Humans have always viewed the heavens with awe, sensing the vastness of space and the power of creation and perhaps even something of their own origins. We all have a close relationship with the universe and when the truth of astrology reveals itself, there is an even deeper sense that we are all part of something bigger.
The word astrology means logos or the language of the stars. Astronomy, the more academically respected science means a measurement of the stars. The main contention surrounding the belief in astrology is how planets far away can exert any influence over human life. When Kepler suggested the tides were caused by the Moon, some dismissed the suggestion as occult fancy because there was no imaginable mechanism that could explain action at a distance.
“The effect of the Moon is familiar to us in its pull on the tides and as it coincides with the menstrual periods of women. Science is slowly validating some old wives’ tales…Scientists now have instruments delicate enough to measure the tide in a cup of tea. It is ridiculous to assume that the water in human bodies is less sensitive to such a pull, or that the water rising and falling in the stems of plants is not affected. By Alice O.Howell – Jungian Symbolism in Astrology
Pythagoras is considered to be one of the first to use mathematics as a means of understanding the universe, and found it all to be immensely beautiful and not only a system of order. The philosopher came to the conclusion that the underlying reality of nature is based on numbers and this is something which exists at the root of astrology, which uses the precision of its geometrical movements.
In Ancient times, the physical universe was defined by the principles of the Greeks and it was thought that God had set the heavens in perfect and eternal motion; the heavenly bodies carried the known planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn). Our world made of the four elements (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water) was at the center. To most astrologers, there is profound depth, relevance, and meaning to this psychological art, and one only needs the willingness to experiment with it. It is generally thought by many students that astrological study opens the door to a greater sense of self-knowledge and also gives us a deeper capacity to understand others.
Beyond the Body
On a spiritual level, Edgar Cayce, known as the sleeping prophet, had visions of planetary spheres as homes for souls between Earth lives. In occult science the spheres are called astral planes and Mankind is bound up in a relationship to the solar system; we are all living out some kind of purpose and following some kind of design. The Earth is viewed as a meeting ground, where we all work on what we have learned in other lives. The great twentieth-century psychic, explains planetary vibrations by drawing parallels between the resonances one accumulates, absorbs and builds. The readings indicate that an individual must pass through all of the planetary spheres if spiritual progress is to be realized. Another article, The Hall of Charts, may also be of interest for further insights from the psychic realm and reveals the role of astrology in these unseen realms.
Primitive people worshiped the celestial bodies and assigned them mystical powers. The art of astrology is built on archetypes and studies the psychic unity of humankind. Its relationship with myth has been intertwined since its first emerging and these stories act out a symbolic portrayal of human patterns associated with feelings, conflicts, triumphs and fears. We all have similar psychic structures and goals, and we all share them as a virtue of being human. Far from diminishing our uniqueness as individuals, we can have a deeper appreciation of all types of people and work out variations of great complexity on similar archetypal themes.
Hand of Fate
On astrology and fate, as there is always a discussion of destiny and free-will in any astrological discussion. In the larger sense, perhaps it would seem events influence people and people influence events. Human behavior is often a series of action and reactions, and we all need to understand our personality and those of others. Astrology is the mother of behavior explanation, and everything in the world has a birth chart. As human beings, we have a capacity for self-recognition, and also self-reflection. In some respects, astrology is what we are wired to expect in life and we all have different ways of expression.
Subliminal: How Your Subconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior
One of the main contentions with astrology is the belief that we must act out our preordained roles, but we are only learning to come to grips with the psychological dynamics involved and unconscious complexes. The heavens cannot always be blamed and as many psychologists and astrologers state: character is fate, especially if we are ignorant of our own nature. Some astrologers consider their art to be occult, spiritual, psychological or an empirical science. Whatever the case, it is kind of magic, prophetic, and filled with mystery. Astrology has had its long history of attacks, some on rational grounds, religious or moral. However, it still holds immense appeal for those willing to be open-minded and explore the highly symbolic, intuitive, mathematical and enigmatic art of astrology.