Astro - Psychology
Unos nacen con cstrellay Otros nacen de estrelladas.
Some are born under a star, and Some are born seeing stars.
Defination - Astrology
Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters. A practitioner of astrology is called an astrologer. Astrologers believe that the movements and positions of celestial bodies either directly influence life on Earth or correspond to events experienced on a human scale. Modern astrologers define astrology as a symbolic language, an art form, or a form of divination. Despite differences in definitions, a common assumption of astrologers is that celestial placements can aid in the interpretation of past and present events, and in the prediction of the future.
Numerous traditions and applications employing astrological concepts have arisen since its earliest recorded beginnings in the 3rd millennium BC. Astrology has played an important role in the shaping of culture, early astronomy, the Vedas, and various disciplines throughout history. In fact, astrology and astronomy were often indistinguishable before the modern era, with the desire for predictive and divinatory knowledge one of the motivating factors for astronomical observation. Astronomy began to diverge from astrology after a period of gradual separation from the Renaissance up until the 18th century.
Defination - Psychology
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, encompassing not just what people do, but their biological activities, perceptions, memory, reasoning and thoughts .
Defination - Astro Psychology
Astrology approaches its understanding of the psychology of human nature through observation and interpretation of the cosmic influences and energies of the zodiac, solar system and planets upon the whole human psyche. The science is based upon the ancient system with its firm traditional basis for analysis that includes character, health factors, human relationships and circumstances as well as national and wider issues that affect our globe.
Astro-Psychology, in its study of individual human nature, begins simply with the serious consideration of the zodiacal birth sign. We learn to appraise the identified positive characteristics of 'our sign' and find it easy enough to accept that these virtues are inherent in us. Not so easy, but equally necessary, is our attention to the negative traits. Although commonly shared as inherent weaknesses in us all, they are particularly evident in us and in others of the same birth sign as our own.
In evaluating these good or bad tendencies or traits, we must do so on the understanding that we personally may not have learned or wish to express these particular qualities of our birth sign. In this case, they remain as certain energies or resources to which we have easy access when and if we choose to utilize them.
It is our free will that determines our life course and pathway and allows us to travel the easier routes and highways that astrology is able to indicate, or directs us to choose a pathway off the beaten track. The decision is always ours, no matter what subtle influence prevails in the weather of the starry heavens. However, as the farmer is wise to make hay when the sun shines, there are life activities and efforts that are likely to be more successful when the planetary climate is conducive to productive outcomes. So we begin to be aware, beyond earthly weather patterns, to observe the 'climate of the skies'.
The benefits of learning all the zodiacal signs and their faults and virtues including our own is to broaden our understanding and acknowledge the differences in human nature in the people around us. It is a wise exercise with beneficial outcomes. We are encouraged to study not only the nature of the zodiacal signs but also the effect the planetary energies their influences and ultimately upon our circumstances, moods and work. We find that the movements of the planets result in ever changing patterns more volatile in their influence than the standard powers that emit from the zodiacal twelve segments of the cosmos. The aspects or relationship of one planet to another at any given time create difficult or harmonious blends of energy patterns to which we will react.
Just as the science of psychology has found certain ground rules and common factors in human nature and behavior that provide us with a sense of common ground with others, astrology as a science is complex in order to extend suggestions as to why we are as we are. This applies in all spheres of our being and in our common goal for self growth and excellence in achievement, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.
When we have our chart drawn up, there is attention given also to the natural elements that are referred to as earth, water, air and fire to determine the proportion of these qualities of practicality, emotionalism, intellectual or spiritual in our character. This is related to the planetary placement in zodiacal signs to which these elements are designated as applying.
There are many wonderful benefits from studying astrology. Many of these are practical such as planting crops by the moon phases, indicating fishing outcomes, planning social programmes, finding a compatible companion or partner, in healing, or choosing an auspicious date for important national events. There are many possible applications in which astrologers choose to specialize.
However, to use what we learn about human nature and apply it in daily life through the art of astro-psychology provides us with an intriguing lifetime interest. It helps us to feel inwardly secure with a sense of being part of a nature's infinite diversity in its creative design that manifests in our own uniqueness but at the same time allows us to feel part of the wider family of humanity. We take comfort and empathize with at least one twelfth of the billions of others on this planet with whom we will always feel a special link through the shared zodiacal influences focused at the time of our birth.
