Shamanic Astrology for me is the lived experience of my personal relationship with the stars, the planets and the solar system. It is through an understanding of the opening lines of the Emerald Tablets of Hermes “As Above, So Below, As Without, So Within” that this relationship can be understood as a kinesthetic, organic reality and not just an intellectual pursuit. The patterns of the constellations are the same as the patterns of the human psyche and the cycles of the planets are the same as the seasons in our lives. In other words “to know thyself is to know the universe”.
Various disciplines of spiritual teachings come together in the practice of Shamanic Astrology. The fixed stars form a back drop to the symphony of planets that circulate around our central sun, the electro-magnetic impulse that resonates throughout life as we know it.
The circular movement of the planets within the fixed stars resonate with cycles of time, like a giant cosmic clock, keeping beat to the pulse of creation as it unfolds. Specific points in time within the cycles are recognised as initiatory transition points, on both a personal and collective level.
Collectively, we all carry the ‘signatures’ of the archetypes, coined by Carl Jung as the ‘Collective Unconscious’. Spiritual systems such as the Tarot illustrate the structure of human consciousness and the elements, all of which are integral to Shamanic Astrology. The Chakric system enables these messages to filtrate our being through our energetic body and our story, our script is revealed through our astrological birth chart.
The Tree of Life is an important motif in Shamanic Astrology in that it represents the three worlds, the lower, middle and upper worlds, each of which represent a different energetic resonance as reflected in the planets. Each of these worlds are portals to growth and represent ‘The Hero’s Journey’, the journey of unconditional love.
Just as there are many and varied ways of translating divine wisdom, so there are many ways of interpreting the celestial clock. Shamanic Astrology focuses on the path of direct revelation, of working with the planetary energies in a personal and integrative way, it is as if you are standing within the wheel of time and are touched by the master creator ITSELF.
This article is a contribution in the Mystic Tribe Magazine published 13 January 2018