Looking for the lost secret of Astrology and Chess
Is Chess a Divine Game?
There are some evident correlations between the game of chess and the astrology which lead us to the conclusion that the Chess is a game inspired by the Universal Laws, maybe by the planetary movement.
Is Chess another kind of Astrology?
In Chess we have a board divided in 8 columns and 8 rows, in Astrology we use
the zodiacal circle divided in 12 signs.
In Chess we have 6 symbols, the pieces (King, Queen, Bishop, Knight, Rook, Pawn), in Astrology we have 7 symbols, the 7 traditional planets, (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn).
There are rules for the movement of these symbols and each has a specific value or interpretation.
The Art of the Player of Chess is to thoroughly study and understand the network of influences and forces on the chessboard, then to elaborate a strategy that will lead him/her to the defeat of the opponent.
The Art of the Astrologer is to thoroughly study and understand the network of influences in the astrological chart, then to elaborate an overall conclusion of it.
So far we seem to have only some general rules that apply to most board games.
Looking deeper into this, one may notice some striking correlations.
There are some strong pieces-planets correlations.
The King is obviously correlated with the Sun. When the King is besieged and
captured (checkmate) the game is over.
The Queen is correlated with the Moon in astrology. The Moon moves quickest of all planets, so does the Queen on the chessboard. In horary and electional (traditional astrology) the Moon is the most important planet to be considered. So is the Queen in Chess.
The Pawns are like children, which are traditionally ruled by the Moon. When they grow old, that is, when they reach the other end of the chessboard, they become Queens. Therefore the Pawns are also correlated with Moon.
The Bishops are obviously correlated with Jupiter, since Jupiter rules the religion and the religious persons. However, as the Bishops move always diagonally and there is the planet Mars whose glyph or symbol is a circle with an arrow coming out of it in an oblique direction, this is why the Bishops can also be associated functionally with Mars. So, the Bishops' nature is Jupiter/Mars.
The Rooks are also called Castles, therefore are associated with Saturn. But since they move only horizontally or vertically. As the ideogram of Venus is a formed of a circle with a cross below it, we may say that the Rooks are functionally associated with Venus. So, the Rooks' nature is Saturn/Venus.
The Knights are also called Horses, and they move atypically by jumping over other pieces, much like flying. Therefore, the Knights may be associated with Mercury, the Roman name of Hermes, the messenger god, with winged sandals.
The astrological development of the game of Chess
I'll present next the correlations between the twelve astrological houses of an astrology chart and the development of a game of chess.
The traditional "joys of the planets" are a particularly helpful concept here. It refers to the house where a planet enjoys itself, its energy being really appropriate and useful there. The astrological tradition considers that Mercury has its joy in the 1st house, the Moon in the 3rd house, Venus in the 5th house, Mars in the 6th house, the Sun in the 9th house, Jupiter in the 11th house and Saturn in the 12th house.
The 1st house is associated with the beginning of the game. The players move the first pieces. At this stage, the Knights are very important as they jump over the Pawns and can attack the opponent's Pawns. Mercury (the Knights) has its joy in the 1st house.
The 2nd house is associated with the next stage of the game, the development of the pieces, the building of a structure of defense.
The 3rd house is associated with the construction of a line of advanced Pawns (associated with the Moon), communicating and defending one another. At this stage the Pawns are really important. The Moon has its joy in the 3rd house.
The 4th house is associated with the castling. The King is put behind a wall of Pawns, in a safe place. The first part of a regular chess game is over.
The 5th house is associated with thinking of a strategy of action; here the creativity of the player is put to trial. The main issue now is to strengthen one's position in order to impress the adversary. The Rook (Venus) enters the game for the first time, as it got out of the chessboard corner through the castling. Venus has its joy in the 5th house.
The 6th house is associated with a stage of preparations. Once the overall strategy has been established in the previous stage, it is now the time to put it into practice, first by apparently innocent moves. In the same time, one must be attentive to speculate any bad move of the opponent, while trying to fix any weak points in the defense. The Knights (Mars) should be used to control the diagonals. Mars has its joy in the 6th house.
The 7th house is associated with the attack, with the overt challenge. It is the first house over the horizon and from now on the game will be played openly. The real war begins.
The 8th house is associated with traps and pitfalls, the most dangerous stage of the game, when the attack may fail and this would lead to a decisive counterattack. If the attack is successful, the opponent's defense line will be broken and some of his pieces captured: the 8th house is the turned 2nd house (pieces) from the 7th house (opponent).
The 9th house is associated with important steps toward victory. Once the defense line of the opponent has been broken, at this stage the King (Sun) may be threatened, by check. The Sun has its joy in the 9th house.
The 10th house is the stage when the player is already leading and now has to plan the next steps to make toward victory.
The 11th house is associated with the final stage of the game, when the final plan is put into practice. After both sides have captured many pieces, the Knights (Jupiter) have now plenty of space to run across the chessboard. Jupiter has its joy in the 11th house.
The 12th house is associated with the end of the game. The Rooks (Saturn) are supporting from behind the Pawns to advance and transform into Queens, which will checkmate the adversary's King and bring the victory. Saturn has its joy in the 12th house.
This is an astrological overview of the game of chess.
The astrological chart for the start of the chess game may be treated either as an event chart or as an electional chart, in the rare cases, when the chess game is scheduled to a favorable astrological moment on purpose.
I'd consider the 1st house to represent the player that makes the first move in the game, the one with the white pieces, while the opponent, the player with the black pieces, will be represented in the 7th house.
At this moment, I'm still studying this issue, considering the planet and
pieces correlations as well as the astrological houses - chess game stages,
If you'd like to share your thoughts on this, please contact me.