"Let there be lights in the heaven and let them be for Signs..." - Genesis 1:14
It's almost Capricorn season, y'all.
Approximately 4000 years ago, many of the astrological signs and constellations were established, and they have affected our society to the modern day. Our ancestors were intimately connected with the stars, immersed by them at night, and observed them to monitor the rhythms of nature. They created the core of astrological symbolism which has since evolved.
Contrary to popular belief, astrology does not define you, nor does it describe fate or destiny. You are fundamentally free to make choices regarding your life. (However, the idea of your choices actually being "your" choices is a brain/psychology topic for another time... :-) ).
Many of the early Christian objections to astrology (that continue on to this day, whether people realize it or not) were based on this "misunderstanding" that Astrology robbed humans of their free-will. By studying primary and secondary sources of early Christianity, we are better able to understand how the dominant beliefs of our culture actually came to be. Early Christians responded to astrology in a variety of ways. Dr. Hegedus from the University of Toronto presents a comprehensive survey of different types of responses to astrology in early Christianity in Attitudes to astrology in early Christianity, a study based on selected sources.
Astrology can be seen as a framework to describe intangible energies that flow through our experience. Each of these energies are contained within an individual, but some are accentuated when a planet in one's chart falls into a particular sign (aka "constellation in the sky") at birth.
Astrology can help define rough, abstract themes that the individual has chosen within their own lives and can be used for the purposes of: self-reflection, insight, and becoming more intentional about who you want to be.
I am by no means an expert on Astrology, but I do like reading about it and seeing how close my natal chart describes my personality, my strengths, my weaknesses, and my ways of handling things. It actually can be kind of creepy how detailed and on point it is--makes you wonder about our Universe and everything that holds it together.
As someone who is really fascinated by the metaphysical, I love representing my sign whenever I can (even though there is a debate regarding if the zodiac signs are even correct to begin with. NASA has asserted that the signs have shifted. You can read an introduction to this topic HERE).
This Capricorn necklace was handcrafted by Jessie Dugan, a designer here in Houston. While living in NYC, she designed ready-to-wear at rag & bone, accessories at Henri Bendel and runway jewelry at Tory Burch. Now she's back in her hometown, Houston, creating pieces with intention to suit you and your life in our ever-changing world.
She's inspired by the elements, wellness trends (especially yoga), the rapid growth of technology, and her hometown, Jessie melds her designs into an offering of unparalleled casual luxury. From simple astrological charms to ornate one-of-a-kind statement pieces, Jessie’s intention remains consistent — design and develop meaningful products.
Have you ever had your natal chart done? Was it "accurate?" Would love to hear more! You can leave a comment below or connect with me on Instagram, @jackieboylhart!
I hope you have a wonderful day and Happy (almost) Capricorn season!