Philosophy of AstrologyPosted on: August 15, 2018, by : breannahite
I practice Hellenistic astrology, which is the modern recreation of the type of astrology practiced by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians in the era of the Library of Alexandria. I am strongly inclined to learn from history and I have found Hellenistic techniques to provide clarity of interpretation. I also find that the Stoic and Neoplatonist philosophies that influenced these ancient astrologers has a lot of value for me in my life today.
I believe that our souls are eternal and that they choose to come into existence in order to have certain experiences or learn certain lessons. I believe each person is born exactly when they are supposed to be, and that the symbols of astrology can be used to gain insight into the conditions that the soul needed to experience. I do not believe that the planets or stars cause things to happen in our lives. I think the divinatory approach is more accurate. I think that any symbol system that is deeply understood can be used as a key to access the parts of reality that our cause-and-effect rationalist minds can’t easily grasp. I think that astrology works because the universe is a unified whole and this wholeness expresses itself in every detail, in something of a fractal way. We humans have a really neat ability to notice symbols and derive meaning from them, and this is the part of that fractal expression that our minds can use to increase our understanding.
Do I believe in free will? Yes, as long as we are not defining free will as some kind of totally uninfluenced freedom. We are influenced by many things, and astrology can describe most of them. But our souls are something separate and deeper than any chart or any life experiences can fully describe. Free will, like every other human capability, is subject to conscious development. We can go through life automatically, driven by our instincts and our psychological defenses, or we can develop ourselves in more conscious ways. Every culture and every spiritual tradition that I know of has methods by which the soul can grow beyond its automatic responses. This, however, is the work of a lifetime.