul is something immaterial, thus not something physical but something spiritual that does not belong to the body but actually leaves it when the body dies. The soul is therefore ‘the immortal’, the eternal being in existence. It is located in the heart of every man -strictly speaking: in every single part of cosmic totality. The soul is “the very core” of existence. Without a soul nothing goes.
It is believed that the word "soul" is a derivation of the word "Sea" because according to an old Germanic belief the souls of the dead and unborn lived in the water, on the ocean floor.  The basic meaning of the term soul is thus "she, who belongs to the sea”

In today's parlance the “soul” is through the influence of psychology called “psyche”, which is the Greek word for it, to allow thus a scientific view of man's inner life, that is, to allow a detached view of the mental processes. We are therefore not just sad or angry but enabled to see anger and sadness detached and indifferently.    

In the astrological four colored lens the soul is linked with the blue water element to illustrate the origin of existence.
Water represents the immaterial basis of existence, which lies below the horizon in the dark. The eternal darkness illustrates the unconscious. Here it all begins. Here all is one -in the truest sense of the word. The being of the soul is an eternal unity while the body of existence is a community of many bodies that come and go. In short, there is only one soul that is in all things. This eternal immaterial basis of existence, the being or the soul, is extensively illustrated in astrology and thus made ​​more feasible:

The water quadrant has three compartments, the so-called three modalities representing the other three elements fire, earth and air. Fire is stimulating, earth is stable or fixed and air is mutable or binding.  
In essence, the soul governs love, that's for sure. Venus, goddess of love has two hands: will and wit owning initiative and intelligence. They are illustrated with the hot daredevil Mars and cheeky messenger Mercury. These three qualities love, will and wit is all that is necessary for the creation of existence.

According to astrology the origin of existence is not God the Creator but creativity. If creativity operates existence appears, and if it rests exists stillness. Thus we draw strength from the tranquility of the night. Creativity is essentially love bestowed with will and wit. In short: Love creates silently. 

In this sense, awareness is the quality of love. Awareness is just as creative and mysterious as love.  
The link between creativity and awareness is illustrated in the German language by the term “witness”. A witness is not only someone who appears in a court to give account of what he was witnessing but also someone who is involved in procreation.

The origin, the birth of existence, this below the horizon in the dark lying sweet soul, is something totally mysterious. And that will always remain so because we can never know how and why the body of existence began –by that I do not mean just our individual body but the whole existence. We were born and fall in love, that's not our doing; that happens by itself. All theories of the origin -whether it’s the scientific Big Bang or the religious creation -will remain a legend, a mystery -an unsolvable mysterious puzzle, something that we cannot know.  First is the being, the knowledge of it comes second.

In modern colloquial language -populated with many foreign words- this mysterious awareness could be called “incognito cognition”, which is a puzzle in itself as no-one would understand its meaning. Translated it simply means “unidentified awareness” -“unidentified” not “unknown” for we know it exists- i.e. this unconscious immaterial spirituality is unaware of being awareness.
The unconscious spiritual process of perception is made ​​possible through the physical spirituality in the brain, the mind. Having a mind the awareness of the soul is enabled to perceive existence and its stimuli. The mind is something like mediating gauge with the task to proclaim “caution”, to call “watch out” and “attention please”.

Since the mind is as well below the horizon, the actual mental processes (the electro-chemical processes in the nervous system of the brain) are as unconscious as the awareness of the soul. Those thoughts we find between the ears are products of brain activity. The question is who or what activates the brain: the human spirit or Mother Nature? By nature thoughts are something like echoes of mental processes in the brain that are produced by the experiences stored in the synapses and modulated by the definitions of a culture. The area in which we perceive the thought processes of the unconscious is called the subconscious. Astrology makes a distinction between spirit and mind, between the consciousnesses and the subconscious; it’s a distinction between humanity and mentality. The subconscious spirituality of the mind is the closest to us because through the mind and its various functions we perceive firsthand the outside world, including our own body.  
Humanity or spirit is the conscious spirituality, the so-called 'holy spirit', and the mind or reason is the subconscious spirituality. The difference is between an authentic speaker and an automatic repeater.
The spirit is often depicted as kind of a ghost illustrating the immaterial soul outside its body, because the soul is regarded as a kind of immaterial personal spirit representing the person, i.e., the mentality of the body. That would mean there are as many souls as there are bodies. Astrologically there is only one soul. The soul is an unconscious immaterial spirituality and the spirit is a conscious immaterial spirituality. The unconscious state of immaterial spirituality is thus the awareness of love; the awareness that is unaware of itself being aware (and lovely). Awareness is the essence of the soul. And in the body we find the unconscious material spirituality -the logistics of neural activity in the brain.

Awareness is generally understood as attention. Attention, however, is the focus of our perception towards certain stimuli in our environment or to one’s behavior and actions, thoughts and feelings, while with awareness is meant a broad attentiveness to all the phenomena. The non-directed attention of the soul is different from the directed attention of the mind. Focus -a specialty of mind- is narrowing our perception because it is directed to something special. The soul has no focus; it is indiscriminative to its surrounding
The inherent focus of the mind is the safety of the body. Thus the understanding is a safety-mechanism that automatically determines the behavior/action of the body. This automated action is particularly evident in critical situations, for example, when we suddenly see an unknown snake in front of us.

