Putting a Feminist Face on Astrology

By Curran, Marjorie | Herizons, Summer 1993 | Go to article overview

Putting a Feminist Face on Astrology


Curran, Marjorie, Herizons


Putting a FEMINIST FACE on Astrology.

Astrolgy is the study cycles and interconnection between planet energies and individual lives. It incorporates the belief that the external and the internal are related and that by understanding one we can understand the other. To me, astrology is a symbol for the times we live in. It isn't to blame for events - nor is it responsible for them. Rather, it is synchronistic, and can be seen as a metaphor of insight.

One of the basic tenets of astrology is "as above so below." As our consciousness changes so will our actions. Feminist astrology offers insight into the re-balancing of the masculine-feminine principles. The past sun-centred view of astrology (focusing on the masculine attributes of will and action) has dominated astrological thinking since the time of patriarchal rule. Today, as the Earth's resources run dry, we are forced to recognize that in destroying the earth, we are destroying ourselves.

Recently a new image of planet Earth has emerged, generally referred to as the Gaia hypothesis. This hypothesis recognizes that the earth is a living, breathing organism and that our old ways of relating to her constitute little more than pillage and rape. The way we relate to this planet mirrors the way we relate to women - as objects to be used, exploited and disregarded. This mind-set has permeated every system of thought and astrology has not escaped unscathed.

Feminist thinking which supports the empowering is critical for our survival as well planet's. By reevaluating our assumptions of the feminine principles in astrology we re-empower the feminine. In the process we create a saner world view that is not bent on rape and destruction. Action (Sun) that is not based on emotional connection (Moon) leads to alienation and separation. It is only when we see ourselves as separate and disconnected that we can destroy others.

Feminist astrologers are re-thinking how we perceive the feminine principles in astrology. The Moon, Venus and Pluto are considered to be feminine energies. In the past, these energies have been denigrated as mother-martyr (Moon), sex-object (Venus) and witch-hag (Pluto). All were seen through the lens of male need. A more appropriate vision is our ability to sustain life (Moon), our ability to love and create beauty (Venus) and our to incorporate our shadow and allow transformation (Pluto).

Astrology as a study dates back to the time of the Sumerians and Chaldeans. The zodiac was originally referred to as the House of the Moon. The first astrologers were priestesses of the Goddess and used the study to determine the correct times for plating and harvesting. Due to the connection with the feminine Goddess-based religions, astrology suffered under the rise of patriarchy. It was first considered evil and later considered laughable. Unfortunately, for many, that view still remains. Thought it has been at least 4,000 years since the priestesses presided over the use and instruction of astrology, much of its original knowledge remains. What has been lost is the concept of balance of the male-female energies and the ability to live harmoniously on the earth.

At one time in our time ancient history the earth was considered sacred and women's roles were elevated as stewards of her care. To re-empower our roles as women is again our challenge as we approach a time of great change.

This year, 1993, the Earth is experiencing a significant planetary phenomenon. The planets Uranus and Neptune will reach exact conjunction (0 degrees apart), a cycle which occurs every 172 tears. This conjunction will be exact on three dates in 1993. February 2, August 20, and October 24. The conjunction itself is considered so powerful as to be in effect until late this year. It is more useful to focus on this as a process of change rather than the specific dates of conjunction. Astrologers have been anticipating this conjunction for several years and debating what influences this will have on our lives.

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