Is your Astrology authentic?
Is your Astrology too ‘psychological’ so as to at times amount to psychobabble or being too mentalistic?
Or does your astrology risk being inauthentic to guru teaching of inauthentic formulae?
It’s a simple summary, but the theme must most definitely not be ignored, or you damage your astrology and your life.
The West has included a tradition of the independent consciousness of each independent self.
The East has included a tradition of guru-consciousness, and realisation that the individual self is illusion.
Have a look at this brief video, where I take a huge sweeping historical and cultural overview of the differences in consciousness of East and West.
So, although this is a deliberate simplification, it’s worth watching out that when you are doing astrology, whether, on the one hand you are not over-valuing the individual mental process, but on the other hand whether you are not surrendering your authenticity and individual special spark to guru consciousness and loss through group dynamics.
So, to simplify, let’s look at some main crises in the great interaction between East and West:
To simplify, I suggest that East met West in 480 BC at the battle of Thermopylae, when 300 Spartans saved the day for Greek philosophical enlightenment.
I suggest that the West fell in 410 when the Huns, the Visigoths and the Vandals sacked the city of Rome causing the corrupt Roman Empire to finally fall, and the roman Catholic Church took over as the holder of the Western hegemony and the Dark Ages set in.
Yes, in the Dark Ages, Arthur, guided by Merlin are depicted as blessedly keeping alive the vastness of the Celtic vision, but Arthur only held back the Germanic invaders for so long, even if his spirt shall return.
But I suggest that East met West when the Islamic Empire sacked Constantinople, with the result that scholars fled to Rome bearing culturally priceless Greek Manuscripts – and the Dark Ages were ended with the glories of the Renaissance.
And I suggest that the intellectual destruction done by the Roman Catholic Church was overturned by the Enlightenment in the 18th Century. BUT at the cost of over-valuing of the Rational and the cerebral.
And so, the scales swung the other way when the British Empire seized rule over India – but with the blessed result that Eastern spiritual awareness filtered through with increasing strength to the West.
And lastly, Now, due to internet, East and West can have proper dialogue. And so, just looking at the area of Astrology, this means that at last we are in a glorious position to utilise a combination of both Western and Vedic Astrology, and the glories of Chart interpretation that this brings are so healing and empowering for each of us.
In my opinion, for the best in astrological analysis you must be able to read BOTH Vedic and Western astrology. Why is this? Well:
Modern western psychodynamic astrology, when expertly interpreted, accurately depicts our psychological make-up, the sub-personalities within us and issues of individuation and wholeness. Blessedly modern western astrology includes analysis of the manifestation of the energies of the outer planets in our birth chart and our lives: The Gods of Change: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Uranus was discovered and entered the Western Consciousness in 1781. Neptune was discovered and entered the Western Consciousness in 1846. Pluto was discovered and entered the Western Consciousness in 1930. And blessedly, Chiron, the Wounded Healer in our chart was discovered in 1977. When a section of humanity was ready, the extra dimension of consciousness and awareness was discovered and brought into the light of our perception.
Vedic astrology which is far more ancient, powerful and accurately identifies the journey of the soul. It identifies the journey we were born to undertake. It describes the physical and psycho-mental circumstances we will attract into our lives as fates for us to work with. Vedic astrology asserts that these fates are chosen with reference to past karmas that have accrued in previous lives. Some of these karmas are fixed (drida): there is little we can do about them: we need to experience them for a life-time in order to make the growth we need to undertake; other of our karmas are not fixed (adrida) – these we can learn to modify or eliminate or ‘burn’.
Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac (start point 0 deg tropical Aries: where the Sun is on the first day of Spring). Because it is sun sign based, Western astrology therefore primarily depicts our egoic self, our egoic psychological self: the unfoldment of that awareness through Individuation and psychosynthesis for example.
Vedic Astrology uses the sidereal zodiac. It’s start point is 0 deg sidereal Aries, and the Sidereal Zodiac is anchored to a (relatively) ‘fixed’ star: Chitra at 0 deg Vedic Libra. Vedic Astrology is thus more anchored to the Eternal. It powerful declares and accurately depicts our incarnational life purpose and the unfoldment of this.
By the way, Western Evolutionary Astrology seeks to do this, based on the work of Martin Schulman, but because it uses the tropical Zodiac, what it depicts is the psychological consequences of our past lives and our present karmic scripts, rather than depicting the scripts themselves which is what Vedic astrology can do.
As the western tropical zodiac moves a degree every 72 years against the backdrop of the stars. The two zodiacs are currently 24 degrees apart.
So, in all my caring and thorough Worldwide Astrology Readings, I can offer crossover from Western to Vedic Astrology where needed – and vice versa.
And, in all my wonderful, caring and totally individually supportive Worldwide Astrology Courses, you always get as a matter of routine, the opportunity for crossover from Western to Vedic Astrology where you wish – and vice versa.
So, have a look at my Astrology Readings website and choose a Reading: there are three lengths of reading to choose from. I am very caring and thorough: www.starwheelastrology.com
Or, enrol on one of my Foundation astrology courses and make wonderfully life-changing steps in learning how to understand your Self, your life, your Love issues for yourself.
There’s my Vedic Astrology Foundation Course: www.mastervedicastrology.com and there’s my Western Astrology Foundation Course: www.enlightenedastrologycourse.com in this course, I teach wonderful Psychodynamic Astrology and Evolutionary Western Astrology, as well, of course, as the mainstream of the best expert Western Astrology.
And if you know something of Astrology Techniques already, there’s my wonderful dedicated more advanced Astrology Courses: www.advancedvedicastrology.com
And there’s my Mini-Readings and Mini-Courses too!
I look forward to hearing from you,