Once upon a time, I (Joe Bill Schirtzinger) had a psychology class, as that was my major, in undergraduate studies. It was not destined to be. The biggest reason that this was so was that I had taken psychology in the hopes of being able to devise a method that might help alleviate some of the suffering that was omnipresent. As I began to study psychology more deeply, I began to realize that despite all the theory we we learning, the fruits of the method had yielded a civilization that was still deeply troubled. Within the class I was taking, it was emphasized that pseudo-science was to be strenuously avoided. The problem with that statement was, however, to my mind, that not all that long ago psychology itself was considered a pseudoscience. Though we were taking copious amounts of statistics and learning all manner of ways to analyze the resulting data, it seemed to me that if our starting premises determined what was or was not science that this would be a better place to ascertain why psychology, as a whole, was not yielding anything especially impressive such that the human condition and psyche were markedly improved and healthier. Of course, the counter-argument could be advanced that we no longer were keeping troubled individuals in cages or giving them lobotomies as a general rule, but the problem to me was that we ever considered these methods with which to begin. Clearly, something had gone off the rails. The question then, was what.
With the way academic science viewed astrology, it seemed as though one was better off not ever questioning the status quo. Clearly, it was silly superstition. Of course, it was always understood to me that science should explain why something does or does not work. So, with some reluctance, one day I opened some astrology software to see what was clearly so categorically false. I quickly learned somewhat rudely, that it was not false. Rather, it was a language that had its own syntax that would take some time to parse. This was far beyond some “Sun Sign” in a newspaper.
One fellow my psychology course avoided entirely was Jung. Famously, he broke with Freud. His leaving of Freud created a rift that still exists to this day. Jung, however, forged a path that merged scientific understanding with fields like astrology. The reason modern science was overlooking him was simple–he did not fit the standard narrative.
Jung posited the existence of a collective unconsciousness. This unconsciousness was something we all shared in common as human beings. At any given moment, something in the mass could be embodied by any one of us. Of course, we might not be entirely aware of this process, but we will act as though we are. Astrology then, according to Jungian thought, is the mass consciousness projected outside of the self. It is as though the stars and constellation were some immensely larger planetary mind. While this definition goes far, a simpler explanation and definition is that astrology is like the message board of God. Unless you know somewhat how God thinks, it is going to be hard to decipher exactly what the message is. However, in hindsight, the message is always obvious, and the notice was always given. Clearly then, modern psychology has little use for concepts like God. Even though psyche has its roots as a Greek word for soul, it nearly has no need of that term either. Perhaps by trying to turn off the heavens we were lobotomizing our souls and so this might explain why psychology had such limited results. By trying to make everything secular and scientific, we might be inflicting psychological injury of unprecedented proportion.
The constituent pieces of astrology are signs, houses, aspects, planetary bodies, asteroids, and so on. Taken together, they begin to form a picture. Rather like listening to a orchestra each piece has its part to play. When combined together, they form the composition or piece which the ear experiences as a whole.
The movement of the universe, with respect to an astrology wheel is approximately “backwards” or counter-clockwise. The chart remains in the position it occupies for roughly two-thousand years before it “rolls” to the next sign in the wheel. Currently, we are experiencing such movement as the chart moves from Pisces to Aquarius. Pisces is about compassion and sacrifice, but it also has overtones concerning illusions and escapism. Therefore, all the false news and rude awakenings we appear to be experiencing lately concern our illusions being stripped. Like an alcoholic, recovery for many is slow as the reality that emerges is not always a pretty picture.