The Signature of Thought – Part one

Signatures of identifications
Signatures of identifications

Each and everything will have its own signature. The signature being the impression a thing has upon us. Or to put it another way, ” The signature of a thing is how we identify with it.”

Astrology has evolved a flexible structure to categorize the signature of things with.

The signature of a thing is usually a very subjective categorization, making it difficult to share a valuation for a thing. For instance, a plant with thorns and bitter berries surely is displaying signatures corresponding with Aires, while at the same time possessing healing virtues that are signatures of Jupiter, and perhaps a fragrance that is a signature of Venus. The overall signature of a thing will be depicted by its chief features, for everything will have in some amount each signature.

Applying Astrological signatures to things according to how we identify with them, as a simple ontological experiment, is the foundation of the Signature of All Things.

The Signature of Things is not a new premise. Around 1600 mystic Jacob Boehme expounds eloquently on the subject in, named appropriately, “The Signature of All Things.” The signature of plants for food and medicine are found often in scientific works well into the 19th century. Over the centuries various terms have been used for the term signature. Some are still in use today like “governance” and “rulership.” Invariably all are rooted in astrological associations to express the particularities of the thing in question. Off my bookshelf I have four titles worth suggesting.

  • Ptolemy – Tetrabilbos – this second century work gives a peak into the distant past. Signatures were used to classify all things for a very long time apparently. It is a short but fun read. This work makes it to Europe by 1100 or so.
  • The Signature of All Things – Jacob Boehme – In 1650 Boehme had printed this beautifully written book that describes the signature of all things form the view of a Christian mystic. A man worth reading a bit of and learning a bit about, Jacob Boehme is not the average mystic of his time.
  • The Christian astrologer – William Lilly – William Lilly was a peer of Jacob Boehme, their two works published just a few years apart. Lilly less a mystic and more an astrologer discusses many signatures in his works as he teaches astrology. A wonderful book which is surely the bedrock upon which all of Western Astrology is founded.
  • Culpepper’s Complete Herbal and English Physician – Nicholas Culpepper – A classic text, this encyclopedia of herbal usages for plants from 1826 more often than not has the “governance,” of each plant specified. The art is beautiful another wonderful book to own.

As scientific method took hold using the signature of things to describe anything became pseudoscience. Scientific method does not have a measurement for the feeling of the interaction with the object observed. It may measure an object in space and time, but one cannot verify the object’s impression on the observer. Mystics and physicists alike are still tangling with this conundrum.

Each and everything will have its own signature. The signature being the impression a thing has upon us. Or to put it another way, ” The signature of a thing is how we identify with it.”

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