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All Truths Pass Through Three Stages:
We create our experiential reality based on the beliefs and world view we hold---both conscious and unconscious.
Astrology is the study of the synchronistic interaction of the psyche and its reflection in the physical world. Inner reality and outer reality are one. The horoscope allows us to see the factors in both realms to understand how we are creating what we are creating. We cannot change that which we do not own.
When blended with other paradigms of the helping professions astrology becomes a powerful tool of insight and a guide to the remediation--psychologically--of belief conflicts. Astrology allows us to move towards the redefinition and reframing of psychic material on all levels through awareness of our conscious and unconscious beliefs.
Astrology combined with psychology assists us in taking responsibility for the creation of our reality through the recognition and understanding of how these projected versions of our psyche and experience have been created through our choices in belief and definition of the self.
The horoscope can be likened to a photograph of the solar system (geocentric perspective of the heavens) at the time of your birth from the place of your birth of the positions of the planets against the backdrop of Constellation configurations, or division of the equinox (areas of space). It reflects a web or matrix of vibrational frequency (explained as wave-forms in holographic terms or the EM spectrum in physics terms), which is then interpreted by the astrologer or psychologist.
The Horoscope is a map of the mathematical relationship of the planets to the earth and each other at the time of our birth. It reflects individuality and identity, it does not cause it. The planets reflect the archetypal references (existing as ideas) that are inherent in the Multiverse (many layered universe) holographically. These archetypes were refined in delineation by the noted psychologist, Carl Jung. These "ideas" are reflected in all that we see around us because we are one with the universe and are that reality. Physical reality is a projection-a version of consciousness in material form. The silly "advice that applies to anyone" astrology promoted in newspapers and magazines based only on Sunsigns is not true astrology.
Perhaps this is where superstitious and uninformed beliefs about astrology being a mechanistic cause rather than a synchronistic reflection comes from.
Here are a few of the unsubstantiated assumptions about astrology;
1) Astrology is a subject that one either "believes" in or not.
Astrology is not a religion or cult. Therefore faith is not required for it to function. It is a subject that can be known and is operationally obvious once it is learned. Hence the concept of believing in it is an effect of the mis-perception of what it is. We cannot believe or not believe in something that we know nothing about anyway. The sciences themselves are belief systems and constructs to explain reality (See Thomas Kuhn and "The Nature of Scientific Revolutions", University Chicago Press, 1962).
2) Astrology must be an Art or a Science.
Astrology is an Art/Science. The scientific aspect is in the horoscope's construction, calculation, and mathematical interrelationship measurements between astronomical bodies against galactic backdrop (geometries). The art aspect is in the intuited blending of astrological significators into psychodynamic awareness and the communication of this awareness and remediation to client. This part, like all crafts, must be mastered before application can ensue. Astrology does not discount free will, evolution, nor the existence of an infinite creator. Physics is now demonstrating that the consciousness of the observer is intimately connected with the creation of the observed (Please review "The Self-Aware Universe" by Amit Goswami, 1993). Astrology contains science, but science cannot contain astrology.
3) Astrology must be proven scientifically before we can accept it as valid.
Astrology and science are two different ways of investigating the universe. The horoscope, like art, requires sensibilities not found in science. However, astrology does contain science found in science. But astrology is more than science as described above and cannot limit its application to such a focused and exclusive subject as science. Astrology reflects life, and living is not a science.
Science is an element of astrology. Since astrology is an Art/Science only the scientific aspects can stand empiricism. The Art of interpretation may be open to debate as to style or application, but validity is always based on service to client or public-as is psychology, stock market forecasting, weather forecasting or earthquake prediction, and none of these are totally empirically working models. Service is the client's or the served's decision and evaluation as to life quality enhancement.
4) Astrology influences human behavior.
This myth is the most difficult for everyone. We create our experiential reality utterly and only as the end product of what we believe or have been taught to believe is true. Science examines the momentum of these creations as they manifest physically. However, it must be stated emphatically that most of these definitions are held in an unconscious state and must be acknowledged or brought to awareness. The horoscope "causes" nothing. It is a synchronistic reflection of other aspects of the self and the self's created definitions of reality at any given moment. It does not "cause" behavior or personality, any more than a mirror causes our appearance. Like a mirror, astrology helps us to see ourselves. The Horoscope allows us to understand a vibrational frequency determination based on the self's definitions, reflected in physicality. The illusion of external reality is just that, real while you are focused and oriented to it--but an illusion none-the-less. "All That Is" or God is all that is, and we are all the different ways that "All That Is" has of expressing itself within the creation that it is-eternally. All differing colors within the one white light. Philosophers and Religions have long known that the "kingdom of heaven is within". This is NOT a new idea. Only one that the belief system of science has discounted.
The value of astrology is in the ability through this reflection, to understand these beliefs and definitions that we may possess unconsciously, so that we can acknowledge and own them. Once we own them we can redefine them. We cannot change something we do not own! Life is a configuration of choices. No-thing in the universe has built in meaning, we give it meaning by the definitions we hold at any given moment. We then attach this meaning to things, and extract that meaning from the neutral props known as physical reality. Astrology helps us understand WHAT meanings we may be attaching to "things" and hence why we extract what we do.
If we place a positive meaning in; we extract a positive effect out, negative effect in; negative effect out. This is a simple mechanistic psychological understanding. Psychological mechanics- which the observer then observes, creates, establishes theories of, propagates ideas of, collects data from, makes hypothesis about, and otherwise chooses to make so!
Yes, we create en mass an agreed upon collectively established reality that appears to be fixed. This is necessary, or we would all have no common ground on which to relate and share the experience we call physicality. But that in no sense means that we are bound 100% to it. Each of us created the "hallway" of experiential choice at incarnation reflected through the horoscope.
Our actions - unless consciously acknowledged as unconscious belief and momentum - are just REactions to the prescription the free will of the oversoul (ourselves) made as a choice of general thematic "hallway" experiences. The free will of the physical self (the oversoul in its physical version) then chooses how it will go down this "hallway" but go down this "hallway" we have already willed. (please refer to Darryl Anka as Bashar and "The Hallway analogy", 1987).
Our creations through history have shown this; that even collective limitations are mass imposed. We have gone to the moon and back. So we can redefine this collective reality at any given moment as well. It is a preferential choice based on awareness of our own belief limitations.
Astrology's best use is for the enhancement of awareness, alleviation of self imposed limitation, and the promotion of self actualization and empowerment through self-discovery and positive individuation. This is outlined in greater detail in my text "The Integrated Astrological Guide to Self-Empowerment" which is available at any bookstore.
For an individual or a business, the value of astrology is obviously in providing the understanding of how we project our beliefs and definitions of reality into reality. Nothing in the universe has built in meaning. We give it meaning through our definition choices. Many opportunities are lost for successful relationship, career and financial preference simply because we know little about ourselves and how we may be unconsciously limiting ourselves. Clear understanding of our own and others psychological needs are the primary benefits of astrological consultation.
We can also project these definition issues by their momentum into the future. Most of us lack nothing more than the willingness and boldness to be anything we believe we can define ourselves to be, and to look inwardly with trust for these beliefs.
Edmond H. Wollmann P.M.A.F.A.
"Astrology, bar sinister in the escutcheon of astronomy, maintains a unique and lonely position in human thought. It is "believed in" by a lot of people who know practically nothing about it; and it is "disbelieved in" by even more who know ABSOLUTELY nothing about it. Of no other art or science can this be said." Grant Lewi, "Why I believe in Astrology"
Edmond H. Wollmann P.M.A.F.A.
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