A panacea. That’s what it isn’t.  Astrology as a framework is only as good as the person interpreting the chart.  Astrology works; astrologers are fallible.  Which is why a consultation is just that—astrologer and client poring over the map, travelers together, trying to discern the best routes to navigate to avoid disasters and toll-booths.

So why should whirling rocks in the atmosphere influence our daily lives?  And do they?  And—if so—is there any point in trying to out-run destiny?  After an astrologer has pronounced one’s fate, what’s the point of trying to change it? 

Modern astrology is often akin to psychology, insofar as it concerns itself with the workings of the psyche.  Jung’s work on archetypes draws heavily on his fascination with metaphor, in an attempt to create a language of imagery to describe the soul; and most modern astrologers owe a debt to Jung’s enthusiasm for astrology as just such a language.  If you can name the monster, you can beat it.

Herbalists have known for ages that poison plants always have antidotes growing nearby.  If we are having a hard time in our lives, the cure is almost always within ourselves–if we KNOW those selves well enough.  Astrology can give clues to the inner cures for the toxicity in our lives, just by reframing them.