The application of psychological support in astrological analysis
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Not exactly, but there are some similarities. My answer does not question the validity of psychology or astrology, both of which are influential in their respective fields of application.
From a broad perspective, psychology focuses on studying the mind and behaviour. The conscious and unconscious phenomena are analysed to resolve the contradictions and problems that may arise in the human being on an individual or social level. That is obviously an oversimplification. There are many paths involved, each conveying a different meaning and a distinct way of acting towards problem-solving.
Think of Freud, Adler and Jung, for example. While Freud developed a theory of the unconscious based on libido as a primary drive that invests mental processes, Adler’s basic principles were centred on a holistic point of view and a strong connection of the individual to the social fabric (community psychology). Jung, on the other hand, by introducing concepts such as the collective unconscious, synchronicity, alchemical transmutation and archetypal occurrences, has brought psychology closer to the borders of spirituality. We would cite neuroscience yet, an interdisciplinary scientific study tempting to link the psychological models to the underlying modifications in the brain’s biological, chemical and molecular functions and neural circuits.
Why this introduction? Because there are different degrees of freedom in the development of psychological theories, and this has to do with the possibility of integrating psychology into an astrological interpretation.
Despite what we may think, astrology is not strictly a predictive science. Astrology aims to ensure that we look at the events in a sense that makes us participate in what is happening. In the horoscope, we see the correlation between our interiority, which paints reality from a unique point of view, referring to a specific individuality, and external events that become significant thanks to the mediation of consciousness. In other words, objective vision and subjective perception both build the foundation of our earthly experience. Astrology undermines the assumption that the physical world exists independently of our observations; consequently, astrological factors act as a symbolic mirroring of the reality we belong to.
And here we come to the potential intertwining of astrology and psychology. Going back to the degrees of freedom of psychology, we can say that some psychological disciplines are less suitable than others when used as tools for reading an astrological chart. Let’s take neuroscience, for example. Creating a causal link between the physiological functions of the brain and psychological states – as neuroscience does – means violating the laws of analogy that govern astrology because astrology states that the material and mental planes reflect each other without any intervention of a causal relationship. It would still be possible to read a birth chart on a purely physiological or medical basis; however, this would not help understand the individual’s true nature.
Other psychological disciplines, less linked to a dualistic view of reality (such as those mentioned), can help provide a language that puts the human being in contact with the celestial reality of astrology. But we cannot forget that astrology is an esoteric science whose primary objective is to unify the individual’s consciousness with the objective experience of things; in other words, astrology allows us to know why we are born and what our role is in the world. If these expectations are satisfied, then psychology is excellent support for the individual’s integration path.