A simple balanced approach is advised so that we font make the mistake of thinking that the stars rule us in a way that obliterates free will. Nor do we wish extreme self assertion so as to challenge or blame all the energies of great nature rather than trying to harness them. The key in applying astrological science lies in the attitude Shakespeare expressed in his 'Julius Caesar'.... "The fault dear Brutus lies not in our stars but in ourselves, that we are underlings."
We each have a unique nature with unique purpose and life talents in addition to qualities common to all. To observe and understand this uniqueness allows us to feel renewed sense of self confidence and sharpen our desire to live not only a happy creative lifestyle but one that offers our unique gift to the world.
Origin And Development Of Astro- Psychology
On the face of it, psychological astrology can simply be defined as a synthesis of psychology and astrology. But it is much more than that. Each discipline—astrology and psychology—is radically transformed and empowered by its marriage to the other. Indeed, there are so many correlations and possibilities for cross-fertilization that one could easily spend an entire lifetime exploring the connection.
In many ways, astrology was the first psychology in that it constituted an early means for understanding the nature of the human being. Rooted in the premise that cosmos mirrors psyche, the ancients systematically observed how the nature and cycles of the planets corresponded to the nature and experiences of human beings.
For all their brilliance, our progenitors practiced an exceedingly simplistic form of astrology in comparison to what we are capable of today. Here, emphasis should be on the word capable, for much of modern astrology is still mired in the dogma of the past.
Ancient and medieval astrologers were preoccupied with so-called "good" and "bad" planetary positions—malefic planets, evil aspects, debilitations, falls, afflictions, and other such ominous categories of meaning. While they were obviously aware that people were subject to a process of ageing that culminated in death, there was little or no concept of evolution, that is, of the psycho-spiritual growth of the individual. Accordingly, astrology was largely limited to superficial trait descriptions, fated events, and dubious predictions of good and bad times for various enterprises.
While some scholars might argue that ancient astrology was actually more complex and technique-rich than its contemporary offshoots, this should not obviate the fact that our ancient forebears were wedded to a fatalistic and deterministic model of the cosmos that precluded them from appreciating how lived experience, i.e., fate, can serve as a catalyst for learning and change, and how learning and change can, in turn, alter fate.
Astrology was largely discredited following the scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries because it was not intelligible within the mechanistic paradigm that constituted the zeitgeist of the new, modern era. Out of this renaissance of scientific thought, psychology was born, and eventually came to replace astrology as our primary means for understanding behavior.
It wasn't until the first half of the 20th century, following Darwin and then Freud, that the concept of psychological growth and evolution actually entered public awareness. Unencumbered by presuppositions of a fixed character and unalterable fate, early psychologists grounded their theories in that which was observable—human physiology and outward behavior. From these early observations, psychologists developed theories of the human personality.
Psychology was not limited to merely describing types of personality. It was also capable of explaining how people change and develop over time. Developmental psychology evolved in parallel with theories of psychopathology and psychotherapy, the former being concerned with how normal development can be derailed, and the latter with how best to facilitate a process of healing and recovery. In this regard, psychology began to carve out territory that had not previously been explored in the field of astrology.
By the latter half of the 20th century, astrologers began incorporating psychological concepts into their thinking. Practitioners realized that they could benefit from the best of both worlds. Following the lead of Dane Rudhyar, the field of humanistic astrology was born, which triggered a resurrection of astrology in the late 60's and 70's. By the end of the 20th century, innovators were exploring how Jungian, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and various other models might fruitfully be integrated into a new hybrid—AstroPsychology. This project is ongoing.
While traditional astrology described how human behavior correlated to (or more accurately, was caused by)planetary positions, these descriptions were limited to the surface features of the personality. In contrast, psychological astrology addresses the interior of the psyche, and does so in terms that are significantly more detailed than its predecessors. For instance, it depicts how astrological configurations symbolize basic needs, developmental stages, psychological functions, intrapsychic conflict, unconscious complexes, cognitive structures, internal dialogues, personality disorders and attendant defenses—concepts that did not even exist prior to the 20th century.
