Astrology (and the horoscope, one of its implements) is a knowledge model based not on the severance between the subject of experience and external events but on considering that human consciousness and the cosmos are a single process.
‘Cosmos’, according to the Greek etymology, is the order that consciousness imposes on the pre-existing ‘chaos’, the shapeless matter still devoid of the ordering light of the consciousness itself. Therefore, interpreting a horoscope means ‘reading’ in the sky – what is most remote to the perception of the senses – an order that is actually within us, which we can mirror because it appears to us as external. It is the root of magical thinking and astrology, not without side effects such as superstition and quackery.
Astrology arose in a period of history in which the human being was not yet strictly bound to the individuation process, which imposes a knowledge model based on the mental and cause-effect interrelation. Due to the assumption of unity between all things, it was necessary to refine the intellectual instruments to retrieve possession of the meanings that one previously knew intuitively; this is at the origin of the current scientific approach, which as a side effect tends towards an inevitable contention between the offered opportunities and their proper application.
We must distinguish between the reality of astrology as an instrument of self-knowledge and a specific astrological ‘culture’ that takes its cue from deceptive material, i.e. through media channels (newspaper horoscopes, etc.), which has nothing to do with astrology. Astrology is now approached with an uncritical spirit, developing an attitude of superstitious dependence that is easily attacked, among other things, by the upholders of scientific thought; it has become, like much else, a consumer good. This astrological approach severs ties of the individual with his responsibilities rather than instructing them.