AstroPsychology Blog

  • Celia Marion

Please don’t ask me my Sun sign! I believe there is an assumption in the question of my Sun sign which implies that if you know what it is, you will know me! That is a myth which has been perpetuated by Sun sign newspaper columns and books which write such descriptions as if they were fact. There may be a trait or two which fit, but for the most part, I am far more complex than my Sun sign. The Sun, although a very important part of my astrological chart, is just that—a part—not the whole. My chart with its ten planets, 12 signs, their inter-aspects, and 12 houses isn’t even who I am! It’s only a symbolic map of my potential, the gifts and challenges which can contribute to my overall growth and development. By looking at my chart you cannot tell how I am actualizing that potential. You can get an inkling of that only by talking with me and hearing my life story, listening to the choices I have made and the beliefs (which are both conscious and unconscious) which underlay those choices; and it’s a story that continues to evolve throughout my life.

In AstroPsychology, each of the planets symbolizes a psychological faculty which strives to meet the particular needs of the sign which it rules. For example, the Sun represents the psychological faculty which functions to meet Leo needs for self-esteem, creative self-expression, validation of identity, attention and approval. It is that part of you which makes choices and has intentions in the interest of meeting those needs. Preferred emotional states include pride and self-esteem, vs. shame and self-doubt. It is true that how the Sun functions is colored by the sign in which it is located. However, there is a wide range of possibilities for how the Sun will both be expressed and experienced through the sign it is in. Further, the Sun is also influenced by aspects which it makes to other planets in the chart, in which house it is located, and the house which it signifies.

This is a very simplistic, much reduced description of the Sun’s function in the psyche. My point is that how I function, who I believe myself to be, my identity, my sense of self, is far more than my Sun sign! To tell you my Sun sign would be like telling you that a piece of cake is an egg, ignoring the flour, butter, flavoring, decoration, and shape. For example, a Sun in Pisces conjunct Venus and Mars in the 8th house will have very different concerns and ways of functioning from Sun in Pisces conjunct Mercury in the 5th house. There is an entire story—and even an indeterminate range of possible stories—which correlates to each of those configurations. Add to that any further aspects which the Sun makes to other planets in other houses and the plot thickens; and the Sun’s configurations still is only part of the total potential for each person as symbolized by their charts as a whole. Again, I am not my Sun sign or my chart; and my chart with its Sun in a sign is not me. It is a map of possibilities only, possibilities which are endless and continually evolving as I live my life.

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  • Celia Marion

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

People often come to an astrologer to get guidance, advice, answers to questions: Should I take a new job? Should I marry this new person? Is there a “hard” transit coming up? Will I ever see my children again? There are many branches of astrology, and some attempt to answer these kinds of questions. Some attempt to predict the future, to forewarn and forearm the client. As a psychological astrologer, that is not my goal.

Fear of the future, fear of making a mistake, or a wrong choice, is understandable. The desire to know and to be able to control outcomes gives a sense of safety, of security. But not only is it a false sense, but it is hubris to assume we can outsmart or control that which has not yet happened … and which may need to happen for our growth. As a psychological astrologer, I believe that by listening to your story, hearing how your life has been lived thus far, and using the astrological chart as a guide, you and I, together, can arrive at a deeper understanding of how you are manifesting the potential symbolized in your chart. Together we may explore what early childhood experiences may have led to unconscious negative beliefs which impact behavior and choices. What patterns of behavior and experiences are being repeated which are causing frustration? What can we learn from reflecting on them?

According to Carl Jung, our unconscious beliefs influence our behavior in such a way that life’s experiences mirror back to us what we are struggling with. Life provides a continuous, synchronistic feed-back loop which, when looked at with greater awareness and understanding, gives clues to how we are attempting to change, to heal, to grow. By changing our inner awareness, understanding, and beliefs, we learn how to respond differently to life’s challenges, to make different choices. This in turn brings about a different response from the environment. The symbolism of the astrological chart, in conjunction with the client’s story, gives clues to both the challenges and potential.

By learning from the past and becoming more aware of the present — by living in the present — one is better able to allow the future to unfold with faith and increased self-agency. Challenges happen. Suffering happens. The question is not “How do I avoid it?” or “What did I do wrong?” It becomes, “What am I to learn from it?” “What is it teaching me?” The same questions are true for “hard” transits. A transit is a symbolic mirror of something within ourselves which is desiring to be made known, to be better integrated, or to be changed, to be healed, even perhaps to be accepted. So it is not about making predictions, but about seeing the opportunities for deepening self-understanding, expanding consciousness, and enriching our lives.

© Celia Marion 8.2016

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