This is for everyone who has asked the question: Why Astrology? It is also for those of you who dip your mental proboscis in Astrology from time to time, yet the Skeptic keeps winning. And I suppose it is also for those who discard it completely without an honest exploration.
It doesn’t happen anymore, but in the early days, when the doubts would swarm into my thinking and all the voices inside and out would begin tossing darts at my thought balloons, it was a battle. I always found it helpful to recall a few quotes to help me remember, to reinforce my will to paddle further into the night with my questions for the stars. Here is a few of those quotes:
“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.”
…Jung, who most of you know, was obsessed with Astrology. Naturally, when one keeps asking questions about the Psyche and paddling much further than all the warning signs, you will discover some remarkable spaces–spaces which hold ancient artifacts which all point to the cosmic webbing which weaves us together. You will also find out Astrology is the study of this webbing
“A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”
…In the beginning, it was this quote from the Father of Western Medicine that hooked me. I didn’t understand. I had been studying many different streams of medicine before Astrology grew inside of me, and there was never a mention of this. It wasn’t until I began to study Vedic Astrology when it finally made sense. Jyotish is a part of Ayurveda; Ayurveda is a part of Jyotish; Jyotish, another word for Indian Astrology can be translated to “The Eye of the Vedas.” The Vedas are Truth. In other words: Astrology helps us see the Truth–in the body, in the mind, in Spirit.
*If you know any doctors who took the Hippocratic Oath, share this quote with them. See what they think.
“Astrology is the Rosetta stone of the human psyche”
…The man who brought us Transpersonal Psychology, Holotropic Breathwork, and over a half a century of studying human psychology–even equipped with LSD, in the early days–has found himself allied with Richard Tarnas, saying such wonderful things about Astrology. If the Rosetta Stone helped to decode Egyptian hieroglyphs, what can Astrology do if it were to have a similar function? Oh, this eternal question…
And for all of you with Bitcoins spinning in your eyes:
“Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.”
…Even though it goes against my ethics in relating to cryptocurrency, it does relate. I myself used Electional Astrology to get my first Bitcoins. I still have the chart. It’s fascinating to see how it has come alive. I have also been contemplating the Bitcoin chart and some exciting transits to it over the next couple of years. It looks promising. But I’m not a financial Astrologer, nor do I have Bitcoins glowing in my eyes. If JP said it, well, then it must be true.
There are ten thousand other reasons I could collage on the cave walls of my Thinking, but there’s no need. When you follow the coordinates of your questions courageously, your canoe arrives. You will have found the magik. Something I call kosmognosis. It’s a holistic way of understanding life, led by the heart and not the head, woven together by borrowed fibers of Indra’s net and populated by untold numbers of dragons. It’s essentially the Mythic Imagination. Something we are all starved for. For me, this is part of the answer to Why Astrology?