Philosophies behind Astrology
Learning astrology is similar to learning a new language. There are strange symbols and words, such as Capricorn, 10th house, sesquiquadrate, etc. To study astrology, we have to study the letters of this new alphabet. You have to learn how to combine these new letters into words Jupiter Transit in Libra (Tula Rashi), phrases and sentences. And when you can look at a birth chart and see a lot of sentences combined together, then we are starting to understand that birth chart in its essence.
However, way beyond this structural appreciation is a more meaningful dimension that composes the center of astrology: your philosophy. Yes, your own philosophies and views will condition your understanding of astrology, as well as how you use it.
Fatalism is one approach to astrology that is very traditional and fate-centric. Everything is understood as predestined, and the core belief is that we are not free to choose and take charge of our own lives. Astrologers who adopt this approach are those who predict specific events and give advice to people on how to live their lives best.
Humanism is a more contemporary as well as choice-oriented approach to astrology. The belief here is that within each of us is a creative force seeking to be expressed. This world view thus recognizes us as co-creators of our own destiny.
It is not a toss between free will and destiny, but rather a combination of both. The 2019 and 2020 birth chart is understood as a tool that helps us learn more about ourselves, determine our strong and weak points, and ultimately transform ourselves into self-harmonious individuals.
Humanistic astrologers say the purpose of the birth chart is to help us know ourselves better, enabling us to see as well as express our highest potential. We must correct the the problem areas identified by the chart until we are able to fully transcend them. This means that we should not take our problems as destiny, but we should use our awareness of them to defeat them and most importantly, to learn from them.
For some humanistic astrologers, karma and reincarnation are very strong and powerful concepts. According to the philosophy of reincarnation, we all possess a soul or spiritual essence that remains alive even after our death, and incarnates in different physical forms in different lives. The purpose is to give us the chance to learn different lessons through different experiences, and to gradually attain wholeness or perfection.
The philosophy of karma says that whatever we do is our own responsibility. Anything we do returns to us. These things make up the cornerstone or the ancient karma doctrine. However, we are not obliged to believe in karma or reincarnation. The same concept may be explained by way of biological inheritance or genetic predisposition.
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