Have you ever asked yourself: What am I here for? What am I
supposed to be in this life?
If you have, you have begun to live
in a new way. You have begun to tap, even if only slightly, the power of your
true self. You are on your way to becoming what you are meant to be. It is a
long way, a difficult one. One proceeds along this way very gradually,
hesitantly; there are usually many setbacks. But it is the only way really
worthwhile, really “exciting.” It alone gives significance to life —
It is my deep belief that the
function of astrology is to help men and women, who have begun to ask questions
concerning the purpose and meaning of their own lives, to find answers to these
questions. Astrology has little of real value to offer to people who do not ask
such questions. Astrology, for them, is a parlor game or a means to satisfy a
more or less idle curiosity as to “what is coming next”, “what
is going to happen”. This is all right as far as it goes; but the real
function and value of astrology begin only when people ask of astrology rather
than “what is going to happen to me”, the far more important
questions: How can I find out what I really am? How can I solve the problem
which I am bringing to everything that happens to me?
Every individual brings to all the
problems of his life the greatest problem of all: himself. We may learn
from our parents, teachers, priests or scientists how to meet intelligently
this or that particular situation and problem, how to behave according to
official and traditional rules of conduct in our family, society, business,
clubs. We may learn these rules well and yet make a dismal failure — or a
completely meaningless average “success” of the major opportunities
and the decisive crises of our lives.
Why is this? It is because, while we may have learned to solve all sorts of external and social problems, we have never given much attention or any attention at all, to the one fundamental problem of all: to find out the real purpose and meaning of our life. We have learned how to meet people and to talk to people in this or that standard situation — at home, in business, in places of amusement. We have not considered it at all important to learn how to meet ourselves every morning as we awaken and how to talk to ourselves when some new situation brings out in us a kind of response which seems to conflict with and disturb our cherished idea of ourselves. Did we ask then: What am I, really? Why do I act, feel or react differently from other people, from the way one is supposed to act or react? Am I so different essentially? Am I unique? If so, why am I unique? What is the purpose of my being different — the real reason for my feeling isolated, lonely?
What’s Wrong With Us?
We often ask these questions — but
in a rather vague way, shrugging our shoulders and quickly forgetting the
matter because there seems to be no way of getting a convincing answer from
anybody. In some cases, the shock of seeing ourselves reacting to life
situations in ways which are not according to the usual standards is such that
we keep worrying about it. We come to think that there is something wrong about
ourselves, that we are abnormal, neurotic or “plain bad” — and we
develop an oppressive sense of guilt or inferiority.
We let these negative feelings
develop perhaps; before long, we find ourselves in a sad predicament. Then all
the things that happen to us in everyday life seem to go wrong, even if they
started out with great promise of success, happiness or achievement. Perhaps we
feel so upset that we decide to learn a new technique, to change our residence,
our circle of acquaintances, our profession. Yet things still keep going wrong,
possibly from bad to worse. What is the matter? Will we get “better
luck” if we ask of astrologers what will be the result of this or that new
move or plan of ours so that we may act “at the right time” and bet
on the right horse, so to speak?
We may avoid some serious
mistakes or catastrophes with such help; but this help, in most cases, is aid
in solving external problems only. Nothing will really work out well as
long as the one problem behind all other problems is not solved, at least to
some extent: Why am I different from others? What am I really? It is essential
that each individual today should find significant, convincing answers to these
questions, answers which will transform him, which will change his
attitude toward his real self and the basic purpose of his existence here
on earth, now in our present society.
The first thing is to be willing and
ready to ask these questions, to realize that it is important to ask them. The
next problem is: Who will provide the convincing answers?
Jesus, in the Gospels, said: Ask and
ye shall receive. Many a great spiritual teacher has told us that when the
pupil is ready, the master comes. It has been stated also that the whole of
life can be our “teacher”, that every friend or associate we have,
our loved ones and also our enemies can give us the answer to this great
problem of the “why” of our existence. In other words, we can see
ourselves in their eyes, in their responses to us — whenever we really want
to “see” ourselves as we are. We can understand our
“differences”, and perhaps our relative “uniqueness” of
character and destiny, if we are objective enough to find in the
reactions of friends or foes mirrors that reveal to us, directly or by
contrast, our different and unique self.
What’s The Answer?
However, it is very difficult to be
sufficiently objective for this. We need — or we usually think we need — a
“key” in order to interpret what we see pictured as ourselves in and
through others’ reactions. Moreover, even if we understand how we differ
from others — perhaps a very frustrating, confusing or bewildering difference —
this is not enough. We must somehow know why we stand out from the norm,
why we are unusual — perhaps to the point of neurosis. What is the sense of it
all? If there should be no sense, no purpose, then, the only thing to do would
be to become normal, average or at least comfortably “adjusted” whatever
the cost to our pride, our hopes, our youthful ideals of unique accomplishment.
Modern psychologists and
psychiatrists often consider “adjustment” as the goal of their
treatments; in many extreme cases, there is probably nothing else to aim at
because the mental and neuro-psychological situation has become set beyond the
possibility of creative or transforming change. Nevertheless, every
crisis (mental or physiological) is the indication of an opportunity for change
There are illnesses and crises
essentially because people who experience them have long refused to ask
questions as to the character and purpose of their true self. They dodge asking
these embarrassing questions. Then the problems that they themselves pose to
anything confronting them become more acute, more difficult to solve; they
become more involved in their failures or “bad luck”, more resentful
of having “all these things happen to me!” This piles up and ends in
a violent crisis.
All crises, I repeat, are
opportunities; but few individuals, while the crises last, can understand them
as such! Who can open their eyes? Who can help them to meet their true self and
to grasp the meaning and purpose of their “differences”, their
peculiar responses to life situations, their hopes and ideas which so few can
Astrology offers such help, but only
if used by an astrologer who is both a keen student of human nature or
psychology and a person with spiritual vision and compassionate understanding.
These are rare qualifications, but they are evidently needed, at least in some
degree, because of the very character of the help required.