is about cycles. It describes the core elements of personality and how the ongoing
patterns of the Sun, Moon and planets interact with them to describe life's likely
experiences. The natal chart is the foundation based on one's moment of birth.
That chart never changes, but how we express its potentials does as we grow and
change. Astrology, then, is based on the relationship between a static point (birth)
and the ever-moving rhythms of time.
Eternal and the Ephemeral
dance of the eternal and the ephemeral is played out throughout our lives. It
appears in the opposing forces of being and becoming. Accepting ourselves as we
are is a positive sign of emotional well-being. The capacity to acknowledge our
unique qualities without denigrating judgment is a vital element of a healthy
personality. Living in the present requires that we accept everything that is,
including ourselves, without trying to change it. Yet, while we are the same person
throughout life, we also evolve. The body changes, values shift and attitudes
are altered over time. The ability to adjust to different ages and environments
is necessary for our physical and psychological survival.
we are and we are becoming. We have qualities that seem to be the very essence
of who we are and others that burn brightly during childhood and fade from the
scene by age thirty. There are traits or talents that are absent during youth,
but appear as we mature. We could say that there is a timeless quality of self
that is part of the DNA or, perhaps, of the soul itself, while other expressions
of personality are simply passages within this more enduring structure.
we move through life we encounter circumstances that challenge our notions of
who we are. Intimate relationships frequently push us to question our beliefs
and behavior. In the middle of an argument, it's common to be caught in the dilemma
of defending oneself or accommodating our partner's desires. Are we surrendering
our true selves by giving ground or are we crystallizing the wounds that limit
us from within? It's a challenge to know when we are defending our authentic selves
and our real needs, as opposed to stubbornly sticking to old habits.
Question of Identity
logical to hold onto what we know, a simple question of identity. I'm me because
I have certain beliefs and patterns of behavior. The need to maintain identity
may be the most powerful of all psychological forces. That's why the question,
"Would you rather be right or be happy?," is such a good one. Being
right means knowing who we are. Being happy may require that we risk that sense
of self-knowing to discover a different way to be. This is also the secret attraction
that we can have to pain. Yes, even this most unpleasant of experiences has its
compensating factors when it's familiar to us. If we tend to feel hurt in particular
circumstances, we can be strangely comforted by the certainty it gives. If for
example, you always suffer when your father yells at you, it can be hard to let
go of that suffering. It's not only who you are, but it's part of who you are
with your father. If you don't suffer when he yells, then you and the relationship
are changing. The change may be for the better, but it can still feel risky to
let go of the way things (and you) are.
is an awesome tool for describing an individual. Therefore, an astrological consultation
can be a powerful affirmation of one's identity. When an astrologer who doesn't
know you correctly tells you that your father was probably very cold and your
mother overly emotional, it can feel like cosmic confirmation of your life. One
seems less like an accident when her life is reflected in the sky above. But these
affirmations can be double-edged swords. An astrological description of a trait
like stubbornness, for example, may make it more difficult to change that behavior.
If it's written in the stars, who am I to argue with it? Certainty wins, identity
is reassured, the astrologer is right, but are you better off?
many astrologers understand that the natal chart is only a two-dimensional representation of a particular time and
place. It doesn't breathe, it doesn't bleed, it doesn't grow. Humans, however,
jump off the page and make choices. They are filled with ideas from within and
influences from without that are never still. Astrologers who understand this
work with the balance between being and becoming, between the core moment and
its many possible paths of development throughout life.
the essential self will free it from its limitations, rather than hold it like
a butterfly under glass. The truths of astrology, or any other system of knowledge,
show the outlines of possibility, but not its substance. That is filled by each
individual with his dance of discovery, ever moving between the poles of what
is and what can be. Life can no more be held than one's breath. It is not a thing,
but a process. Just as the Sun, Moon and planets continue their journeys across
the sky, we, too, are in passage.