Many of you know I work with Astrology, and I find it to be one of the most misunderstood and underestimated resources out there. In many ways I find it to be 'misused' because people can easily become dependent on it. Although it's known to be used for prediction, this is very limiting to what one can learn from it. Psychological Astrology offers something else, something incredibly deep and meaningful to the individual that keeps evolving with our consciousness.
Astrology is an archaic language of symbols, a language of energy, and in the late 20th century Psychological Astrology was established – the blend of Astrology with Depth, Humanistic and Transpersonal psychology. This was all highly influenced by Carl Jung himself who after trying to disprove Astrology learned that it can provide symbolic insight into the workings of the human psyche.
Obviously astrology has much to offer psychology, but what the latter can offer its elder sister is less evident. So far as I judge, it would seem to me advantageous for astrology to take the existence of psychology into account, above all the psychology of the personality and of the unconscious. - Carl G. Jung
Astrology is a naively projected psychology in which the different attitudes and temperaments of man are represented as gods and identified with planets and zodiacal constellations. – Carl Gustav Jung
Referring to one’s birthchart, the snapshot of the sky at the moment of birth, is the base for all astrological work. It is your unique map full of insights and meaning. It was the birthchart that Carl Jung studied relentlessly, and after a while didn’t see any patient without first referring to their birthchart. So why was Jung so into this?
Psychological Astrology isn’t about predictions and instead is about the individual and what lessons can be learned from the meaning found in the birthchart. Referring to an article from MindBodyGreen, “Psychological astrology is not about prediction and ironclad fate; it is about using our unlimited capacities to learn and grow and make the most out of our inherent assets and challenges.” From the same article here are five things you can gain from knowing your birthchart and how you can use it in your daily life:
1. It helps you understand yourself.
2. It helps you understand & empathise with others.
3. It can help you forgive yourself.
4. It helps you make decisions.
5. It helps you remember we are all part of something larger than ourselves.
The list goes on about the benefits of knowing your own birthchart for personal development reasons, which is why I refer to it as “Developmental Astrology.” In it you find messages, meaning and insights that lead to self knowing, self acceptance and self mastery. Write me if you'd like to talk about this or if you'd be interested in one of the upcoming workshops combining Astrology and Systemic Constellations. This is an exciting opportunity to not just intellectually understand but to embody the experience.