In ancient times astrology was interpreted in an extremely literal way and from written accounts it would seem that what was predicted was just accepted as a person’s fate that they could not escape. However, since the discovery of the outer planets, astrology can be used as a very constructive psychological tool of understanding as opposed to a scary fate accompli. The birth chart is probably the best map of the psyche that we have currently available to us. This is why such eminent psychoanalysts as Carl Jung used astrology to gain insights into his patients’ psychological makeup.
We do not fully understand the mechanism of how astrology works; maybe there is some evidence for the planets emanating something physical which affects us. Certainly the Moon’s gravitational pull has a huge impact on the tides and also creates changes in us. It is well documented that at times of Full Moons, for instance, crime rate goes up and asylums and hospitals report much more disruption. I view astrology in terms of a symbolic language that can be interpreted in a very purposeful way.
Since the discovery of the outer planets – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto - we have become much more familiar with these archetypal forces and the effects they can have in our lives when they transit round our natal chart.