1) The best astrologers…meaning those whose company you might enjoy over an adult refreshment…all at first fought their acceptance of astrology.
You don’t come into this life championing the notion that other celestial bodies have an influence upon your life on earth. And you don’t suddenly become super-credulous when a newspaper horoscope has a grain of personal truth. If you have any character at all, you resist the ridiculousness of the astrological premise until the universe just flat wears you out with insight and evidence; and even then you reserve the right to doubt. At least this is true of the astrologers with whom I personally drink.
2) Astrology is not a science. Astrology is not a religion. Astrology is an art.
Astrologers fall down the rabbit hole when they attempt to answer the question “do you believe?” Any answer to this question casts the astrologer as a heretic or a fool. As a practicing astrologer for some years now, I have come to regard myself as a reader and interpreter of symbols suggested by the position of objects in the skies. The analogy that suits the process best is that of an artistic performance. ‘Magic’ does enter the equation when that performance resonates deeply with the individual to whom the sky patterns are related. It is exactly the same as someone hearing a song performed to which they have a personal connection…it may be poignant, funny, enlightening, perhaps a bit synchronistic, but hardly an experience one would categorize as a “belief.” So do I believe in astrology? I don’t know; do you believe in music?
3) What the average person doesn’t know about astrology could fit a large universe.
Reading one’s sun-sign horoscope in the newspaper (which appears on the comics page for a very good reason) does not qualify one as versed in astrology. Scientists who demean the field on the basis of the simple enthusiasm some people bring to this banal activity are equivalent to music critics assailing the value of a hypothetical orchestra that only plays Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Astrology is far more appropriately evaluated as a handmaiden of history since the dawn of human thought; it is a vested adjunct to such fields as mathematics, astronomy and countless others ranging from medicine to military strategy since their inception; and it is quite notably the eccentric twin of psychology since that field’s relatively modern birth. The complexity of the 5,000 year-old astrological canon…containing its various historical traditions, its truly staggering number of techniques and formats, its vivid participation in constantly evolving natural discovery…renders the field as vast and compelling as the universe itself. By definition, sort of.
4) People at least as smart and successful as you have paid astrology some serious attention.
Even the casual fan of astrology is likely to know some of the great historical names engaged with astrology. It is certifiably true that America’s first billionaire, J.P. Morgan, was very enthusiastic about the contributions of his astrologer, Evangeline Adams (“Millionaires don’t have astrologers. Billionaires do.”) Nancy and Ronald Reagan, despite after-the-fact equivocations, were obviously consulting with the estimable astrologer Joan Quigley regarding appointments, both temporal and political. The great psychologist Carl Jung, although prudently cautious in his assessment, was still moved to characterize astrology as the collected psychological knowledge of antiquity. Other documented examples from fashion industry CEO’s to music industry moguls to world champion soccer coaches are plentiful, but perhaps the most salient connection between success and astrology resides in the mystery of the people you don’t know are using it and are keeping it to themselves as their personal “edge.” Take it from the guy who convinced the American Management Association to publish a book on the subject of business astrology on the “secrecy” premise…it’s the tool you don’t know your rival has that will bury you.
5) Astrology can be used to anticipate (not necessarily predict) the future.
It’s unfortunate that people tend to lump astrologers and psychics together. While any and all of us human beings may have moments in which we apprehend/forecast clear truths beyond the range of our “normal” senses, astrology is not really that sort of thing. In terms of forecasting, astrology is the pragmatic and skilled reading of a very ancient and intricate clock…part cosmic, part cuckoo, and really rather elegant. The elegance stems from astrology’s rich consideration of time, tracking the cyclical “what” rather than merely notating the cyclical “when” of events. This is admittedly a bit to chew on, but there are two very cool things about this: 1) astrology has been tracking personality and event archetypes for over 5,000 years and has thereby created an unparalleled vocabulary for apprehending and discussing the conceptual foundation and timing of human affairs; and 2) in the hands of a qualified practitioner it truly does help to focus personality and event expectations more than “common sense” might allow. Now if we could only do something about free will…
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