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Towards a Responsible Astrology of the FutureOur solar system as a model for consciousness development and a guide for co-creatinga positive futureWith Pluto now firmly in Capricorn, the time has come for people in a position of authority touse power wisely and responsibly. This applies to astrologers. We are in a position of power,not necessarily because we want to be, but because clients often put us there. In this article Iwant to offer suggestions on how we as astrologers are in a unique position to help co-create abetter global future.Many see astrology as a belief system or a form of divination. My view on modern astrologyis that it is neither of those. Taking the divination aspect, astrology can be used to look atwhich archetypes are active at certain times and can therefore be used as a tool to study thefuture or the past, as Richard Tarnas does wonderfully in “Cosmos and Psyche”.1 Thearchetypes provide a powerful model in the study of human nature including psychologicaland spiritual processes.However the astrological signs and planets can better be viewed not just as archetypes but asholons, to use Arthur Koestler’s term2, as they include all forms of matter and non-matter. Toquote Dennis Elwell, a well-known British astrologer “...as well as the metal lead, Saturn wasassociated with the skeleton, gravity, the ageing process, and many other things besides.” 3The traditional view was that the planets were not merely planets, but “the whole area orsphere enclosed by a planet’s orbit – what today we might call a field.”4 I would go furtherand refer to them as the ‘morphic’ fields that the biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake5 has writtenso eloquently about.Astrology as a model of consciousnessThe view assumed in this article is that astrology, like morphic field theory or spiral dynamics(which will be discussed later), is not a belief system but a model, although certainly not asimple one. However, although astrologers themselves often use what happens to a planet tolook at levels of consciousness, this is less well documented and therefore less well-known.This idea fits best with the theory of ‘ Spiral Dynamics’, and I would like to expand on this inthis article with a view to using the depth of knowledge inherent in astrology to add to theresearch being done with levels of consciousness.We do have an effect!One way to approach this is to use the idea that looking at something, affects consciousness inthe sense of awareness. Sheldrake’s experiments with ‘the sense of being stared at’6 suggest1 Richard Tarnas, “Cosmos and Psyche, Intimations of a New World View”.2 Arthur Koestler, “The Ghost in the Machine”.3 Dennis Elwell, “Cosmic Loom, the New Science of Astrology”, p47.4 Dennis Elwell, “Cosmic Loom, The New Science of Astrology, p43.5 Rupert Sheldrake, “The Presence of the Past, Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature”.6 Rupert Sheldrake, “The Sense of Being Stared at and other unexplained powers of the human mind”.
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