(This article is a rewrite of a post I did a while ago on my other blog. It’s an introduction to a topic I’ll cover here in the next couple of posts.)
I was speaking with a client the other day who had called about a business/astrology question. After a fruitful conversation she said, “I almost didn’t call you. I didn’t want the astrology to influence my thinking.”
It sounds odd, doesn’t it, to call an astrologer about a situation but not want the astrology to influence your decision? Still, I understood what she meant. It was the classic free will versus destiny dilemma.
I am the master of my destiny
This particular client has a very prominent Uranus in her chart, which represents a rational, even scientific way of looking at things. She wants to believe she is the master of her destiny.
The planet Uranus was first sighted during the 17th century, the same time that the scientific method was being developed into its modern form by Descartes and Galileo. Science, as it has come to be practiced today, is based on hypotheses, repeatable experiments, and resultant theories. What passes these tests is deemed real; what does not pass, is not real.
This scientific method has resulted in immeasurable changes to the way we live, and to the earth we inhabit. It has ushered in marvelous advances in human society, as old superstitions which could not be proven have died, like the superiority of man versus woman or one race over another.
In the darkness of night, wanderers
Astrology is the ancient study of the cycles of nature. Many people who don’t believe in astrology have not imagined what life must have been like before the introduction of electricity. We are well aware of the cycles of the Sun which cause the seasons, and some of us are aware of the cycles of the Moon because they influence the tides. But before electricity, the night was darker and if you ventured outside, you noticed these bright objects that wandered across the sky. At times they would disappear entirely from your night sky; at other times they would seem to join other objects or be swallowed by the Sun completely.
In an age of less entertainment, these objects and their travels occupied a much bigger place in our psyches. With the discovery in the last 300 years of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, and the advances that have led to the industrial age and now to our information age many of us are less and less aware of the cycles of nature, including the cycles of the planets.The study of astrology is to take a stand and say, the cycles of nature are still influencing our lives. And further to say, if I understand these cycles I can live my life in tune with them. When it’s time to sow, I will know it. When it’s time to reap, I will know it. But the ability to create our destiny is possibly the most powerful force in the universe and yes, it is free to use as we want. We don’t have to plant in spring anymore; with greenhouses, heaters, grow lights, fertilizer, and automated watering systems we can plant a crop whenever we want.
To plant with ease, plant within season
What astrology says is, to plant with ease, plant within season. The planets don’t compel. As they move through space they mark times of increase and times of decrease. They plainly show the natural cycles of activity and rest. And these cycles stamp us at the moment of our birth, some cycles waxing, some cycles waning. But it is entirely up to us whether we consciously align ourselves with these rhythms.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each belief system. If you follow the cycles, you have to admit that we have retained our instinctual selves and our activities are a product of natural cycles, just like everything else on earth. If you ignore these cycles, this sets you free to attempt to master your destiny, based on personal will and desires.
And there seems to be room for all of us, at least so far. A more Neptune-type person will tend to feel connected to the cycles of life. A more Uranus-type person will tend to feel more independent and attempt to control life. And some people are an interesting mix of the two, which makes them call an astrologer, but not want to be influenced by what they hear.
Which one are you? Weigh in by leaving a comment below.
If you’d like a “scientific” way of assessing the strength of Uranus and Neptune in your chart, check out these links to Donna Cunningham’s blog, Sky Writer. She spells out a scoring system which is an interesting way of weighing the different parts of your chart. For Uranus, see How Strong is your Uranus? Here’s the Score! For Neptune, see How Strong is your Neptune? Here’s the Score! If the math or the symbols overwhelm you, let me know. I’ve set up an excel spreadsheet and I’ll plug in your numbers.
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