Saturday, January 23, 2010

Multiple Intelligence, Planetary Archetypes

Existential intelligence, a concern with 'ultimate issues'. (Conceptual Intelligence (identity/ego-regard within) ie., Mammon - an AI (Artificial Intelligence)) -- (0-n3) SOL Existential - the Human Spirit: Nature-Nurture Template - the Core Being | Influence(s) (internal/external - the light/darkness(occulsion) within) -- The Sun (Gold) represents the masculine principle and expresses itself as vitality and will, the power drive par excellence. It is symbolic of vitality and determination. It rules the sign Leo.

Intrapersonal intelligence entails the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one's feelings, fears and motivations. In Howard Gardner's view it involves having an effective working model of ourselves, and to be able to use such information to regulate our lives -- (1-n2) Intra-personal - Sona, knowledge of self, EQ emotional intelligence (within), psychological balance, sexuality-sensuality, agape love (giving self) -- The Moon (Silver) represents the feminine principle and expresses itself as emotional and unconscious influence. It tends to reveal what the individual desires. It is the planet of imagination and fantasy. It rules the sign Cancer.

Linguistic intelligence involves sensitivity to spoken and written language, the ability to learn languages, and the capacity to use language to accomplish certain goals. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively use language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically; and language as a means to remember information. Writers, poets, lawyers and speakers are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high linguistic intelligence -- (2-n7) Language - polyglott, distinct and accurate speech, enunciation, applicable meaning-expression, emotional application, discernment (metaphor/analogy/code) -- Mercury (Mercury) represents the intellect shorn of emotionalism. It expresses itself in a desire to interpret, analyze, critically judge, and communicate knowledge. It rules Gemini and Virgo.

Musical intelligence involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns. It encompasses the capacity to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. According to Howard Gardner musical intelligence runs in an almost structural parallel to linguistic intelligence -- (3-n8,n6) Musical - performance ability, conductor, appreciation, composition, application, tonal comprehension - language of the emotions/living-loving expression, governance; Sabbath (Holy time, to depart from evil (disharmony); cleansing/washing; family and friends (relationships)) -- Venus (Copper) represents the ability to love. It represents itself through aestheticism, pleasure, feeling, and a sense of harmony. It is essentially a gentle planet, knowing no extremes. It rules Taurus and Libra.

Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence entails the potential of using one's whole body or parts of the body to solve problems. It is the ability to use mental abilities to coordinate bodily movements. Howard Gardner sees mental and physical activity as related -- (4-n1) Body-kinetic - dance, sports, athletics, gymnastic, dexterity, finess, fine-touch, physical expression/practise, physical motion/fluidity, mimicry, theatre/actor -- Mars (Iron) represents physical energy. It is a planet of action and expresses itself through impulsiveness, brutality, ruthlessness, courage, and determination. It rules Aries and Scorpio.

Interpersonal intelligence is concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people. It allows people to work effectively with others. Educators, salespeople, religious and political leaders and counsellors all need a well-developed interpersonal intelligence -- (5-n5) Inter-personal - Persona, EQ emotional intelligence (without), community, sociable, teamwork, expression: empathy, compassionate -- Jupiter (Tin) represents wisdom and understanding. It expresses itself through the agencies of ethics, law, religion, and philosophy. It rules Sagittarius and Pisces.

Logical-mathematical intelligence consists of the capacity to analyze problems logically, carry out mathematical operations, and investigate issues scientifically. In Howard Gardner's words, it entails the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking -- (6-n4) Mathematical-Logical - standard IQ test, scientific process, mathematics - conceptual, analytical, logical - perception, understanding, imprintation (memory emotion-etched) - intellectual balance -- Saturn (Lead) represents concentration and inhibition and for this reason is thought to be a planet of restriction or imprisonment. It expresses itself through anxiety and caution and constantly seeks to keep things under control. It is the planet associated with melancholy and death. Its one positive quality is the ability to persevere. It rules Capricorn and Aquarius.

Spatial intelligence involves the potential to recognize and use the patterns of wide space and more confined areas -- (7-n9) Spatial - architecture, artist, photographer, visionary, deep appreciation and recognition, planner, design/designer, storyteller, movie maker, anarcho-politico utopian comprehension, spiritual-emotion, thought beyond (imposed or boundary) limits, situational awareness -- Uranus has corulership over Aquarius and is the higher octave of Mercury. It is expressive of a cold superintelligence that demands absolute independence, allowing no restrictions of any sort.

Spiritual intelligence -- (8-n0,5) Spiritual - spirituality, religious impulse, belief, trust and faith (hope) in God, historian, humanist, communitarian, Mind-ing, God-ing -- Mammon (usurper) -- Neptune has corulership over Pisces and is the higher octave of Venus. This is the planet of pure fantasy and imagination. It expresses itself through extreme sensitivity, vagueness, and confusion. It is the planet of Mysticism.

