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Is Astrology for Real?

Letters from the Heretic, Spirituality | Posted by Kim
Mar 11 2016

How to Forecast a Better Future with Astrology

I was born in summer, in a seaside sailing town where the people navigated their lives according to the tides and winds as much as by the calendar and clock. The sun was in Virgo, the moon was in a new phase and it was a Friday.

When technology develops so scientists can take a holograph of the gravitational waves between planets and stars, it will look like this flower. ~from Flower Essences by Gurudas, referring to Shooting Star flower.

What else was influencing the environment on my birthday? What gathering of clouds, bird migration patterns,  planets spinning and moons orbiting would have steered the conversations and moods, the pulling and pushing, the lifting and setting–of power poles, root balls, lathes, saw blades, light switches, of pen to paper and voting machine levers (I was born on Women’s Suffrage Day)–on the day of my birth?  How many other thought vibrations and holographic forms coursed through the planet and into the heavens during, not only my birth, but from that single moment of my conception?

Some people say it’s a phony science at best. But astrological forecasting is neither superstition nor fortunetelling. In fact, astrology is as much science as it is art.

In current times, retro and vintage, #ThrowbackThursdays and yesteryear, remembrance and recollection seem to be the new modern. One thing that’s never gone out of style throughout the ages however is astrology. People have been looking to the stars, or steering the collective thinking away from them, for some semblance of structure and order in a chaotic universe since ancient times.

I spoke with budding astrologer and Philadelphia based artist Sam Whalen about how astrology can help you know yourself better, improve your relationships and your life.

HH: How did you first come to learn about astrology?

SW: I first became acquainted with astrology through a silly CosmoGirl book I had gotten at an elementary book fair. This was the first time I became aware of the zodiac and the 12 archetypes and I would look at the Aquarius section and be really upset that my power color was electric blue and not pink. I didn’t really begin delving deep into understanding the mathematics and the nuances to the zodiac until I was around 21 and someone prompted me to get my natal chart done. That was really pivotal. From that point, I began charting everyone around me and found some hard to ignore patterns. I’ve been examining those patterns (plus new ones) ever since then. I’ve always been really interested in archetypes and astrology is deeply rooted in understanding how all archetypes work together to create a harmonious whole.

HH: What are your favorite astrology books or astrologers?

SW: A lot of my astrological research starts by mining the internet. Typically I start with cafeastrology.com to get a base understanding of what I am trying to understand/connect to. Then I go through other sources and compare interpretations. Currently, my favorite astrology is Chani Nicholas. Her interpretations and predictions are always spot on. I highly recommend signing up for her newsletter. A good friend of mine lent me Sextrology by Cox Starsky, Quinn Cox and Stella Starsky. While it’s more focused on sex and relationships, that’s typically one of the biggest issues people turn to astrology for help with. It also presents way more information about each sign than just what pertains to that subject. 

HH: What do you find are some of the most common misconceptions about astrology?

SW: I’ve been watching a lot of videos about the science behind astrology – about quantum mechanics and how particles interact with each other. I think so many people don’t find validity in it because our culture tries so hard to remove itself from nature. We think we are separate or above rhythms and we aren’t!

HH: So, when we talk about “astrological forecasts” we really are referring to something akin to a cosmological weather forecast.

SW: Weather plays a large role in our development, health, and general well being. And what controls weather, where does all weather play out? The sky!

I also think many people view astrology as deterministic rather than as heuristic. Astrology can provide a really important outlet for self reflection and that (at the end of the day) is the most important aspect of it. You are faced with a handful of characteristics about yourself and you either say, “Yes, that reflects me,” or “No, I am not like that.” Ultimately you are illuminating parts of your character that you might otherwise overlook. 

HH: It’s a common perception that astrology is a sham practice based on superstition and the occult. But astrology is neither superstition nor fortune telling. It’s as much science as it is art.

SW: Astrology charting and interpreting is actually quite mathematical. The stars don’t predict or control behavior, no. But they do serve as a visual map that reflects the cycles and rhythms of the seasons that most certainly do impact the soul and psyche of the society dwelling beneath those dark starry skies.

HH: Zodiacal constellations are not predictive so much as they are indicative. Would you agree? Where did people get the idea that the stars ‘rule’ or can predict the outcome of one’s life? If you look up the definition of astrology you get: the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. But ‘having an influence’ is a misrepresentation.

SW: I am still learning about all the various applications of astrology in one’s life but my understanding is that horoscopes, which are general ‘predictions,’ are where we get this misconception that the stars rule us. The idea behind a horoscope is that since the celestial bodies are on pretty determined paths in relation to the earth, they have the same interactions and aspects at (typically) the same times of the day, week, month, years, etc. So if you know the planets and constellations orbits, then you can predict what the astrological atmosphere will be at a certain time based on reports of what has happened in the past and characteristics associated with the planets and stars. I like to use the word “atmosphere” instead. Because, just because there is the potential for major activity doesn’t mean there always will be. It makes a person more aware of their ultimate free will to cultivate the character and life they wish to live within the boundaries of the astrological environment they are both born into and operating within.

HH: The zodiacal constellations, along with the Earth’s astronomical and cosmological phenomena, is like an illustrated map of creation’s timeline. Just as the seasons change and the earth’s axis tilts and planets orbit around each other…so does human behavior often follow a predictable or reliable story line. 

SW: I agree. I also want to add that there are only so many baseline characteristics that exist in the world. For me, as an artist, it is easy to relate this idea to color mixing. Just like there is basic blue – there is basic (this is a negative example but stay with me here) evil. Then there is teal, powder blue, periwinkle just as there is malicious, sadistic, hateful, corrupt…

Tying this back into misconceptions about astrology; people think that they are just their sun signs and don’t realize that they are a combination of 24 signs and it’s rare, if not impossible, to only have a total concentration of one. This is how we can have 12 base archetypes yet a multitude of unique personalities.

HH: Some, like Carl Sagan on his views about astrology, also argue that the heavenly map changes and is therefore unreliable. But so do our world maps. As countries change names, nations divide or merge, so does the information in our world atlas. Our maps reflect our history.

SW: My interest lies more in the personal (natal chats and how that shapes the way we navigate the world). Therefore I am not particularly well versed in how astrological phenomenons effect communities as a whole – this is next on my list of things to explore further. Aspects play a big role in how the energetic potential of a sign/planet manifest in individual charts. 

Beginning in March, Sam will be doing natal and synastry (relationships) zodiac charts for a small fee. Each chart comes with an illustration totem that is specific to the chart! More information can be be found at http://samwhalen.com/mystic. Maple-Seed-knocked out