Although fought and slandered, the fascination of astrology remains unbroken. As a science, it is many thousands of years old and dates back to the ancient cultures of Egypt, Babylonia and Assyria, where it flourished. It has survived all epochs and is still a firm practice in most cultures.
How does astrology work?
The word “astrology” is made up of the Greek “astron” for “star” and “logos” for “spirit”. Astrology is based on observing the sky, whereby the position of the stars is related to what is happening on Earth according to the principle of analogy. Only the sun and the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are included in the observation. Astrology as a study of planetary movements and stars and their interactions is a kind of reflection of earthly processes. Astrology is specifically a philosophical symbolic language, since energies are ascribed energies. In contrast to astronomy, which observes the purely physical events in the sky, astrology goes one step further by assigning symbolic qualities to the planets and stars. The basic assumptions of astrology include the idea that the time in space is qualitatively different and it is therefore obvious to examine which time will be shaped by which quality. The principle applies: “As above as below” – as in heaven as well as on earth, the movement of the stars as an image of what is happening on earth.
Furthermore, astrology assumes that there is a universal relationship and analogy between things that in and of themselves do not belong to the same category. For this reason, things are assigned to individual zodiac signs, for example, which at first glance have nothing to do with the person, but which still fit. Theoretically, there are other levels of observation in this micro-macro cosmos to determine the quality of time, and above all archaic peoples still practice them today. The celestial bodies are particularly well suited for attempts at interpretation, because they remain almost unaffected by external influences. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the energetic forces of the planets are more indicators of time qualities than determinative influences. Individual planets as well as the sun and moon stand for certain qualities such as aggression, harmony or energy, which dominate in the respective time.
Philosophy of self-development
For a long time, astrology was a recognized science together with astronomy. Only the Enlightenment banished them to the realm of the mythical, because the energetic principles that astrology presupposes were considered “unscientific”. However, despite this disparagement, astrology has lost none of its radiance. People at all times were concerned with astrology or sought advice in interpreting the movements of the sky. Even today, the power of astrology remains unbroken. In contrast to earlier types of teaching, which essentially focused on the destiny and fate of man through the stars and which were based on predestination and inevitable fate, astrology now focuses more on the individual, his abilities and his development potential. Astrology, with its symbolic language of planetary movements and the qualities that they indicate, is a philosophical pattern of interpretation in order to help people to develop fully. Although a Libra remains a Libra and is not a bull, it is possible, despite these natural circumstances, to help people reach their full potential by analyzing the prevailing qualities. Astrology forms a philosophical framework, a climbing aid to achieve this goal. Basically, therefore, astrology is a philosophy of self-development.