Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 09:33:09 -0600
Subject: [Centaurs] TD10: Edmund Husserl

Husserl was the father of "Phenomenology" and is a very strong, influential figure in the history of Philosophy and of the social sciences in the 20th Century. The Encarta says:

<<Husserl's phenomenology had a great influence on a younger colleague at Freiburg, Martin Heidegger, who developed existential phenomenology, and Jean-Paul Sartre and French existentialism. Phenomenology remains one of the most vigorous tendencies in contemporary philosophy, and its impact has also been felt in theology, linguistics, psychology, and the social sciences.>>
He was born in Prossnitz, Moravia (now in the Czech Republic), on April 8, 1859. I will assume 12h GMT and use the sidereal zodiac:

       Sun = 25,21 Pisces
       Nessus = 24,56 Gemini
       TD10 = 26,04 Virgo

The Britannica says he died April 21, 1938, in Freiburg, but this date is probably wrong. All the sources I found in the Internet say he died April 26, 27, or even 28. If I use the 26th:

       death Sun = 11,43 Aries
       death TD10 = 12,51 Libra
       natal Mercury = 12,50 Aries
       natal Pluto = 13,50 Aries

Instead of the compulsive, obsessive, or self-absorbed introspection of Silvia Plath (conjunction), or the absence of it in Saint-Saens, Husserl seems to represent someone who thinks or reflects about it (opposition) and sees "reality" introspectively but detached (opposition) and exclusively as a phenomenon that presents itself to consciousness (opposition the Sun).

See for example the following explanation, in my opinion full of the meaning usually given to the opposition:

<<To the phenomenologist any object, although it has existence in time and space, achieves meaning or intelligibility through the active use of a consciousness in which the object registers. Phenomenology finds reality in the physical realm of awareness. To accomplish the analysis of the object as it registers in the consciousness, the phenomenologist suspends all presuppositions, inferences, or judgements about the object outside the consciousness.>>
This, I realize now, is my own view, that I was discussing here at the beginning of this year with Steve and others. Apparently, I am a phenomenologist...!
<<Phenomenological criticism sees the work of art as an aesthetic work, existing only in the mind of the perceiver. they tend to have little interest in the ontology of the aesthetic object...>> [same reference above]
Since it is not easy to explain in a few words the "lofty" nature of Phenomenology, please allow me to quote an explanation that I think is the best I found in the Internet, where an interesting comparison with Impressionism is made:
<<... everything which appears, every phenomenon, has been veiled, even before appearing, by all sorts of images, theories, interpretations, conventionalisms and trains of thought, cobwebs which prevent us from seeing that which appears. We can no longer see - that is the end of all those centuries of philosophy in which we have learnt so much.
<<Husserl sets out to see what no longer appears; rather like the Impressionists who left their studios and the beaten tracks of art and sought the real world, a world in which light plays with things. 'Zu den Sachen' - to the things - do not think, but look, this is the way in which phenomenology begins. Husserl does with words what the Impressionists and, later, the Expressionists, did with paint - he looks and he shows.
<<To look and then to describe minutely that which, cobwebs swept away, at last shows up again - for Husserl that was the task of philosophy, conceived as phenomenology. In looking and describing he was not interested in fortuities, what he sought to paint with words was the essence. The gist of phenomenology is what Husserl calls Wesensschau, an intuition of the essence of things. Those who mutter about Platonism have not understood what it is all about, for the world which Husserl looked at with astonishment - it is with astonishment that philosophy begins - is not the shadow of a realm of eternal ideas or essences, it is reality itself. And it is within this beautiful and terrible reality that the essence shows through.>> []
I think this is wonderful!

I cannot tell you for the moment what this all means regarding the nature of TD10, but technically, from the repetition of the same Sun/TD10 relationship at birth and at death, it is obvious that it has a lot to do with it. I have never found anything like this.



Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 14:33:34 -0600
Subject: [Centaurs] TD10: Edmund Husserl, 2

Husserl could be a good example of a positive way of dealing with TD10, at least from the point of view of his philosophy. I am not sure of his personality and personal life.

TD10 is in Husserl's chart (both birth and death, whatever the true time) the mediator of the Sun. The Sun reflects about itself, about being and consciousness, by projecting its qualities upon an object (opposition). TD10 stands for the phenomena, from which consciousness and being learn about themselves and about the world.

We (the Sun) are usually not really connected to what we experience directly, and deal instead with a world of pre-conceived notions and abstractions about the object we are experiencing, here represented by TD10. As a result of our cognitive habits, we end up alienated from Life. Instead of experiencing the richness of life (Sun), we experience the emptiness, the oppression of death and of loneliness.

One feature of TD10's orbital gesture surfaces here: it represents all the outer planets together from Saturn onwards, all the transneptunians, the Pluto's, the Neptune's, the sdo's, etc., and it confronts us (the more Solar world from Jupiter inwards) very directly and in a very concentrated, intensified way.

The opposition in this case makes a dialog between TD10 and the Sun more feasible than the conjunction. The opposition itself suggests the dialog, the relationship, the creative reciprocity between Man (Sun) and Life in its most universal, relentless, and unforgiving dimensions (the outer solar system).

Let's say that here (Sun) is the world of Man, there (the beyond, the dark, the unknown) is the world of the Gods, the "spiritual hierarchies", the forces that constitute and "shape" phenomena, the Life-World. TD10 brings the 2 worlds together at the level of Saturn. The result is the "rock formations".

The following is taken from my "Objective and Sujective" in the "Steiner" section of my site. I think it relates to Sun/TD10:

"How often do we confuse real knowledge with mere information. We tend to believe that we "know" because we have an intellectual grasp of something, or because we have a "theory" that explains something. We confuse the word with the thing, the make-believe of language with the real experience, the theoretical explanation based on "sound logic" and not in a confrontation with reality or truth...

"... we confuse translation between languages or codes with real knowledge. We believe that, because we code, we know.

"But we don't; riddles are riddles, shadows are shadows. I am a question and an answer, but the answer is not said by me. If I pretend to say it or know it, I am just a fool. So I offer my question and my shadows to the gods. But before the gods can receive them, they have to be the questions and the shadows of life, of man and woman (and animal, and plant...), of the light and the love and the pain of the world in me.

"Then they listen, they acknowledge, they receive and are grateful. And their gratefulness is my overflowing cup, my magic, invisible and charismatic. My non-answer that is in my voice and bestows life because it doesn't pretend anything and has the occult power to transform everything.

"If I offer my riddle, my question, my shadow to them, they pour their non-answer and light upon me, so that my shadow and my light live together in peace."


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