Astrology – A Guide to Self-Awareness

If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ve no doubt figured out my bias lies toward a psychological understanding of the birth chart. Astrology is a great tool for understanding people — their strengths, their weaknesses, and their hang-ups.

You’ve also probably figured out that my bias goes against blaming the planets. I agree with the late Donna Cunningham that “. . . our lives are not controlled by things out there, but are shaped by our own thought patterns.”

The planets don’t cause bad things to happen to us. Bad things tend to happen to us because of the self-defeating, neurotic choices we make. Sun in Pisces doesn’t make you an addict. Abusing substances makes you an addict.

When you lose your job or get divorced, it’s easy to blame your horoscope. That’s just a cosmic version of passing the buck.

On the flip side, the planets don’t cause good things to happen to us, either.

The planets represent potential. Drives. Inclination. That makes astrology a great tool for self-analysis. It can point out the ways we cause our own self-fulfillment or self-defeat.

For example, the placement of Mars and the aspects Mars makes to other planets can, in some cases, incline a native to be hyper-aggressive. This can cause problems in group dynamics when they attempt to dominate. Periodic outbursts of rage can adversely affect their relationships. Etc.

Once a pattern of self-defeating behavior is identified, the birth chart can help understand what’s behind it, and that’s the first step to go about changing it.

The Unaspected Planet

Aspects are an important component of any chart synthesis. Each link provides an additional influence on a given planet (aside from sign and dignity). Sometimes, the planets work well together.  Sometimes, they don’t.

It sometimes happens that one planet in the natal chart makes no major aspects to any of the other planets. These planets stand alone. They’re unintegrated with the rest of the chart. Untied to the rest of the chart, they’re free to have extreme effects or little to no effect at all.

Noel Tyl notes that the unaspected planet “. . .  can run away with the horoscope, if conditions of talent, energy, and plan are poised for action.” Simply said, unaspected planets can be quite singular in their effect.

This article takes a careful look at the unaspected planet. When and how they play an active role in our psyche.

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Astrologers Who Scare People

I make the rounds of astrology FaceBook forums, and I see more than a few posts that purposely try to scare people.

Some of the worse offenders are trying to drive people to their sites. They hope to build an audience addicted to their histrionics.

It appears that others are just seeking attention.

They prey on people who know little or no astrology.

As example from tonight should suffice. “The Moon is going to enter Pisces in 9 hours. Are YOU ready for this???”

Several were frightened by this announcement. Unnecessarily. Excuse me for pointing out the obvious to experienced astrologers. The Moon moves through the entire Zodiac in a little over 28 days. That’s 13 times a years (and a fraction). The Sun spends 2-3 days in each sign at a time. In other words, the Moon entering Pisces is a common celestial event.

Ethical astrologers try their best not to frighten people.

Not only is fearmongering an objectionable practice for drumming up business, but the astrology behind these apocalyptic announcements is almost always bad.

The announcement above gives readers the impression that isolated transits are something to fear. Experienced astrologers know that isolated transits are not to be feared. They often pass unnoticed. Transits need to activate progressions, solar arcs, or natal configurations in the individual birth chart before  we should expect a significant effect.

We need to consider the entire birth chart to determine the effect of any transit on an individual. I also look at Solar Arcs and the Secondary Progressed (SP) Moon when forecasting the effects of transits.

As a humanistic astrologer, my biggest complaint is that these “roosters” of the astrology world peddle the idea of blaming the planets for what happens to us here on Earth.

The configuration of the planets in a birth chart expresses potential. It does not, in and of itself, determine what happens to us. Human decisions are a mix of birth chart, environment, heredity, free will, and other influences. With free will being the critical determinant for the humanistic astrologer.