ASTROLOGY: a whole lot more than you
by: Monica J.
everyone is familiar with the daily horoscopes printed on the comic pages of the daily
newspaper. Each of the twelve signs of the zodiac are there with a sentence or two
describing the kind of day it will be for a particular person born with the sun in Aries,
Gemini, Capricorn, etc... Unfortunately, this kind of astrology is all that most people
are ever exposed to in their lifetimes. That's like saying "I'm from
Pennsylvania" to someone who has never been to Pennsylvania and has only heard that
it is a place where the Amish people live. While it's true that most of the Amish have
settled in Pennsylvania, there are many other characteristics associated with Pennsylvania
that distinguish it from other states.
In much the same way,
Astrology is a very misunderstood field of study. Combining certain elements of science,
art and intuition, it is a language making use of symbols which help us to expand our
knowledge of the universe and our capacity to understand ourselves in relationship to it.
Symbols embody the collective human experience. We come into the world with an age-old
transcript of the prior experiences of all who have come before us. We are born with a
collective memory, what C. G. Jung called the collective unconscious. Symbols represent
points of reference or guideposts that permit the identification of impressions which the
mind experiences and provide a means of expressing feelings as parts of our life.
The American flag is a symbol
that represents freedom, victory, justice and anything pertaining to this country's
heritage. It means many things and to each person something slightly different. A symbol
has the unique ability to change or be modified over time to accommodate the aggregation
of experiences which affect its meaning. The planets and the signs of the zodiac are the
symbols of the astrological language. 5000 years ago, early civilizations proceeded
to develop a scale of correlation between earthly events and celestial phenomenon. They
observed nature and all of its manifestations, seeking to understand their presence in the
world and to impose order on their lives. They concluded that each component of the
universe is linked to the Whole. This Law of Correspondence is expressed by the phrase
"As Above, So Below" and is a basic tenet of Astrology.
So what is it that makes one
human being so very different from another? One of the best methods an individual can use
to answer this question is to study and obtain a profound understanding of the meaning of
the planets and signs as they apply to the natal horoscope. A horoscope is a map or chart
of the solar system calculated for a person with respect to an exact date, time and
place of birth. The natal (birth) chart must not be looked upon as being the final answer
to the questions of human destiny, behavior, or character. But, if we are aware of certain
forces operating within and around us, we have a very handy guide to life. By working with
the cycles of the solar system, we can learn from our hang-ups and ease the difficulties
of the human experience. A comprehension of the language can also make our potential
talents and joys multiply.
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