“As above, so below. As within, so without. As the universe, so the soul.” – The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean
Why Astrology Works
Contrary to popular belief, astrology doesn’t necessarily say that planets rule our lives. It does, however, demonstrate that everything in existence is connected when you approach it from a higher perspective.
For starters, one must at least have the understanding that everything is connected. From a scientific standpoint, we know that we are all made up of the same “stuff,” and that at the molecular, atomic level, even what appears to be solid matter is more empty space—energy.
If you think about the Big Bang theory, there was nothing, and then there was everything, and all that is here today comes from that one point in the creation of this existence.
If you think about recognizing the One Source (or UNIverse, or YOUniverse, or God, or Spirit, or whatever you choose to call “it”– it doesn’t matter), there’s the notion that everything came from this One thing and that everything in existence is an individuated spark of the divine.
The Seven Hermetic Principles of the Universe
from the Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean
1. Principle of Mentalism: “All is Mind”
2. Principle of Correspondence: “As is above, so is below. As is below, so is above.”
3. Principle of Vibration: “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”
4. Principle of Polarity: “Everything is dual; everything has an opposite, and opposites are identical in nature but different in degree.”
5. Principle of Rhythm: “Everything flows, out and in; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left- rhythm compensates.”
6. Principle of Cause and Effect: “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause.”
7. Principle of Gender: “Everything has its masculine and feminine principles.”
Even if you only know the basics of astrology, you can see how hermetic universal principles are applicable to many astrological concepts.
Everything Moves in Circles
Everything is cyclical. We rise in the morning, go through our routines, interface with our families and the world at large, and retire each evening to do it again the next day. On a cosmic level, we incarnate to earth, have experiences for our soul’s evolution, (hopefully) raise our consciousness to do better as we know better, and transcend this plane for the next step in our soul’s journey.
The upper-9 spiral is the signifier of original life. So that same force that moves the planets, also moves us. From the spirals of the galaxies, to the spirals of the planets, to the spirals of my hair, to the spirals of my double-helix DNA, everything is in motion and connected.
The planets are the macrocosm of our bodily microcosm. The planets represent the greater archetypes of our own day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year, cyclical lives.
There are many ways to approach astrology, and infinite systems.
For example, most birth charts show your life and incarnation from an Earth perspective since you were born on this planet (or were you?). 😉
You can also look at your chart from a heliocentric, or universal perspective. You can also approach your birth chart from the Draconic perspective, which speaks to your soul in the universe. Some astrologers prefer Sidereal birth charts using the astronomical constellations. Some people make birth charts based on their date of conception.
I don’t believe any one system is right or wrong; it’s all about perspective and there are infinite viewpoints in this universe; no need to get dogmatic.
The Zodiac: Earth’s Aura
Western/Tropical Astrology is based on the seasons. It is not based on the positions of the constellations, but on the relationship between the Sun and the Earth, which is demarcated by the equinoxes and solstices.
In the northern hemisphere, our seasonal cycles are: the spring of new beginnings and seed planting, the summer of warmth and outward expression, the autumn of slowing down and reaping our bounties, and the winter of hibernating, going within, and integrating all we’ve learned.
Based on the seasons, the zodiac archetypes can be considered earth’s auric field.
The zodiac signs reflect the natural cycles of life:
You are born.
From infancy you begin discovering who you are (Aries), what you value (Taurus), how you express yourself (Gemini), what is in your soul (Cancer), your creative expression and the things you birth (Leo), your health and daily routine (Virgo), your relationships (Libra), your power (Scorpio), your beliefs (Sagittarius), your public platform (Capricorn), your social awareness (Aquarius), and of course, your undoing and the return to source (Pisces).
We all go through these cycles many times in one lifetime, as well as going through these cycles over multiple lifetimes.
The 12 zodiac archetypes all express various things. The sign is the “mythical” element of that energy. The house is the area of life that pertains to that energy. The planet is the physical body that embodies that energy. Then we have the crystals that grew within the earth and also embody a specific type of energy.
Astrology: the Alchemist’s Tool
Astrology is also a form of alchemy. Alchemy is about turning the impure, dross metals into pure gold.
We take the cards we are dealt, work our own inner magic to transmute the childhood traumas and dramas, and create a fulfilling existence through the process.
Every person has every sign and planet present in their birth chart. Another way of saying this is that ALL of these archetypal energies are within us– Mars (ego/will), Saturn (restriction/responsibility), Neptune (spirituality/delusion), Mercury (expression/communication).
We all have aggression, and responsibility, and delusions, and ways of communicating, but they all manifest differently, which is why we all have unique personalities.
In addition, we all have our own blind spots—and they often pertain to that which annoys us in others. 🙂 It can be difficult for us to see our own life patterns, but by having an understanding of the nature of universal cycles, we can see ourselves reflected and know that we are part of it all.
Astrology gives us a mirror. It is not about relinquishing your life to an external entity. It is about taking personal responsibility for our actions, and making a conscious and spiritual effort to release baggage and be fearless.
Knowing yourself brings harmony and balance. And when we suppress or ignore the shadow, it will manifest externally. Then we attract people and circumstances that reflect us: we’re drawn to people who have what we think we don’t have, or we create difficulty so we have to ultimately look at the dark side.
To tie that into astrology, what I just said above can be seen in the 7th and 8th houses which pertain to our “other half,” “committed relationships,” “open enemies,” “other people’s money/issues/problems,” “death & taxes,” for example.
Other people and external dramas that show up in our lives (for better or worse) are really just here to show us ourselves so we can take the reigns and be master of our own affairs.
Our charts reflect both harmony and challenge; privilege and opportunities. We’re choosing to experience certain things so we can learn and overcome them. There is no better way to learn than through firsthand experience.
This is why your natal chart is the guide map of your life path. It is a wonderful tool to recognize yourself and know how and why you experience and view the world as you do.
…The Sun rolling by / in the sapphire sky / keeps great and small on the endless round
It’s the circle of life / and it moves us all / through despair and hope / through faith and love
‘Til we find our place / on the path unwinding / in the circle / the circle of life
-“The Circle of Life,” from Disney’s The Lion King
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