09 Nov Why Look At Astrology? by Ambika
Why Look At Astrology?
by Ambika, November 2020
2020 has been a year that has altered life as we knew it.
Out of the blue, ‘the virus’ entered our world and has changed it irrevocably.
Astrologers for many years have been predicting that 2020 would be a year of challenge and trouble. So why didn’t anyone listen? Why doesn’t the government have astrologers on their books to help them anticipate difficult times? If astrology is predictive, why couldn’t it tell us that the virus was about to emerge?
Because the fact is, astrology is not factually or physically predictive, it’s archetypally predictive. Beneath the surface of events in the outer world (and beneath the surface of what goes on in our inner world) there is a play of archetypal energy happening … like a worldly play of consciousness. When we understand the nature of these archetypes, we can use that knowledge to manage the forces at play – both in our inner and outer worlds – and grow through the experience. At no point are we the victims of a ‘fated’ destiny.
As we know, “the world is as we see it”, so we are always free to choose our perspective, and our response.
Astrologers expected a huge shift this year because we have three major planetary cycles resetting. So far, in 2020, we have seen the ending of two synodic cycles, and the third will close in December. The ending of any cycle involves the letting go of something comfortable and familiar, a way of being that no longer serves us. But the nature of the ending is to also mark a new beginning, and so the cycle rebirths itself in a new guise.
In January we saw the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Saturn is an archetype that’s all about contraction – death, poverty, duty, illness and loneliness … and these transits often ask us to face financial or physical hardship, to discipline ourselves and shoulder responsibilities, to patiently act with integrity, and if necessary, to persevere alone. Pluto is about hidden forces or powers manifesting, undermining our safety, forcing us to let go our control, to face fears and other darker emotions … to transform our old ways of reacting and take a higher perspective. Astrologers were watching to see what events would emerge to manifest this archetypal union, and at first, we thought it was the bushfires, but little did we know that lurking beneath the surface of our lives, the virus was beginning to spread …
In April, June and still to come in November, we’ve seen the second of these conjunctions – Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. Jupiter is an archetype of expansion – growth, finance and the law, leadership, spirituality and normally would bring about optimism, faith, wisdom and abundance. But in Capricorn, Saturn’s sign, he’s limited in what he can expand. As he met up with Pluto, we’ve witnessed the expansion of the government’s will to govern – new laws and restrictions, hidden powers and secrets, not to mention the virus growing in strength below the surface.
And we’ve also seen the growth of faith and strength in the spiritual community … a forbearance and trust in the Guru and the discipline of the yoga we practice.
And next month – on 22 December – Jupiter will meet up with Saturn for the third and most important of these conjunctions … the ending and beginning of a ‘social mastery’ cycle. More about this one later on.
As yogis, we know that challenging times are just ‘grist for the mill’ – opportunities to take our sadhana deeper, to work with our yogic techniques, expand our resilience and get to know ourselves better. Astrology can help us in two simple ways.
Firstly, it can help us better understand the way we, as souls incarnating, have chosen to play with consciousness in this lifetime. We can work with the archetypal nature of our own inner and outer world more easily when we understand our own individual birth chart.
Secondly, it can give us a sense of what’s happening now and what’s on the horizon in the world at large, and how it relates to our personal blueprint … and with this knowledge it’s less likely to knock us for six. We can more easily bring our yogic skills to bear in working with it.
And perhaps the government would benefit from an astrologer on staff.