Today’s Gemini New Moon, which is about language, communication and imparting knowledge, provides us with a good metaphor for the essence of astrology. Studying astrology is like learning a whole new and different language.
Motivated by a few friends who are very interested in it but currently know very little about astrology, this article is aimed primarily at the curious and interested.
The language of astrology
In this article I would like to attempt to explain astrology in its complexity as briefly and clearly as possible. If the whole thing took place in a personal conversation, the concern might be: How do I explain astrology to my friend in one hour so that he at least really understands the basic principles? I am aware that I will likely fail with such an undertaking. But, due to the Gemini new moon, I can give it a try. In the twins in particular, curiosity, trial and error, trying things out and researching are in the foreground.
The language of astrology follows a precise grammar, uses its own vocabulary and, if you want to continue the metaphor, there is even something like spelling in the way certain facts are to be correctly described. First, however, something fundamental must be understood that is a little alien to our materialistic age of causalities.
The vertical world view
This foreign is the so-called vertical world view. In everyday life we deal almost everywhere with causalities, of which we usually also know the precise physical laws, so that we can also derive subsequent events from the knowledge of an event. For example, if I throw a stone into a lake, it will sink to the bottom and cause concentric waves on the surface of the water. If I hit my boss in the face, I’ll be fired. If I don’t drink for three days I’ll die, etc.
This world view of causalities (if-then relationships) is called a horizontal world view. The world view of astrology, on the other hand, is vertical. It does not consist of causalities, but of contexts of meaning that C.G. Jung also called synchronicities, i.e. simultaneities. We do not assume that planets have a physical effect, but that they indicate relationships, similar to what the thermometer in the home does. Analog thinking is an alternative term for this worldview. This way of thinking corresponds more to the Eastern way of thinking (e.g. Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism). To put it very simply, facts are linked with an “AND” in this worldview and causalities are established more rarely. The analog or vertical worldview is therefore more descriptive than evaluative.
The basic assumption of astrology is that things that are similar belong together. This is difficult to understand, especially for scientifically trained people. It is difficult for them to understand what, for example, terms such as “lime”, “teeth”, “holly”, “raven”, “age” or “knee” should have to do with one another. Because in natural science it is customary to summarize according to classes and categories (e.g. animals, inanimate objects, plants, body parts, diseases). In astrology, however, we group according to basic principles or archetypes. In the example given, we are dealing with the Capricorn archetype. This archetype, which should not be confused with the zodiac sign Capricorn, represents the hard, cold, stony, dark, clear, focused, concentrated, etc.
The 12 archetypes
However, it is important to prevent any misunderstanding here. When serious psychological astrologers speak of a Capricorn stressed person, they mean a person in whom this archetype is strongly emphasized, for example through an ascendant in Capricorn, a sun in the zodiac sign Capricorn or through several planets in the 10th house. Nevertheless, if we make such a statement, we know that this person has other planets in the horoscope, perhaps the moon in the sign Cancer or several planets in the sign of fire. In the personality of this person, the cool, focused and clear may be in the foreground, but there are a number of other personality parts that we do not see immediately.
When newspaper horoscopes or esoteric channels speak of Capricorns on television, they usually only mean the sun sign (= zodiac sign vulgo star sign) and neglect all other constellations of this person. This is legitimate, but a gross simplification, as if I wanted to judge people solely by their skin color and nothing else!
Well-trained astrologers will at least use the ascendant, the ruler of 1 (the term is explained in the “Spelling” section) and the sun to interpret a horoscope. Incidentally, that would already result in 12³ = 1728 possible combinations. That is only to the reproach of some astrology skeptics that we would only assign 12 different types to people. Together with the distribution of the rest of the planets, there would actually be millions of possible combinations.
1 lists other terms that belong to the Capricorn or Aries archetype. The list comes from the book “Fate as Chance” by Thorwald Dethlefsen and has been changed and supplemented slightly by me.
And because that is sometimes confused by astrologers: the archetype in astrology always includes a planet, a house and a zodiac sign. For the sake of completeness, here is a breakdown of all 12 archetypes. The last place always refers to the zodiac sign:
- Archetype Aries = 1. House, Mars, zodiac sign Aries
- Archetype Taurus = 2nd house, Venus, Taurus
- Archetype Gemini = 3rd house, Mercury, Gemini
- Archetype Cancer = 4th house, moon, cancer
- Archetype Leo = 5th house, sun, lion
- Archetype Virgo = 6th house, Mercury, Virgo
- Archetype Libra = 7th house, Venus, Libra
- Archetype Scorpio = 8th house, Pluto, Scorpio
- Archetype Sagittarius = 9th house, Jupiter, Sagittarius
- Archetype Capricorn = 10th house, Saturn, Capricorn
- Archetype Aquarius = 11th house, Uranus, Aquarius
- Archetype Pisces = 12th house, Neptune, Pisces
The 12 archetypes and the perpendicular view of the world are among the elementary basic principles of astrology. The differentiation of the archetypes into planets, houses and signs of the zodiac is important for the interpretation of horoscopes, as will be explained in the following.
