Astrology is an ancient form of metaphysical study. It is a body of work bordering science and art because it takes both symbolic knowledge and intuitive sense of the interpreter. In my reading of people’s chart, I have a tendency to show people the higher state of potential indicated by their chart, especially in public reading, which does not allow the privacy of a one to one situation. I believe by bring to light a dormant/unconscious part of people’s psyche , people may be inspired to work on the possibility of higher manifestation/actualization, which of course, can take a whole life time to unfold.
But the reality is the chart is only a indication of some kind of framework of consciousness or a potential tendency towards certain traits. This evaluation cannot be taken in absolute terms. Astrology can be put to proper usage only when we put it into appropriate framework. I had explained some of those concepts in my past blogs: Astrology and Psychology. But to further expand the discussion, I am quoting excerpts from books written by famous astrologer/counselors for a more complete examination.
One of the top Astrologist of our time, Alan Oken, wrote in his book Complete Astrology: The Classic Guide to Modern Astrology, “The strongest proof of the validity of astrology is that it works perfectly well when put to the test within the limitations of its own structure. Those individuals who praise astrology’s strengths without seeing its weaknesses are almost as prejudiced to truth as those closed minded souls who refuse to give it any credence at all.”
“The natal horoscope must not be looked upon as the final answer to the questions of human destiny, behavior, or character… The beautify of astrology is that one can learn from one’s hang-ups and ease the difficulties of life if one works with the cycles of the heavens. In the same respect, a comprehension of the cosmic laws contained within the principles of astrology can make one’s potential talents and joys multiply.”
Another pioneer of psychological astrology, Stephen Arroyo, said in his book, Astrology Karma & Transformation: “My attitude toward my work at this time is difficult to express, I don’t identify with the term ‘psychologist’, nor do I identify with the label of ‘astrologer’. I see my work with clients as that of counselor, someone who points others in the direction of seeing the deeper meanings of their life experience, a function which I believe should be one of the primary purposes of any astrologer’s work. I see astrology as an incredibly valuable, awe-inspiring tool for helping one to live life and to understand life more fully, but it is not for me a religion or even a way of life. It is an individualized art and, just as our use of astrology can help others to perceive with sharpened clarity their individual uniqueness, creative capacities and growth potential, so it can help the practioner to discover in himself that essence of creative purpose which inevitably transcends all labels or professional pretensions.”
Arroyo continue to say that, “In a sense, the astrological counselor often functions as a medium, an antenna stretched out to the cosmos, attuned to dimensions of experience for which there are often no ready psychological terms, or, at times, even logical explanations. Hence, the ideals, values, purposes, motivations, and – in general – the purity of the channel have a great effect. This is more than any other reason, why the practice of astrology, at its best, is a completely individualized art which can never be computerized, dogmatized, or – perhaps surprisingly – taught in the way that other ‘subjects’ are taught.”
Robert Hand, the veteran astrologer of astrologers, put it this way in his book Horoscope Symbols: “All systems of divination, including astrology, really have the same purpose: to find where one is within one’s own universe. One can then get back in touch with the creative process of making one’s universe work. None of these techniques, be it palmistry, Tarot, numerology, astrology, or any other, should be used for telling what is going to happen to people as if they were only passive spectators in a universe beyond their control. If one forecasts events, one should make it clear that they will only result from energies that the individual is currently manifesting, should these energies go on to their logical conclusion without change.
In the same book, Robert also said, he inclined to think that genuinely enlightened teachers are indeed better sources of guidance than most astrologers. Because he believes that “If you are in touch with whatever you are doing and know your responsibility for what is happening (and are therefore operating from apposition of choice), you are going to be happier and more fulfilled than if you feel out of touch (and therefore constantly a victim of forces beyond your control). You will always be what you are in the deepest sense of that idea, but you may not be aware of what you are and of what should be done in life as a result.”
Robert also said, “Astrology and all other divinatory techniques require the active participation of the person being counseled, so that both client and counselor can apply the symbols of astrology or whatever system is being used to the individual’s own life.”
Finally I would like to use the following paragraph from Alan Oken to send to my reader the gift of Valentine: “Mankind is searching and finding its way Home – its link to the immortal and unifying substance out of which it is being created. The creation process is still occurring and people are discovering that we can and are co-creators in that eternal process. And if this trend toward a conscious co-creation of our individual and collective destines continues, can we dare to hope that humanity will be brought eventually to a peace-filled and soul-infused way of life? This is not only a hope; it is a very real possibility. The goal of all evolution is to bring about a greater Self-realized conscious unity of being, and that unity, that Beingness, is centered in Love. It is Love incarnate. This is the Secret of the Ages.”