The Ouranos Rite

The Ouranos Rite

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The seven classical planetary bodies can be used to represent the spectrum of psychology, according to the principle implicit in pagan thought that cosmology must embody psychology. Ouranos/Uranus, the eighth body, orbits outside the sphere of the classical planets and the god forms or thought-form attributed to them. Thus it forms an ideal symbol for that which encompasses all the gods within its orbit: the magical personality. It represents not the power of the magic itself, which is attributed to Pluto; but rather the desire to be a magician, and the personality required to live as one. Astronomically, this equates with the curious orbit of Ouranos which, with its polar axis tilted at an eccentric angle, almost on the plane of the ecliptic, symbolizes the antinomian character of the magician, ever delving into that which is weird, occult and perverse, to unlock its secrets. Ouranos can also be thought of as the dark side of the Sun. Whereas the classical bodies orbit the sun, the bright center of the human personality; Ouranos represents something darker, and perhaps devious, creeping round in the darkness outside of the normal.