How can astrology save you instead of, say, Jesus? Or Barack Obama? Or your mother or father? Your husband or wife?
Well, they’re part of your problem: supporting the idea that someone on the ‘outside’ is going to make things right for you. God (remember, She helps those who help themselves). The government (honey, let go of that hope pronto) or your family (they have their own problems, plus — sorry to break it to you — they really don’t care about you as much as you imagine.) No one or thing is going to pull it all together in the way you hope for. That’s really a child’s dream of the world. But amidst the crazy way our culture is collapsing today, well, that requires an adult to maneuver and take advantage of. To get what you really want you need to grow up.
More disappointing news: Even an excellent astrologer can’t help you. In fact, as I tell my students, the only astrologer qualified to interpret your horoscope is you. It’s really no one’s business but yours. Why would you want interpretations placed in your head from someone who does not understand your history — your disappointments and dreams. All of which are symbolized in your horoscope. Yes, an astrologer can acquaint you with the concepts, but you have to build those ideas into an insight that speaks directly to your heart and soul. And that’s a very private, secret matter — something between you and the universe.
So, you’ll need to invest some time to become familiar with the essence of astrology. Which is very different from the kind of spoon-fed astrology most of you are familiar with. Essential astrology is comprised of impressions, intimations, poems and koans that inspire you towards your calling. And my book can help you with this. So, in the end, you’ll be the one doing the ‘work’, the effort to put the puzzle pieces together — which actually is a fun process that facilitates breakthroughs. And breakthroughs can lead to insights, which is a fabulous place to arrive. In the end it is you, always you, who will transform what is stuck, release what is blocked, lighten what is leaden in your life. It is you, and you alone, who will save your life through astrology.
More shocking news! There’s also a lot of old shit floating around your head related to your parents and their unlived lives (which translate into their hopes and dreams for you). Worse, there is the disturbing envy that parents feel towards their children’s vitality and spontaneity. All children, loved or unloved, live under some kind of parental tyranny. It happens to each of us. It’s a fact of life.
In our horoscope this predicament is symbolized by the planet Saturn. Saturn is necessary in life because without reality — the Saturnine principle — there wouldn’t be the rules and laws that govern the material world. There also wouldn’t be chairs to sit on, roads to drive on, because materiality is also represented by Saturn. Within our inner world, Saturn symbolizes the defensive mechanisms of our psyche, ways of coping and suppressing that allow us to survive as children. Little beings living amidst bumbling giants (our dear sweet parents), an intimidating arrangement.
But these defensive skills from childhood become a tape loop that runs continually in the background of our life. Why? Because our survival as kids depends on it. Freud called this tape loop the superego, that internalized voice of our parents that praises or punishes. You can also think of it as an inner critic — your private killjoy that wants stasis over stardust because, well, magic just isn’t practical. Bah Humbug!
The fantastic news: You’re alive and we’re all living through an extraordinary sociocultural revolution. All of the antiquated power structures and systems are falling apart — including yours. Compile a list: religion, science, government, education, finance, ecology, gender roles. Everything tradition-worshipping Capricorn (which is — surprise! — governed by Saturn) holds close is decaying, dissolving and dropping away. Scary? Yes. But exciting? You bet.
My new book, Save Yourself With Astrology will help you align Saturn (your inner critic) with the Sun (your heart’s desire). How do I do that? By demonstrating the power of astrological alchemy. My book is a guide book. A guide to turning your fortune into good fortune. A golden life.
Ancient astrologers were alchemists first and then astrologers. The study of alchemy, that magical art of combining opposites, was essential. Why? Because the heavenly bodies these masters tracked lined up exactly with real life here on earth, this was known as the Law of Correspondence. The alchemical process started with Saturn, ruler of the densest matter, the dross that nobody wanted. And the aim, via transmutation, was to reach the true Self and its riches, symbolized in astrology by one’s Sun sign. So this is an art worth mastering and practicing.
Save Yourself with Astrology shows you how these two extremes within your nature can actually fall in love with one another. The constrained and the free. Your past and your future. The lead and the gold. Saturn and the Sun. It’s a wonderful marriage. Once Saturn is alchemized your Sun becomes radiant. Life is enriched, enlivened and nourished. Without the Sun nothing lives, grows or prospers. And the same applies to each of us. Once Saturn and the Sun get on the same page we’re free. And that’s a good thing, to quote Martha Stewart.
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