Monday, September 6, 2010

Archetypes, Empowerment, and Astrology

In my book "The Integrated Astrological Guide to Self-Empowerment" I discussed the concept of psychology and that the levels of the psyche are basically levels of mind. Within this concept is the idea that our consciousness descends from the higher levels of collective or superconsciousness to the lower levels of mind and finally to be physicalized in material reality. To illustrate this I converted Freud's original concept of the animal or more base materialistic view of the superego basically "controlling" animal instincts or ID, to the more empowered psychological notion of  spirit being funneled so to speak into the more focused realm of the ego focus. In astrology this point would be represented by the ascendant or rising sign and degree, which mediates spirit into more specificity of expression. Hence this is not negative, but simply focused energy.

Archetypes are universal images or symbols within these levels of psychic material expressing patterns for the organization of experience. It is my assertion that the basic archetypes for all of experience in this system (solar system) are symbolized in the division of the heavens or Zodiac. These universal symbols manifest in physical reality as representations of the concepts or "props" that allow us to consciously interact with them in a material way. In dream reality the "props" take the form of symbology and the conscious mind constantly receives an education about the health of their configurations in the identity in question. It is this recognition consciously that allows us the power of preference and choice. The conscious mind is not necessarily the primary source of mind exploration, rather it is just one format; the focused tip if you will of the consciousness triangle.
Spirit is the motivating force or mode of myriad manifestations, both physically or nonphysically as expressions of "All That Is", the divine agency working in the heart of all things. We have little understanding about from "what" spirit emanates, anymore than we do the Universe. We see effects, not causes.

The mystery or mystical experience leads to spiritual rebirth (Christ/Buddha). To be born again is to participate in the mystical and mythical experience of life.
Albert Einstein said;

"The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms, this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness."

Psychology has moved away from Jung's theories because of the focus on the physical to the exclusion of all else. The collective has come to believe that all behavior and motivation springs from the physical, and the way to remedy any defects is by drug induced and chemically altered additions to the body, rather than psychic redefinitions of the consciousness. Here is an excerpt from Jung himself about the concept of archetypes and astrology.

The following is an interview that Jung gave on 26 May, 1954, which was given to Andre Barbault, Editor of Astrologie Moderne. It was translated for the American Federation of Astrologers Bulletin and I have made only two minor changes re-inserting words omitted in the original translation. I have noted these with an asterisk, the asterisk being placed to the right of the word omitted from the original translation.

-- Garth [Allen?]

Q. Maitre, what relationship do you see between astrology and psychology?

Jung: There have been many striking analogies between the astrological constellation and the psychological event or the horoscope and the characterological disposition. For example, there is even a possibility of predicting somewhat the psychic effect of a transit. One can expect with considerable assurance that a given well-defined psychological situation will be accompanied by an analogous astrological configuration. Astrology consists of configurations symbolic of the collective unconscious which is the subject matter of psychology; the 'planets' are the gods, symbols of the powers of the unconscious (of the first order and beyond).

Q. In what way, physical, causal, or synchronous, do you think these relations maybe established?

J. It seems to me that it is primarily a question of the parallelism of sympathy which I call SYNCHRONICITY, as a causal connection expressing the relations that cannot be formulated on the basis of causality, such as precognition, premonition, psychokinesis (PK), and what we call telepathy. In as much as causality is a statistical fact, there are exceptions of an acasual nature touching on the category of synchronistic (not "synchronous") events. These deal with the 'qualified time'.

Q. What is your attitude toward the positions taken by astrologers who admit the existence of a psychological field from birth on and of the psycho-analysts who explain the etiology of neuroses from very early experiences?

J. The first experiences in life owe their specific (pathogenic) effect to environmental influences on the one hand, and on the other to a psychic predisposition that is, to heredity, which seems to be expressed in a recognizablods, which is to say, the psychic archetypes.

