Psychological Astrology

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The chart tells a lot about one's personality

An important branch of present-day astrology. Psychological astrology is part of individual astrology.


Several astrologers pursued the theories of Carl Gustav Jung in their writings, teachings and practice. One of the first astrologers to combine Jungian psychology with astrology was Dane Rudhyar and his protégé, Alexander Ruperti.[1] Rudhyar termed it "humanistic astrology," the subject of his monumental volume, The Astrology of Personality, published in 1936.[2] Psychological astrology, however became firmly established in the late twentieth century with the books and lectures of Liz Greene[3] and Stephen Arroyo[4] who were both strongly influenced by the Jungian model.[5] In 1983, Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas, a psychosynthesis psychotherapist, founded the Centre for Psychological Astrology in London.[6]

In Switzerland, Bruno Huber & Louise Huber developed their own method of astrological psychology, referred to as the Huber Method which was influenced by Roberto Assagioli's work with psychosynthesis. In 1962, the Hubers founded the Huber School of Astrology and their work is now taught at the Astrological Psychology Association.[7]

Maslow's hierarchy of needs[8]

In the 1970s, in his twelve-volume series, The Principles and Practice of Astrology (Llewellyn 1975), Noel Tyl has allied the psychological need theory with astrological symbolism. This analytical blend is developed fully in his book Holistic Astrology - The Analysis of Inner and Outer Environment (1980). In the light of the psychological need theory, he interprets the horoscope "as a process of lifelong conditioning, where individuals are predisposed to present individualized needs to the environment. This processs identifies how we act, who we are, and how we fit into the world. Fulfilling destiny, in modern terms, is fulfilling needs."

Contents (Ethics)

Psychological astrology considers the horoscope to be a reflection of the soul, or personality in a broad sense. Its aims are to help individuals gain a better understanding of themselves and to accept all sides of their personality: the "good" and the "bad".

When psychological astrologers interpret a horoscope and give advice, they will generally try to avoid being judgmental. They emphasise taking personal responsibility for one's own actions and the importance of Free Will. An individual's everyday life is not seen as ruled by malefic or benefic planets as the horoscope is considered a mere tool to help identify an individual's nature and potential for psycho-spiritual growth. Psychological astrology concentrates on life's opportunities; it shows the possible difficulties reflected in the horoscope, but tries to help people to find constructive ways of actualising their inner potential.

A consultation with a psychologically orientated astrologer is not equivalent to psychotherapy, however. Many astrologers have immersed themselves in the ideas of psychology, with a number holding degrees in psychology, but they are not necessarily licensed psychologists or psychotherapists. Conversely, although some licensed psychologists work with astrology, this is often done in secret to avoid discrimination from colleagues or the risk losing their job.

Liz Greene, 2006

See also


Sun, Moon, and the Ascendant

Notes and References

  1. Nicholas Campion. "Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement. The Extent and Nature of Contemporary Belief in Astrology."(Bath Spa University College, 2003) via Campion, Nicholas, History of Western Astrology, (Continuum Books, London & New York, 2009) p.248 pp.256-257 ISBN 978-1-84725-224-1
  2. Rudhyar, Dane, "The Astrology of Personality: A Re-Formulation of Astrological Concepts and Ideals, in Terms of Contemporary Psychology and Philosophy", Aurora Press (1936, Reprinted December 1987) ISBN 0-943358-25-6
  3. Holden, James, A History of Horoscopic Astrology: From the Babylonian Period to the Modern Age, (AFA 1996) p.202 ISBN 0-86690-463-8
  4. Robert Hand, Horoscope Symbols (Para Research 1981) p.349 ISBN 0-914918-16-8
  5. Hyde, Maggie. Jung and Astrology. (Aquarian/Harper Collins, 1992) p.105 ISBN 1-85538-115-X synchronicity (Skyscript)
  6. History of the Centre for Psychological Astrology CPA
  7. About the Hubers and the Astrological Psychology Association
  8. Represented as a pyramid with the more basic needs at the bottom