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As Shepherds Watched the Stars by Night

Greetings and welcome back to our study and opinion of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma as we continue on with chapter 25, which is a very long chapter, yet very informative as we study the ancients astrological beliefs, which we find is pertinent to freemasonry today. As we begin, Pike explains thw means in which astrological signs are observed.And now, LET’S READ PIKE!It is to be noticed that when the Sun is in a particular constellation, no part of that constellation will be seen, except just before sunrise and just after sunset; and then only the edge of it: but the constellations opposite to it will be visible. When the Sun is in Taurus, for example, that is, when Taurus sets with the Sun,p. 453[paragraph continues] Scorpio rises as he sets, and continues visible throughout the night. And if Taurus rises and sets with the Sun to-day, he will, six months hence, rise at sunset and set at sunrise; for the stars thus gain on the Sun two hours a month.Going back to the time when, watched…

In Taurus Some Trusted

Greetings Everyone and welcome back to our study of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma as we continue Chapter 25.This time we will read Pike’s description regarding the ancients observations of cause and effect in relation to our own, and also we will read how these observations caused many ancient civilations to look to Taurus as a god.And now, LET’S READ PIKE!Perhaps we are not, on the whole, much wiser than those simple men of the old time. For what do we know of effect and cause, except that one thing regularly or habitually follows another?So, because the heliacal rising of Sirius preceded the rising of the Nile, it was deemed to cause it; and other stars were in like manner held to cause extreme heat, bitter cold, and watery storm.A religious reverence for the zodiacal Bull [TAURUS] appears, from a very early period, to have been pretty general, perhaps it was universal, throughout Asia; from that chain or region of Caucasus to which it gave name; and which is still known under the …