Astrology is a helpful tool for finding your philosophy. We are all born with our own philosophy about life. Our outlook on life is as individual as the stars themselves so to speak. Our various philosophies are constructed in different ways, and these ways astrology breaks down into four major categories. The four major categories are the intellectual exploration of ideas which is predominately air, the passionate exploration of the spirit, which is predominately fire, the emotional exploration of faith, which is predominately water, and finally the practical exploration of sense experiences, which is earth.
The astrology chart will have a predominance of one or more of these elements, and they show how we look out at the world. One can simply add up the planets in each sign to get a rough idea. For instance if you have 4 planets in an air sign, you will most likely have the philosophy of intellectual analysis. What will that mean for you though? It means more than how you look at the world, it is how you understand the world, likewise it is how you think the world is. In my experiences, it is also how you expect the world and others to operate. I often times see people becoming baffled when others do not operate from the same elemental position that they do. Air people are just shocked at how earth people need sensual experience, and earth people are confounded by the constant mental gymnastics that air people go through. When we understand through which elemental window or “philosophy” we view the world through, then we can understand to a large degree how we misunderstand others, and how they misunderstand us. This would be what we can call “of tremendous value”.
It does go deeper than this however, for our philosophy in astrology was taking to the exactitude of a single point in the chart. That point in the chart is called the part of Faith. The part of faith describes the philosophies that we are attracted to. We see this by the planet which rules the part (which is called the depositor) and how it is aspected. For instance if it is ruled by Mercury, then the person will be attracted to a faith world view that is is scientific, philosophically sound, and novel in ideology. Anything else would be less than satisfactory. Now this person may very well be a Catholic, and what they will look for, or espouse with in their experience of the Catholic Church would be those ideas. They would then tend to have un-comfort with the other aspects of the doctrine, not speak of them and avoid contemplating how they do not work in their view of the religion they are attracted to. With out intentional effort it would remain in darkness.
In looking for a persons philosophy we would add an examination of what is known as the part of the Daemon, or how one experiences the divine. This experience would be Marked by the part of spirit as it is commonly known. Again by the sign it is in, the house it is in, the ruler of the part, we come to understand a great deal about what a persons philosophy of life is. For instance if someone has a Part of Spirit that is in Pisces in the third house, they are going to view the world as a co-creative divine experience amongst individuals who have personal faith. Which ever house the part of spirit is in, it will also be marked by the planet that occupies it. If it is a malefic planet, their will be challenges in your experience of your philosophy, if there are benefics, it will be experienced with joy and ease.
Astrology has a profound capacity to help us see how we view the world, and through that help us understand our relationship to not only our family and friends, but also our actual spiritual path, and the faith that we follow. In the Spirit of the inner movement of the Yule Season, I am offering an astrology reading based on examining the philosophy and faith of the individual for the next six weeks. It would be great for you, or as a gift for a friend of yours to get a reading focused on this, as a method of self reflection during the season of Sagittarius and the time of the coming solstice. Readings are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday before Noon and in the evenings after 8:30 Pacific Time.