Astrology?

 

As part of my general education for myself, I studied astrology for a while in my teens. (As I studied anthroposophy, theosophy, and a lot of other things I knew I wouldn’t stick with long term. Even back then, I knew that the more traditional and straight-forward mystical streams within and outside of the main spiritual traditions were for me. Christian mystics, Taoism, Buddhism, Jung, Jes Bertelsen and so on.)

How did and do I see astrology?

First, the birth chart. The upside is that it can function as a projection object. I can find in myself what the chart describes in me. The downside is that it can leave a lot out, and I can overlook or downplay important elements. (Which is the case with anything that supposedly says something about who we are.)

If I wanted to create some sort of psychological profile for myself, certain personality tests (like the Big Five) seems more helpful to me. More importantly, the characteristics and qualities I see in the whole world are here in me. I see them out there because I know them from myself. The whole world is a mirror, and that’s more helpful to me. It’s juicy, alive, immediate. It’s something I can explore through any form of projection and shadow work, including inquiry.

Then, prognosis and influences at specific times of our life. The upside is that I may use certain time periods as an opportunity to focus on certain things in my life, to start projects, and so on. It may give me an extra nudge. The downside is that I may hope or think I know something about what will happen, and that I may follow what the astrology says more than what comes organically from my life, situations, and inner guidance. In the worst case, I may force myself into something that doesn’t feel quite right.

I prefer genuinely not knowing. Follow what organically comes out of my life and inner guidance. And do inquiry on my stressful beliefs about what may happen, what is happening, and what happened. That’s what makes pragmatic sense to me, feels juicy, alive, and rich, and gets to what I really want for myself.

And then there is the question of whether astrology works and is accurate or not. I don’t know. It would be a good topic for research (if it’s done well). In any case, I am – for one reason or another – not drawn to it and prefer other approaches.

I see that if I would be drawn to astrology, it would be to (think I) know something about myself, although I can more easily and effectively do that through working with projections. And it would be to (think I) know something about current and future influences on my life, and perhaps find a sense of safety in that knowing. Again, I prefer to follow my guidance and find a more genuine peace by investigating any stressful thoughts I have about anything.

I should mention that people approach and understand astrology in a multitude of ways. Many are aware of this and have found ways to use it that makes sense to them and perhaps even would make sense to me.

A brief note: As I write this, I am reminded that my views on this and a lot of things hasn’t changed since my teens. It is a little disturbing to me. I want to mature, learn, grow. And I probably have in some ways. But I do notice that what I write about here is, in essence, the way I saw it back then, and wrote about it in my journal, and talked about it with a few friends.

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Initial notes….

  • astrology
    • studied in my teens bc wanted to know something about it, part of my education about the world (as I did with a lot of things)
    • how I see it, for now (how I saw it then and now, although it can change)
      • birth chart
        • projection object, find in myself what is says may be here (can be helpful)
        • upside: as projection object, find in myself what it points to
        • downside: may overlook things equally or more important in myself, may think it describes who I am,
      • prognosis
        • hope of knowing what will happen, what to prepare for, how to prepare (for me, very stressful to try to know, try to prepare etc.)
        • upside: make use of certain time periods, do something (start projects etc) that want to do anyway, may give an extra nudge
        • downside: think we know, follow astrology more than what organically makes sense in our life (situation, inner guidance etc.),
      • what I prefer
        • not knowing
        • instead, do inquiry on my stressful thoughts about what may happen, what is happening, what happened etc.
      • ….

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