Something that may strike you right away when you come to this website or check out my social media profiles, is that I'm oddly quiet about astrology itself for being a practicing astrologer. While all the other astrologers I know are posting monthly and sometimes even daily content, I seem to be mute on the subject.
In fact, I recently deleted my old twitter account that was more astrology-focused and created an entirely new one that is almost purely dedicated to animism, folk magic, and my plant studies both mundane and occult. What's going on?
I'll actually talk more about my personal shift in gnosis in another blog; but for this one I want to address a systemic issue I've found amongst both professional astrologers and enthusiasts.
I truly believe that astrology is a tool to help us live better, more present lives. However, sometimes the tool becomes the master.
The most astounding and slightly terrifying aspect of ancient astrology, is that it tracks the circumstances of our life, both inner and outer, with eerie accuracy. So it's no wonder that as you learn more about astrology, you run the risk of obsession and trying to lay out the deep time of your life as far in advance as possible.
I've been guilty of trying to wait on doing things until the absolutely best astrological moment, as well as anxiously awaiting the worst possible outcome of events, due to obsessing over the astrology on a more-than-necessary basis.
Funnily enough, even with all the tools at our disposal (and boy there are SO MANY reading methods)... Astrology is still an art, not a science. It's a form of divination. We do our best to interpret the stars, but we are looking through a limited human lens. This is the ultimate lesson: we can't predict and control it all.
What ends up happening as a result of this attempt to control our destiny, is instead of living in the moment, we get stuck examining the future or navel-gazing into the past. We're constantly trying to assign a story, with little regard to the magic that is unfolding before us with every breath and ticking moment. We leave no room for the pleasantly chaotic unexpected to occur, and therefore we miss precious opportunities and moments in our lives.
Let me emphasize... it's how we use the tool that cripples us, not the tool itself. Astrology can either help you live a better present life, or it can become an activity of obsession as we try to control the unfolding of events.
It's absolutely invaluable to have an idea of what to focus on for the year ahead and how to best handle possible challenges and opportunities that arise. Knowing what to look for in the month ahead so you can feel empowered to act in the present moment, is precisely the gift that astrology can give to us, should we decide to take the time to look ahead.
However, not every single general transit or cosmic event will actually have a tangible impact on your life. That can only be discerned from a high quality year-ahead reading that is specific to your natal chart.
For those who can't afford a year ahead reading that's specific to your life, looking at high quality general transit readings for the year or month ahead is a great way to gain insight. I highly recommend The Astrology Podcast free monthly forecasts for just this reason. For weekly meditation on how to best live our lives, I absolutely love the weekly affirmations that my mentor, Samuel F. Reynolds, posts on his blog.
But, again, let me caution against looking at daily horoscopes or content as totally accurate predictions for the road ahead of you. These are just general indications of the cosmic weather, and should be taken as a thought exercise rather than a decree on your life.
More than anything, if you find that astrology is causing you to abandon the present, put off doing things, or even making you excessively worried or sad... it's time to take a break. Examine why it is that you are constantly looking to the stars instead of participating in the world around you. You can do both, but knowing the star weather should not be something that prevents you from living and enjoying life in the now.
All this said, I will only be posting from time to time about the general sky weather with the express intent of helping us meditate and go deeper into our lives. Let us avoid the time warp and find the beauty of our present moment.
As Wendell Berry so beautifully said:
And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye, clear. What we need is here.