There is pain that is peculiar to astrologers: the jeers and skepticism of the world. There is also joy that’s reserved especially for them: if you study faithfully, the charts start singing for you. Again and again the degrees resonate and repeat till there is no doubt in your mind that somehow, mysteriously, this thing works.
I was reading a long comments’ thread below a blog post that trashes astrology. One of my dearest astrology friends was there valiantly countering and questioning the writer’s uneducated and uninformed opinions about astrology. My friend has Sun in Sagittarius and he displayed it well. You shone, darling, really. But what a waste of your time. Addressing these people who can’t even write well.
A year ago, something like would have elicited a strong reaction from me: anger, irritation and frustration. But these days all I think is that the debunkers should be assigned some astrology homework. I’ve got mine pending and, believe you me, it’s a lot of work.
But I not indifferent to the pain my astrology friends feel. Why? Why this pain that most astrologers must go through at some point in their life? I don’t know. Just as I don’t know how astrology works or how the universe came to be. I wonder if the answer to these questions is beyond the scope of a dualistic, cause-and-effect dimension that we live in and think in.
Even though the answers may elude us and even though some mysteries may always remain mysteries, we still have to walk on our chosen path. And walk we do, despite the pain. Perhaps it’s my ninth house Moon, but nothing dissolves my pain like wisdom. I went to the Sabians with this. And I brought back a message for astrologers. Here it is, from Lynda Hill’s website, http://www.sabiansymbols.com/index.asp:
A JEWISH RABBI IN A TINY ROOM FULL OF MANUSCRIPTS AND BOOKS, PERFORMING HIS DUTY
There is age old wisdom and established tradition which has survived to this day. You may need to access this knowledge though instruction or an inner search in order to deal with your situation. There are ‘duties’ and ceremonies that are needed to be performed, either for yourself or for your community. Do what’s needed with faith and reverence.
Connection with ancient sources of truth and understanding. Faith in abiding laws. Inherited wisdom. Books, manuscripts and the written laws. Ceremonies marking life’s journey.
The Caution: Religious dogmatism, following the rules of “the book”. Over-inflated sense of self. Distrust or hate of people from different religions, backgrounds or ethnic origins.
What is astrology to me? Oh, many things. And one of them is that it’s sacred.