Naturalist intelligence enables human beings to recognize, categorize and draw upon certain features of the environment. It 'combines a description of the core ability with a characterization of the role that many cultures value' -- (9-n11) Naturalist - environmentalist, natural empathy and recognition, sense of oneness, GAIA understanding, life as intelligence, God as life, caretaker, wonder; sense of the sacred, Chthonic understanding/Chthonian Advowson -- Pluto has control over Scorpio and is thought of as an exceedingly powerful planet. Its tendency is to tear things down for purposes either of renovation or of outright destruction. It is also called a higher octave of Mars, meaning that it contains the essence of the energies from which Mars derives its name.

... From the preceding eight criteria, Gardner (1983; 1999a) proposed and defined seven intelligences. Logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability to detect patterns, think logically, reason deductively and carry out mathematical operations. Linguistic intelligence involves the mastery of spoken and written language to express oneself or remember things. These first two forms of intelligence are typically the abilities that contribute to strong performance in traditional school environments and to producing high scores on most IQ measures or tests of achievement. Spatial intelligence involves the potential for recognizing and manipulating the patterns of both wide spaces such as those negotiated by pilots or navigators, and confined spaces such as those encountered by sculptors, architects or championship chess players. Musical intelligence consists of the capacity to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, rhythms, and patterns and to use them for performance or composition. Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence involves the use of parts of the body or the whole body to solve problems or create products. Athletes, dancers, surgeons and craftspeople are likely to have highly developed capacity in this area. The last two intelligences are the personal intelligences: interpersonal and intrapersonal. Interpersonal intelligence indicates a person's ability to recognize the intentions, feelings and motivations of others. People who possess and develop this quality are likely to work well with others and may choose fields like sales, teaching, counseling or politics in order to use them. Intrapersonal intelligence is described as the ability to understand oneself and use that information to regulate one's own life. According to Gardner each of these seven "intelligences" has a specific set of abilities that can be observed and measured (1999a, 1983). More recently, Gardner (1998) has nominated three additional candidate intelligences: Naturalist, Spiritual and Existential intelligence and evaluated them in the context of the eight criteria he established in his research and outlined earlier in this paper. He defines a naturalist as a person "who demonstrates expertise in recognition and classification of the numerous species - the flora and fauna - of her or his environment." (1998, p. 115). Gardner is comfortable with declaring that a Naturalist intelligence meets the criteria he set forth, however he is less sure about how to define and incorporate Spiritual and Existential intelligences.

... The final, and obvious, candidate for inclusion in Howard Gardner's list (11th Persona covering) is Moral intelligence. In his exploration, he begins by asking whether it is possible to delineate the 'moral domain'. He suggests that it is difficult to come to any consensual definition, but argues that it is possible to come to an understanding that takes exploration forward. Central to a moral domain, Howard Gardner suggests, 'is a concern with those rules, behaviours and attitudes that govern the sanctity of life - in particular, the sanctity of human life and, in many cases, the sanctity of any other living creatures and the world they inhabit' (ibid.: 70). If we accept the existence of a moral realm is it them possible to speak of moral intelligence? If it 'connotes the adoption of any specific moral code' then Howard Gardner does not find the term moral intelligence acceptable (ibid.: 75). Furthermore, he argues, researchers and writers have not as yet 'captured the essence of the moral domain as an instance of human intelligence' (ibid.: 76).

As I construe it, the central component in the moral realm or domain is a sense of personal agency and personal stake, a realization that one has an irreducible role with respect to other people and that one's behaviour towards others must reflect the results of contextualized analysis and the exercise of one's will.... The fulfillment of key roles certainly requires a range of human intelligences - including personal, linguistic, logical and perhaps existential - but it is fundamentally a statement about the kind of person that has developed to be. It is not, in itself, an intelligence. 'Morality' is then properly a statement about personality, individuality, will, character - and, in the happiest cases, about the highest realization of human nature. (ibid.: 77)

In Frames of Mind Howard Gardner treated the personal intelligences 'as a piece' (Intra-/Inter-). Because of their close association in most cultures, they are often linked together. However, he still argues that it makes sense to think of two forms of personal intelligence. Gardner claimed that the seven intelligences rarely operate independently. They are used at the same time and tend to complement each other as people develop skills or solve problems.

... In essence Howard Gardner argues that he was making two essential claims about multiple intelligences. That: The theory is an account of human cognition in its fullness. The intelligences provided 'a new definition of human nature, cognitively speaking' (Gardner 1999: 44). Human beings are organisms who possess a basic set of intelligences. People have a unique blend of intelligences. Gardner argues that the big challenge facing the deployment of human resources 'is how to best take advantage of the uniqueness conferred on us as a species exhibiting several intelligences' (ibid.: 45). These intelligences, according to Howard Gardner, are amoral - they can be put to constructive or destructive use.

Outline based on: howard gardner, multiple intelligences and education article link


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