Divination: Two Approaches
by Estelle Daniels
I am an astrologer, and I observed the types of astrology
Firenze teach (and
presumably practice) are two different types.
Trelawney's astrology is natal or
genethiliacal astrology. It consists of personal birthcharts and what will
happen when Mars and Saturn make an angle. As
Parvati said, it has to do with
individuals and their lives (OP27).
It's 95% of the popular astrology today, and 99% of the books you see today
contain something on this subject, as that's what sells books.
Firenze (and the rest of
the centaurs) practice
Mundane, or political astrology. This is much older and concerns countries,
regions, and the world in general. This is the astrology that Nostradamus
used in his predictions. It has little to do with individual personalities,
except when they rule (govern) countries or affect the world (like
You-Know-Who, and maybe
Harry). But the statements about the
world is between conflicts and Voldemort
will return and the rest and even the famous "Mars is bright tonight" are all
attributable to Mundane astrology.
Firenze's burning of
mallow root and the rest is
supporting mundane predictions with various forms of scrying. It's similar
to what the Ancient Greeks and Romans did. (And possibly the Chaldeans --
the original astrologers--but we don't know that much about their exact
Anyhow, comparing what
Trelawney do with astrology is like
comparing apples and tomatoes. They speak different astrological languages.
© 2003 Estelle Daniels