MY HOPE IS that this book has given you a new appreciation for and a deeper understanding of key areas within astrology, as well as a new way to see astrology in nonbinary terms.
Traditionally, gendered astrological terms are based on patriarchal myths and archetypes conforming to the binary. A prime example of this is the planet Saturn. In mythology, Saturn was the god of agriculture, wealth, and generation, and Saturn’s reign was depicted as a time of abundance and peace. All of these characteristics are very yin, or feminine, yet Saturn has been portrayed in much of astrology as a very masculine energy.
Another example: The symbol that represents Capricorn, the sea goat, is often portrayed as just the goat, which is more yang, and leaves out the very yin fish tail (the “sea” part of “sea goat”).
If that’s confusing, and it is, I suggest it is because patriarchal society has valued the masculine and devalued the feminine to the point that much of the language used by traditional interpretations of astrology has become binary and slanted. In the myths upon which our astrological interpretations are based, female goddesses were generally portrayed as evil, vengeful troublemakers or as vapid, insipid troublemakers, whereas the male gods were usually portrayed as either heroes or leaders. I am not entirely convinced the myths began that way, and there are many efforts to reclaim a more nuanced portrayal.
One thing I know for sure is that myths are stories created to represent parts of human nature. After thousands of years living under a patriarchal system, we can see how the binary is reflected in our storytelling. Our human need for certainty and definition has caused us to see finiteness and polarity where there may, in reality, be connection and integration.
It’s perhaps time, therefore, to consider changing the language completely so that the portrayal of masculine as good and light and the feminine as evil and dark disappear. New language takes into account that there are good and bad qualities in both the masculine and the feminine and leaves room to define a person as more than just one or the other.
Using this new language, you can look at an astrological chart and see a more holistic view of yourself as an individual with different traits that are neither “good” nor “bad,” just different.
With the advent of modern astrology, astrologers have been moving away from the use of “good” and “bad,” but we need to go further and move away from using the terms “masculine” and “feminine.” This opens us up to a whole new understanding of the chart.
This book, therefore, asks you to step into a more creative and imaginative space, to feel the webs of connectivity that thread through all living things, including the universe. To feel the pulse, the inhale and exhale of all that is in its multiplicity and nonlinearity. This book invites you to feel the entanglement rather than the separateness that we have approached the astrological spaces with for millennia.
The last astrological ages, Pisces and Aries, have been patriarchal in nature and have valued day energy over night. The language used in all myths and subjects like astrology has reflected that nature, valuing outgoing, “doing” energy over receptive and intuitive energy.
No one knows what the astrological age of Aquarius will bring, but Aquarius is a sign that represents entanglement and connectivity. Its symbol represents waves, perhaps quantum wave theory, waves of spirit or energy, and the sign’s corulers, Saturn and Uranus, represent a curious mix of the ancient and the ultramodern, the conservative and the innovative. Aquarius is also group energy, another form of connectivity, and represents humanitarian and human rights and causes. Aquarius is visionary and futuristic.
As we stand in the doorway of the new astrological age, it is fitting that we begin to look at the language of astrology and how we approach astrology in a new way, a more inclusive and entangled way. The movements and cycles of the planets are unchanged, of course, but as I have said throughout this book, it’s our perceptions and language that must change. In Greek philosophy, the concept behind Logos (Greek for “word”) is the divine principle that permeates an orderly universe. This suggests that language has long been used to make sense of that which we don’t understand. Therefore, we must now think differently and use different language to move into the new age.
This book has been your invitation to think differently and begin to feel the living universe within you, an invitation to inhabit the energies of both day and night within you. This book is for everyone.