“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” —Carl Jung, Psychology and Alchemy, p99.
Many people have undergone an initial awakening to self-awareness, and are working through the often challenging and inevitable inner adjustments that stabilise this shift in consciousness. This can involve upheaval, conflict and soul-searching, which is why some people postpone the journey in a round of ‘spiritual tourism’, hopping from one practice to the next whenever the inner challenge seems overwhelming, while appearing to be almost continually ‘happy’. The process can, however, only be postponed.
If you have reached the limits of popular new age offerings, or become disillusioned by proscribed paths and ‘spiritual leaders’ or are experiencing inner turbulence, esoteric astrology may help you to go deeper. It is for anyone who takes responsibility for the impact of their own thoughts, feelings and actions on others. It resonates with those preparing themselves for long-term commitment to the evolutionary urge in humanity.
Because this journey may be obscured periodically by personal issues or circumstances, we can lose the way or become disillusioned and weary. Esoteric astrology is a non-religious method of re-binding ourselves to that essential inner sense of direction. It will not suit everyone, but if you are inspired by the simultaneously vast yet personal principles symbolised by the interweaving cycles and patterns of human life, the Earth, and our solar system with the vast stellar backdrop, it can be a powerful and revealing companion on the journey.
Such an approach may appear complex alongside the heady simplicity of first awakenings. Yet it can encourage and inspire anyone with a keen mind who—in their steadfastness to the process of growth—is looking for deeper insight and a more inclusive context that shifts the purely individual path into perspective. The outcome is the fresh simplicity of an integrated personality.