Positive Astrology FAQ
- What is astrology?
- Is astrology true?
- What is dynamic astrology?
- How many systems of dynamic astrology are there?
- Is dynamic astrology different to traditional astrology?
- Is astrology a primitive, archaic and superseded world view?
- How does dynamic astrology relate to newspaper horoscopes?
- What is an aspect?
- What is the zodiac?
- The Sun is the centre of the Solar System, why measure horoscopes from the Earth?
- What is a trine?
- What is a conjunction?
- What is an opposition?
- What is a square?
- What is a sextile?
- What is a semisextile?
- What is a quincunx?
- What is a quintile?
- Does astrology contradict modern science?
- Are you an enemy of reason?
- Does astrology contradict evolution? Does evolution contradict astrology?
- What are progressions?
- What is a collision graph?
- What is a synastry matrix?
- What is the difference between progressed synastry and dynamic astrology?
- Encyclopedia articles suggest that astrology is an ancient superstition, how do you respond to that?
Astrology is the study of correspondences between the motion and positions of celestial bodies and human personality; in some senses, the study of correlations between the movements of planets and events on Earth and the language we use to understand and interpret the meaning of time
It depends on who you ask. Astrology is unproven to the satisfaction of the editors of most science journals, but obviously true to most of the people who study it. The deep dark mystery is why this is the case and the simple answer is either that the editors of science journals don't study astrology, or that the people who study astrology aren't like the editors of science journals and demand less proof. Because astrology is founded upon the idea that time has meaning and appears, if it works in the way it is supposed to work, to be holographic in nature, then it is unlikely to be proven using simplistic approaches and most experimentation is flawed. The human element in astrology suggests it is linked very closely to consciousness and while it is undisputed, consciousness itself is not understood by science. Astrology therefore is poorly understood and is very complex. Enmeshment in the system of time makes it difficult for us to analyse, deconstruct and evaluate its meaningful nature. It is possible to demonstrate astrology, but again this is a somewhat difficult exercise.
Dynamic astrology is four-dimensional astrology. While a natal horoscope (or birth chart) can be represented as a two dimensional picture. The best way to see a four dimensional horoscope is to imagine a horoscope as a tunnel; a time tunnel down which you can walk. The planets in the natal horoscope are fixed and their relationships with each other are static. The planets in the dynamic horoscope move and their relationships change. It is possible to represent planetary changes in a dynamic horoscope, graphically. If dynamic astrology is true, then it should provide a more elegant and thorough astrology than the traditional static concept. It also makes more sense to approach the meaning of time from the dynamic perspective; because time is dynamic, horoscopes should mirror this fact.
Dynamic astrology can be based upon a number of different progression techniques. The secondary progressed method appears to relate to internal psychological change and is therefore a potentially useful and applicable technique. This does not preclude the possibility that other methods of progression can be utilised to create dynamic or holographic horoscopes. Other systems of progression are minor, tertiary and the various converse progressed methods. Some astrologers might also suggest that "directing" the chart using techniques such as the solar arc method, is a valid dynamic technique. I do not share this view at this time, but I am open to the idea in principle.
Traditional astrology is based upon a view of the world that dynamic astrology expands upon. Nothing in traditional astrology is contradicted by dynamic astrology apart from the fact that the traditional view is a complete view.
Most astrological ideas were developed during various scientific dark ages. The probability is that these ideas were not well understood by their developers and practitioners, but are partial views of a more complex and defined subject which is, in fact, the study of meaning in time using the planets of our star system as guideposts which are symbolic of parts of consciousness. Notwithstanding this, some apparently static techniques of astrology which are actually dynamic, such as Horary and Mediaeval Profections are regarded by many as highly accurate astrological tools
(As an aside to this answer. While many rationalists would suggest that Aphrodite, Thor and other olde worlde gods are also outdated concepts, astrologers might suggest that this is a fundamental misunderstanding of what or who Aphrodite and Thor actually were (or are). They most certainly are not the same type of principles as Jehovah.)
