This drawing from an Icelandic manuscript dated around 1750 illustrates the geocentric model.  (Source:Wikipedia)

This drawing from an Icelandic manuscript dated around 1750 illustrates the geocentric model. (Source:Wikipedia)

Astrology is the study of how the natural cycles of the universe affect human affairs.

Which natural cycles do astrologers study?

  1. Day and night, the cycle of the earth’s rotation.
  2. Monthly cycles, based on the moon’s orbit of the earth.
  3. Annual cycles such as the seasons, based on the earth’s orbit of the sun.
  4. Planetary cycles, based on the planets’ orbits of the sun.

Which kind of human affairs are influenced by astrology?  There are many different disciplines in the study of astrology, including:

  • Electional astrology, the determination of the best time to do something, such as get married or begin a business endeavor
  • Horary astrology, in which a chart is drawn for the moment of a question in order to ascertain the answer from the positions of the planets
  • Horoscope astrology, where a natal chart is drawn for a person’s time and place of birth
  • Mundane astrology, which is the application of astrology to world affairs, nations, and politics
  • Medical astrology, in which planets and signs apply to the various organs and systems of the body

How does astrology for business fit in?  That’s what we’re investigating, defining, and developing in this blog.  There are several websites and authors who examine the influence of astrology on investments and economic cycles, (see Merriman Market Analysis) but the application of astrology specifically to business seems like uncharted territory.  So I will define it as the study of how the natural cycles of the universe affect business affairs

In this series on the basics of business astrology, I’ll examine the various planets and zodiac signs from the point of view of how they might manifest in a person’s business life and career and also in a business itself.

Let’s start with the planets.

The first planet we’ll look at is not a planet at all, but the sun.  In order to understand why the sun is considered like a planet in astrology is to understand the concept of a geocentric universe.   (Geocentric:  having the earth as the center)

Astrologers consider the universe from a geocentric point of view.  It’s not that somehow we are lost in the Dark Ages and don’t know that Galileo proved that the planets revolve around the sun.  Yes, the sun is the center of the solar system, and it is afforded prime importance in astrology.  But there is something more important than the sun, and that is you.  It is your own individual consciousness that allows you to be aware of the sun, the planets, the solar system.  The human being, as an individual standing on the earth at a given place and time, is the center of his own reality, and it is this center and this reality that astrology addresses.  Not the beautiful, poetic, scientifically sound rotation of the planets around the sun, but the profound consciousness rooted in our bodies, perceiving reality from where we stand.

Our senses tell us that the sun, the moon, and the planets are in motion and we are stationary.  Astrology in modern times asks us to hold both points of view, the intellectual understanding that the earth and the planets (and we) revolve around the sun, and also allowing the reality of our senses, that the sun and planets, as well as all other phenomena revolve around us.

In astrological lexicon the Sun and the Moon are called planets.  In a geocentric universe, planets are the visible objects that wander across the sky.  In fact the word “planet” comes from the Greek word planasthai, which means to wander.  The Sun and Moon “wander” on the same general swath of the sky as most of the planets so they are nicknamed “planets”. 

Tomorrow we’ll begin looking at the “planet” Sun.