By Matityahu Glazerson
Above the Zodiac: Astrology in Jewish Thought uncovers the profound connection among Jewish mysticism and vintage astrology via bringing up the various references scattered all through Jewish literature to the impact of the celebs on human future. Rabbi Matityahu Glazerson offers a month-by-month rendering of Jewish astrology in accordance with kabbalah, summarizing the complicated procedure of components in Jewish proposal that correlates to every astrological signal. The ebook additionally explains the original dating the Jewish humans need to astrology, and lower than what situations astrological consultations are approved to participants.
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In trying to convey how encounters with a variety of humans fueled the writing of his bestsellers The Tao of Physics and The Turning aspect, Capra's new booklet is alternately superficial and meaty. That he as soon as sat subsequent to Alan Watts at a cocktail party, heard Krishnamurti lecture and exchanged observations with Indira Gandhi is revealing of not anything; nor is the unique synopsis of the author's analyzing conduct. extra attention-grabbing are conversations recorded right here with physicists Werner Heisenberg and Geoffrey bite, psychotherapists Stanislav Grof and R. D. Laing, economists Hazel Henderson and E. F. Schumacher, and with figures resembling structures theorist Gregory Bateson, holistic melanoma therapist Carl Simonton and feminist Charlene Spretnak. How Capra got here to understand parallels among smooth physics and japanese mysticism, then went past this to a structures perspective embracing ecology and non secular knowledge, is the heady subject matter of this self-preoccupied yet usually stimulating set of talks.
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Capra, writer of The Tao of Physics , is legendary for his detailed combination of physics and mysticism. right here he lines the improvement of his concept by means of proposing a chain of conversations with many influential thinkers, together with Werner Heisenberg, R. D. Laing, Alan Watts, and Margaret Lock. those conversations came about among 1969 and the "Big Sur Dialogues" symposium in 1979 and diversity in topic from technological know-how to politics, anthropology to holistic medication. Capra feels that his contribution has been only to set up hyperlinks among the tips of those hugely unique thinkers, all of whom figured mostly in his evolution from a standard physicist to the spokesman for a brand new imaginative and prescient of reality.
About the Author
Fritjof Capra acquired his PhD in theoretical physics from the collage of Vienna and has performed examine in high-energy physics at numerous eu and American universities. Capra has written and lectured generally concerning the philosophical implications of recent technological know-how and is writer of 'The Tao of Physics', 'The Turning Point' and 'Uncommon Wisdom'. presently Director of the Centre for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, he lives in Berkeley along with his spouse and daughter.
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The element of Tammuz is water. It shares this element with the month of Cheshvan, whose sign is Scorpio. The similarity between these two months (Tammuz and Cheshvan) is contained in the meaning of the Hebrew names of their signs. Sartan (Cancer) contains the word Satan, and akrab (Scorpio) contains akar (uprooted, destroyed) and bet (house). This 38 TAMMUZ-CANCER (CRAB) denotes that the Flood that destroyed the world, which was full of adultery and uncontrollable evil expression, occurred during the month of Cheshvan, whose element is water.
Coming as it does after the month of Tishrei, which is full of festivals, culminating in the festival of Simchat Torah (The Joy of the Torah), the month of Cheshvan is set aside for the integration of the sacred joy one experiences during Tishrei. As Nissan, with its festival Passover, corresponds to Tishrei (six months later), Iyar corresponds to Cheshvan. We may therefore expect to find many examples of correspondence. The letter Vav of Iyar symbolizes Joseph, the sixth of the seven "shepherds" of the Jewish people (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Aaron, Joseph, and David), who correspond to the seven attributes of grace, power, beauty, victory, glory, foundation, and kingdom.
The sight and divine awareness of Nissan is aroused from Above (just as-usually-sight is associated with some external object in the field of vision), and brings a person to realize the divine Providence. This was clearly revealed to us in the great vision of the grace of God that the Jewish people experienced at the crossing of the Sea of Reeds; as it is written (Exodus, ch. 14, vol. 31), "And Israel saw the great Hand . . " So, too, in all future generations, a person may merit the grace of God by his divine service, in realizing that it is due only to one's God-given strength and inspiration that one can engage in such divine service.