Astrology is a wonderful tool for knowing oneself (and then the universe) as a center of unified state of consciousness, but it is not its sole advantage. It can be also an instrument of wisdom if you are able to see behind mirrors.
Reading a birth chart sheds light on ourselves, who we are, our belief systems, our behaviors, our internal tensions, our shadow and our gifts. This is important, but what can we do with this self-knowledge? At worst, it can serve as a justification for intellectual and comfortable laziness: “after all, the stars have decided about who I am, so I am not responsible. I can do nothing.” Exit the responsibility that every human being is supposed to assume. Exit the questions and doubts, the drivers of evolution. The person may then not realize the destiny indicated by the lunar nodes. And this is one of the benefits of the astrology: on the one hand it describes a personality and on the other hand, it indicates how and why a particular personality can be useful for and evolved.
Of course, this evolutionary approach is based on a belief, that we have a destiny and that we are pursuing a goal, which is to find unity, whether internal or external. What do I mean by “unity”? Unity here as a state of peace. Internally, it is a question of accepting and integrating internal tensions and shadow. Externally, unity is achieved through the acceptance that the other is different and therefore complementary of myself.
The question then is to know how our personality with its limits but also its potentials can participate in individual and collective peace building, e.g. how to reach what I call a second state of consciousness, the first being the one where we become aware of who we are. The second state refers to the meaning of our life or why we are here for.
Because the question of meaning is essential to give purpose to our actions, our lives, our relationships. It allows also not to consider the other not as enemies but as people who can teach something about ourselves and our place in this world. There is no such thing as a coincidence and meeting your worst enemy or a difficult situation makes possible to learn a lesson.
The astrologer has tools at his disposal to resolve the question of meaning or to identify our path of life: S/he studies the lunar nodes, a real compass in an evolutionary journey. The theory of lunar nodes suggests that we all come into the world with aspects of our personalities developed in previous lifetimes: the South Node indicates character traits that are easy for us to build on, while the North Node indicates the qualities we need to develop to achieve inner balance. But they also show us a path of life according to the position of the nodes in the signs, the houses and the Lords of the houses. These are all valuable indications that allow us to understand where, why and how to act.
Astrology and its psychological declination is a complex symbolic system full of lessons for those who do not remain prisoners of their rational convictions. Astrology can help us to describe a personality and its behaviors but it can also give us, on an existentialist level, a person’s meaning of a life, her/his personal legend. Astrology helps define a psychic identity card, a personality; just as physical or external traits define an individual’s social identity; The zodiacal card would be to the immaterial what the identity card is to the material.
How does it work?
Let us assume that each planet represents a trait of this personality and that the combination of each planet with each other (aspects) and their position in the signs and houses define a unique personality for each person.
Very briefly, the sun represents the will, the conscious reason; the moon, imagination, and emotional faculties; Mercury informs about the faculties of intelligence; Venus on the means of seduction and desires; Mars symbolizes a person’s capacity for action, his or her combative energy, Jupiter his ability to integrate into a society, and Saturn his ability to structure and a sense of responsibility.
For now, I am only using the 7 planets of traditional astrology in order to simplify the presentation. But contrary to the positions taken by traditional astrology, I don’t think there are any evil or beneficial planets. Indeed, on a psychological level, since each of the seven traits represents an aspect of a personality, like a puzzle, all the elements are necessary to achieve the unity of an individual. It is a question of appropriating these different aspects and not rejecting some of them. It should also be noted that each era or culture may value this or that character trait; This does not mean that it is to be fought, but rather to be integrated. Perhaps this is the definition of a destiny. Negative or positive actions do not derive directly either from the supposed quality of the planet, nor from the aspects formed by the planets between them, but from the level of consciousness of the person and the knowledge he has of himself. Continuing the parallel with physical identity, would having blue eyes or black skin be beneficial or evil? De facto, it all depends on the latitude in which you are born or in what period. It is the companies that value this or that aspect. But the planet or aspect itself is neutral or factual.
On the other hand, the use we make of the energy that the planet carries can be positive or negative. Indeed, and we all know it, the Sun represents generosity but also pride, the moon imagination but also the emotional overflow that prevents us from acting… Only the knowledge of our personality allowing the mastery of these energies allows us to achieve balance and a form of freedom. Learning about astrology and its symbolic system helps to achieve this.
The freedom I have mentioned is the freedom to realize one’s destiny, or more humbly to realize what one is made for. Indeed, the personality thus indicated by the planets will push us to act spontaneously in a given direction. Thus, a person whose dominant personality is Jupiterian will act more generously. If Saturn dominates, the person will have a structuring and responsible role, particularly with regard to society. Astrology defines a dual system of understanding: of oneself vis-à-vis oneself but also of oneself in a given environment (society, culture, etc.).
These few hypotheses make it possible to sketch out the broad outlines of a theory of personalities based on 10 dominant personalities expressing themselves in an identifiable Way. The approach is not new; Hippocrates had already classified personalities according to the elements: fire, earth, water and air, thus obtaining 4 temperaments. Other more recent theorists (Cattel, Costa & McCrea…) have used psychometric tests to define personality traits. So why not start from the symbolic system provided by astrology?