Ignore the psychic expos, the mystic phone line or your daily report from the ‘Star Signs’ app.
All are transparently generic: at best folksy ‘chin up’ kind of aphorisms, at worst schlocky marketing designed to fleece the desperate & lonely.
Astrology is part of Our Story, Our Culture; ancient mythologies woven through every aspect of our lives. Every myth, every story cycle we have, reflects archetypes that have survived millennia. Every archetype in turn references a story or body within a mythos that is reflected across many cultures and geographical spaces; they are our broader conceptual framework. The way we interpret and synthesise our experiences is largely defined by our archetypical systems; and the collective and ancestral unconscious they dwell in. This is why we can all identify with the concept of the Moon, or the Ram – or if you are culturally fluent with Chinese Astrology – the meaning of the Rabbit or the Ox. This is sacred, it is meaningful, it is valuable even in the modern age.
The search for meaning is not concerned with a universal proof, but an ephemeral truth; truth which reorients itself as the process of discovery brings us new wisdom, pain and joy. It resounds beyond the insufficiency of words and the rational mind; it instinctively understands. Non-empirical philosophies such as Astrology are not irrelevant to the human experience because they are intuitive, nor is Astrology blindly ‘believed’ by practitioners to be ‘true’. Truth is constructed from the symbols of planets, signs and aspects and the client’s own input. This is why you can’t ‘do your own chart’ .
When you sit with an Astrologer, you benefit from the process of Astrology. Your personal themes at different phases of your life change and fluctuate and these fluctuations are reflected in the transits of the planets through the signs. An Astrologer is your guide on the path through the constellations, her knowledge of the Cosmic stories helps you to construct meaning for yourself. Planet is derived from the word for wanderer in Greek. You are your own little planet, interacting in your own little way with the greater masters of fate – Venus, Jupiter, Mars and the rest. You are wandering, we all are – through this beautiful Universe, wondering what the hell is going on.
The search for meaning is neither dismissive of nor antithetical to empirical methods of research – but it does not define itself through rational methods of data analysis.
Archetypes are abstractions of reality; perhaps purer, somehow more real, somehow eternal and incorruptible because they are irrational ways of constructing meaning. Our story cycles are our humanity and a corpus of cultural knowledge – they are not systems of measurement that can be translated across any culture, time or geography.
Here in the ‘West’ many lament ‘our lack of cultural heritage’. Look to the sky, to a deck of cards or the palm of your hand! Understand that tawdry psychic expos and crushed velvet wearing neo-Pagans with frizzy hair are NOT the essence of our esotericism, mysticism and magick. They are merely another manifestation of consumer culture in all its diluted, derivative and gauche horror.
Tarot, Astrology, Palmistry are remnants of our culture; a non-linear way of finding meaning in the existential abyss as we face the chaos of life and our inevitable mortality.
Love ~ Asha Maria