Building on the conversations around the Twelve Senses, various people (mainly materialists) had been asking me about causation within astrology and how it was possible that such remote objects as stars could have any physical effect on the body. I explained that my studies in genetics suggested that really the stars were acting as markers for internal processes within the DNA (zodiac signs + basic genetic rhythms I II III), a clock if you like, as opposed to actually ''causing'' anything persay. But the conversation proceeded to how as organisms we interact with our environment and I shared the idea that, depending on when we are born, we are children of the weather and the effect of that weather on the mood of the people around us i.e. Leos are Summer children and Aquarians are Winter children so they are socialised differently as people/society are behaving differently when their clocks are set.
I've been playing Life is Feudal: Forest Village recently, (as part of my shift from strategy games to management games due to changing business conditions and therefore different skills that need practising) and it demonstrates how our evolved background of survival in primitive conditions forces certain behaviour at certain times of the year:
- Aries - Individuals beginning to thaw from Winter, have energy to get outside and do stuff but before the sensuality of blooming spring, therefore can be quite '"Spartan''
- Taurus - Sensual, regarding the sights, smells, sounds and textures that suddenly flourish in Spring
- Gemini - Late Spring, Early Summer transition between the mania of Spring and the laziness of Summer
- Cancer - Summer storms, bottled up pressure suddenly released, relaxed afterwards while more pressure builds
- Leo - Lazy days of Summer explains the foundation of cat-like behaviour
- Virgo - Harvest
- Libra - Storage (figuring out how much we have of different foodstuffs, explains why they are so anal)
- Scorpio - Nights are getting long enough providing darkness for concealing Scorpion action...
- Sagittarius - Last (desperate) burst of energy, picking up the crumbs and last minute hunting before everyone is trapped by snowfall
- Capricorn - have we enough food to last for the Winter, if not I will eat you - seriously though there will be slaughter of something, goat or otherwise
- Aquarius - child trapped inside by Winter, has to use imagination/philosophy for fun way more than other children
- Pisces - still trapped inside by Winter, more dreamy because more generally exhausted by Winter, huddled with other people (shoaling for warmth)
These are a few sketchy notes (so my post doesn't drag on beyond the few paragraphs allowed by the contemporary reader) but the standard question in response to this (kind of) materialist explanation is the problem with the Southern Hemisphere to which my first answer is that the South has only been populated by people who would use Northern Astrology for a relatively short period of time and could be extremely faulty, the other answer would probably involve the genetics of the northern people who colonised there (although that is far from fleshed out). Obviously the best thing to do in this situation would be to use the astrological system of the actual people who live/lived in that area previously as they are way more likely to be accurate if astrology is most effective in a regional setting. I want to be clear though that this conversation was had with materialists and esoteric beginners and the above is a way to get yourself thinking about astrology and not my personal final position on the subject which would be more idealist than materialist (i.e. esoteric genetics where the twin helix of DNA is our gateway into the nature of time and consciousness itself).
A question that interests me now is whether or not we can associate the Twelve Senses with the Twelve Zodiac Signs in this way (as the Sefer Yetzirah does) - is there any reason why a sense of tone would marry itself to Aries, or a sense of smell would marry itself to Scorpio? Are these Twelve Senses a function of time itself?