Monday, May 26, 2014

Astrological Philosophy for the Natal Individual —Part Two

This is a continuation of my introduction to Astrological Philosophy. These ideas have been percolating around my brain for many years as I've taught myself how to read astrological charts. Please comment if this speaks to you or raises any questions in your mind.

The rational astrologer has no place or real ability to see what has occurred within a life outside of the specific movements of the planets and lights and their accepted symbology. An individual’s history is only observable from their own unique perspective and only they can offer the insight they've gathered from an astrologers knowledge of the observed symbols. To place the astrologer in the position of social worker or psychologist is a dangerous mistake unless they already have studied these subjects deeply. For the individual seeker, additional charts and methods of displaying transits against personal history can be helpful in seeing how the elusive elements, patterns and cycles of a natal chart play out in real time. With balanced contemplation and applied wisdom, the individual can, with the help of expert interpretation, arrive at a place of wholeness and enlightenment.

The enlightened individual will then recognize astrology from the standpoint of classical philosophy, a spiritualized system for thinking about man's place in his environment, rather than a replacement for modern thought and reason. While it can be seductive to imagine a sentient universe which places meaningful messages in the stars for us to divine and in extension a way to predict outcomes, as science successfully does through an established and rigorous process of theorizing, experimentation and peer review, this is not the goal of a humanistic philosophy.

Removing individual responsibility from astrology exposes the self to a host of human faults and false assumptions that have plagued humanity since the development of self-awareness. Astrology's use can only be effective from a top-down examination and evaluation of each insight offered against reality and consideration of one's past; otherwise we move right past reality into the superstitious and judgmental observations which give astrology a bad name among many otherwise rational and objective thinkers.

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