In the animal world everything runs fully-automatically according to the rules of nature. With mankind those rules are modulated with the rules of the culture (a modulation is the mixing of two different oscillations, whereby one functions as an information carrier and the other is the information) and this is also fully automated. We eat breakfast, brush our teeth or talk to someone, but without actually being present. Sometimes it appears to us that life just rushed past without having it lived consciously, without having noticed it.
Awareness means to pay attention in the present moment to what is happening. One smells, tastes, sees, hears or feels without judging it. This is actually a completely natural state that we have in common with all animals -more or less. Perceiving life in this way, however, has become something special because the cultivated mind affects our perception and thus also our actions, that is, the culturally programmed safety-mechanism regulates the behavior of individuals in the society. Thus mankind is like a puppet on strings that are moved by the culture, like a sleepwalker that walks on the rooftop in nighties with hands outstretched towards the full moon.

Awareness is called the state in which we perceive the present. As long as our perception is influenced by the mind-mechanism as long we are occupied with past and future. Approved methods (of the past) focus the mind on one particular program that guarantees the future security and thus determines how and when what is being done ... fully-automatic of course. 

Buddha realized this 2500 years ago. In Buddhism, awareness plays a central role. Buddhism in the East is what Christianity is for the West, although, strictly speaking, Buddhism is not a creed but a technique for the individual creation of enlightenment -a creation of humanity.
The goal of Buddhist meditation exercises is to make awareness to a pervasive attitude. The systematic training of mindfulness is a method to lead people away from the everyday distress and confusion and beyond that to lead to the liberation of the spirit from the three great sorrows: greed, hatred and delusion.  

11. Freedom and unity through cosmic knowledge

Buddha teaches to cognize, to form and to liberate the spirit, by which he meant the mind.
The ideas of Buddhism has influenced Western thought only in the last century, since it is a teaching for more educated people (and thus for the growing class of wealthy people in Western societies that can afford a good education, while the “poor” are more often just hope for a better future. Hope costs nothing, it's cheap).  

When we see Venus placed in the core of the soul as an illustration of awareness, as illustration of the unconscious immaterial spirituality then Uranus placed at the core of the humanity illustrates the conscious immaterial spirituality, the essence of humanity.

This is not surprising when we know that Venus and Uranus are actually one and the same in essence. Venus rose from the sea after she had been transformed from Uranus' genitals which had been castrated by his son Saturn. The resurrection of Venus thus illustrates the embodiment of the Uranian ideal: the beauty of cosmic unity. Uranus’ idealization is based in ignorance, thus he had not noticed that what he idealized and searched outside of him was inside him all along. In short, the (insane) ideal had to die for love to live.
Idealization is insane; of course, it’s the projection of the confused mind. It's not the mind that must be destroyed like a diabolical evil. The confusion has to vanish; the knots have to be untangled. In a way, one must give one’s mind a rest.

In astrology, this is actually the result. One can practice and also accelerate the process through a meditation that I call the "mental striptease." The technique of mental striptease -of the mental undressing- is to let the echoes of the mind decay. To give it no more energy –the best would be to retreat to a secure situation, e.g. into a cave in the Himalayas and thus to give the mind no new stimuli, that naturally must be associated, measured, compared and evaluated to ensure the safety of the body, because that is the natural task of the mind, that’s what it is made for. Wherever you are withdrawing the regularity of this exercise is important so that the mind gets accustomed to it and therefore eventually ceases to disturb the silence.
When the mind has become calm, one’s perception is based again in the silence of awareness, which happens by itself for the confusion ended. Astrology is not only a learning of a cosmic perspective, but also a deepening in one’s own being, in the silence of awareness.

This becoming aware of the soul is the goal of the astrological journey or path. Through learning the astrological language one specifically obtains a cosmic view, which enables one to recognize, such as in a mirror.

An ever-increasing understanding of the relationships between all individual parts of existence -illustrated by the astrological Zodiac- leads slowly but surely to an intergalactic vision of cosmic unity. This view motivates Venus to show itself.

Diego Velazquez A Venus at Her Mirror-
"Mirror Mirror on the Wall
who is the fairest of them all? "
I, Venus, goddess of love and harmony

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
Other people won't  feel insecure around you.

We are born to make it manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us, it is in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
Give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela

12. Incarnation

All this serves to awaken humanity; it serves the revival of a loving consciousness and the resurrection of Venus from the ocean. Astrology is thus not a new philosophy, a new dogma, a new Bible full of rules of conduct creating nothing but new-gray men, as it is so well described in Michael Ende's book "Momo", but a cosmic instrument of incarnation, the making of man, which in all the schools of this Earth can be taught with ease.
And if that happens then probably after two three generations all human societies of this globe would no longer follow automatically the competition rules of Mother Nature but already be rooted so deeply in the spiritual awareness that the insight of cosmic unity has become common good of humanity, i.e. it would be commonly practiced, and therefore there would be no more wars, no poverty, no famine, no tyranny, and no terrorists.
We would not destroy the balance of nature through irresponsible activities and thus would not create ozone holes and thus not turn the earth in a hot greenhouse. We would then no longer want to rule the earth in an arrogant way, and, quite incidentally, destroy and poison its beauty, but be in harmony with her and happy.

Sieghart Rohr

further articles from Sieghart:

A view from beyond the stars

My astrological overview

The astrological language

Responsibility, the ability to will


The hymn of love

The global finance crisis

The creation of humanity