Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Astrology - Fate vs Free Will

Of all the objections I have heard to the use of astrology, the most interesting one is that it negates the idea of free will. It is objectionable to the human spirit that everything is somehow written, that we are really puppets following a cosmic dance.

Yet, astrology lives on in almost every civilisation, western or eastern. One wonders if entire civilisations have been misled? That is certainly one possible interpretation.

More importantly, how can one reconcile the theory of astrology with the nature of consciousness? If liberation and enlightenment are truly possible, then it would make a mockery of astrology. Or would it?

The explanation I put forward is one that comes from having the fortune of having observed both eastern and western astrological systems over the years. One fascinating observation is that Western astrology appears to be largely a prediction of one's mental state, and Eastern astrology appears to be a prediction of things that will happen to you. This is simplifying it hugely, but it sparked an idea.

I have a theory that astrology measures cycles of cosmic energy that sweeps across the planet at various times. In response to that, the individual's personal energy field will react in certain ways. These ways are not set in stone, but if nothing else is changed, then it is a likely response. And the way that energy impact arises will be through thought and emotion.

The thought and emotion will cause the mind to engage, and if the mind is unenlightened, then the slightest bit of attachment will cause the Law of Attraction to kick in, resulting in various events manifesting.

Can it be avoided? Yes. Typically, there are individuals who escape their "destiny". It seems to be a result of their environment and their thought processes, so that with the right touch the energies arising pass through the psyche without reacting and thus does not take hold.

Am I right? I don't know. The jury's still out on this one. However, it seems a reasonable proposition.

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