We all want to know how at least part of our future will unfold. How will our lives change? Will our current relationship last? Will we get the dream job we applied for?
We want an answer. No wait, we need an answer.
Well, we think we do. Sometimes we think that until the questions are answered we won’t have peace. But that’s misguided, because once we answer those questions, other ones manifest.
Nevertheless, reading our horoscopes also has benefits. They fill us with wonder. At times they help us to better understand the experiences we’re having in that moment. But most importantly, they remind us of the big questions, such as ‘Are we connected to the universe?’ & ‘What is our destiny?’
Anyone who reads their stars will tell you that sometimes they’re extremely accurate and at other times they’re not. Some astrologers appear to be more advanced at their interpretation of how the movement of the planets relates to us humans as well. These irregularities now and again make us question the worth of reading our Horoscopes.
It’s also these inconsistencies which the sceptics fall on to debunk the authenticity of this ancient art. This is absolutely understandable because we need the truth, not irrelevant superstition, but Astrology is much more than just our daily Horoscopes. In this article, I will demystify this practice and aim to contribute to its legitimacy as an actual science.
The unfortunate reality is that the materialist bigots and the Atheist priests think people are stupid to believe in Astrology. As an example, Richard Dawkins has arrogantly and ignorantly claimed to have discredited that the sky relates to human life on planet earth. In a TV show he walks up to random people and reads the horoscopes he has been provided by an Astrologer. Dawkins embarrassingly claims his success because they didn’t relate to the response of the participant.
What he fails to do is actually understand the true definition of reading the stars. As a materialist – which is a metaphysical and unproven interpretation of scientific endeavour - he has effectively debunked his own misconceptions. How unscientific, Dawkins. Someone should probably tell him that as a scientist he should at least understand the theory that he is examining.
Astrology is simply defined as how astronomical mathematics correlates with human character and behaviour. The term literally means ‘knowledge of the stars’. It is not meant to be deterministic, but influential; free will and other factors still bear their weight. It acts as an interpretive guide as to the energy in our lives and what challenges and opportunities we have in every given moment.
It does this through the art of symbolism where each object has its own intrinsic meaning and energy. Just like an advertisement represents information, so does everything else. This is what tribal and traditional societies studied philosophically and practically for thousands of years.
In Astrology, each planet and its mathematical position represents information. This information is meaningful to the experience we have as humans because the macrocosm mirrors the microcosm. They’re interrelated – as quantum physics makes abundantly clear.
This can be illustrated by a simple example. Imagine that a planet in retrograde symbolises a backwards movement. This is because the planet is moving backwards in relation to our perspective (even though it’s still following its usual forward path). Each planet also has its own symbolic meaning, such as Mercury reflecting logic and communication. I'm not an expert astrologist, so please forgive this layman account, but if Mercury is in retrograde, then it loosely symbolizes how our communication, among other qualities, are being challenged in a past tense.
In addition, we can draw on the symbolic meaning of animals to elaborate on how symbolism works. A dragonfly for example, is understood by many independent cultures to symbolise transformation and change. This is because they live most of their lives as a nymph in the water – a universal symbol of the unconscious – and then grow their wings to transform into a flying creature. So as an animal object, they represent the transformation that needs to occur to reach its full potential.
They can also move in all six directions in an eloquent and controlled manner. They can fly backwards like a hummingbird and hover like a chopper. These characteristics represent power, agility and composure – something that comes with age. So more meaningful information that we can take from the Dragonfly is a representation of maturity.
This is how the symbolism of the stars works. The sun, moon and planets each have information that they inherently convey.
This information has been investigated for millennium by our ancient ancestors and has been developed over the course of our history. When we consider this objectively, there is obviously room for misunderstanding and misconception, let alone misinterpretation by those who currently study and articulate it.
But that doesn’t make it an illegitimate field of study.
