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Cleaning the Lens – an Introduction to Metaphysical Astrology

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By Simon Vorster


Guest Writer for Wake Up World


Have you felt that your astrological sun sign description doesn’t quite fit you? Or read your horoscope and found it to be far from your reality? What is it about astrology that so many people believe in?


The way I see it, there’s nothing to disbelieve. We are a part of nature, the earth, the solar system, the universe, and it would be arrogant to think we aren’t affected by their energies, right? Well, metaphysical astrology is the study of those energetic affects. Given the complexity of those ever-shifting energies, the problem isn’t whether or not to believe in astrology, but instead, whether you have found a pure, undistorted expression of it – one that goes much deeper than pop-culture sun-sign astrology.


Introduction to Astrology


Astrology is a symbolical language that serves the purpose of expressing a body of information to the heart, where it can be felt and understood. It returns to conscious awareness in the form of insight and self-awareness. In other words, it is a language of intuition.


Our society was built on that intuitive aspect of ourselves not being respected or responded to. So, as we shift toward a reality in which we value our intuitive selves just as much as the logical processes, the more will we find astrology to be an insightful and powerful tool, to heal, empower and guide. 


The focus of this article (the first chapter in a series) is cleaning the lens. Here I am going to show you the dirt that covers the lens through which the mainstream sees astrology today, and start to wipe it clean. I promise you, it’s a lot simpler than you think! And a lot more in depth! So… sit back, get yourself comfortable, and over the next couple of minutes, we’ll embark on a new journey.


During this dialog, don’t be afraid of the language I use. If it seems unusual, just be open to exploring this information without prejudice. Allow your heart not your head to discern.


Cleaning the Lens


I want to start off this conversation by exploring key factors that most of the human race is subjected to; patriarchal laws that have severed our connection to ourselves and unnaturally distorted our societies. In “developed” nations, each and every one of us has been conditioned in this reality. The very framework of our society removes our own natural internal judgment system and replaces it with a system of external authority. Although our man-made rules are very far from the natural laws of the universe, we pass down behavior and belief systems that condition people to live a certain way - systems that have led to many to reject their non-physical reality and to disbelieve anything that cannot be seen or heard.


The problem with this is that much of our experience is outside the realm of the physical – like our emotions for example. By rejecting the metaphysical, we are rejecting a huge part of ourselves. This leads to further disconnection from the truth of how source (Life) energy works. It manifests in many forms.


At the moment, and in the past, there is little in our society to promote spiritual growth. Our purpose has become distorted. But right now, we are cutting through the noise of what is true and what is distortion. We are awakening to the idea that God is inside of ourselves, not an almighty being that governs us with a rigid judgment system (a topic for another article). 


Many mainstream astrology books are a product of this same distortion. Consciously trying to understand the deeper truths that lie within the zodiac can be difficult, when the very structure of our reality is designed to keep us away from self-knowledge and true spiritual healing. Despite this, astrology, as a study of our relationship to the universe around us, is well worth exploring. The more we are able to learn about ourselves and our true nature, the closer we are able to connect to source. This in turn strengthens our inner authority and our inner, natural judgment system.


Now that we have discussed how conditioning and definitions may affect the way we see our world, and by extension, astrology, I would like to start cleaning the lens through which you see this ancient art, and reveal the deeper truths that exists.


Breaking the Shackles





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