Archetypal Astrology

       The Geometry of the Self

           Michael McLay, M.A.


                                 The following is an excerpt from the article entitled "A Jungian

                                Approach To Astrological Counseling", published in Glenn Perry's
                                "Journal of AstroPsychology" and reprinted in The Mountain Astrologer .
                                This will give you some information about how I have attempted to integrate
                                archetypal psychology with astrology.  For the full version of the article, click
                                on the link below. If you like what you read (or don't like what you read),
                                thoughtful comments or discussion are always welcome.


My primary astrological interest lies in exploring the all-too real material that we naturally project in our day-to-day relationships.   I agree with Rilke, who said, "For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation."  If we can describe the struggles that we will encounter in our relationships from the birth chart at the very moment of our birth, then those struggles obviously have very little to do with our partner.  If we can gain some insight into the inner struggles that we brought into this world, we can see the footprints of the gods in what otherwise feels like the ongoing, inescapable power struggles and petty squabbles in our relationships.  Then we can recognize our partner as a mirror and a gift to our soul work, especially in those areas of our interaction that feel like anything but a gift...  This principle applies across the board to all of our relationships, whether with a partner, a boss, children, friends, etc.

"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious." ~ Carl Jung

Do you ever ask yourself questions like: What is my life's purpose? Why do I like certain people and dislike others? What am I supposed to do in life? For what reason am I born?

Learning to understand your Sacred Contract is a journey into the Self. It enhances your personal empowerment. It helps to zoom into your problems and issues. You receive guidance through your personal archetypal energies.

When Socrates said, "Know thyself" he was referring to the ability to understand human behaviour, ethics and thought, our identity. To understand oneself is to understand other human beings as well.

Archetypes are already as ancient as our history on earth. The Mandala is one of the oldest archetypal forms. The gods of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans were archetypal energies.

Plato was aware of Archetypes and called them Forms. The Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed that archetypes were connected to the unconscious of a person as well as the collective unconscious of humanity.

Archetypes are symbolic energies. We all speak in archetypal symbols in sayings like:

Archetypes symbolize characters that are relevant to our connections with family, friends, finances, jobs, values, our potential and our selves. Your personal twelve Archetypes will provide the basic fabric for your beliefs, feelings and actions. They will be active in your life as protectors and help you when you are prone to damaging behaviour. The Saboteur for instance, will alert you when you are sabotaging your power or quality. Archetypes are basically neutral, but the interpretation can be in the form of a “light” or a “shadow” quality. For instance: the light side of the Advocate Archetype represents dedication to defend other people in distress, fighting to restore injustices. The shadow side of the Advocate represents incorrect principles, looking only for personal gain.

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