A ritual is the genesis of astrology. The act of looking into the night sky and recording the visible stars and planets on a regular basis was its creation ritual.
The paraphrase – As above, so below – made popular by the New Age, expresses the philosophy of astrology. The solar system’s activities are the projection from above of the life system within humans below.
The communication between the heavens and the humans is energetic. The capture of intention is through feeling and symbolism.
The communication between is Earthly human self and our heavenly spirit self happens through ritual. Ritual carries the feeling and symbolism from the physical plane into the spiritual plane.
Some of the most potent components in a ritual are geometric shapes, such as a sphere, a cube, a tetrahedron, a pyramid or an octahedron. These shapes represent the elements and the Universe.
The relationships of the luminaries (Sun and Moon) and planets in an astrological chart is most easily understood through the geometric aspects between them which are labeled as a sextile, square, trine, quincunx and opposition.
A ritual can incorporate words, such as an affirmation or a proclamation, but many do not. They rely upon the feeling or inspirational thoughts that the ritual generates. Those feelings and thoughts bring about a physiological change within us. Many people believe that vibrational change can be measured as a higher frequency.
Zodiacal rituals tend to incorporate objects and actions that connect us to the elements of fire, air, earth and water.
Our own breath lends the catalyst of spirit.
Fire can be present as a candle’s flame, the color flash in a gemstone such as Labradorite or Opal, colorful autumn leaves, tobacco, a wooden rod or branch that serves as a wand, a triangle pointing up, a pyramid, the colors yellow, orange and red, a circle with a dot in the center of it, the mythical Phoenix bird, a sparkler, a lantern, wand tarot cards, the Sun, an image or object of a fire-breathing dragon, an image or object of a salamander, and a bright orange rose blossom.
Air can be present as the sound of chimes, a chant, an image of a bird in flight, the smoke from lit incense, blowing on a dandelion, blowing bubbles, playing a flute or other wind instrument, drumming, Flying Wish Paper, a sail, a triangle pointing up like the one for fire except the one for air has a horizontal line running through it halfway up, side-to-side, a fan, a wand, a picture of a hummingbird, a picture of a bee, a butterfly or moth wing, a rainbow, reeds, sword tarot cards, diffused essential oils, pastel colors, an arrow, a sword, looking at the sky, observing clouds and a feather.
Earth can be present as crystals, minerals, sand, clay, a circle of pebbles, soil, herbs, tea leaves, fruit, a triangle pointing down with a horizontal line running through it halfway down, side-to-side, a square, a cube, fossils, bones, coins, pentacle tarot cards, a wooden staff (cane), a potted plant, the colors green and brown, a drawing of a house, a drawing of a mountain, and root vegetables.
Water can be present as a cup or bowl of water, elixir or ice, the Moon, silver, a drawing of a wave, mist, steam, a triangle pointing down, shells, sea salt, a toy boat, an image or object of a fish, jellyfish, seaweed, turtle, seal, dolphin, whale or shark, lotus blossom, essential oil sprays, cup tarot cards, glass, a mirror, the colors blue and aqua, a dowsing rod, a moonstone and a bath.