by Robert Wilkinson
A reader once commented that she had had a love affair with Astrology for over 30 years, and I agreed that calling the pursuit of Astrology a "love affair" is a very apt description. That inspired this post. I'll bet there are more than a few who have a "love affair" with Astrology, if its popularity throughout the ages for billions of people in every culture on Earth is any measure of affection. So on this Valentine's Day 2007, here's a reflection on my "love affair" with Astrology.
Early on, there were times it was incomprehensible, we weren't communicating very well, and I got exasperated. That taught me patience, which I admit I sorely needed. It forced me to think in ways that ended any illusion that things can be concealed for any length of time.
It let me know that it knew things I didn't, and if I was open, certain mysteries would be revealed in good time. It helped me see that even if I used it for purely personal ends, whether I succeeded or failed, it still had greater mysteries to be known.
Though I originally didn't appreciate its depth, breadth, and universality, I came to understand over time that like a good friend, it can reveal things that help me avoid a lot of needless confict and point myself in more profitable directions. Drawn by the quest, the whole way I've been delighted and eager to explore its mystery, its textures, its many facets.
Each season I see a new way of approach, a new understanding or dimension to something I thought I knew for many years. Sometimes it has dazzled me and left me breathless. And the whole relationship has always been one of awesome respect and affection for the living art/science of astrology.
Sometimes I wanted to walk away and did, for a while to whatever degree I could. Even then, it yielded space for me to explore other things, so proved a valuable relationship when I would return, only to find whatever I learned aided my knowledge and comprehension of Astrology.
There doesn't seem to be any part of our reality that isn't part of our total Space-Time Continuum, and Astrology is the most comprehensive means I've ever found by which we can approach measuring and interpreting that greater Reality. And its ability to explain the place and function of both the smallest detail as well as the widest view is the source of a thousand explorations.
At points, its complexity and wisdom have blown my mind, and over the years have come to appreciate its accuracy in judgment and impersonal laying out of the facts using its language. Astrology isn't a bad road partner to have as one travels through time and space and experience. It certainly makes as much sense, and usually more, than the usual speculative ways of viewing this impermanent, ever-changing reality.
I try to give it space to grow, and it gives me space I need to see and apply its wisdom. I've never clutched, and it keeps giving me more and more freedom. And it teaches me, day by day, year by year, the larger order of things, its pulses and changes, helping me to be in alignment with All that is. Is it any wonder why I have a "love affair" with Astrology?
© Copyright 2007 Robert Wilkinson