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Planetary Oracles (2013).

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Planetary Oracles (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

People of many nations and civilizations have believed for millennia that human destiny is determined by the movements of planets and stars. Astrology formalized these beliefs. It created a system that married the calendar  with the motion of celestial bodies.  The sun, the moon, and the planets each received the attributes of a different god, which were believed to shape, in varied ways, the character and life prospects of  someone born at a time said to be influenced by that god or other gods. Organized religions regarded astrology often with mingled acceptance and suspicion.

In the last four centuries, scientific research led to greater skepticism about casting horoscopes. Those versed in the uses of evidence and logic deemed astrology a superstition. However, many continue to believe in luck and foretold fates, finding that these (in an emotional sense) fill the gaps left by science’s inability to predict the future.

Some have proposed that astrology functions for reasons different than its traditions suggest. The sun, moon, and planets are claimed to operate like the hands and dial of an exquisitely complicated timepiece; instead of being influences themselves, they only indicate the operation of other forces. It is proposed that souls seeking to come into the world as living beings, choose the exact date, time, and location of their birth, and that these specific conjunctions of time and space communicate the characters and destinies of those beings. Thus, the movements of the planets comprise a vast celestial clock, which registers these births. The clock does not cause such events; it simply records them.

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(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)
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Rhonda Albom December 17, 2013, 3:46 am

Love your art, as always. I don’t take most of the planet readings too seriously. I love your last line about the clock.

Eric Edelman December 17, 2013, 4:58 am

Thanks very much, Rhonda! I appreciate your kind words and your thoughtful comment.

stevebethere December 17, 2013, 5:24 am

Fantastic as usual Eric nice post 🙂

Have a good week ahead 🙂

Eric Edelman December 17, 2013, 7:42 pm

Thanks very much, Steve…hope you have a great week as well!

Jay @craftyspices December 17, 2013, 6:55 am

Very interesting art work. And recording events is what it is all about.
Have a lovely day!

Eric Edelman December 17, 2013, 7:44 pm

Thank you very much, Jay! Have a great rest of WW!

Diana @ Toronto Teacher Mom December 17, 2013, 7:03 am

Interesting collage. Looks like the planets will be in alignment shortly.

Eric Edelman December 17, 2013, 7:50 pm

Thanks very much, Diana…I hope so!

Mystery Case December 17, 2013, 10:38 am

Love the image! I’m failing rather badly at being wordless this week.

Eric Edelman December 18, 2013, 12:26 am

Thanks! I don’t think you’re failing at all…just change “Wordless” to “Wordy” and you’re a winner! 😀

Joyce December 17, 2013, 9:31 pm

Beautiful artwork.

Eric Edelman December 18, 2013, 12:25 am

Thank you very much, Joyce!

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