Not only is Astrology the language of the stars, or put another way – a mathematical and symbolic picture of information relating to human individuals and societies in any given moment in our history – it’s also considered as a science because the planets may literally alter our minds and bodies. That's because we're made of energy and so are they.
Let’s start with gravity – we know that the moon is so gravitationally powerful that it influences the tides of earth. Considering that a huge proportion of us is made of water, there’s no doubt that the moons gravity has a force on us too. Ask anyone who works in the Police or emergency sectors and they’ll tell you that during a full moon – as well as a day or two, both before and after – the number of incidents and emergencies increase.
So in the space-time continuum, where gravity is a major player, it’s not unrealistic to consider that the Sun and planets may also have a subtle, but real influence on planet earth, and therefore ourselves.
But it’s not just gravity – electromagnetic energy is also another chief player of influence. For example, we know that if a powerful enough solar flare – which blasts radiation across the spectrum of electromagnetism – was to hit our planet directly, that our electricity grids and satellites would be at risk of complete malfunction.
So if we're electromagnetically dancing with the sun, it’s not a long bow to draw to think that the other planets may have electromagnetic influence on our planet and therefore us as well.
And that’s not yet considering life force or chi. Even though orthodox science continues to maintain that the subtle energies are a pseudo-science, more evidence is accumulating that suggests that this primary energy actually exists. It's still a developing scientific field of inquiry and it should be treated as exactly that and not ignored by the embarrassingly conceited orthodoxy. Speculatively, it may even be operational through the other two fundamental forces of strong and weak nuclear energies, which work through a quantum medium.
Regardless of the exact mechanisms which facilitate the stars having a literal influence on us in an energetic and physical way, there’s plenty of probable scientific explanations as to how. Dogmatic scientists should recognize this before so easily discounting such ancient wisdom.
And even if there is no literal influence on us; as stated earlier, it is the information behind the symbolic reflection of our universe which is important anyway.
There is also so much more to Astrology which makes it so complex. It’s not just a daily horoscope, which is what the mainstream papers feed us in this age. For example, there is more to the symbolism of the stars than just our Sun sign. Each individual also has a Moon sign, Mars sign, Venus sign etc. All these layers of information combine to reflect our astrological connection, which is something that Dawkins didn’t consider when he embarrassed his scientific credibility in the previously mentioned show.
In addition, we have numerological symbolism to incorporate into our interpretation of energetic influences. Numerology is the study of the symbolism of numbers. It is also mathematical in the sense that it uses formulas to represent vibrational meaning about our personality and influential energies.
We are a collection of frequencies – much like our own unique orchestra. We are made of and influenced by various information and sound, as is everything else in the material world. It is the tool of symbolism which aims to understand the unification of the internal mind with the harmonics of the external world.
So when we are attempting to interpret what is at influential play in our lives, we have a very complex series of systems to draw upon. That’s why it is always notoriously difficult to be completely accurate in guiding our understanding of our energetic makeup.
But it’s not just Astrological and Numerological mirrors that we peer into, symbols are also everywhere in our lives. They are in our everyday experience. The symbols of our interconnected subjective and objective worlds are inherently alive with personal information and can enlighten our daily experience, if we learn how.
But that’s for another article.
Ultimately, those who belittle others who take an interest in these ancient arts of symbolism have a simple-minded perspective on the subjects. They've been conditioned by the materialistic rhetoric so don’t take offense to their attacks – they just don’t know any better.
This is also because there are many charlatans who have manipulated the good will of people who are emotionally and intellectually vulnerable. Even though this is no justification to disregard the legitimacy of ancient wisdom, it has been used as a weapon in the attack on symbolism.
In any case, we all have an innate desire to connect with the esoteric and unknown. We have some amazing symbolic tools to play with to expand our mind, heart and energy. Yet just like anything, we can be excessive with how we operationalise these agents in our lives, so we should balance how they occupy our thoughts and feelings, as well as influence our decisions.
We have free will after all.