Natal versus Mundane Astrology
There is a tendency in a substantial portion of modern astrology to sugarcoat and make every aspect of the chart interpretation into a positive. This is well-intentioned and based upon the principle that we are not doomed by fate but have free will and choice in how we respond to the set of characteristics and events that life throws our way. This is in our view the proper use of astrology, rather than fatalistic and unchanging. However, the idea that we can do something about the set of cards we are dealt is not at odds with the notion that we each come into this reincarnation with certain challenges that others do not face, as well as easier attributes.
Ancient astrology was used to forecast things like pandemics, famine, and invasion. This served a highly practical purpose - preparation.
There are many excellent astrologers that did forecast the dramatic events of 2020. But with the focus on natal chart astrology, many modern astrologers are relatively unaware of the broader geopolitical events as forecasted in the stars.
The late great Charles Carter would never read an individual horoscope without first pulling the previous mundane chart based on the corresponding solstice or equinox, in order to understand how the individual fit into the collective of its country of origin.
One of SELENIC's missions is to bring back this understanding of the broader context of the planetary shifts which we fit into, rather than an individual focus on one-pointed natal charts.
Was everyone in Hiroshima having a bad day astrologically in early August of 1945? Collective cycles will always supersede the individual because we are all merely one ripple in the ocean of consciousness, to use Eckhart Tolle's beautiful visual.
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