Understanding Astrology

From the earliest records of the earliest people all over the world, the belief that the planets as well as the sun and the moon have an influence on life on earth has been constant and universal. The roots of this belief are most probably as old as language itself, evolving out of ancient cultures where the unity between the individual and the cosmos was taken for granted. While out of this belief, the meaningful observation of the recurring rhythms and cycles of the heavens grew into an astrology that became a sacred art, rich in its own lore and symbolism. Initiates studying this art sought to gain access to the intuitive perceptions of the workings of the energies behind life, and glimpse the divine.  Over time, astrology became imbued with such deep truths as could only be approached through myth and symbol.

 

This is because a symbol is never absolute and objective, but open to various interpretations, taking on different shades of meaning according to the individual's own subjective associations, particular situation, and personal history. The truly universal symbols that animate astrology, in common with those that we encounter in myths, fairy tales, and our own dreams, work deep down; they touch our unconscious essence and have the power to not only move us totally but also to strengthen us, change us, empower us and our quest. The more symbols are linked together, the ever richer and deeper their sphere of operation will become. Together they define and clarify each other, and may in fact invigorate us with an experience of the wholeness they describe. 

 

In terms of one's life and one's journey, astrology has developed into a very powerful tool, with much to offer the modern individual seeking self-understanding. Its symbolic language is, in a sense, a metaphor for that journey, that quest that animates our life centre, touching upon the mystery that lies at its core and evoking symbols and motifs that connect us to our deeper selves and that can help us along the heroic journey of our own lives.  The ideal of the heroic journey, available to everyone no matter their state or circumstance, is the theme around which the content of this report weaves. "What I think" wrote Joseph Campbell, " is that a good life is one hero journey after another. Over and over again, you are called to the realm of adventure, you are called to new horizons. Each time, there is the same problem: do I dare? And then if you do dare, the dangers are there, and the help also, and the fulfillment or the fiasco. There's always the possibility of a fiasco. But there's also the possibility of bliss."