The Science and Art of Astrology
Modern Psychology was founded by German physiologist Wilhelm Wundt in 1879 and shortly after Sigmund Freud developed his method of psychoanalysis which proposed that the causative factors for personality disorders develop from unresolved traumatic childhood experiences.
Carl Jung developed analytical psychology which moved away from Freud’s psychosexual origins of neuroses in childhood, to an understanding of a person’s current difficulties as given by markers projected from the subconscious in patterns of archetypal behaviour.
Jung’s study of archetypal behaviour introduced him to astrology, which he used as an adjunct to his ‘analytical’ approach. Jung’s theory of four personality types originated from his knowledge of astrology and was later used in the Briggs/Myer personality questionnaire.
Jung’s theory of Synchronicity was developed in collaboration with his client, the famous quantum physicist, Wolfgang Pauli, and is similar to quantum entanglement in that it incorporates similar experiences occurring at the same time to people at different locations without a common means of causation.
This is the same association that astrologers use between planets and human behaviour, with the planets being the acausal indicators.
Astrology is still widely accepted in countries like India where religion’s influence is dominant over the political, but in the Western world, where religious beliefs have given way to personal beliefs, astrology is seen as a threat to free will.
Veracity, association, trustworthiness and self-development are cornerstones of normality. In astrology these are presented in the symbology of the ‘inner planets’ (respectively) Mercury, Venus/Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.
These cornerstones are then graphically displayed in birth chart colourings of the self as represented by the Sun signs and reflected in the emotional qualities of the Moon, along with the Sun and Moon’s connections to the inner (and outer) planets.
The outer planets and the asteroids add flavour to the complexity of our being: Uranus heralds eureka moments and change; Neptune emphasises ideals and imaginary projections; Pluto marks penetrative thought and transformations.
No two people have exactly the same understanding of everything since genetic markers, even in identical twins, differ to some degree. My response to the most trivial of events will be in some way different to yours; such is the nature of the evolving self – much in the way of String Theory’s Multiple Universes.
These personal bubbles of understanding grow larger throughout life, with the early life having a strong influence on directional tendencies as noted in astrology’s ‘day for a year’ method of progressed personal planets; along with the importance of seminal moments of extraordinary experience.
String Theory’s idea of many worlds is compatible with progressions being an interlinking of time references, in the way of Jung’s synchronicity theory, and quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s concept of life as fractals repeated at different scales.
Astrology starts with a birth chart which, following birth, is triggered by the movement of the universe within which the individual grows – layer on layer, bubble on bubble - creating experience through understandings of decisions made.
The causative formation of the planets at any one time is an imprint from the creative force within which we live – astrology being a language of ‘god’, an encrypted tongue for the purpose of self fulfilment.
In 576 BC the planets Pluto, Neptune and Uranus were conjunct, something that happens every 4,000 years or so. This was a time when Athenian lawmaker Solon laid the foundations of western democracy.
In 1891/92 Neptune moved conjunct Pluto in Gemini and this corresponded with a surge in economic growth led by the USA’s production of steel (Pluto), transport by rail (Gemini) and the expansion of the oil industry as a seemingly efficient source of power (Neptune).
In 1993 Uranus got together with Neptune: the World Trade Centre got bombed as did Bombay, both for ideological reasons (Uranus); a holocaust Memorial was erected (Neptune); a peace accord between Palestine and Israel was brokered (Neptune); Mandela and de Clerk won Nobel peace prizes (Neptune); and Bill Clinton was elected (Uranus); Clinton being the man who in 1999 rescinded the Glass–Steagall Act which led to the 2008 economic collapse and the current runaway neoliberal approach to economics.
The flow of the Universe can be likened to the mythical ‘force’ referred to in the Star Wars films; and we are currently witnessing a disturbance in the force, as climate change, religious wars and inequality move us away from normal flow and into chaos. In the flow of the matrix this is a cyclical event that marks the crumbling of an era and the promise of corrective reform to come.
Points in time retain their significance are influenced by future planetary transits. In the case of the Neptune/Uranus conjunction there are those born around 1993 that will be directly influenced by Pluto’s 2018 transit of these points, but there is also a myriad of interconnected coincidences within the matrix that will be triggered throughout 2018.