Astrology and religion: One world, One God, many names, many faces

Facts and Faith

Astrology was the foundation of all the ancient faiths: Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Zoroastrian, Mithraism, the Druids and the Norse gods… Astrology was also at the heart of the Mayan, Aztec and Inca religions in the Americas with the Sun as the supreme God.

It is not surprising to find the planets at the heart of the ancient world religions of today: Judaism and Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and the Tao. It would be strange if it were not so.

Yahweh (Jehovah) and Allah, the Merciful and the Compassionate, are the names of God in Judaism and Islam. It is well recognised they refer to the same divinity as the Christian Father, the One God of the Old Testament, perhaps seen in different lights.

The favourite title of Allah, ‘the Merciful and Compassionate,’ precisely defines the combined Sagittarian and Piscean character of Jupiter, particularly on the Tree of Life where Jupiter’s Sagittarian Sephira, or Shining One, is called Hesed, Mercy. The Piscean nature of Compassion is in little doubt among astrologers.

The famous sacred Tetragrammaton, Yod-He-Vau-He, which spells the name of Yahweh, comprises four letters from the higher triad which centres on Jupiter’s throne at Mercy.

These Gods, this indefinable divine Spirit, should not be confused with the everyday astrological spirit of Jupiter. The mundane may mirror the divine but the divine is of a different, higher order. The Kabbalah is quite explicit about these ascending metaphysical levels, finally attaining the divine. These ascending Spirits.

The characters of the eight principal Hindu Gods fit the characters of the eight principal Sephiroth, or Shining Ones, of the Tree of Life. There are some remarkable similarities between the Birth stories of Krishna and Christ. Ganesh, the expansive and beneficent elephant God who represents the divine Spirit of Jupiter in India, is translated as Lord of Hosts, one of Jehovah’s favourite titles.

Buddhism dogmatically denies any external deities but in practice Tibetan Buddhism acknowledges a full pantheon. Tibetan Buddhism also recognises the four astrological elements, earth, air, fire and water, at its very heart.

More graphic evidence of the Tradition of the Tree of Life can be seen in the image of Avalokitesvara, the God of Compassion, which reproduces the central column of the Tree. Several elements in the story of the Buddha strongly echo the Tradition of the Tree, particularly his ascension to the top of the Bodhi Tree when he attained Enlightenment. The top or Crown of the Tree of Life, the Shining One of Neptune, is the favourite throne of the Lords of the past age of Pisces, Christ, Krishna and Buddha.

Perhaps the clearest evidence of the worldwide knowledge of the Tree of Life can be found in the most far-flung and unexpected quarter. The eight tri-grams of the Tao date back over three thousand years and are used for oracles, divination, for a faith which has temples of the ancestors rather than the gods, though the Tao does recognise a Supreme Unity, Supreme Spirit, or God.

The eight tri-grams are traditionally placed on a wheel representing the eight directions. In this arrangement their different elemental characters relate extremely closely to the zodiac characters of the major planets in the corresponding positions on the Tree. An astonishingly precise reproduction of the Tree of Life.