The horoscopes you read in the newspaper are not adequately reflective of traditional static astrology, although they may be likened to poetry; poems not being a complete reflection of literature generally. Dynamic astrology challenges some of the ideas of sun sign astrology, primarily the fact that your natal sun will change signs some time before your thirtieth birthday. This is not, as a rule, a popular notion among sun sign astrologers. Newspaper sun sign columns were begun in 1930. Astro-journalism is criticised by skeptics and counter-advocates of astrology, but it is an easy target and many astrologers agree with the skeptics.
An aspect is a geometric (or astrometric) angle made by planets as they travel through the zodiac. Aspects can be measured in real-time or they can be measured between different horoscopes.
The zodiac is the field through which we measure planetary motion from a human Earth-centred point of view. Planets are central to astrology - like players in a football game: zodiacs are just fields upon which planets play. Zodiac signs are the most widely known attributes of astrology, yet they are the least important.
We actually measure horoscopes from the place on Earth that a person is born or an event happens. Horoscopes are person-centred, not planet-centred.
A trine is an aspect of 120 degrees. The trine is an enabling aspect which is contextually relative. The trine aspect is very harmonious in relationships as it causes planets in different charts to communicate their principles more effectively, but as things tend to run smoothly under its influence, it can also help ships sink more quickly and efficiently. Harmonically the trine can be described as 360/3.
A conjunction happens when two planets are within the same degree of the zodiac (give or take a couple of degrees). In relationships, conjunctions can signify similarities, in general they reveal events, the outcomes of which depends on the planets involved. Harmonically the conjunction can be described as 360/1
An opposition happens when two planets are exactly opposite each other in the zodiac (give or take a couple of degrees). In relationships, oppositions sometimes signify attraction, however, the reason for this is that opposites fill gaps. The outcome of an opposition can sometimes be friction and discord as personal differences become more acute over time. Harmonically the opposition can be described as 360/2
A square happens when two planets are 90 degrees apart in the zodiac (give or take a couple of degrees). The square is a discordant aspect which is contextually relative. In relationships, squares bring dissimilarity and out of step situations which are not always welcome in relationships. While things don't run smoothly under the square aspect, this has the effect of inspiring effort. This is in contrast to the trine aspect, which lets things run smoothly without effort. The outcome is often the same, although the square can be more problematic. Harmonically the square can be described as 360/4
A sextile happens when two planets are 60 degrees apart in the zodiac (give or take a couple of degrees). The sextile is an aspect of friendly communication and has some of the qualities of the trine, while functioning in a weaker way. A less than perfect trine-like aspect is actually quite valuable in relationships, the downside is just that sextiles are not as passionate as other aspects. They symbolise good, communicative relationships. In general astrology, they provide good grounding for associative and communicative cooperation of principles. Harmonically the sextile can be described as 360/6
A semisextile happens when two planets are 30 degrees apart in the zodiac (give or take a couple of degrees). The semisextile is a major aspect which lacks a clear and consistent explanation. In relationships this aspect appears to relate to connections between people which are either unrecognised, unconscious or impersonal. As such semisextiles lead to relationships with an element of teacher-pupil and/or owner-property, but which are not specifically close and personal. Semisextile connections between the Sun and Venus are often found in relationships which also include conjunctions, this is because progressions of these planets over a thirty year period will move from semisextile to conjunction and vice versa. Because conjunctions are more common than expected, we can assume that the semisextile is not the active factor in attraction. Harmonically the semisextile can be described as 360/12
A quincunx or inconjunct happens when two planets are 150 degrees apart in the zodiac (give or take a couple of degrees). The quincunx is a major aspect which lacks a clear and consistent explanation. The quincunx is the only major (Ptolemaic) aspect which is not a harmonically perfect division of 360. It is in fact, like the semisextile, a twelfth harmonic aspect being 360/12*5. In relationships the quincunx is traditionally an aspect of stress or detachment. It appears to relate to connections between people which are also either unrecognised, unconscious or impersonal, as such, quincunx aspects may lead to relationships with an element of banker/borrower, master/servant or nurse/patient. Quincunxes of Sun and Venus are found in relationships which also include trines and oppositions of Sun and Venus, this is because there is a dependency in dynamic synastry between these aspects.
