Genetics as celestial imprinting
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The short answer is both. The long answer is a little more complicated.
When we define astrology as the science (or art) of planetary influences on individual destinies, we tend to use the term “influence” in the sense of the effect of one thing on another, assuming that there is a spatial correlation of some kind between a planet and a human – or between the planets themselves – which allows for action at a distance. But astrology is an eminently symbolic science, which does not operate through the causal dynamics to which earthly experience has accustomed us. It is based on the consideration that the meaning of astrological configurations arises from our consciousness, which interprets the external fact – the celestial sphere in this case – translating it into human form. The union of objective vision and subjective perception thus creates our experience of reality, allowing us to affirm that what is above (the sky) is like what is below (our earthly being), rendered objectively because we live in a dualistic realm. This does not mean that external reality does not exist but that our awareness is integral to the things around us.
Having said that, even our genome, as part of a unitary nature, presents itself as an expression on the earthly level of a project with its astrological counterpart and which will manifest itself in the individual phenotype. From this point of view, genetic and celestial imprinting are two sides of the same coin, and it becomes difficult to answer the question as there is no absolute separation. To replicate, it is necessary to go down a step and separate the observer from the phenomenon again.
When we analyse a natal chart, it is a reading of potential, that is, what could be the fate of an individual based on their astral configurations at the time of birth. To know with a reasonable degree of accuracy how these potentials will be expressed, it is necessary to understand what will be the ground that will host them and make them grow and develop; it is at this point that the various factors of completion – genetic, cultural, family, etc. – will make it possible to “dress” the virtuality of the celestial configuration, effectively completing the hierogamy – the marriage – between heaven and earth.
Therefore, the answer to the question is given at the beginning, with a distinction that depends on how things are observed. Heavenly reality does not manifest itself without a solid earthly foundation, be it genetic, cultural or otherwise. We are accordingly led to assign the two factors – genetic and astrological – a tie score. But, as in Plato’s allegory of the cave, thinking that one can exist without the other is like being chained in a cave from which only the shadows of reality can be seen, taking them for real. The astrological symbol reveals the non-physical essence of things, where the individuals the symbol represents are its earthly image, as expressed in the Hermes Trismegistus’ Emerald Tablet: “Which is above is like to that which is below, and which is below is like to that which is above, to accomplish the miracle of one thing”.