As I have been reading about sidereal astrology, I have been trying to work out the conceptual points of contact and divergence between it, tropical astrology, and the material in the Sefer Yetzirah (SY). These last few days, reading the SY, it has begun to come into view. What I am seeing in even a summary account of India’s astrological traditions suggests that the tropical/sidereal distinction doesn’t capture the conceptual ferment in astrological antiquity I am glimpsing through the SY.
Dumezil observed in Mitra-Varuna that one of the tricks with understanding the Roman relationship to broader Indo-European patterns was realizing that the Romans concealed most of their mythology in history. Instead of an account about the creation of the world, they would rather an account of the creation of the republic or the founding of a temple.
[A Story? Perhaps.]
So, okay, the triplicate order post describes a lynchpin of my personal work. If that sounds odd, well here things are going to get even more odd. The work with these spirits qua spirits began amorphously with a series of signs and rites, but has proceeded with increasing clarity to outline a network of potencies that seem entangled with my personal fate and destiny. As the work has unfolded, I can trace hints of it backward, through my early dabbling with magic and into my childhood. I can see it strange fictions I wrote, though inchoately and in odd formations.
I have talked about Dumezil broadly and here I just want to record some longer quotes about the two sorts of sovereignty under discussion in Mitra-Varuna.
If you read these in light of the previous two notebook posts, you probably have some idea of where I am going.