The Universal Life Cycle

Raise your hands, who remembers Gail Sheehy’s book Passages. Ok, now that you’ve just dated yourself, do you remember what the book was about? In Ms. Sheehy’s bestseller, which was all the rage when I was in college, she talked about the developmental stages of adults, which was broken up roughly into the decades of our lives, the twenties, the thirties, the forties, etc. This was ground breaking stuff, since up until then the cultural thinking was that was when you became an adult, you were pretty well done developmentally, or as Judge Judy would say “cooked.” And in seeing that the people around me were hitting these developmental milestones, what she was talking about seemed to make sense.

Then a decade later, I started a serious study of astrology and learned, ta da, that astrologers knew all about these milestones and have been talking about them for quite some time. In fact, there is a timetable of events that is more predictable than Jay Leno’s jokes, that defines significant developmental markers, a universal life cycle that applies to all human beings.

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Astrology Defines The Perfect Moment

No thing is known until it is experienced. That whole concept is the basis of scientific thought. In science, there is theory and then there is empirical study that proves or disproves the theory.

In our three dimensional world, we get to experience the passage of time. In other dimensions, this is not so. This is what makes our dimension unique and why is it such a valuable resource in the development of the soul.

Our birth charts are a snapshot a single moment, the time we are born. The positions of the Ascendant, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are forever fixed and expressed in ourselves. We are the grand definition and the total empirical study of a single moment in time.

Astrologers, in interpertation of a chart, look at all the planets, what signs those planets are in and what houses the planet in the sign sits. All the planets have specific roles to play in our charts.

When we ask, “what’s your sign”? we are asking the position of the Sun at the time of their birth. The Sun is the the CPU of the birthchart. Our essential essence, it is the final arbiter of what we do, say and think.

The moon talks about our emotiions and our security needs. Mercury talks about how we communicate and our thinking processes. Venus represents our value system, our money and how we make our money. Mars is our survival instincts, how we fight and how we make love. Saturn is our teacher of grand life lessons and how we learn those lessons. Jupiter, the higher octave of Venus, is our moral compass and how we apply it to our lives. Jupiter expands our concepts of our personal value in society. Uranus, the higher octave of Mars talks about how we individuate ourselves in society. Neptune explores our spiritual values and our connection to the Divine. Pluto transforms our ideas about ourselves. Seeing that we are such a stubborn species, Pluto has his work cut out for him and often he gives a kick in the gut to set us straight.
A good use of Astrology is that of a tool of self discovery. In the hands of a competent astrologer, nothing else can look inside our souls and our psyches the way astrology can.

For a thorough introduction to the signs and the planets I recommend The Inner Sky by Steven Forrest.