Understanding Astrology

Astrology represents an invaluable tool by which you may understand yourself. Your horoscope outlines who you are, your strengths an weakness, what you are attracted to and why. A horoscope will also help you understand your partner, friends and family. As a parent, knowledge of your child's horoscope helps you to appreciate their latent potential and guide their development.

How does Astrology Work?

Your horoscope, or astrological chart, represents a map of the heavens at your time of birth. Curiously, it also represents a map of your psyche. Astrology both describes and explains the personality.

jung.GIFHow this is possible remains a mystery. Astrology defies explanation. Modern science offers little insight in the workings of the astrology with one exception. In 1952, the Nobel Prize winning physicist, Wolfgang Pauli, and eminent Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, published a joint paper titled Synchronicity - An Acausal Connecting Principle.

The principle of Synchronicity asserts that two events, which coincide in time, may be connected in terms of their common meaning.  One does not cause the other. Rather they happen together and are bound only by their shared connotation.

But how are we to judge what is meaningful? There is no scientific instrument sensitive enough to make an objective assessment.All we have is ourselves. Given that we are unlikely to determine a mechanistic explanation for astrology, and that any connection between the planetary positions and life on earth is one of meaning, the study of astrology requires our subjective judgment.

Rather than one's thinking, astrology is best approached with a well developed feeling function. Perhaps this is why women tend to appreciate Astrology more often than men. Instead of asking "how could it possibly work?" we need to reflect on whether astrology's teachings are meaningful or not? Do the planetary positions mirror one's personality and the events of one's life? Generally speaking, those who have taken the time to explore their horoscope, quickly find that astrology embodies an uncanny truth. With your astrological report in hand, you will need to decide for yourself.

The Quest for Consciousness

The world in which we live seeks to discover and come to know itself. Inherent within the whole of life lays an evolutionary drive towards a greater and greater consciousness.

This quest for consciousness is especially apparent in our human capacity for self-awareness. Our consciousness, which we typically take for granted, represents the fruits of over a million years of evolution. Our human consciousness is a primary expression of the universe awakening to itself.In symbolic terms, the bible states that God made man in the image of himself. We were created to reflect the godhead back unto itself. With our self-reflective consciousness we act as a mirror for God and the whole of creation.

Yet we could be even more conscious, an even clearer mirror. In no way is our evolution complete. The universal quest for consciousness continues to work through us in such a way that our awareness is continually refined.Jung termed this inherent quest for consciousness the force of individuation. For Jung, individuation was the process by which one grows in awareness, fulfils one's potential and becomes whole.To willingly pursue one's process of individuation is to follow one's destiny. Just as the apple seed is destined to become an apple tree, and not an oak, the individual is destined to realise their unique potential.

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The Incarnation of the Gods

In studying the history of mythology, it is immediately apparent that the gods seek to incarnate. They seek to be made human, to be real on earth. Before the times of ancient Egypt and Greece, the gods appeared to take no interest in man. They were simply the spirits of the sky, the ocean or the forest.

In Greco-Roman mythology, however, there appears a marked change of attitude. As a reading of the Greek myths will attest, the gods took an active interest in the lives of mortals. Such heroes as Heracles and Jason as well as the beautiful Helen were said to of been born of a mortal woman but fathered by a god. With the coming of Christ, the bible tells us that God became man - the divine incarnation. Yet it did not stop there. In the age of chivalry and romantic love we began to see the god or goddess in each other. Now, in this modern age, the gods have been rediscovered as the archetypes of the collective unconscious.

No longer on top of Mount Olympus, the gods now exist within each of us.For example, the war god Mars may be recognised in our will. Mercury correlates with the function of our mind, Venus describes our powers of attraction and Saturn reflects our desire to control our environment.

American psychiatrist, Edward Edinger states that "God has fallen out of containment in religion and into the unconscious of man. He is incarnating. Our unconscious is in an uproar with God who wants to know and be known."

With the force of individuation behind them, the gods refuse to sit placidly within the depths of our being. Dissatisfied in remaining unknown and unconscious, they seek to evolve - to become real, alive and embodied.

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Character and Destiny

Using our individual lives like stepping stones, the gods/archetypes push their way toward consciousness, finding their embodiment through who we are as well as our fate. The archetypes are reflected in our character as well as the very real events of our life.Ideally the gods find their expression through the development of our personality and awareness. As a conscious being we are more real than any event (which passes with time). Yet, if the conscious expression of the gods is thwarted for any reason, their activity drops down a level and manifests as the events of our life. They become our fate.

As a general rule, what we fail to meet within, we meet outside of ourselves as our fate. Such a fate, however, is designed to teach and to shape our awareness. In eastern mysticism, such fatefulness is known as karma. It is a lesson. The gods seek consciousness!

About Psychodynamic Astrology

There are various schools of astrology. Classical Astrology studies the expression of fate. By consulting  a classical astrologer, one may learn of what to expect. Alternatively, Humanistic Astrology studies the makeup of character. Here the astrologer will describe your personality.

While Psychodynamic Astrology recognises the value of both approaches, it transcends their duality through exploring the way in which our character and fate are two expressions of the one spectrum. Psychodynamic Astrology views one's fate as the unexpressed fullness of one's character. 'As above, so below' has become 'As within, so without'.

The Horoscope

Your horoscope reflects where you stand in relation to the gods, bringing to light the archetypal principles active in your life. In addition to describing your personality, it outlines how you may become, more fully, who you are.Your horoscope offers a valuable insight into your process of becoming. It speaks of what the gods wish of you. Think of it as guidebook for how you may honour your greater Self.




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