Ana Isabel - Life Astrologer
Astrology
Introduction to Astrology
 
First of all, in order to understand Astrology, we need to understand that it draws on ancient archetypes of human behaviour as expressed through the mythological deities.
These archetypes are found across ancient cultures throughout the world, be they in the east, west or Africa.

Some psychologists believe that archetypes are innate. They were developed during Man’s early experiences and development. These archetypes were then passed on through the generations over time.
 
Mythology then, is the expression of these archetypes which are presented as gods. In Astrology, we use these mythological archetypes to understand human psychology and behaviour.
The signs of the Zodiac and their ruling planets and gods represent different personality types and the different aspects
of the human psyche.
 
We can do this because human beings are born with certain shared experiences imprinted into the psyche.
Thus we have a collective memory, or what Carl Jung called the collective unconscious. Dreams point to unconscious drives and patterns that show a collective unconscious in operation.
It would appear that we all dream about the Sun and Moon at some time. When they appear in dreams they represent the same thing to us as they did to our ancestors. The Sun symbolises the father, the conscious mind, society; while the Moon is indicative of the mother, emotions, the family and home.
 
Although our society no longer looks to the skies to try to understand the world around us, it doesn't mean that there is no longer a link between us and the cosmos. Astrology continues this link. Each planet symbolizes collective tendencies.
We express these tendencies individually according to the positions of the planets at the moment of birth.
The planets represent sources of energy which are expressed by symbols. Planetary cycles determine which energy is to be released and when this will occur.
 
Astrology works on the principle that everything in the Cosmos is linked. This means that as the Earth is a small part of the Universe/ Macrocosm; so is man a small part of the Earth.
He is a microcosm. This may appear obvious but the next stage of the principle is the understanding that each small part
actually resembles the whole. This is because everything is actually linked as part of the whole. Just like a finger is linked
to the body not merely by bone and tissue, but by its genetic imprint. If it were to be cut off, although apparently severed,
it would still be linked to the body because it still has the same cells and genetic programming as the rest of the fingers still
attached to the hand. In the same way because we are a part of the Universe, the macrocosm, we carry some of its energy and attributes. We are the microcosm. We resemble the whole.
 
Astrology further operates on the principle that the microcosm is interdependent with the macrocosm. We experience this readily when we notice the laws of Synchronicity in action. This is when apparently unrelated but similar events happen at the same time. Think about times when you are thinking about something, you turn on the Radio and there is someone echoing your thoughts. You are considering taking up a certain evening class, you happen to open the paper and there is an advertisement for the very subject you were thinking about, being taught at a local adult college. You did not cause this to happen, but there it is.
 
The examples of synchronicity often referred to as serendipity, are numerous and experienced by most people.
Some dismiss them as coincidence but Astrologers know that this is a law of nature, as real as the laws of gravity.
We can no more see the physical force of gravity than that of synchronicity. Yet we all experience gravity and no-one would
question its existence. Synchronicity is also experienced by all, and Astrologers are practiced at using it to read and to understand an individual’s psyche, their place in the Cosmos, past experiences, the present and the future.
 
Once the principle of synchronicity is understood, events can no longer be seen as caused by the movement of planets and stars.
Instead, these are used as mirrors which illuminate an individual’s experience. Similarly, because the science of Astronomy enables us to calculate planetary movements in the future, we can use these as indicators of events which will one day unfold.
 
Hence, this cosmic mirror and cosmic clock can provide us with a reflection, that is useful in helping understand ourselves better,
make sense of events in our past and present, as well as providing us with a life map for the future.
 
 
Ana Isabel.
 
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