When we realized we would have a day in Sacramento, we contacted Brian Gray to see if we could meet him. We felt so encouraged by his response and his words of support for the work that we are doing. He invited us to sit in on a class, so we visited his course of the Human Being and the Stars. As we have taken our journey, we have felt called to strengthen our understanding of the starry world and its relationship to humanity. It was wonderful to experience Brian’s teaching and to see the group who had come to learn from him. The room was full with about 30 students enrolled!
Brian described the zodiac as twelve colonies of beings. We knew before we arrived that Brian focuses on the sidereal zodiac rather than the tropical, and we wanted to know how he had come to this perspective. He began answering just that question when we arrived. He said that it is as if the tropical zodiac is under a spell. Using it could be compared to calling your neighbor by another name. It is missing the spirit by staying in a fixed realm of personality. How can we see that things are not as they seem in the tropical zodiac? “Go outside and look.” Brian encourages us to use our senses. Are we truly observant or relying on a static system that has been passed down to us? He had been practicing tropical astrology for 15 years when he went outside expecting to see one of the constellations in its tropical position. To his surprise, it wasn’t there. Hence the call to believe your own eyes and not what another man tells you. The sidereal zodiac takes into account the precession of the equinox, in which the equinox point moves back one degree every 72 years.
Each student was offered a drawing that depicted the dates of the sun’s entry into the twelve sidereal constellations of the zodiac. By this estimation, many people have a sun sign that is a constellation off from that which they have long assumed. During the class, we all moved over to the eurythmy hall where we arranged ourselves in a circle according to birthday, grouped by sun sign. As it turned out, Elizabeth was the lone Aries in the room (considered Taurus by tropical dates). Dottie was paired with another Scorpio who quickly took her by the arm like a sister. Her sign was different as well, as she falls into the dates of Sagittarius in the tropical zodiac.
There were many words of wisdom that we gathered from our time with Brian. He shared the statement from Francis Edmunds that “destiny lives in your feet.” He also traced the connection between the constellations of the zodiac and the spiritual hierarchies as well as aspects of the physical body. In this picture, the human being is considered one of the hierarchies as humanity is where the spiritual world touches the earth. In the word “consider,” we have the etymology of “to be with the stars.” Brian spoke of Copernicus as a man of God and the first revolutionary: “Revolution”ary. With flexibility of thinking, Brian suggested that there could still be unheard of ways of conceiving of planetary relationships.
We had hoped to be able to spend more time with Brian, but it was rather late by the time class ended. We discussed the possibility of visiting with him again in December, and he was open to continuing the conversation. We are grateful to him for welcoming us so warmly, and he has offered us many seeds for our journey.