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Is it time for Astrology to Embrace Philososphy   2 comments

There is a constant argument that astrology is science, but apart from the fact that astrology cannot fit the criteria of science another major draw back is whilst science has laws that enable us to create the modern technology we rely on today it does not and cannot comment on the meaning of this technology in our lives and how that may affect our relationships positively or negatively in the future for science is good for obtaining empirical evidence and laws but was not designed to add depth of meaning to our lives. Traditionally for meaning we have turned to two resources Philosophy and Religion.

Personally from my own perspective astrology fits better within the confines of philosophy rather than religion.  Philosophy is an ever evolving system that embraces many different ways at looking at the world around us, understanding different perspectives and ways of making ethical decisions.  Plato’s allegory of the cave describes astrology rather well we are interpreting the patterns of the puppet shadows on the wall and in doing so trying to make sense of the patterns and themes we see.  Like the analogy we cannot tell what the true facts are but only what is visible to us and that makes astrology fallible but it does not make it worthless if we accept it is one tool for understanding the world and patterns around us.  It is based on the understanding of symbols as an expression of ideas, themes and the overused archetypes – archetypes are like characters in books we can all relate to them because we all have those aspects to our nature.  Plato’s other famous allegory of the Utopian Atlantis, his ideal of what the perfect world looks like to him is also a great example of what can be achieved by embracing philosophy; accepting Atlantis as an allegory a way of describing to others what he thought the perfect world should be like removes the need to bend and twist facts to fit beliefs, there is no need to prove Atlantis is real when you accept its reality is philosophical rather than physical.  When you understand Atlantis as a set of philosophical values of what Plato believed mankind could be, we see that our potential as humans is and was always great and that potential still exists within us all.  Isn’t that what astrology is really about our individual and our joint potential as human being trying to understand the complex world we live in.

“I am certain that I can have no knowledge of what is outside me except by means of the ideas I have within me.” Descartes.  Idealism, the view that mind or Spirit is the only ultimate reality, is far from dead, and many American university philosophy departments have a representative Process philosopher or Personalist – both variant forms of Idealism.  Idealism fits in with astrology on many levels, for it accepts the notion of Jupiter as a group of ideas about what a planet is and what space is, however astrologers can also add to Jupiter another group of ideas about what the planet symbolises.

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Posted October 30, 2014 by neptune's Aura Astrology in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Is it time for Astrology to Embrace Philososphy

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  1. I like your post. I used to have a blog about the metaphysics of astrology until I became a philosophy student and learned that philosophers have no patience for anything to do with astrology. But it is still a project that I’d like to take on one day… under a pseudonym, perhaps. Plato, Plotinus and even Aristotle believed in astrology. So did Newton, Kepler and Copernicus. The problem is that philosophers are highly suspicious of anything that removes free will. Though astrologers like to maintain that we still have free will, I think, logically, you cannot believe in astrology and believe that we have the kind of freedom that philosophers see us as having. But I do agree with you that astrologers should look to philosophy. There are a lot of metaphysical assumptions in astrology that could form the basis of a new way of looking at life. I’m not sure that idealism is the way in… but that would be a subject for debate.

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