Art by Andy Kehoe - https://www.andykehoe.art/
Astrology is a very old science, possibly the oldest of them all, but it is today a very different discipline from the one which spread among cultures of the past, when it was mostly a tool for protection against overpowering natural forces. Ancient societies were observing the regular changes of moving bodies in the sky and their parallels in the natural environment. Very early they came to realize that everything which periodically changes, while following an evident pattern, can be used to time and predict future events. The realm of the stars has been sparkling Man’s imagination and curiosity for millennia, even more than it does today, but for a very different reason. Throughout the ages, human beings’ main preoccupation had been to come on top in the fight against the elements if they were to ensure physical survival. Thus, for the most of its history, astrology has been valued mostly for its capacity (as speculative as it still is) to ‘tell the future’. Calamity could be avoided if there was a means to know when to expect it and in what shape and form. And for the most part, astrology often provided such means.
Today, however, we live in a new era, in a time when the focus is shifting rapidly from the urge to satisfy basic biological needs (food, shelter, sex, material security) to the realization that self-actualization and participation in harmonious human relationships is the new ‘leitmotif’ of the times. Individual happiness, self-knowledge, channelling of personal abilities and one’s unique potential, building personality both through self-initiated action and as part of couples or groups… For the younger generations these are no longer merely abstract concepts. They seem to be naturally tuned to the idea of self-exploration and integration in society as conscious individuals. Maybe that’s because many have witnessed through the confusion of their parents the first definitive signs of the now general realization that material prosperity can be no substitute for real personal development. Adaptability today means more than learning practical skills and accumulating money and possessions. It requires a genuine interest in oneself and others, as well as an openness to constant change. Nowadays, men and women face new challenges, mostly psychological ones, and seek to explore and understand life beyond the surface of the material world. The problem is that they are not, in the most part, well equipped to do so.