The following article explains Psychological Astrology's position of our innate patterning that dictates our perceptions of present day life experiences. I hope that you enjoy it.
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It is interesting and worthwhile to explore what a horoscope reveals about our childhood experiences, traumas, and adjustments and how they relate to our lives presently. It is a powerful journey one may engage in to unclutter issues in the present.
There are distinctions between the way in which many schools of traditional psychology and psychological astrology view childhood experiences. Certain schools of traditional disciplines uphold the idea that a child is born a blank slate upon which different things are subsequently written - this is called the tabula rasa theory - the notion that how other people treated you in early life gives rise to certain patterns or scripts which then determine your self-image and your expectations of what will happen to you latter in life.
Around different experiences in childhood, certain decisions or attitudes are formed or made about ourselves or life in general. These might be called existential life-statements or patterns.
example: If Mother isn’t very adept at looking out after you, you might believe that ‘the world is not such a safe place to survive in’ or ‘those I need most will let me down.’
Or, if Father storms out, disappears and abandons the family when you are three years old, it may give the belief or expectation or statement about life such as ‘men are unreliable’ or ‘I am so bad, I drive people away.’
Early experiences cut deeply. Using the analogy of a young tree or sapling that incurs a small cut in its bark, as the tree matures - the cut will mend - but the scar remains.
What happens in early life forms a very deep impression on us which, very often, is embedded in the subconscious; we don’t even remember them. However, we carry those expectations and beliefs into adulthood and we continue to perceive and organize experience according to them. So what we see and evaluate in the present is conditioned by what has happened in the past. Sometimes this is referred to as psychic determinism. Any particular mental event or phenomenon is connected to chronologically preceding events. Even a fantasy about what happened in the past can determine how we interpret the present. It does not have to be something that actually happened. If you imagine that you drove your father away, when in actual fact he left for entirely different reasons, the earlier fantasy will still influence your later expectations.
Later in life, we selectively perceive or pick out of any circumstance those things which support our assumptions and beliefs and we fail to see what doesn’t fit into those expectations. In short, our beliefs and expectations give rise to our experience of reality which in turn reinforces the original beliefs.
Psychological Astrology views all this slightly
differently. Rather than just being born a blank slate and having things
done to you which then lead you to form opinions about life and yourself,
psychological astrology believes that you are already born with an innate
predisposition which expects certain things to happen. It’s not just the
childhood conditioning which is of primary importance - it is your own
inner nature as seen through placements in the birthchart which
predisposes you to perceive experience in a certain way. Certain inborn archetypal
expectations structure what you filter out of experience as a
WHAT IS AN ARCHETYPE?
An archetype can be defined as a mental representation of an instinct. Humans have been around for eons of time and the evolutionary processes have built up and structured into our psyches certain expectations which are passed down generation after generation - a kind of cell wisdom. One of our built-in expectations is that there is going to be a Mother or, more basic, a nipple. Even in the womb we have an expectation of a nipple. It is carried in our cell memory. There is also the expectation of a Father and the expectation of life and death. All these images are there latent in us even before we have an actual experience of such things.
People have slightly different images of these archetypal phenomena. For instance, the Moon has to do with Mother and everyone has a moon in their astrological chart. But the nature of a person’s image of Mother and the more exact kind of Mother one is anticipating, is shown by the sign placement of the Moon and what aspects are made to it. Similarly, the Sun, the symbol of Father, will be seen differently by each individual for the same reasons. The sign placement and aspects of the Sun will color and describe a particular inborn image of what Father is going to be like for each individual.
Remember that perception is a function of expectation and
that content is a function of content. What you are expecting to see will
influence how you perceive that is actually there.
If a child is born with Moon square Pluto, his/her inborn image of Mother is that she is potentially dangerous or life-threatening. The Mother may not actually be this type of person, but the child is particularly sensitive to when she has moods of depression and anger. If a Mother has given her child loving attention and a good feed, she would expect the child to be content and happy when she puts him down. However, the child may instead begin to scream and cry. If for some reason, his Moon/Pluto aspect was activated that day by a transit of the Moon or Venus, the negative image of Mother is activated in the child’s psyche. The Mother could then react with frustration or anger reinforcing the child’s image. But if she picks up the child and lovingly holds him until he is calm, the image of the ‘bad’ Mother he was born with is mediated.
It would be very beneficial for Mothers to study the charts of their babies to derive a sense of what the child could be projecting onto them and learn how to do a dance with these projections to negate the inborn negative images.
NATURE VERSUS NURTURE:
To sum up, what is being discussed is known as the ‘nature versus nurture’ conflict in psychology. Those who advocate the ‘nurture’ side believe it is how we are treated as children that will determine who we are. Those who believe in the ‘nature’ side believe that we are born with a certain innate predisposition which determines how we experience life. Astrological psychology has a bias towards the idea that our archetypal conditioning pre-dates our childhood conditioning. However, it is undoubtedly a mixture of both.
It is the astrological birthchart which depicts our
archetypal conditioning and expectations. Let’s assume you had a horoscope
professionally computed by an Astrologer. This is always derived from the
date, location and time of birth. Every aspect or placement in the chart
will offer the archetypal expectations you will experience and what
kind of patterns exist within you. These patterns gives rise to statements,
beliefs, or assumptions about yourself or life.
UNRESOLVED ISSUES OF ANCESTORS
As stated, we are born with
certain archetypal beliefs and expectations that we are challenged to work
out. Since the possibility exists that these patterns are related to
heredity and genetics (cell memory), we inherit unresolved issues
or conflicts from our ancestors. That which they have gone through or
contended with is passed down to us through some sort of ‘psychogene’
just as physical characteristics are passed down to us. Genes are passed
down from generation to generation and we not only inherit physical
traits, but we also inherit psychological issues or unfinished emotional
Patterns or existential life-statements are principles by which we live. Patterns give rise to the kinds of dreams we have, to the kinds of traumas we have, and to the kinds of illnesses we may attract. They set the parameters of what we are going to experience in life. Another word for pattern or paradigm is something called a ‘mental set’. A very depressed person might have a mental set that the world is out to get him and will organize his experience of the world according to his mental set. He will only see threatening experiences and fail to see ones that are life-supporting. Our self-image determines so much of what happens to us. For instance, a woman or man may see themselves as ‘fat’. Even if he/she goes on a diet and really slims down - if his self-image sees himself as ‘fat’- he will probably just get fat again!
WHAT CHOICE DO I HAVE?
Your pattern around Mars has a lot to do with how you start things. Observe the aspects made to Mars in the chart:
Jupiter - expansion, confidence, exaggeration
Saturn - fear, rigidity, caution, conservative
Uranus - Ingenious, erratic, unstable, rebellious
Neptune - idealistic, confusion, unrealistic, vague
Pluto - ruthless, vindictive, manipulative, life and death
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
The key to your future is right now - not the past - right now. If you believe that the past determines your future, then you energize that happening. It is helpful to think of your beliefs and statements about life not as hard, cold facts, but as opinions. Create some other beliefs that you would like to see happen and focus on these.
Original belief: Venus square Saturn - ‘I
Remember: (You must stick with the archetypes of the planets involved).
(Venus=love - Saturn=denial)