The Art of Astrology
Astrology has been practised as a sacred art ever since the ancients watched the skies and marked the phases of the moon. It has been a means of knowing the cycles and the tides to guide the understanding of when to plant, of when to reap and when to wait until the time is ripe for action, and of gaining insight into what is unfolding in the present.
Astrology is an application of the hermetic principle of 'as above - so below', whereby the macrocosm of the heavens is reflected in the microcosm of the earthly world - thus if one can understand the movement of the heavenly planets and stars, one can gain insight into life as it unfolds on earth. This is a symbolic relationship based upon correspondances between heaven and earth and understood through metaphorical perception.
Astrology recognises that all of life is interconnected - that humanity is participating in the great patterns of life which are reflected in the movement of the heavenly bodies. This unfolding of life is traced by the weaving of the planets through the heavens such that astrology can map the unfolding of the soul and its individual and unique journey through life.
The recent blending of astrology and psychology, inspired by the work of Jung, has led to a synthesis of the modern awareness of the psyche with this ancient understanding of the cosmos and has created a valuable tool for personal growth and understanding, and for gaining insight into the life's journey.
Yet because astrology works though symbol and myth it is also a magical art, and to engage with the inner and outer world guided by planet and sign is a path which leads to a deeper understanding both of ourselves and of the mystery of life.