The Hero’s Journey and Astrology

Astrology

Many people wonder if astrology has any validity. For instance, those who have never investigated the subject, often ask how it’s possible for 12 sun signs of the zodiac to represent the entire population here on earth?

Others wonder if it is just another way for people to avoid taking responsibility and authority over their own lives. Then there are those who believe astrology represents a predetermined outcome over which they have no power or influence to change.

For those people, and even for those astrologers who practice astrology in this way, I say this: If that is what you expect astrology to be, that is what it will be for you.

Astrology for us here at Soul of Chiron is a learning tool to assist clients with gaining deeper awareness of what motivates and influences their desires and responses to life. An opportunity to look at possibilities, and opportunities to gain awareness of how and when to use their natural gifts and talents to overcome challenges and obstacles in order to reach their most creatively fulfilling and happiest lives. In effect, to self-actualize.

This is what Aleister Crowley meant in his book The Complete Astrological Writings when he wrote, “Astrology has no more useful function than this, to discover the inmost nature of man and to bring it out into his consciousness, that he may fulfill it according to the law of light.”

The Essential Purpose of Astrology

Renowned astrologer Dane Rudhyar states the idea this way: “The essential purpose of astrology is not so much to tell us what we will meet on our road, as it is to suggest how to meet it – and the basic reason for the meeting. Which quality in us, which type of strength is needed to go through any specific phase of our unfoldment as an individual.”

Maybe you noticed both quotes have something in common. They both focus on a process of development, and the evolution of individual growth into an “unfolding” or “bringing out” of conscious awareness.

Conscious Awareness

This process of developing conscious awareness, recognized throughout history, was given the name “the Hero’s Journey” by academic Joseph Campbell. The hero’s journey is always marked by an initial lack of awareness or even denial of a specific task or challenge (this could even be an opportunity one may lack the confidence to undertake), followed by a point of crisis in which a decision must be made, resulting in an outcome of gain or loss depending on the hero’s response.

Astrology provides insight into our innermost nature to bring what is unconscious to conscious awareness, making it easier to address each challenge and more productively helping us pinpoint “which quality in us, which type of strength is needed to go through any specific phase of our unfoldment” as we become a unique individual. This is the true meaning of self-actualization, as described in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: “The realization or fulfillment of one's talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.”