It is not cynicism to observe that Orthodox Astrology has gained much allure from the fact that so few understand what this ancient discipline is and why/how it works. It has ever been this way, but if we get rid of the mystique, we stand to get better astrology and a better chance of assessing how it might be useful to us. To explain is not to debunk. I spent one whole year writing a book on horoscopy and nearly 20 years giving readings. I did not do that thinking it was a waste of time: I did that with the intention of engaging with the opportunity for spiritual awareness, which exists within that fascination. And we are fascinated by the process of learning things about ourselves and our lives that we are not yet aware. It puts some excitement and hope into lives, which otherwise can seem unfair and lacking in purpose. There is nothing discreditable about this. It might even be useful or even life-changing, if we are lucky enough to meet with a competent astrologer.
When the insight provided by the reading of a horoscope is life-changing, why is this? It is surely because it challenges some aspect of the conditioning that we have received and continue to receive, which keeps us from seeing or expressing some part of ourselves. It serves authenticity, which can release much creative energy and end unnecessary suffering and indicate a new direction.
What is authenticity, and where and what is it within us, which recognises the authentic?
It is our sense of personal identity, which decides what is authentic. The pattern created by the coming together of past, present and, to some extent, future (all different vibrations), impresses our energy field and gives us our identity, as personalities in incarnation, connected to but distanced from the soul, the architect of this construction, on a higher plane of consciousness. The pattern within our energy field is what the accurately delineated horoscope reveals; and authenticity is what the pattern resonates with and considers expressive of identity. This we call our truth and as we become more familiar with ourselves and the workings of our patterns then the more aware of our truth we become.
Identity is an entirely neutral matter. It is neither good nor bad. It simply is, and has he task of encouraging a better balance in consciousness, at both the levels of the separated personality and its soul group. What it is, we have to live out for the duration of our lives; and if we are interested in spirituality, to try and live it wisely.
Can we change it? Will we change it? Should we change it?
We cannot change the basic pattern – the frame of the mind – any more than we can change our skeletal structure, the frame of the physical vehicle (which expresses the frame of the mind on the lower, physical level), but we can, to some degree, change the way the energy flows in, around, and out of it. It is not easy to do this, not least because our patterns are shaping the world around us and confirm the way we deal with life, and our energy fields are not unities. The vibration of what is past and therefore familiar to identity, is lower and more insistent than that which is new to us, and will often be at war with it. Astrology and Psychology are able to assist us in the matter of establishing harmony, to some degree. (Living and experience has to do the rest). The desire to end suffering and sense of limitation will almost certainly be our motivation.
The desire to change ourselves into something better is the hope of mankind. The results that we achieve individually, from one standing at least, are less important than the fact that we believe and live as though we can. Collectively, this keeps the human family consciously engaged in its own destiny. What we wish to become feeds into the Zodiac, that mirror of the collective mind of humanity, and shapes the way we understand the Zodiacal signs and, eventually, the expectations that we have of ourselves. It is an awesomely clever process: an exercise in auto-suggestion and living out the reality we have created, designed to make personality life come to resemble more closely that of the soul. No one who has seriously engaged with Astrology will ever waste time on the perception that we live in an unjust, unregulated world. They will rather get to work on themselves, and fascination will turn into unconditional respect for the process of which we are all a contributing part.
Low grade horoscopy works with what the pattern will bring to us on the material plane. This has its uses and to make accurate predictions requires considerable skill. The astrologers of the Hindu tradition excel at it, and it is a good discipline for Western astrology students.
Psychology works to help us understand our patterns, by guiding us through the way they express themselves in our daily lives, by reference to experiences that we can be made to recall, analyse and understand.
High grade horoscopy enables us to see the causal level, the pattern itself, which provides its own answers to why a lifetime should be as it is and what purpose our patterns might serve. It is a diagnostic tool of unsurpassed usefulness, and it can be made to reveal the developmental intention that has brought us back into incarnation. We can do a lot with this kind of awareness. At this point Orthodox Astrology gives way to Transitional Astrology.
In the next article, we will look at Transitional Astrology.