Whether the geomancy divination of Africa, the Druid observances of trees and earth cycles, the numerology of Pythagoras, or the astrology traditions from East to West that chart patterns and relationships, Nature-Cosmos has always been the storyteller, the gateway, and the accurate informer.
The Ancient Wisdom Traditions
The wisdom from a multitude of ancient traditions, each from a different point of origin and each reflecting the original and connected holistic relationship humans had with the Earth, Nature and the Cosmos, is accessed to create the Alchemic Profiles. By utilizing whole-knowing (analyzing, sensing, feeling and intuiting), the Ancients understood the organizing principles of Nature, and the fractal reality of the earth to the cosmos: that everything is a microcosm to a macrocosm.
Like the Ancients understood themselves as part and co-participant of the Whole, You contain this same wisdom. It is your original understanding of Life and of the human condition.
Additionally, the power of Story in relaying the profound meaning of The Whole and all within it, was recognized as profound. The myths, tales, and archetypes embedded in cultures throughout the ages have been etched into our psyche due to the inherent power of Story (like all of Nature, it is also alive), and because these meanings were intuited by the Ancients to reflect the greater truths of the greater Whole of the cosmos. The fractal reality of one story reflecting and within another, and another, and another – this was clearly understood.
As the two oldest sciences, and known as complimentary sister sciences, so here do Astrology and Alchemy remain interconnected with Astrology living at the root and acting to germinate the seeds of your personal Alchemy.
Below you will find
elaborations on each of the wisdom traditions utilized to create the Alchemic Profiles.
Although the history is unspecific on the exact place of origination, the understanding of meaning and subsequent use of Nature by peoples in Africa to bring understanding to life’s patterns and archetypes is ancient; known to originate at least 5000 years ago (but likely much earlier). African divination reflects a method of divination that interprets the patterns formed from tossed natural elements such as sticks, bones, stones and dirt. This is known as geomancy divination, in Greek meaning “foresight by earth”.
Celtic Tree Archetype
Celtic Astrology was created around 1000 B.C. by the Druids, the priestly class within Celtic societies; however, the breadth and profundity of this ancient system was held in oral tradition, so the age of the originating roots may be far older. Celtic Astrology is based on Nature-Cosmos observations and reflective of 3 basic strands of belief: remembrance of ancestors and the past; understanding and observance of nature; exploration of the connection between material reality and the spiritual realm. In Celtic Astrology, the zodiac is based on trees which were held sacred. The observations of human characteristics were observed and linked with (birth) times of year which were connected to characteristics of certain wisdom-keeper trees and their association with months of the year. This was connected through the use of the Celtic alphabet: 13 of the consonants form the calendar of seasonal magic in this tradition. (Note how points of time, qualities, numbers, nature, and humans are connected. You will see this again and again in ancient wisdom traditions.)
With records from 2677 B.C., Chinese Astrology is another of the world’s oldest Nature-Cosmos connection and assessment systems. Based on the lunar year, the storied and myth-steeped animals of the Chinese Zodiac (who dined with the Buddha) combine with elements to identify You. The five material agents in Chinese Astrology – wood, fire, earth, metal, water – are grouped in the order by which they produce one another or by their progression of change, and provide a deep understanding of inner being and the cosmic web. The animals and elements, reflective of archetypal imprints, explain everything in the universe according to the Chinese.
Ancient Egyptians understood the higher order that the cosmos reflected for life on earth. To the Zodiac, which is thought to have originated in Babylonia (and potentially Sumerian civilizations) and then migrated to Greece and then to Egypt, the Egyptians applied the meaningful symbolism of their own god/desses to reflect the greater archetypal qualities being communicated.
Human Design System
The Human Design System is a science of differentiation, a highly detailed “mechanical” mapping system that intricately merges the traditions of Astrology, the Kabbalah, the I Ching, the Hindu Chakra system, neutrinos, and quantum physics.This system was received by Alan Krakower, known as Ra Uru Hu, during an 8-day revelatory experience in 1987. In the Alchemic Profile, the focus is on your Auric type: this is the inherent inborn functionality, the “strategy” of being or energetic operating system that you embody at your core. Knowing your energy type is key to surrendering and trusting your personal Life Process. The merging of science and ancient wisdom, fundamental to this system, speaks to the essential science-spirit unity of Life. There is no duality. It is a false Story. This will become more evident after delving in and learning about Yourself as a whole.
Kabbalistic Astrology is based upon the Hebrew Kabbalah and the Sepher Yetzirah (the “Book of Formation” – the oldest book of Kabbalah) as well as the Etz Haim (the “Tree of Life”). It is said the Tree of Life is the best instrument to understand a person, a situation or a reality. The Tree is made of 10 Sephiroth (Powers of the Soul) which are then connected by 22 paths. Similar to the Celtic and Arabic systems connecting Nature to language, these paths are directly reflected in the 22 letters (primeval vibrations) of the Hebrew alphabet.
Mayan Galactic Signature
Ancient Mayans believed that our DNA was pre-coded on an energetic and cellular level, and that this was reflective of the larger patterns and cycles of the universe. The Mayan Galactic Signature combines the 20 Mayan Zodiac “glyphs” (signs, which symbolize energy frequencies of the day of our birth) and an overlay of 13 “tones” (numbers, which carry an ongoing energetic influence). It is this combination which helps enable understanding and intensification of our lives and evolutionary environments. According to the Mayans, understanding the energies and imprinting of our birth allows the seeing of existent larger patterns and cycles. This allows synchronicity and balance within life and the universe.
Native American Animal Archetype
Believing we are assigned an animal at our birth, many cultures in the Americas use an Animal Zodiac to identify and translate distinct qualities that would be inherent in the life path. Like other traditions, it is the archetypal qualities observed in Nature, in this case animals, that become a reflection of definitive cycles in the human experience.
The Pythagorean system of numerology, originated by Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, and with written records from around 500 B.C., recognized the pattern of cosmic order and its actualization within the human psyche. It is this tradition, along with the Life-Purpose System developed by Dan Millman, which also has roots in the Pythagorean system, that is utilized to create the Alchemic Profiles. In Numerology, every number is understood to be a distinct reflection – a symbolic and energetic expression – of universal organizing principles.
Tarot Birth Cards
The Birth Card assessment is a modern application of the esoteric system of Tarot, originally “trionfi”, which originated in Europe in the 1400s. In the Birth Card system, Tarot cards are used in combination with a numerological calculation of birth data. This application provides a Tarot card “pair”, and subsequently an emergent field of energy that arises through thearchetypes and symbols of the combined cards. This “field” tells a distinct story about the Soul Print.
Western Astrology, with roots far back to Babylonia and historically based on Ptolemy’s work, the “Tetrabiblos”, from the 2nd century, has been practiced for thousands of years in Arabia and Europe. It is a well known system using the “tropical” ecliptic coordinate system, and thus the constellations are based on the path of the sun as seen from Earth. The position of the sun at the time of birth is typically a primary focus in the Western tradition; however, a main focus in the Alchemic Profile is the moon and its nodal points (the intersection points of the moon’s path as it crosses the ecliptic) at the time of our birth. These points hold the key for your story as they represent the imprinted trajectory of your distinct life path.
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