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The Midnight Sun – in Search of Astrology’s dark roots by Lisa Mendes

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Lisa Mendes argues that there is a symbolic connection between the angles and the solstices which is linked to the underworld journey of the Sun in both Egyptian and Mesopotamian cosmology and mythology. In this essay, the focus is on the winter solstice, which carries important significance with regard to the relationship between the Sun and the earth. Ancient links between the Sun and Saturn are also examined, and suggestions are made as to how this symbolism might enhance one's astrological understanding of the Sun's ingress into Capricorn.

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Lisa MendesLisa Mendes is a student of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, and has been privately pursuing her interest in astrology for the last 20 years. She recently graduated with a distinction from the MA Course in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent. Her current area of research is focused on the connection between solar and lunar phases, including eclipses and the solstices to cosmic geography, including sacred landscapes, cosmological maps and stone monument orientation; as well as the relationship of archaeoastronomy to both astrology and ancient initiation mysteries. You can read more articles written by her on astrology and related topics at as well as her blog:

The article made available for download is copyrighted to Lisa Mendes and is offered here, with her permission, for private and non-commercial use only. It may not be reproduced further without her specific agreement. Published online December 2009.