The conscience of the world
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The current approach to astrology leaves little hope in this regard. I’m not referring to the popularisation of astrology as an entertainment tool, which does not harm if it remains confined to the playful experience. Instead, it is the tendency, which undoubtedly is not of today, to want to separate individuals from their reference constellations, be they the zodiac signs, the planets and all the systems that combine to form the structure of the horoscope. Consequently, they perceive their destiny as an inescapable power, a divinity indifferent to their fate, or an impersonal force against which there is no room for action.
This is the path undertaken by the so-called scientific astrology. Through statistical tools and postulates that predict planetary energy influences that are not yet well understood, it attempts to confine the relationship between human beings and astrology to a causal matrix, effectively excluding the possibility of experiencing its evolutionary potential.
But without referring to specific cases of astrological matter, it is sufficient to observe how the client-astrologer relationship is managed; it is almost always a one-way relationship, where an answer is given concerning which the client can do nothing, lacking the knowledge of the meaning that binds them to the cosmic symbolism. And sometimes, the astrologer does not even participate in this passive condition because the client is used to not questioning themselves due to the prevailing mentality today. In short, astrology becomes a source of superstition, understood as a practice dictated by a false belief.
In the current panorama, perhaps the transpersonal consciousness concept introduces the only exception, as initially expressed by Rudhyar. If we can expand our consciousness to include the experience that comes to us through the senses, then the outward vision appears to us as a reflection of our inwardness; the planets lose their material fixity and become symbols of a reality to which we are intrinsically united, and towards which we can relate with the laws of analogy. This does not mean denying the existence of a material reality, but affirming that consciousness and reality are part of a single process, the result of which is our vision of the world.
This is the goal towards which the transpersonal astrologer must strive. But how to present this growth tool, almost alchemical in itself, to the attention of those seeking comfort? With what follows, we will try to give one example among many.
Suppose we have to analyse the case of a critically aspected Pluto in the seventh house of a natal horoscope. The traditional formula requires, in this case, to assign Pluto the role of the great destroyer, the impersonal principle of chaos; for most individuals, its symbolism is experienced as a blind impulse that breaks down the habitual patterns of existence; it is “fate”, the inescapable destiny that cannot be avoided. Given these premises, one can only foresee a union or a marriage that strains the victim’s ego, a separation, or even the partner’s death.
However, such a presentation does more harm than good. How do you react in the face of the inevitable? Cursing perhaps the insane curiosity that saved us from a fate of blissful ignorance? Or understand what teaching is hidden behind the events, creating a transmutation potential that allows Pluto’s energy to change its plane of representation? Here we know how great the responsibility of the astrologer is who, if not supported by a sincere desire to help others, risks compromising the evolutionary potential of the consultant.
Pluto is not a bad teacher. Simply, its energy collides with the usual patterns put together by an ego, most of the time fictitious, which opposes the circumstances that show our errors; not wanting to recognise them out of selfishness, we resort to questionable attitudes that cause damage. By refusing change, the manifestation of Pluto’s energy, neutral in itself, originates all the more pain and destruction the more the egoic structure stiffens in the face of the transformation; this will manifest as events destructive to the old self. What to propose as a viaticum for change? Depending on the case, a sudden change that breaks the patterns of the simulacrum of the ego; or a series of small and medium-sized deviations from the standard route that gradually leads to a new destination. In both cases, it is a painful journey that can shed light on the true meaning of events that appear as chance but which, in reality, are paths of liberation chosen unconsciously. Having made the due distinctions between the various symbolisms and configurations expressed in a horoscope, this working example is helpful for both the client and the astrologer.