“Men at some time are masters of their fates: the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”
Astrology is a wonderfully intricate symbolic language. The potential insights which can be derived from it’s responsible use and constructive application are innumerable. Each and every one of us possesses an entire birth chart which can serve us faithfully as a cosmic map.
The chart not only outlines our life purpose and innate potentials, but also the most productive methods and strategies to employ toward the ultimate pinnacle of self-realization. By consciously using our chart as a tool for self-development, we can also become privy to necessary growth cycles in our lives as represented by transits and progressions. These can provide us with clues to how we must meet the challenges put before us during these times.
With all of this knowledge, however, rests a tremendous amount of self-responsibility and a firm grasp on reality. Yes, from time to time most of us engage in light hearted banter and humorous anecdotes regarding the zodiac signs.
There is really very little harm in this. However, when placed in a more serious arena, attributing self-defeating and negative behavior patterns to a zodiac sign or a chart configuration can be very destructive. There are choices which we make in our every day lives which certainly transcend our being a Libra, Gemini or a Capricorn.
We all have the ability to decide how we will respond to a given person or situation. Additionally, I think it bears repeating that there are many levels of consciousness at which we can live out our birth charts. Your individual natal chart is static. It never changes. It’s a snapshot frozen in time coded with symbolic instructions on how you might become your most authentic self. Your birth chart does not promise anything. We are the breathing, living humans who must decide whether we’re going to attempt to manifest the highest form of the energy that is indicated by our charts, or slip into the victim role as if the planets and signs are pulling the strings and we’re merely a puppet for the taking.
At its most evolved, Astrology is an empowering art whose purpose is not only designed to enhance the quality of our own lives, but as a by product improve the lives of those around us. When attempting to delve into this system of self-improvement, we must ask ourselves if our attitude is proactive, thereby asking questions and seeking answers which will help synthesize our energies in to an integrated, more fully functioning human being. Or, reactive…. telling ourselves that we must continue to be a dogmatic proselytizer because it’s the Sagittarian way. Or, justifying one last jealous rage because of our Scorpio stellium. Flawed questions produce flawed information.
In closing, I will leave you with a quote from Mencius, which I think sums up the message nicely:
“He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man; he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.”
Let us continue to aim our arrows high.