Spiritual Astrology is a general term for several types of natal astrology that use the horoscope as a means to develop the individual’s awareness of the soul or enlightenment, as opposed to a focus on the physical or material aspects of life. Spirituality is often interpreted as religion, but astrologers distinguish their approach from the formalized religious denominations‘ hierarchies and doctrines. Some spiritual astrologers, however, operate within a religious worldview such as the Christian belief in the divinity of Jesus. Spirituality may overlap with mysticism, as a direct apprehension of the numinous or divine. Spiritual astrologers often combine astrology with other practices and belief systems, such as theosophy, numerology, tarot, or Kabbalah.
Although their boundaries overlap considerably, the main divisions of spiritual astrology are:
- Esoteric astrology focuses on practices developed in the past by secret societes or experts for a small group of initiates, such as alchemy, Rosecrucianism, and shamanism. The New Age movement popularized some of these systems for a wider audience.
- Karmic astrology may be Hindu or western in orientation, but it construes the horoscope as manifesting the soul’s past, present, and even future lives, due to a belief in reincarnation.
- Humanistic astrology was popularized by Dane Rudhyar, Alexander Ruperti, Alan Oken, and Jeff Green as a hybrid of psychological astrology and the Theosophical movement, as well as new insights from the fields of psychology, philosophy, and comparative religion.
- Isabel Hickey: Astrology: A Cosmic Science 280 pages. Hickey, 1970; 1978; Altieri 1972; Equinox, 1975; CRCS Publications, 1983; 1992; 2011 ISBN 978-0916360634 PDF in parts online (with Stephen Arroyo)
Notes and References
- From Stolcius, Viridarium Chymicun, 1624 (alchemical work)
- See Garry Phillipson: Interview with Benjamin Dykes