I just read "Astronomical Issues in Hellenistic Astrological Practice" by Robert H. Schmidt, and have purchased the Timaeus by Plato so I can begin to think about what I'm reading in "definitions" and listen to the accompanying audio guide.
There is a suggestion is there that there is an internal, (spiritually perceived), astronomical orrery that exists in a kind of "preestablished harmony" with the external flawed physical universe we observe. I also understand that between the ideal and the gross there is a kind of intermediary realm of mixed natures in some theories.
Is Robert Schmidt suggesting this internal astronomical orrery of meaningfullness exists in the world of ideal forms, the upper of two realms, or in some kind intermediary third world that acts as a fulcrum?
The essay suggests that he doesn't believe that one just looks at the book of nature enough to know what page to jump to in the book of Divine light, and then just make one's meditation "on the paragraph found on that page", if you follow my metaphor. He really seems to think that there is two modes of looking at a chart that have different specs reflecting different kinds of questions. And the tension between the two mechanisms, one physical and one's spiritual, doesn't seem explicit, ( by that I mean the text doesn't actually talk about them in a distinct way the way the Jewish Kabbalah talks about the spiritual nature of man and Adam Kadmon is being one the reflection of the other in explicit and parallel sense).
What I've heard of the audio CD seems to basically say "this is subtle and will probably never have the data to actually excavate this mechanism in an explicit way".
Has there been more thinking about the implications of a "disembodied" ideal astrology, going beyond just preferring the tropical zodiac but actually thinking about another realm in which there is a perfect system ?