Essentially, psychological astrology is a reformulation of astrology in terms of psychological concepts and practices. Perhaps the defining attribute of a psychological approach is its focus on integrating the birth chart and, thus, supporting the human potential for growth and change. Outside of this one primary focus there is no single, uniform approach, although almost by definition psychological astrology is transpersonally oriented.
Transpersonal psychology is that branch of psychology that incorporates spiritual notions into its framework and as such is a more inclusive school of psychology—a " fourth wave," as Abraham Maslow called it, following psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and humanistic psychology. One should not, therefore, equate psychological astrology with conventional notions of psychology and thereby strip it of its transpersonal dimension.
As a transpersonal theory, psychological astrology adds significant breadth and depth to psychology, transforming it into a more spiritualized model that links psyche to cosmos and reconnects humanity with its divine heritage. In so doing, it challenges the deterministic presumption of psychology that consciousness is merely an epiphenomenon of its biological substrate and social milieu. Biological determinism and social determinism are but modern versions of the celestial determinism that characterized ancient astrology. Determinism is determinism, no matter what you presume the determining factor to be.
The point is that psychological astrology is decidedly not deterministic; rather, it regards the psyche as its own cause, an eternal, irreducible essence that is self-generating and capable of manifesting in biological and social conditions. This, in effect, is what the chart symbolizes—an exteriorization of the soul's pattern in terms of physiology, personality, and environment. Material reality is conceptualized as a synchronistic reflection of an innate, pre-existent psychic structure that evolves over time (possibly lifetimes). From this perspective, the psyche is reflected in, but not caused by, the positions of the planets at the moment of birth.
In sum, psychological astrology is both a personality theory and a diagnostic tool. As a personality theory, it reveals how the structure and dynamics of the psyche are mirrored in external conditions that provide a stimulus to psycho-spiritual growth. And as a diagnostic tool, it provides unparalleled insight into the underlying, characterological issues that produce the external conditions that cause suffering. Perhaps the horoscope is best understood as an unfolding story in which fate is altered by the development and unfoldment of character.
Powers Of Planets
According to Indian Astrology, the destiny and traits of an individual are associated with the position of the planets on the date and place of birth. These nine zodiac planets or Hindu nine planets or Navagraha put out energy waves to influence the lives on Earth. They sharply affect the life, its ups and downs and behavior of the person. The Indian astrology considers the movement of two luminaries, Sun and Moon, five major planets (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, and Mercury) and the two nodal points of the Moon i.e Rahu and Ketu..
The birth of nine planets astrology in Indian astrology happened be before the invention of telescope. During this time two types of stars were visible to the naked one. One category was the fixed stars and the other was wandering stars. Fixed stars were motionless and wandering stars used to change their position in respect to tthe fixed stars. These nine planets in vedic astrology affect the horoscope and the life of an individual.
These zodiac nine planets are also called Nava Grahas in which nava means nine and grahas means to seize or to take hold of. The word grahas has been derived from the Sanskrit word grih. So these nine zodiac planets in astrology hold our lives and influence it. These nine sign planets in astrology are nothing but the forces and will of the God.
Seven out of nine planets are the days of the week not only in Hindu calender but also in European calender. Like Sun is the governing planet of Sunday, Moon of Monday, Mars of Tuesday Mercury of Wednesday, Jupiter planet rules the Thursday, Venus planet governs Friday and Saturn the Saturday. The rest of the two planets Rahu and Ketu are not planets but the moon's nodal point and are difficult among all these nine sign planets astrology. Manifestation of the nine zodiac planets on each other is calculated by the angles they make with each other when seen from the Earth.
Sun or Surya
Sun is considered as the ruler of all other horoscope planets and also called Bhutasya Jatah which means the creator of all bhutas. Bhutas are the objects that give rise to other objects. Zodiac sign Leo is ruled by the planet Sun which is the most compatible with Jupiter as it is the one of the nine planets in astrology that is the teacher of the Sun. Sun is the solar deity and son of Kasyapa and Aditi with arms and hairs of gold.
