Within the Astrological Community there is an occasional tendency to look at horoscopes breaking down their components actualizing a process of fragmentation and cookbook interpretations and then focusing on a particular planet or astrological configuration. Arabic parts, Fixed Stars, Vertex, Anti-vertex, asteroids and other hypothetical points are among the old and new techniques introduced to the astrological community recently. Deciding what to use has put too much on the plate for anyone to be able to digest everything. It is as if by adding other symbols one can in some way bring more clarity or reveal a missing piece to a puzzle, whether this may be the character of a person or the outcome of a particular situation. Some seem to focus on more specific themes they deem enchanting or interesting, while unconsciously discarding all the rest that is important in a chart. Above all, astrologers should avoid this practice if they wish to offer a different perspective that allows clients to step away from their personal problems.
I am not in any way hostile to the use of technicalities; but each astrologer should somehow provide a reason to justify the use of one type of technique or another. The astrologer should also be coherent in the use of a technique. In fact, it is not possible to mix up different methodologies which are rooted in different systems and have been created to serve a particular purpose. There is a danger in combining ingredients in a caldron that produce a dubious and unclear result.
I often need to remind myself of the vision of the “Whole” of the chart, a philosophy often expressed in the astrology of Dane Rudhyar. This vision is in contrast with more deterministic astrology, as much as Holistic medicine is compared and contrasted with symptomatic modern medicine. Within the medical community as well as in other fields, isolating “the disease” is the means of tackling certain issues. But by giving it an identity and labelling it, we may fail to realize that this “disease” is part of a greater organism as a symptom, a manifestation of something going wrong within a great being.
Under these circumstances, it becomes useless to cure certain symptoms, just as it would be negative to administer a dose of medication to cure a disease which wouldn’t have appeared in the first place if the organism had been strong enough to challenge itself differently in various situations.
Some physicians focus on a particular disease; some astrologers may try to shape their astrology to satisfy clients while casting light on particular issues. These astrologers may find themselves forecasting particular events, such as the arrival of love or some other type of desire sought. Unconsciously, the consultant feels entitled to all these personal expectations as if a destiny shaped by certain normally external assumptions and expectations has already been written and maladjusted to the personality of the client. The questions of the consultant underlie some inner insecurities and large patterns which are not limited solely to the question itself. The astrologer should allow the vision of the client to broaden. In this way, the symptoms can be collocated within the client.
Before analysing the infinite details and shades a horoscope offers, a centre must be found; it is important to understand where all these points are directing to and what their function is within the centre of their horoscope.
When we look at a person, we have a vision of a whole. This intuitively gathered vision is a collage of different individual elements: it forms a unique and unrepeatable whole because of the relationship these pieces have with each other. Without this comprehension, valuation and vision, the person becomes an immeasurable number of components without meaning or correlation to anything, the container of two eyes, a mouth, a chest and so on, components that belong to everybody. If taken individually, they are shared by many and don’t offer a perception of the person’s uniqueness.
It becomes important to designate the central temperament to which all these components are in context. These temperaments have been designated within Astrology through the study of the four elements: Air, Water, Earth and Fire, the four psychological functions, the base from which all people build a sense of reality.
Another particular function is the one symbolized by the Sun, the great Orchestrator and heart of the organism, which maintains in their orb with its gravitational pulls all the planets. To follow in the next few articles other examples to comprehend the value of this holistic approach.