Don't overthink and don't be too critical on yourself. We all know that these are legitimate statements. Yet, in order to realise our individual potentials we have to get in touch with ourselves. An in-depth self-analysis takes into account one’s personality, emotions and behaviour with the aim of understanding the conscious and subconscious mind. This article explores the Astrological technique.
Carl Jung & Archetypes
Carl Jung, early supporter of Sigmund Freud due to their shared interest in the unconscious, was fascinated by themes and motifs in a person’s dream. In particular, Jung investigated the areas of the mind and how they influenced each other, i.e. the persona or the repressed shadow thoughts of the mind. He found that conflicts between conscious and subconscious mind can lead to specific personality traits or anxieties.
Eventually, Jung identified a set of recurring themes, the so-called archetypes, which hold universal and timeless qualities. These archetypes cause a typical pattern of behaviour, which are ultimately the means to channel experiences and emotions.
Ultimately, Jung concluded that the archetypes resonate with the planets and signs of the zodiac, as the collective unconscious originally projected certain images and themes into various sections in the sky. In such, astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of the ancient past.
Where do I start my analysis?
Get your Birth Chart!
Every person has their own astrological story, based not just on the day they were born, but the exact alignment of the planets and stars at the time and place of their birth. This adds up to patterns and order of the universe as it impacts our human life and the way it is entangled into its surrounding context.
You can get your own birth chart here. Insert your birth date, birth time and place of birth. See the following chart example which gives you a pretty unique imprint.
The chart shows in which constellations of stars a given planet was located at the time of birth. The zodiac constellation which was rising at the Eastern horizon characterises the ascendant (AC) upon which the 12 so-called houses are set. These houses represent the different field of experience wherein the energies of the signs and planets operate.
The insight and wisdom available in our birth chart is truly breath-taking once we know how to decode it. That's probably why people all over the world have relied upon astrology to provide them with an understanding of psychological complexities for thousands of years.
Newspaper horoscopes have dragged astrology into the dirt. Rarely do people know about the birth chart, instead only know of their sun sign ("I'm a Sagittarius, yeahhh!"). We shouldn't forget that physics is no superhero neither and still identifies gravity and electromagnetism as natural phenomena without knowing how these forces are created. If we deny the effects of planetary bodies, we can as well deny the impact of the moon on the tides.
Knowledge does not happen overnight, nor does it happen with reading just one article - that's solely information. I will take you through the individual steps of the analysis by the means of a blog series. Don't miss out to discover what your chart has in store for you.