What is Astrological Psychology

In the twentieth century, the western esoteric tradition inspired the Swiss psychiatrist and founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung to formulate his archetypal hypothesis, influenced by Plato's theory of ideas or forms. In his research into the symbolic meaning of his patient's dreams, conversations and paintings, Jung observed recurring mythical themes or archetypes. He proposed that these universal and timeless archetypes channel experiences and emotions, resulting in recognizable and typical patterns of behavior with certain probable outcomes. Jung claimed to observe a correlation between these archetypal images and the astrological themesor traditional 'gods' associated with the planets and signs of the zodiac. He concluded that the symbolic heavenly figures described by the constellations were originally inspired by projections of images created by the collective unconscious. Jung wrote "Astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity".

 

In collaboration with pioneer theoretical physicist (and Nobel laureate) Wolfgang Pauli, Jung developed the theory of synchronicity. This theory, which Jung compared to Aristotle's formal causation, poses that "whatever is born or done at this particular moment of time, has the quality of this moment of time". 

Accordingly, astrological claims of correlations between the position of heavenly bodies at the time of birth and an individual's development were defined by Jung as being acausal and not directly caused by the planets.

Freud assumes that a child is born as a "tabula rasa", and the character begins to form from birth onward. Jung, on the contrary, states in his book Psychological Types: The individual disposition is already a factor in childhood; it is innate, and not acquired in the course of life.

Several astrologers as well as psychologists pursued Jung's theories in their writings, teachings and practice. One of the first astrologers to combine Jungian psychology with astrology was Dane Rudhyar and his protege, Alexander Ruperti. Rudhyar termed it "humanistic astrology," the subject of his monumental volume, The Astrology of Personality, published in 1936.

 Psychological astrology, however became firmly established in the late 20th century with the books and lectures of Liz Greene and Stephen Arroyo who were both strongly influenced by the Jungian model. In 1983, Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas, a psychosynthesis psychotherapist, founded the Centre for Psychological Astrology in London.

Liz Greene, a Jungian psychotherapist and astrologer, is convinced that astrology can help to discover the nature of this innate seed. Astrology can not only tell us about the self we know, but also about the one we do not know, she writes in Relating. The horoscope, being a "map of the psyche", can point to character traits which have not yet become conscious. With its help we may get to know ourselves better and come to a more complete understanding of our true nature. Jung's Analytical Psychology attempts something very similar: individuation and arrival at one's true self.

This article was written by Bruno Huber for inclusion in his ‘Astrological Glossary’ and was translated from the German by Agnes Shellens.

Astrological Psychology is a branch of psychology which uses Astrology as a diagnostic tool. It is primarily based on the insights of depth psychology, but also on humanistic and transpersonal psychology. In concept it is closest to Robert Assagioli’s Psychosynthesis. Astrological Psychology starts from the concept of a living, self-regulating and inherently healthy being and not, like most psychologies, from the standpoint of pathology. “You are sick only for as long as you think you are” and to find the causes for our feelings of disease is the central tenet of astrological psychology.

We Are Our Own Best Psychiatrist

The basic purpose of Astrological Psychology, through its teaching, advisory or therapeutic approach, is to increase our understanding and to stimulate our own thought processes. It is not to dish out ready made recipes, nor to offer easy solutions but, in short, to offer us a useful instrument for self-discovery so that we can learn to accept ourselves for what we are and what we may be, as this will enable us to live freer, happier and more creative lives.

Above all there are the various techniques of foretelling the future, which are largely reductionist, and usually deal with events which are perceived as happening to us from the outside. It is the state of our inner being which determines the nature of our reality, how the available energies affect us, which external events make an impression upon us and how we experience them, evaluate them and respond to them.

 

This reactive world in Astrological Psychology is expressed and interpreted by the Age Point and Age Progression. This is a steady progression through time which shows how we work our way through our chart and thus, in the course of a life time, experience all the various facets of our character. The choice of techniques employed has been influenced by an important organic principle: Simplification.

In brief, the approach that we have developed over the past 25 years gives a unique insight into one of the major conflict areas of our lives: the differences between the more or less well-meaning efforts of the adult world to mold us to its standards, in juxtaposition to our innate inclinations.

Relationships

Another useful insight is provided by investigating the tensions and connections between members of our family. Furthermore we can understand the role models we formed for ourselves. The nature and integrity of our threefold personality (body, mind and feelings) is molded in childhood through the way in which the child experiences the various roles of mother, father and child. In the hands of a qualified counselor Astrological Psychology can be a real tool for self-awareness and personal growth.

"My Arranged Marriage"

That was the title of my Toastmasters colleague's speech at our club in Houston. Our 'bubba' ears paid rapt attention to his 6 minute and 45 seconds presentation.

The family astrologer for the prospective bride and groom compare horoscopes, according to centuries old Vedic Astrology, which is based on nakshatras or  the Lunar constellation. The process is known as Guna Milap or Ashtakoot Milan. This assesses the compatibility of the two people in focus based on thirty six points or guna. To be deemed a good match at least eighteen out of thirty six gunas need to be matching.

Other astrological conditions also need to be determined such as the Mangalik Dosha which occurs when the planet Mars is positioned in 1st, 4th, 8th and 12th house of the birth chart. The priest, who is matching the kundalis or birth charts, then prescribes some remedies to counteract the negative effects. 

