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Postmodern Astrology

Posted in Astrology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2012 by sudhirastropoetica

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I love astrology – mainly for its mythological, hence psychological, depth. The superstition that still surrounds it however has always driven me to distraction. That people in the 21st century still cling to the idea that it has scientific credibility in its present form, defies belief. Perhaps one day someone will find an empirical connection between the planets, stars and life on earth. Maybe once in the days of genuine intuitive cognition it was understood correctly. Presently it’s a dog’s breakfast.

Up until now, rather than get tangled in the muddy soup of that argument, I have focussed on identifying the witness of it all. There is a witness to the whole dance of energy that we are and that life is. This witness is the core of awareness which provides the hub of silence that offers refuge from the noise – or a counterpoint to the noise.

Going to Uni has opened up another way of looking at these things for me. I am blessed to finally get my head around postmodernism. We are made up of stories – and these stories are malleable. To put astrology into this mix is a fascinating journey. The stories, archetypes and mythological patterns that form the template of astrology, are malleable. We can read them however we want to read them, make meaning of them in whatever way we want to make meaning of them – and shift them around to affirm the very best of who we are, as we please. That takes all the dogmatic lunacy out of astrology and empowers we lovers of grand archetypal narrative, in whole new ways.

My greatest joy so far in finally doing a counselling degree, is to have discovered narrative therapy – and in particular the works of Michael White and David Epston. To sum it up briefly, narrative suggests that when we are in a bit of a ditch, we are often plagued by problem-saturated narratives that distort our view. Through externalising our problem/s, we can deconstruct them, see what ideas beliefs etc drive them – and then go looking for other, hidden healthy narratives that are also present in our lives but are operating out of sight. As we strengthen these alternate narratives, so we can move from ‘problem’ to creativity, strength, awareness, love, whatever.

To put astrology into this context, imagine not being hoodwinked into certain not very constructive predictive interpretations of your sign, or your present day transits but instead being free to rewrite the interpretation according to your unique healthy creative narrative – the one that lives underneath any deterministic power-drenched superstitious nonsense you might have had put on you by some apparently authoritative astrologer, or cook-book astrological manual. This opens up the possibility of each person finding their most unique astrological self – one that identifies their strengths and celebrates them.

And then we can find the witness!

Much love
Sudhir
PS I still have books for sale. $25 including postage anywhere in the world!

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