Astrology is a very useful and powerful tool, when used respectfully, to identify and activate alignment and authenticity in a person. This is the deeper expression of this powerful and time-honored art, yet too many people use it and see it as just another fortune telling device. This illustrates just how much we have moved away from what is natural.
In our rather artificial world, these attributes are much rarer than might be imagined. This is one of the biggest reasons for the many issues that the promise of modern society is unable to meet. Disease, depression, stress, confusion, fear, materialism, cynicism, despair, addiction and alienation are some of the main issues that people all over the world are experiencing. This is due to the fact that modern society is too far out of tune with nature and natural cycles. We have deceived ourselves that we can willfully plow our way through life and overcome nature with our intellect. This is a grand illusion.
We can learn to cooperate and negotiate but notions of defeating nature are delusional. After all, where does nature end? Answer: it doesn’t. Yet, we continue to try overcoming it, to raping and pillaging and conquering it. Of course, there are many making sincere efforts to bring the scales back into balance, but probably not enough, yet. Making matters worse, entire industries have emerged that profit from the problems we face.
It is a sad irony that solving these problems is rejected or deflected so that the economy does not fail. And yet, the economy is failing. The reason is simple. We have lost touch even with the idea of what being more authentic even means. Again this is where Astrology can help greatly.
Good Astrology looks at who a person is and intuitively accesses insights, inspirations, and strategies to help people to tune in more consciously to what constitute authentic orientation, choice, and action. For this reason, Astrology can prove to be a very worthwhile investment leading to healing and activation of connection to one core and authenticity.
However, if the focus of the Astrologer is purely upon predicting events, he/she fails miserably to activate this quality of approach that both Astrology and people who are sincere in their desire to make use of it, truly deserve. It simply becomes a game of seeing if the future can be predicted. Or, it becomes a game of the astrologer ‘impressing people with his/her wizardry’. This shallow expression of astrology belongs in the entertainment industry but serves very little purpose as a sincere and responsible practice of astrology as a genuine service to the many communities of the world. The supposition that this is what astrology is and how it works is also what leads people to turn away from astrology when they do not receive tidy predictions so that they do not have to do work of genuinely fulfilling their destiny. By comparison, it is like the hope of buying lottery tickets to earn a living instead of seeking to cultivate one’s creative potentials to make meaningful contributions to society and thereby earn a living. This attitude is much more prevalent that many might realize.
Perhaps the main problem with the mere focus to predict the future is that it presents a challenge to the wholesome and important process of exercising our free will. Striking a balance between deciphering who we are and what constitutes important features of our authenticity and destiny and engaging our free will to actualize our authenticity is the deeper meaning of the word, co-creation.
There are Astrologers who work at deeper levels but they are the fewer. The trend towards this direction began to rise but many of the new aspirants have either abandoned it or are simply not aware of this deeper mode of practice. The humanistic practice of astrology which reveals an appreciation of the processes of self-actualization and which honor the reality of the evolution of the soul is again being replaced by a personality cult that is merely interested in forecasting trends and attempting to predict outcomes. The notion of authentic self-actualization is, once again, being pushed aside by this pop expression.
Woven within this approach of identifying and activating a connection to one’s authenticity is an inherent spirituality that reflects a deep appreciation of and alignment with nature. After all, when we refer to the character in a person, we are actually, at least indirectly, speaking of human nature. The word nature is not arbitrarily placed here. However, too much of how we see ourselves and reality itself is not natural, it is rather contrived and artificial.
Good Astrology helps people by stimulating their primary relationship, which is the one we each have with our own body, mind, heart and soul. To the extent that we are aligned with this relationship in its full scope, is the extent to which we can say that our lives are spiritually connected. This connection serves as the foundation for true success.