Many of the readers of my website and blogs know that in the past the name of the school focused solely on astrology. However, my students know that while that was indeed the primary subject of my courses, I often connected astrology with psychology, spirituality and transformation. This is how it has been for me from the very beginnings of my study of astrology.
When we begin to set out to learn astrology, we may find that we have discovered a wondrous journey where we can discover many things about ourselves and the world we live in. Historically, astrology has gone through many shifts in its focus, especially in the last few years. Originally, the focus of astrologers was on prediction. It was not concerned with psychology, self-actualization, or individual growth of any kind. It was concerned with what people cared the most about and that was survival. As the conditions of life began to improve a bit, this allowed for a greater emphasis on personal growth and even a return to the study of the ‘great secrets’ held and protected in monasteries, occult societies, and other forms of wisdom in our past.
In many of those ‘societies’ astrology was considered to be only one part of a much broader holistic system of correspondences that had the purpose of training the student to comprehend and even experience the ‘mysteries’ beyond any single system. For example, in the Golden Dawn, five systems were combined into one system. Each of these was considered to be valid systems of study in their own right but also subsets of a much bigger system that, when experienced, put the ‘Initiate’ into a state of ‘Enlightenment.’ That’s what was meant by it being a ‘Mystery School.’ The five fields of study in that system is astrology, Tarot, numerology, the Hebrew alphabet and the Tree of Life. This was considered to be the Kabbalah in its fullness.
And yet, astrology remains as the primary field of study for the School. This is not only because it is the field I love so much, but also because astrology assists the student to go deeply into discovering what people are like and in what ways they can grow and transform. By engaging in a process where one’s deepest needs and motivations are discovered, we can develop our hidden potentials and find new ways of solving life’s problems. It is superficial to define the planets and signs – and ultimately yourself – solely in terms of behaviors and characteristics. When one’s real needs and motivations are discovered and accepted, the spirit within springs forth to claim the path that is aligned with the world in which we live.
As each of us act on our deepest needs and motivations, something else amazing occurs. Having discovered our life’s purpose for being here, we begin to live it and find that the world we are in rises to support us and gives striking direction to our lives. For this to happen, astrology must be combined with meditation, contemplation, and other information that will enable us to find out that the true purpose for all of us is to discover ourselves as immortal Beings working to evolve the quality of our consciousness.