Moon or Chandra
The Lunar deity is called Chandra or Moon or Soma who was born from the mind of cosmic man so people with moon as their zodiac planet are considered very intelligent. Also people with this planet are soft hearted, wise and ruled by the energy that creates and preserves. Further a person can born in ascending moon cycle and descending moon cycle. Ascending moon cycle is considered fortunate where as descending moon cycle has many ill-effects. If your ruling planet is Moon then your zodiac sign is cancer. People having Moon as their vedic planet are compatible with zodiacs of Jupiter, Sun and Mars. Pearl gem and silver metal are the parts of planet Moon.
Mars or Mangala
Mars or Mangala (Son of Mars) is also called Angaraka (One in red color) or Bhauma (Bhumi's son) and commandeer of all the planets. Mars is the god of war. Zodiac signs Aries and Scorpio come under the planet Mars in which Aries are aggressive and Scorpios are very secretive in nature. People who are ruled by this planet are natural leader, very aggressive, brave and self-confident with great technical and mechanical capabilities. Coral is the gem stone of Mars. The mount of Mars is Ram and painted in red color.
Mercury or Budha
Communication is represented by Mercury that is one of the nine planets in astrology and people with this planet are very intelligent, self-confident and witty. Zodiac Gemini and Virgo are represented by this zodiac planet. Mercury is the son of Moon and Rohini (Moon's wife). Mercury is the neutral planet so this planets changes with the placement in house and signs. Writers, teaches, artists, businessmen having the planet mercury succeed in life. People have dual personalities, so can be independent and detached at the same time. Emerald is the gem stone of Mercury planet and rules number nine.
Jupiter or Brihaspati
Jupiter is the Purohita of the Gods who is identified with Vishnu, Brahma, Ganapati and Angiras. Jupiter is the teacher and all the movements of the planets are controlled by Jupiter. Also the ruler of Sun and the Moon, the planet Jupiter is considered to be born with seven faces and seven rays in the sky. Luck and fortune are associated with Jupiter. Number three in Vedic astrology is ruled by Jupiter and this planet is associated with wisdom, wealth, religion, philosophy, name, fame and success. Yellow sapphire is the gem stone of Jupiter and ruler of Sagittarius.
Venus or Shukra
Venus or Shukra is the son of Bhrigu (great visionary). Shukra got his astrological mind from his son who was the great astrologer. Venus and Jupiter are enemy so the Venus is the teacher of antigods. Diamond is the gem stone of the planet Venus with six astrological number. People who have Venus as their ruling planet are very soft, gentle with strong taste for food, opposite sex in early life and also like jewelry and white dresses. The zodiac Taurus and Libra are ruled by Venus.
Saturn or Shani or Shanaishchara is considered as the slow mover who is the son of Rudra (Solar Deity) and Wife Chaya (Shadow). He is the most evil of the nine zodiac planets of astrology. In which so ever house it is present (except for seventh) it destroys the house it is in. But if the placement of Saturn is perfect then it brings the nature of sincerity, long life, leadership quality, knowledge of right or wrong and also the organizational abilities. Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by the zodiac planet Saturn that has blue sapphire as its gem stone with eight as astrological number.
Rahu, the dragon's head, was not the part of nine planets in astrology from the beginning but it was named in the list of zodiac planet during Mahabharata, when the Devtas (Gods) and asuras (Antigods) were churning the Ocean milk for th elixir of immortality. Rahu is the son of Danava Vipracitti and his wife Simhika. Rahu is also called the north node or ascending node of the moon and the Planet of Sucess. Solar eclipse are formed because of Rahu. During this time Sun, Moon and Rahu fall in common zodiacal longitude. Hessonite is the gem stone of rahu and astrological number is four. It is the ruling planet of thieves, magicians, snakes, thorny bushes, isolated places etc. There is no zodiac that is ruled by rahu as rahu is not the real planet.
Ketu, like Rahu is another imaginative planet and considered as the tail of the dragon. Lunar eclipse happens because of ketu. Rahu and Ketu are parts of same demon but 180 degree apart. Doctors, pharmaceutical industries, and astrologers are ruled by ketu and have spiritual influence on birth chart.