That brings us to the grammar of astrology and the question of how do I interpret a horoscope? What is to be done? The easiest way to do this is to use the so-called WWW rule, which in this case has nothing to do with the Internet, but simply the three questions: What, where and how mean. When interpreting a horoscope, we always follow this WWW rule in order to come to conclusive interpretations. Whereby the question what (alternatively we could also ask “who”) aims at the planet, the question “where” at the house of the horoscope and the question “how” at the position of the planet. Your Astrology Language
Mercury in 5th
Fig. 2. Mercury in the 5th house.
Let a simple example make this clear. In Fig. 2 we see the planet Mercury at a certain position within the horoscope. For a better understanding, all other planets and aspects are hidden. Mercury is here in the 5th house in the zodiac sign Taurus.
When applying the WWW rule, we first ask: What is happening? Since it is Mercury, communication takes place here, information is obtained, exchanged, traded, researched (these are all Mercury terms). Where does it happen? In the 5th house. Communication takes place on stage, as a possibility of self-expression and out of pure joy of life (terms of the 5th house). And how does it all happen? In a tangible, tangible, sensual way (these are terms of Zodiac sign Taurus).
So here we have our first interpretation: the horoscope owner communicates (Mercury) in order to express himself (5th house), using a tangible, perhaps even sensually beautiful language (Taurus). In order to avoid the accusation that this formulation is kept so general that it could fit everyone, I would like to cite a contrasting example here: He listens in silence in order to receive intuitive inspiration and to express it in a clear and focused way . This interpretation would correspond to a position of Mercury in Capricorn in the 12th house. In interpreting a complete horoscope we only have to consistently interpret each individual planetary position according to this rule and gradually find a complex picture of the personality lying in front of us.
Fig. 3. Gemini archetype and its interpretation in the horoscope.
With consistent application of the WWW rule, we have to learn to differentiate between the three levels of the respective archetype. In very simplified terms, we can understand the planet as an “acting person”, the house as a place where something is done and the zodiac sign as the coloring of how something is done. Accordingly, with the planet we are always dealing with action terms (do-words), with the house with functional descriptions and with the zodiac sign with adjectives. Once we have learned to really understand an archetype (e.g. twins), we can of course also derive our own terminology according to this scheme.
Astrologers who relate more to Greek mythology often regard the individual deities as acting persons, which is why I wrote above that we could ask “Who?” Instead of “What?” For the first question. In that case, God Mercury would be expressing Himself here, and in a bulllike manner. In the consultation, however, we would still have to formulate this for the client in the language that the client understands. For more graphic and creative people, it can be quite appropriate to tell the horoscope in the form of a Greek drama and to depict all the interactions of the individual planets (gods) in dazzling colors. For clients who are more used to abstract language, however, we will have to formulate it differently. But these are already subtleties that are relevant for advice and not for a basic understanding of astrology.
The vocabulary Your Astrology Language
Understanding the grammar (WWW rule) already brought us a big step further, because with its help we have a tool at hand with which we can basically interpret any horoscope. For the interpretation, however, we need an extensive vocabulary. As in a foreign language, it is not enough to have understood the grammar. We can only express ourselves in a differentiated and precise manner when our vocabulary is as large as possible. And learning this vocabulary is tedious and lengthy for the beginner of astrology, which is why it must be allowed to use reference works at the beginning, some of which I have cited in the references at the end of the article.
For a start, it may be enough if we know two or three terms for every planet, every house and every sign. Over time, however, we should build up a vocabulary of at least 10 to 20 terms for each of these principles in order to be able to express ourselves in a really differentiated manner. It is very helpful to examine each of the 12 archetypes in your own radix (= natal chart) in detail and thus to collect experiences and terms that can be a suitable description for your own life. As the number of attempts at interpretation increases, the vocabulary automatically becomes more extensive.
Birth horoscope (radix) and prognosis horoscopes
What is sometimes confusing for laypeople is the number of horoscopes we look at in astrology. We then talk about natal, solar, transits, progressions, relocations, new moon horoscopes, etc.
