Astrology and Power – by David Rowan

Astrology and Power

in a profound sense, the most potent power is found in the absence of force; the greatest power is to master yourself – the greatest mystery is how to do it. The greatest fear is to know well yourself – the greatest strength you’ll ever know is to change your inner word …

in Astrology, different types of power are represented by different symbols: The Sun, Jupiter, Mars and Pluto symbolise the fiery, most observable forms of power. Neptune, Venus and the Moon represent the dynamics of love and Mercury and Uranus represent different octaves of thought and comprehension. Each of these symbols represents many meanings (they are polysemous) and they can be grouped in a variety of different ways. This note, as the title suggests, is about power. The confines of this medium means we can only take a cursory glance; in my classes we would discuss each of these symbols; the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto, each for three or four days – here, one has to be concise, rather than thorough and although this means we cannot explore them in great detail, it is possible to glance through the window into the realms of power …

The Astrological symbol for the Sun is a dot within a circle:

It is reported that modern theologians have looked at the biblical expression, ‘God made man in his own image’, and concluded that if anything, God is word we use to describe the generative force of the power of creation. Whether you follow the notion of, ‘ man in god’s image’ or the Hermetic perspective of, ‘As above so below’, the conclusion is that the nature of being human is one of being a generative force. .. We are generative, creative beings and we each have authorship of the pathways of our lives (including casting … lol). We have no innate power over external people or events, though we can have influence and employ persuasion, seduction, ruthlessness, enthusiasm, fear and common sense logic to charm, enchant, captivate, order or control; these may, or may not, be enduring and those which employ some form of force may be ultimately unsatisfying and ineffective in a long-term or deeper sense. We do, however, have the inner power, at some level, of determining how we respond to circumstances and what we can draw from even the most arduous experience. A lot of our reactions to experience are coloured by unconscious, conditioned (learned) responses and, with certain techniques from modern applied psychology, these can be adjusted, changed and re-designed. One of the greatest sources of inner power is knowing, not just intellectually, but viscerally knowing that we are the authors of experience. The steps and decisions, responses and reactions we took in the past has led to where we are now; it is true to say, is it not, that every single thing you have ever done in your life a has led you to reading these words right now … and how  you react or respond to these words, the internal narrative you are having, the inner-images you are seeing, will colour the orientation of the next steps you take into your future …

The Astrological symbol for Mars, is that of an arrow reaching out from a central point; a circle …

The power of self expression is inherent within all life forms; the reaching of a flower toward the sun, the reaching of a hand toward an apple … when we express our nature we take our place in the scheme of creation – however, self expression can take many forms and it may be wisest to do so as if one has kindness set as the default in one’s heart … Read more