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In astrological terms the awareness of predispositions, potential and possible dangers inherent in one's own horoscope. The aims of psychological astrology in particular are to help individuals gain access to unconscious realms of the psyche in order to become more self-aware.

An individual who knows and integrates of energies within their unconscious can access and apply them in life. However, if they remain unconscious they continue to influence the person's life, and their effects are more likely to be destructive.

Of particular importance in this respect is the shadow – the parts the psyche of which an individual remains unconscious which he/she is nevertheless repeatedly forced to confront in various forms (projections). To become conscious of one's own shadow – a process in which the horoscope can be a valuable aid – can mean becoming aware of hitherto dormant aspects of the personality which can then be put to creative use.