As a small digression, since we are already talking about language, I would like to mention the dispute over the article of the word radix. Radix is Latin and means root. The Duden provides the article “die” for this word. But since in astrology we mean the radix horoscope or even root horoscope and because the dictionary does not refer to astrology with the word “root”, I think the article “that” is more appropriate. In practical use one can find both “the radix” and “the radix”. [End of excursion]
The horoscope, which always remains the same, is the natal chart, which is calculated for the exact time and place of birth. It never changes. Transits, progressions, etc. can then be calculated on this horoscope. This is how we look at time courses in astrology. We would like to find out at what point in time different attachments of the natal chart become current.
Although the natal chart remains unchanged, we also observe in life that we sometimes concentrate more on professional tasks and at other times take care of family matters more. Maybe we have financial challenges to overcome or we are just getting to know a new partner. We can find out such times of the different centers of gravity if we relate the planetary positions of the moment with our original natal chart. We can visualize it like on a theater stage on which at least 12 actors are standing, whereby the spotlight is only directed at the acting and speaking actors, while all the others are still there, but are not acting at the moment or at least not in the Stand in the foreground.
“According to your disposition you have the potential …” would be an astrologer’s sentence that refers to the natal chart, while a sentence like: “(…) in the coming months the quality of time is particularly favorable for a career change”, to an important transit for example in the 10th house.
A good astrological consultation will always address the client’s concerns exactly as well as the disposition (the potential, the possibilities, the special abilities) of a person. Only then does it make sense to discuss development blocks and individuation challenges and to address current issues for the next few months. However, it is not a meaningful horoscope interpretation if the astrologer simply begins somewhere with the interpretation and possibly lets his own prejudices flow into it.
For the beginner of astrology, it is advisable to deal exclusively with the natal chart for a very long time. Only when the grammar (WWW rule) is properly mastered and a larger vocabulary has been built up for each individual element does it make sense to also dare to use forecasting methods (transits, progressions, solar, etc.) and to investigate time courses .
As in other disciplines, we should know in advance what our exact question is and which astrological method can be used to investigate it. Simply using astrological methods at random, only to confirm my own fantasies and prejudices in the end, is definitely not a sensible application of astrology!
In order to complete the metaphor of language acquisition, it is also important to consider the spelling of astrology. The spelling rules of a language determine how something is to be written exactly, when to use upper and lower case, when to use commas, how to write words exactly and much more.
Similarly, astrology is about not just starting anywhere and just using astrological language, without any structure and without any goal. Unfortunately, I have seen too often that at astrological lectures and seminars a horoscope is projected on the wall and then it came to these words utterances:
“Ah, the Mercury!”
“Of course, Pluto squaring the moon!”
“Neptune in conjunction with the sun. Ui, that is very difficult. “
“And Saturn too! Not easy…”
Do you understand what these utterances might be about? – I can reassure you that the so-called astrologers concerned probably didn’t understand very much either. The above dialogues are unfortunately quite typical among poorly trained astrologers. You are constantly throwing astrologer gibberish around your ears and tacitly assume that the other already knows what you mean. Unfortunately, this is often not the case! As my teacher, Peter Fraiss, once said: “Astrologers can easily talk about Saturn for two hours without realizing that they are talking about completely different things.”
Your Astrology Language is neither useful nor helpful to simply babble on something about the constellations of a horoscope and it is certainly not helpful for clients who come to the astrologer with a serious problem and expect support.
The interpretation of a natal chart should therefore follow a very clear rule that begins with the ascendant (attachment), then goes on to the sun (realization) and finally discusses the goal. The ascendant provides information on how someone is “meant”, what their potential is and what abilities they have. This system or potential also includes all planets in the 1st house, the ruler of 1 and any aspects.
The “ruler of 1” means the planet that is responsible for the ascendant sign, so to speak. In the zodiac, each sign is assigned a certain planet, which is called the ruling planet:
- Aries: ruling planet Mars
- Taurus: Venus
- Gemini: Mercury
- Cancer: moon
- Leo: sun
- Virgo: Mercury
- Libra: Venus
- Scorpio: Pluto
- Sagittarius: Jupiter
- Capricorn: Saturn
- Aquarius: Uranus
- Pisces: Neptune
The position of this ruling planet in house and signs is particularly important because it is essential to a person’s disposition.
Your Astrology Language Only when we have discussed a person’s disposition in detail do we come to the sun, the way in which a person brings his abilities and abilities into the world and into the realization. Any aspects of other planets to the sun complement the way in which one approaches the implementation of his possibilities.
Only after discussing the system and realizing it in the consultation should we discuss other planets that have not yet occurred.
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