Learning @ La Biblioteca
The Twin Pillars of Astrology: Empirical and Anecdotal
By Michael Zizis
Astrology is a journey into the deep truth of ourselves. Life is full of questions that are not easy to answer. The answers are different for each of us, because they depend on our individual needs and gifts. Astrology can guide us in transforming crisis into opportunity. It can reveal inner harmonies that smooth the path to success.
Lecture: The Twin Pillars of Astrology: Empirical and Anecdotal. Astrology Semina. Tue, Feb 21, 4pm. Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Free Entry
In this lecture, internationally-known Canadian astrologer, Michael Zizis, will reveal the amazing heart-felt relevance of the light of the stars. Only knowledge and experience confer freedom. And the universe is both alive and intelligent.
So is astrology science or superstition? The human meaning of the light of the stars is neither. This practice can best be described as an organizing principle. The Oxford English Dictionary says that scientific method is: “a method or procedure consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.” Astrology began (as far as we know) when nomadic pastoralists got off their ponies, and noticed that crops seemed to grow better under the first 14 days of the waxing moon. If a crop was seeded when the moon’s light was decaying, the crops were sickly, they failed, and the village starved. This method of planting by the moon is still carried on today.
Astrology is a language. Stop signs and red lights symbolize that a motorist must come to a stop. It would be ridiculous if I measured the stop sign’s electromagnetic properties and the amount of
unobtainium contained within and claimed that these caused a vehicle to stop.
The stop sign is a coded symbol signifying a certain action by the driver. Astrology works in these same archetypes. The planets don’t cause anything. But astrology’s subtle, complex, and eloquent coded language of symbols testifies that now is the time for something to happen, or fail to happen, to be born, or to die. We are all born with these or those inherent qualities. We are thrown into life’s
seeming chaotic mix of joy, sorrow, gain, loss, and ennui. And out of this crazy soup, astrology tells us – if we wish to listen – that our lives have meaning, and purpose.
Cañada de la Virgen
By Robyn Halliday
Thousands of pyramids were built by the cultures of ancient Mesoamerica from about 1000 BC to the time of the Spanish conquest of 1521 AD. Mesoamerica is an area that extends from northern Central America to central Mexico. San Miguel de Allende is just outside of the northern boundary of Mesoamerica and it has an archeological area, Cañada de la Virgen, after a local river by that name. A “cañada” is a ravine, a gorge, and the surrounding landscape has plenty of them. Is San Miguel’s pyramid worth visiting? Absolutely, yes!
Lecture: San Miguel’s Pyramid: Cañada de la Virgen. Wed, Feb 22, 3pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50a. Donations 60 pesos
Our local pyramid is part of a long tradition that was of paramount religious and political importance to all of Mesoamerica’s great cultures: Olmec, Maya, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Toltec, and Aztec, to mention just the best known. How San Miguel’s pyramid relates to this tradition is the subject of a lecture by San Miguel resident and Biblioteca lecturer on PreHispanic history, Prof. Guillermo Méndez.
Mineral de Pozos
By Robert de Gast
Mineral de Pozos, an abandoned mining center northeast of San Miguel, is less than an hour’s drive from our fair city, but for residents and visitors to San Miguel without a car (or a guide) it is a three-hour, four-bus expedition, a difficult and demanding enterprise. But one can experience Pozos vicariously with a slide show and talk called “The Romance of Ruins: A Visit to Pozos.”
Lecture: Mineral de Pozos w/Robert de Gast. Tue, Feb 21, 5pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donations 70 pesos
Long-time San Miguel resident Robert de Gast will present a one-hour talk and show his photographs of Pozos in the Teatro Santa Ana at the Biblioteca.
The town and its myriad of abandoned buildings lie at an elevation of 7,500 feet. Once heavily forested, the area now is almost totally denuded. Jesuits taught the Indians European methods of ore extraction, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that large-scale operations began, with British investors dominating the various mining companies. One of the largest companies, Cinco Señores, was organized in 1888. Three huge smelting ovens, dating from 1597, survive in the Santa Brigida area. Most other buildings date from the late 19th century, during the reign of the dictator Porfirio Díaz (the city, then with a population of perhaps 40,000, was briefly renamed Ciudad Porfirio Díaz). It was declared a Historic Monuments Zone in 1982.
For a long time Pozos was wealthy with mining operations yielding silver, gold, copper, lead, mercury, and other metals, but after the Revolution the town was virtually abandoned and mining was suspended due to a lack of manpower, capital, and spare parts for the mining machinery. The mines flooded and mining was never resumed. There are hundreds of abandoned buildings, most in ruins, and many open, unguarded mine shafts. The mining areas are not a place for children.
Today fewer than 1,000 people live in Pozos. In the last couple of years, however, a number of foreigners have begun new businesses: there are two bed-and- breakfast hotels, two restaurants, and several art galleries and studios. Still, the overall sense of the place is one of utter abandonment.
Robert de Gast is a photographer and the author of ten books, including, most recently, The World of San Miguel: An Uncommon Guide. He is a frequent and enthusiastic visitor to Pozos.
The power of intention
By Tomas Kasche
Have you ever asked yourself the questions what is my purpose in life? Why am I here?
Is there something I am supposed to be doing, that I am not already doing?
Video lecture: The Power of Intention . Tue, Feb 21, 7:30pm. Sala Quetzal, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Donation 60 pesos
The video is a copy of a live NPB television broadcast fund raiser event, from Boston, 10 years ago, Best selling author and lecturer, Dr. Wayne Dyer presents a powerful presentation of his understanding of The Law of Attraction. He does a very convincing job of proving that you are so much more than the egocentric self that you believe you are. He brings in quotes from Max Plank, Nobel prize winning scientist in physics, to prove to you that the bigger part of you is a vibrational energy being connected to a Source that is the power that created our universe. He shows you what your Source looks like and sounds like and what you need to do to remove the resistance that is clogging your channel that connects you to this universal source of love and well-being.
This video created a pathway for me that has shown me what my calling is, and my purpose for being. Perhaps it is a pathway for you to help you find your calling and purpose.
Presented by Easy is Right, the Practice of Deliberate Creation Seminars.