Only 1.1% of marriages in India result in a divorce compared with over 45.8% in the United States, In America seeking marital advise takes place, if at all, a month before the divorce. Today, computerized Relationship readings, rank order the gunas from one to a maximum of 42 connections depending the pair's date of birth. It works well for couplings other than marriage e.g. the boss at work or teaching the parent how best to relate to the child. 

What is Psychometric Psychology?

The Mother of all psychometric instruments Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Psycho metrics is the field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement, which includes the measurement of knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and personality traits. The field is primarily concerned with the study of differences between individuals. It involves two major research tasks, namely: (i) the construction of instruments and procedures for measurement; and (ii) the development and refinement of theoretical approaches to measurement.

   

Type cast as an ENFP on the Myers-Briggs helped me to feel a little bit better about myself because I was an N for Intuitive. 75% of the population is an S for Sensing - it wasn't that I was a weirdo or anything I was a minority. The best feel better about myself takeaway was the ENFP Moniker "Journalist." Even though I had 30 years time-in-grade as an architect, I could relate to the role of an international geo-political correspondent like a 'lightened-up' Christiane Amanpour.

Ned Herrmann Brain Dominance & Marston's DISC Model

  

The Briggs Myers Type Indicator Handbook was published in 1944. In 1956, Walter Clarke, an industrial psychologist, constructed the DISC assessment using William Marston's theory of the DISC model. This put psycho-metrics back in C.G.Jung's four quadrants where it remains to this day.

By the '80's no business school in America could survive unless they has an Organizational Behavior Department - the Chair of OB at Case Western Reserve was Dr. David Kolb, who got to put on his CV "America's foremost learning behaviorist." Not sure if that was just a ploy to raise the price of tuition?

Anyway, I was hooked from day one, forget about Christiane Amanpour and journalism, I wanted to be an OD (Organizational Development) at a big corporation where I could give current and potential employees these nifty psych tests. What credentials do you have? I'm an architect who spent two years of alternate Friday/Saturdays in "America's foremost learning behaviorist's," classSorry teg you have to have a PhD from the U of Michigan at Ann Arbor to intern here.

Some years later, now let's see, '80 to 2000 is twenty, and the Eugene bookstore in 2008, almost 30 years later I discovered Astrology. Now my Christian Science fundamentalist mother popped a meta-physical neck muscle when I said I was interested in psychology. "Tom (my name until I left home) you know Mrs, Eddy said we should stay away from Phrenology." She bought into the difference in spelling, but A-S-T-R-O-L-O-G-Y is taboo, just about everywhere past the city limits of Eugene. Since, there is not a lot to do in Eugene besides drink coffee, while waiting for the rain to stop, so you can ride around on your bicycle, I read about astrology.

Why there is nothing too it. They have channeled CG Jung's Quadrant Theory, used the four elements HCNO Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen & Oxygen and put the playing cards on them so you know which is which. However, I must confess I took one look at all the calc's of assent, trines, houses, aspects required to manufacture a horoscope and I was ready to give Phrenology a try.

          

Next shelf over, Robert Lee Camp's card system, showed me everything I needed to know for a little Astrological Psychosynthesis action in minutes. Drawing on my 30 years of architectural 'cut & paste' practice I soon had my first sketch or overlay of the horoscope info on the psychometric grid.

Placing birth chart astrological information on the standard psychometric quadrant format tells the whole story of an individual's psyche. Whether you answer 66 connotative questions on the Myers-Briggs or 25-35 'most like - least like' connotative questions on most psych instruments it's your Ego talking, what you think you are. Freud and certainly Jung, would be so proud that we have 'split the atom' of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology.

Perhaps Freud's single most enduring and important idea was that the human psyche (personality) has more than one aspect. Freud (1923) saw the psyche structured into three parts (i.e., tripartite), the id, ego and superego, all developing at different stages in our lives. These are systems, not parts of the brain, or in any way physical.

I wanted to be up there in the upper right quadrant, I thought of myself as this intuitive, creative, idea generating kind of guy. My whole card, my birth card, my Who I Am card and my Freudian 'Id' card the JACK  of Clubs is "The Mentally Creative" card. This is all really good information that you will never get from psychological assessment alone. But wait-wait there's much more, there is a +karma and a -karma. We can almost put this in the Superego Morality tripartite.

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion,"Abe Lincoln.

 Those Indus River Valley boys have been practicing karma, dharma and reincarnation stuff for 5,000 years but what do they know? The -karma card is the person you owe for some transgressions you committed in one of your past bad hair days. My second life, wife, was the JACK  of Diamonds "The Salesperson Card." Even though I was astrologically ignorant at the time, I instinctively knew that she wore the pants in the family and my job was to be her helper. The negative karma card can also be described as your hidden talent - latent ability that has not been acknowledged. This was revealed to me as a cracker-jack salesman at the farmers' markets.

The +karma card is the person who owes you and also your natural innate talents. In my TEN  of Hearts "Success with Groups" Card case, I thought the reason why I joined Kiwanis, Lions, Toastmasters, AA, Sigma Chi and even the Marine Corps was due to deficient sense of belonging. Now, I know it was my chief source of positive feedback.

What is Astrological Psychology? It is the most objective individualized method of Finding the Fear We Feel.