Q,. In its principles, astrology introduces the concept of qualitative time in the universe; do you recognize its role in the individual psyche (problem of cycles and transit)?

J. I used this concept at one time, but I replaced it with the idea of synchronicity, which is analogous to the sympathy of correspondentia, or the pre-established harmony of Leibnitz. Time consists of nothing. It is only a modus cogitandi that is used to express and formulate the sequence of things and events, just as space is nothing but a manner of characterizing the existence of a body. When nothing occurs in time, and when there is no body in space, there is neither time nor space. Time is always and exclusively 'qualified' by* events as is space by the extension of bodies. But this is a tautology not worth repeating, whereas synchronicity (not 'synchronism') expresses the parallelism and analogy of even non- causal events. In contrast the hypothesis of 'qualitative time' attempts to explain the parallelism of events in terms of causa and effectus. But since qualitative time is nothing but a sequence of things, and moreover 'nothing' but space, this hypothesis establishes nothing but the tautology of the sequence of things and events and the cause of the sequence of things, etc...Synchronicity negates causality in the analogy of terrestrial events with the constellations (except for the deflection of solar protons and their possible effect on terrestrial events) and particularly in the various cases of extra-sensory perception (ESP), especially precognition since it is inconceivable that one could observe the effect of a non-existent cause or a cause not yet in existence. The thing that astrology can establish is the analogy of agents, but certainly not one series as the effect or cause of another. For example, the same constellation indicating a catastrophe one time and another time, under the same conditions, a cold. Nevertheless, astrology does not present a completely simple case. There is the deflection of solar protons caused by conjunctions, oppositions, and quartile aspects on the one hand, and the trine and sextile aspects on the other, and the effects of these on radio and many other things. I am not competent to say what importance should be attributed to this possibility. In any case, astrology's place among the intuitive methods is special and unique, and there is reason to be dubious of both a causal theory and the exclusive validity of the synchronistic hypothesis.

Q. In the course of analytic treatment, have you observed phases of resistance and denouement in connection with transits in the make-up of the patient?

J. I have observed many cases where a well-defined psychological phase or an analogous events has been accompanied by a transit (particularly the afflictions of Saturn and Uranus).

Q. What major criticism do you have of astrologers?

J. If I may express myself in an area that I know only very superficially, I should say that the astrologer does not always regard his indications as pure possibilities. The interpretation is sometimes too literal and too personal, and too little symbolic. The zodiac and the planets are not personal traits, but rather impersonal and objective facts. Moreover, interpretation of the houses should consider several 'levels of meaning'.

Q. What orientation of astrological thought do you consider desirable?

J. Obviously astrology offers much to psychology, but that which the latter can contribute to its elder sister is less obvious. In as far as I can judge, it seems to me that it would be advantageous to astrology if it would recognize the existence of psychology, particularly that of the personality and the unconscious. I am almost certain that something of the method of symbolic interpretation of archetypes (the gods) and their mutual relations is* common to the two arts. The psychology of the unconscious is particularly concerned with archetypal symbolism.
[End of interview.]

I agree with Jung on the idea that astrologers are far too specific in trying to formulate identity characteristics from astrological measurements. Not only does that limit the astrologer, but the identity of the issue or person in question, and my experience in counsel evidences that the potential of astrological signature is far more expansive and inclusive that many an astrologer can fathom.

No one can interpret a life or a level at which they have not, or cannot function. Therefore the astuteness of the astrologer is critical to the accuracy of the astrological delineation. And as I chose to redefine Freud's negative view from the "survival of the fittest" view to the self's exploration of consciousness as a choice of the higher self by the inversion of the pyramid;  Empowerment comes from recognizing that the archetypes we project into a universe that has no built-in meaning, are our mirror of those (or our) psychic levels and that we have the power to redefine and reconstruct them at any time that we are willing and bold enough to believe we can do so.

Edmond H. Wollmann P.M.A.F.A.

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1 comment:

  1. Where there is a will there is a way. Thank you for the post