as exponents of the Earth
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In their qualities of unity versus dis-union, the two groups of inner and outer planets are each other’s opposites. Through reciprocal mirroring via Earth (that is, via Man), the outer planets break away the inner planets from their symbiotic unity, while the inner planets bring more unity and consciousness into the instinctual functioning of the outer planets.
The developmental field of Earth
When we look at this reciprocal influence between the planets around Earth, the system starts to show signs of being an organic, coherent whole. This might be viewed as the developmental field of Earth (that is, of Man). This development is made possible by making use of the intellectual capacities (the planets Jupiter and Mercury) of the mental shell as well as the ability to self-reflect, which in potential is present in all human beings. Applying both of these qualities may open up new possibilities for astrology (3.1). In the mid-20th century, these became known as psychological astrology (*). In this approach, the distinction between the supposedly malevolent and benevolent character of planets is dropped; there is merely the acknowledgement of some function of reciprocity on either side of Earth.
We all project our images on our environment. In that sense, we are all storytellers. Conversely, we also receive the projections of others, which subjects us to the interplay of forces in our environment. Through reflection, we can become aware of this projection. The capacities of both Saturn (focal point) and the Moon (reflection) are involved in these processes of projection and mirroring. In later texts, we will discuss this subject in more detail.
Other astrological applications
Traditionally, however, astrology has become known for its applications that (at first sight) do not involve these mirror or lens functions. For a start, I can mention the directions and transits, which are the basis for predicting or trace back concrete events in a person’s life. So far, it has not been possible to deduce a clarifying explanation for this through analogical thinking. The same goes for solar return horoscopes and horary astrology, both of which are still more or less within the personal realm.
Outside the personal realm, astrology is applied to a larger context, as in horoscopes of the ‘birth’ or founding of movements, companies or nations. For these events, so-called Spring Equinox horoscopes can be worked out. For example, the course of an election may be traced in this way. Other applications with a more global reach include horoscopes of wars, economical or financial crises, natural disasters or other developments with an impact on the larger whole. From a purely rational perspective, there is no mirror function at play here.
Different reality level – different potential
Just as we saw earlier in this website, reality seems to contain multiple facets that reveal themselves to us at multiple levels (3.1). In the case of projection, we know that inevitably, one dimension, and therefore one aspect of the information, will always fall away (7.2.b). In the setup of the Theorem of Pythagoras, too, we encountered these two facets of reality. We saw that one and the same basic fact can show itself to us in two different forms: on the one hand as an analogous correlation in which specific functions can be described, and on the other hand as a crystallized, manifest law, showing an imperative, direct effect of Spirit on matter.
Differentiation of astrology’s realms of application
This may lead us to suspect that the latter astrological applications belong to this absolute, law-like aspect of reality, in which predictions have a rightful place, while astrology’s personal, mirroring function belongs to the analogical aspect of reality, where it can contribute to our human development. Free will, as a human quality, would then also belong to that realm.
A first impression
This differentiation has been insufficiently worked out here to be able to offer any clear conclusions. It is merely a tentative impression. Still, this impression is not new. Spinoza already spoke about multiple facets of reality (18.5.a). Although he expresses himself in the terminology of his time, the image that he sketched links up seamlessly with the image that emerged from our exploration. In his time, he was not recognized for his contributions, but now he is.
How we will proceed
To a large extent, astrology owes its (in)famous reputation to the art of predicting the future, in which the astrological constellation presents itself as an imperative. Over time, a lot of experience has been gained in this area, and if coupled with sufficient expertise, this branch ought to able to speak for itself. In these predictive applications, there is no place for free will as yet.
Psychological astrology, which is at home in the field of analogical thinking and projections, mainly works with functional relationships. As mentioned before, it is based on free will (3.1) and can therefore make a meaningful contribution to our human development. It is for this application of astrology that I want to further develop The Inner Sky website.