Astrology is an ancient system of symbolic language used to see the Whole Self through the framework of cosmic ordered patterns, which include the four elements: fire/intuition, earth/sensation, air/intellect, water/emotion. We can apply these patterns, symbols, and archetypes to our own lives so that we may observe them as images or components that exist within ourself.
Application of astrological archetypes in an individual’s natal birth chart can bring new-found awareness of unconscious patterns and adaptations in early childhood that formed our ego-identified personality. These immature patterns of coping can reveal imbalances within the self. They can also unearth beliefs about ourselves, our body, life, spirit; and how one may feel victimized by circumstances and past wounds.
Once revealed and brought into consciousness, the dis-integrated identity can begin to loosen ego-isolation (separation) and allow the discovery of one’s true creative potentials, essence (light), and destiny. Healing occurs over time as these once disowned (shadow) and hidden aspects of the personality are gradually reviewed, refined, re-awakened, and merged with the essential Self; integrated into a more whole and evolving Self-Aware Individual.
Written by Corey Gilbert, Astrologer Counselor
Psychological-based astrology (as described above) blends ancient astrology with archetypes, alchemy, and transpersonal psychology. It is not fate-based, but instead focuses on self-discovery and transformation of the individual, and is dynamic and holistic in nature.