By Tikum Mbah Azonga
This paper is an adaptation of an earlier one I delivered on the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) North West Provincial Station in Bamenda on the 24th of October 2000. It was on the HIGHLAND MORNING SHOW presented by Grace Che Ngwafor in English, Louis Marie Begnet in French and me as the Bilingual Resoiurce Person. This paper was one of hundreds of papers I delivered either in Bamenda or the National Radio Station in Yaounde from 2002 to 2005.
Perhaps the best way of approaching the question is by uttering a loud and resounding “yes”. However, the explanation of the phenomenon is not as simplistic as that. That complexity no doubt finds its origin in the very supernatural nature of the greater being, that is to say, the holy one and the maker of both man and stars.
To put things in perspective, I should like to remind us that God’s world is perfectly known only to him in comparison to man‘s ignorance of what and who he is. In fact, the holy book tells us that God knows each of us by name; he can name each strand of hair on each individuals head. He alone knows how many stars there are and where they are and what they are doing. Regarding astrology, I must however point out that the influence it wields goes far beyond just the stars. That is why planets such as such. Neptune, Saturn, Mars etc and the natural part to play. In fact as far as the rift between God’s limitless and boundless knowledge and wisdom as apposed to our crass ignorance are concern, it would be better perhaps, to quote those scholars who have affirmed that our total knowledge ratio compared compared with that of God is less than 1:1 000 000 000. I f so, then how do we think we can understand as much as he how this universe works? Perhaps we ought to remember the answer President Ronald Reagan gave when asked once whether he believed in astrology. He simply said he did not think he knew enough about the subject to be able to tell whether he believed in it or not.
Knowledge of astrology can, no doubt, help us to know ourselves, family members, friends, colleagues, employees, students etc, better. Before I go any further I should like to state that astrology has two main areas, the first of which I will call the horoscope. Horoscope is the usual prediction we read in newspapers and hear analyzed over the radio. I am not interested in that aspect of astrology. However, do not run away with the impression that I am dismissing it. The other branch of astrology which has come to be my field of specialization is that which I call psycho-astrology. This branch deals with behaviors and relationships. It is handy when it comes to examining the questions of compatibility between people. You may not believe this but I made some money in London by acting as an astrological consultant, successfully putting my skills and expertise at he service of anyone who reported some deviance in behaviors, or those who complained that things had gone wrong between them. My prescription worked. And I got paid for the job.
God’s ways are many; in fact, some one once said God draws straight lines in a crooked way. Another said God speaks many languages, which of course include the languages of astrology. That is probably why an astrologer has described the discipline as “heavenly solutions to earthly problems.” Nonetheless, astrology as such constitutes only one of many disciplines that serve to tackle and solve societal problems. Some of the others are philosophy medicine, pharmacy, anthropology, archeology, geography, numerology, chemise, astrology, palmistry, and I-ching, to name those.
In the business of astrology, a discipline I have studied and researched on for many years, some of the daily realities are observance of the law and order and symmetry that govern every one of God’s creations. So, if God’s world including man who lives in it is such a perfect clockwork, then why do we doubt that some of his creations can equally affect others? Let’s take the sun as an example: although it is so far away form us, does it not warm us some times to the extent of burning our skin? The moon is equally distant from us, yet some times it shines so brightly that standing in the yard in our compound I have been able to read a book that in its light. Can we really explain the phenomenon, let alone create anything similar? We must not forget that it is God’s perfect symmetry that has worked things out so well that Bible says in an indisputable way that there is time for everything, a time to soul and a time to harvest. Even our parents who farm the land without having ever gone to school have mastered the precise time of the year to clear their farms, till them, sow, weed and harvest. Any messing up of the time of the activities would no doubt render the whole exercise futile and counterproductive.
Astrology does not, of course, influence human behavior to the exclusion of other factors such as dieting, religion, social background, for instance. Even so, the astrological trade mark of the individual usually stands out. So, of the twelve signs of the zodiac, one finds that the most fearless and impulsive is Aries. Leo and Sagittarius which together with Aries make up the triangle are similar n character. As a result, any two signs from the same triangle would get on very well with each other whether as friends or a matrimonial couple. Some famous fire sign are Hitler (Aries), Ephraim Banda Ghogomu (Aries), Bill Clinton (Leo), Fidel Castro (Leo), Napoleon Bonaparte (Leo), Peter Ngu Tayong (Leo), President Omar Bongo (Sagittarius), Jacques Chirac (Sagittarius), Peter Mafany Musoonge (Sagittarius), Louis Marie Begnet (Sagittarius) and Winston Churchill(Sagittarius).
After the fire element, the remaining elements are Air (Gemini, Aquarius and Libra), Earth (Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). Just like in the fire triangle, any tow members of any of the other three triangles above, that is to say,. Air, Earth and Water, would make ideal partners for each other. Some examples of the Earth element are Ahmadou Ahidjo (Virgo), Jesus Christ (Capricorn), Mary the Mother of Jesus (Virgo), Stalin of Russia (Taurus), Mendo Ze (Capricorn), to name those. By nature, the earth signs are rock solid, reliable, productive and successful. They hate lies and love the truth even if it is bitter.
As for the Air signs, examples include Paul Biya (Aquarius), Sadou Hayatou (Aquarius), Mahatma Gandhi (Libra) and Marilyn Monroe (Gemini. These three signs are generally not the best financial mangers. They are people who hate to see anyone suffer. Therefore when they find someone in need of something which they have, they can find no earthly reason not to give it. Matters of love are more of a duty to them than full time romance. A love relationship to them is first and foremost intellectual before being sexual.
The water signs: cancer, Scorpion and Pisces are the most emotional of the twelve signs. They are so sensitive that they are easily hurt. However, you many not always notice that they are hurt unless you are one of them. This is because they are very good at concealing their feelings. On this point they are the exact antithesis of the fire signs-Aries, Leo and Sagittarius who do not know how to hide their feelings. Love means a lot to a water sign. In fact, love is the very nucleus of this person’s being. That is why some of them never get round to mending their hearts when they are broken, unlike the earth signs –Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus – who are always very practical and methodical in whatever they do. Some water signs are Princess Diana (Cancer), Einstein (Pisces) and Ralph Awa (Scorpio).Dear reader; do any of the above descriptions apply to you? It is for you to decide.