A quintile aspects happens when two planets are 72 degrees apart in the zodiac (give or take a couple of degrees). The quintile was introduced by Johannes Kepler in the early 17th Century and is not a Ptolemaic aspect as such it is often referred to as a Keplerian aspect. Is can be expressed harmonically as 360/5. As with all aspects, the quintile is neither good or bad, but contextually variable according to some commentators, it has a special influence on talent and creativity. Others suggest the quintile can provide insights into problems. The number five is traditionally a creative number and as such, in relationship astrology, quintiles often relate to fecundity or intellectual fulfilment in relationships. It is not significant in Sun Venus aspects, but may be useful in relationships in other planetary combinations.
No, but many astrologers have over the past two millenia attempted to reconcile astrology with the literal objectivity of the science of the day. It is now believed that the subjectively meaningful world to which astrology belongs cannot be adequately understood using most of the methods applied by objective meaning-free modern science. Any debate of astrology which fails to take this fact into account would probably be misleading.
No. I am conscious of, and sensitive to, the difference between the objectively true paradigm of modern science, and the subjectively true paradigm to which astrology (and probably psi) belongs. The fact that I believe astrology to be valid does not mean I think other approaches are invalid. I suspect that some scientists and counter-advocates of astrology ignore some possibly valid viewpoints and areas of study because their method and traditions close their minds to these areas of study. I also believe that there has been a three hundred year struggle between scientific rationalism and astrological ideas, a struggle which is founded upon a misunderstanding of astrology and one which is no longer relevant.
See the books Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas and The Moment of Astrology by Geoffrey Cornelius for information about the astrological paradigm. See Dean Radin's book Entangled Minds for a meta-analysis of psi experiments.
No and No. There is a large amount of evidence in favor of evolution by natural selection. Astrology belongs to a separate set of ideas which relate to mind and the holographic paradigm. Natural selection provides a set of proofs which relate to the physical body of living things, while astrology relates to consciousness and mind. Most evolutionists would prefer not to differentiate the two paradigms, however, the idea of astrology lacks the same kind of evidence as natural selection and in the main is largely anecdotal, it is also very complex, somewhat demonstrable, temporally enmeshed (we are trapped in time), underfunded and under-researched.
Progressions are planetary movements made in horoscopes as they change over time. The day for a year method of secondary progressions involves moving the horoscope forward by one day for every year of life.
A collision graph is a graphical depiction of the progress of a dynamic relationship aspect. Progressed synastry aspects develop and fade over time and their rate of development and fade is shown in the collision graph. The vertical axis shows how many degrees from exact the aspect is. The horizontal axis shows the time period over which the aspect will develop and fade. When the aspect is within a two degrees, the effect is stronger. Some relationship aspects are reflexive: if you meet a person when your Sun Venus aspect is approaching exactness at a distance of one and a half degrees, it will start to noticeably fade when it reaches separation of one and a half degrees.
A progressed synastry matrix is a six-tier or four-tier graphic depicting the positions of planets in the natal planetary positions of a couple, together with the progressed planetary positions of a couple, for the year their relationship began. This matrix uses positions from the ephemeris (a book containing planet positions). Matrices can also be produced for planetary declinations, which display the lateral (up and down) motion of planets.
Progressed synastry is dynamic astrology applied to relationships and therefore concentrates on events in relationship such as their formation and changes which take place during relationships. Dynamic astrology is the wider subject of horoscopes that change and can be applied to any dynamic, timed or changing process.
26. Encyclopedia articles suggest that astrology is an ancient superstition, how do you respond to that?
As John Anthony West states in The Case for Astrology (1991 Viking p16), "The assertion that astrology arose out of a blend of fear, imagination and religious superstition is a hypothesis perfectly immune to testing. We don't know how early man thought and we have no real scientific way of knowing. Modern scholars for a variety of reasons have reconstructed the thought-processes of early man to suit their preconceptions, and put forward these fabrications as facts." So every encyclopedia article that declares astrology as a superstition is effectively placing a bet on the primacy of the current state of scientific knowledge (or their own preconceptions). History tells us that this is most often hubris and can be a stupid as well as a dishonest thing to do. Dishonest because scientists and scholars purport to deal only with facts that can be supported by physical evidence. The authors of encyclopedia articles should really know better.