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Has modern astrology become so ego-centric that it has lost it’s spiritual purpose?

Please consider this quote:

“…there’s also a level of astrology that too ego-centered, and that’s disturbing to me. When people are identified with their egos and think that they have powerful knowledge, it’s easy to become inflated…We have to remain conscious that the best we can do is let the light shine through us, not claim to be the light. In other worlds, astrology has a spiritual purpose and dimension, and we demean it by using it for horse racing and too much prediction.”

From Alice O. Howell, interview in TMA, Dec 09.

++Has modern astrology lost it’s spiritual dimension?

++Is it demeaning to the power of astrology to use if for mundane or self-serving predictions?

++Is it a good thing that astrology is considered more as a tool and not as a pathway to spiritual enlightenment?

(A short biography of Alice O. Howell: http://www.amazon.com/Alice-O.-Howell/e/B001JSAG74)
Hi, Aspicco. Yes, I’m sure you do.
That’s kind of the point.

IS it really a “psuedo-science” at all?
Or a spiritual path?
Or a tool that can be used for either of those?
Or something else?

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Marisa

I definitely think there is always a spiritual basis of astrology because of wisdom. If one is able to accept that maybe something else is guiding (not controlling) their path on earth, that is a step towards enlightenment. Being open minded and giving to others for other reasons than benefitting the self requires a certain spirituality in my opinion.

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No, I don’t think modern Astrology has lost its spiritual purpose, but I do think some who have acquired advanced knowledge in this subject do misuse it for their own ego-centered purposes. I am hope that I am not one of them.

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atothemtothey

Going back to its Latin root, scientia, meaning “knowledge” is where we get our word for science. To deem astrology as a deception of knowledge is to claim that the definition of knowledge does not differ between personal perspective. That’s okay; perhaps the gift of objectivity was just not in your stars. If you refuse to believe, at the very least, that gravity of our planet as well as others do not affect us, then I advise you to promptly jump off a cliff and see what happens.

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I agree that there is a ‘level’ of astrology that is too ego-centered. When people get their hands on anything, be it spiritual or not, we cannot help but internalise it and have it feed our ego on some level. It is seemingly natural for humans to do so, even if it is disturbing in the light of the possible degradation or loss of spiritual concepts. 1. I think modern astrology has not lost its spiritual dimension overall, though as said in the quote you provided, on some level yes. Popular astrology does seem to be very ego-centered. Even some… Read more »

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I think for the majority of people who have any fingers in astrology, it’s purely “ego-centric.”

But what I’m conflicted about is that you ask if astrology is now just for “self-serving predictions” and then you mention “a pathway to spiritual enlightenment” near the end. To me, spiritual enlightenment is all about self-serving and to be enlightened, you have to predict for yourself if you’re enlightened or not. But this is just how i see it. I don’t believe in enlightenment, or the spiritual purposes of astrology. It is a pseudo-science, ya know?

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i can’t speak for other astrologers, but i still keep it spiritual