I really dig astrology.
I am well-educated, value science and the scientific method, and I’m only kind of a hippie. I don’t believe in pseudo-science but I’m 100% serious when I say astrology has incredible potential to help individuals explore and understand themselves and the world we live in.
It’s been challenging trying to explain this to my non-hippie friends, who are mostly in tech and immediately skeptical of something so nebulous and “woo.” But I think they’re coming at it from the wrong angle. In fact, I think a lot of us are.
Turns out there are a lot of popular misconceptions about astrology. It’s not a religion, but it can serve that purpose, in that it explains how the universe works and it’s a lens through which to view the world. It’s also not an exact science, but more of a social science like economics or sociology.
Astrology hinges on synchronicity, meaning the belief that themes playing out between the planets are mirrored here on Earth. This does not mean looking at planetary movements and determining causality, it means interpreting how those themes might be mirrored in our lives. It’s an art, like poetry.
Furthermore, major religions and belief systems across time and culture tend to have the same building blocks:
- A basic polarity to the universe (light/dark, masculine/feminine, yin/yang);
- Elements of nature, or taking guidance from the “natural” world; and
- Using fables, symbolism, and archetypes to teach morality
Astrology has all these same pieces, but where other belief systems stumble is by claiming to have the answers, or claiming to be right and others are wrong. Astrology does not supersede other belief systems; rather, it is the foundation beneath them. Major principles have been reduced to the lowest common denominators, making it relevant to everyone.
Unfortunately, in order to apply to billions of people, those “lowest common denominators” tend to be pretty vague. Skeptics jump on this and claim that the inherent vagueness prevents it from being relevant to any individual person. But in fact, the opposite is true: it is relevant to everyone, but only if you’re willing to put in the work to discover how, and determine what that means to you.
This is what I really dig about the practice: it asks us to go back to the basics. It makes us do the work. Cut out the fluff and nonsense, focus on the core essentials. Assess your strengths, weaknesses, responsibility, and consider how to successfully navigate similar situations in the future. Astrology requires honest self-assessment, emotional intelligence, and acceptance of personal responsibility, and in turn, shows us the wisdom that gain be gained from doing so.
A horoscope found online probably won’t be very relevant to you, personally. This is because the astrologers writing them are looking at the basic building blocks, making their own interpretations, and applying those interpretations to large swaths of people. They’re not wrong for doing so, but if an individual looked at those building blocks themselves, they could make their own interpretations that would be far more relevant to them, personally, than any astrologer could offer.
However, with all its nuance and detail, learning the building blocks yourself takes a lot of time and effort, which most are not willing or able to do. Or, just as prohibitive, the alternative is paying a lot of money for private sessions with a professional astrologer, which may or may not be of use to you. This is where my approach differs: I want to coach individuals on astrology, helping you navigate how it applies to you personally. You are in the driver’s seat, I’m just your guide.
I’m still figuring out how I want all this to work. For now, my goal is convincing my friends and acquaintances that I haven’t lost my mind and they should hear me out. Right now, that solution is writing here on this blog. I’ll figure out where to go from there.
In today’s world, with our conflicting ideologies and apparent inability to compromise, it is imperative that we examine our personal responsibility and our role in the system. Instead of focusing on our differences, let us focus on our commonalities, go back to basics, and learn to do better.