Friday – August 19th, 2011 – Presented by the Astrological Society of Austin
Astrology, in one form or another, is central to virtually all traditional and archaic cultures prior to the modern west. Similarly, these cultures express themselves through myth and manifest a mythological perspective. It is only in the “scientific” modern west with its object oriented, literal minded perspective that astrology and myth are both debunked and seen as false “superstitions” that are just curious relics of a primitive and ignorant past.
But, perhaps astrology and mythology are judged as false only because the modern scientific perspective or paradigm is not adequate to the insights that they provide. They are both expressions of an archetypal perspective whereby myths and the planets are manifestations of more fundamental archetypes. Accordingly, myths are not just stories about the past. Rather, they are playing out at every moment and are manifesting through the movements of the stars and planets and the unfolding of our lives. From this more inclusive perspective or paradigm astrology is myth lived.
Fortunately, we do not have to look only to archaic cultures that have long perished to find astrology understood and practiced in accord with this archetypal perspective. This understanding of astrology as applied mythology has survived from the most ancient times to the present in the Vedic or Hindu tradition of India which is also the birth place of Buddhism. Here astrology and mythology are two sides of the same coin. They are both at the very heart of the Hindu tradition which, both through the ages and as a living tradition, provides insight into the very nature of myth and archetype and how they manifest. – LM
Friday August 19th
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LINDA MACKEY received her BA in Philosophy and PhD in Philosophy and Asian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. During the course of her studies, she began traveling to India in the mid 70’s for the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding and first-hand experience of the Vedic culture and spiritual tradition. While in India she studied Vedic Astrology with a traditional village Jyotishi (astrologer) where she studied both chart analysis and a system of horary astrology or astrological divination called Prasna that is practiced primarily in Kerala, South India.
Linda continued her studies with the Vedic Vidya Institute in California and with the Vedic Institute in Delhi where she became a Fellow of the Vedic Institute. More recently, she has continued her studies at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Pennsylvania with various teachers of vedic astrology from both India and the USA.
Currently, she lives in Austin where she teaches Philosophy and Religious Studies at Texas State University and Austin Community College and maintains an active Vedic Astrology practice. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 444-2554.