Carl Jung and Astrology
It is interesting to notice the cycles of thought and predjudices
around the science and art of astrology.
Ancient astrologers such as Galileo, Nostradamus and others have
in turn been revered, put to death, or incarcerated for their beliefs.
Prominent scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton have studied astrology,
even though it seems he dismissed it and prior to his death owned
only four books on the subject. (http://www.phys.uu.nl/~vgent/astrology/newton.htm)
In modern times there seems to be a mixture of thought on the subject
depending on who you talk to. The church still appears to be teaching
that astrology is evil and "against God" and the New Age
movement is all for it.
In a letter written to Hindu astrologer, B.V. Raman,
September 6th 1947 - Dr. Jung wrote: "Since you want to know
my opinion about astrology I can tell you that I've been interested
in this particular activity of the human mind since more than 30
years. As I am a psychologist, I am chiefly interested in the particular
light the horoscope sheds on certain complications in the character.
In cases of difficult psychological diagnosis I usually get a horoscope
in order to have a further point of view from an entirely different
angle. I must say that I very often found that the astrological
data elucidated certain points which I otherwise would have been
unable to understand. From such experiences I formed the opinion
that astrology is of particular interest to the psychologist, since
it contains a sort of psychological experience which we call 'projected'
- this means that we find the psychological facts as it were in
Personally, I am an advocate of Carl Jung's ideas and incorporate the useful
techniques offered by astrology with counselling as a methodolgy
to help people better understand themselves and how they relate