Astrology is likely one of the most misunderstood aspects of esoteric philosophy, often seen as mere fortune telling. In reality, astrology- like the other aspects of the Organic Unity paradigm, is based on direct observation of nature. Its roots go back to ancient Mesopotamia, and is considered the sister science to alchemy. Whether one believes in astrology or not, the fact remains that it has been a part of numerous cultures from around the world for thousands of years and that it works- regardless of the system of used. Systems do not stick around for thousands of years if they lack validity. The two practical uses of astrology within this system are for the preparation of medicinal substances and for specific evaluation of ones health.

As for the preparation of plant medicines, astrology teaches about proper timing. Thus, the plant is able to be harvested, prepared, and utilized in a way that is harmonious with the plants own energetic constitution. For example, if one has a plant ruled by the Sun, it would be harvested and processed on Sunday at the Sun hour, thus exalting that energetic component of the plant. This would make the remedy more specific for a persons own inner Sun, being the heart and overall vitality. Astrology allows for correspondences and connections to be made between a plant, a person, and the cosmos.

The connection between plants and planets can be seen etymologically, as they derive from the same root “plane.” Plant. Planet. They are mirror images of one another, with one reflected in the sky and the other reflected on Earth. It was common practice for herbalist in the ancient times to have a thorough understanding of the stars in order to properly align their medicines with their celestial counterpart, as well as effectively diagnose and treat their patients. The natal chart can be used as a tool to understand the preconditioned strengths and weaknesses of ones being (constitution/temperament) and thus the energetic architecture that determines how and when they will get sick.

The three modes of astrology correspond with the three principles of alchemy, the three worlds of the shaman, and the three doshas of Ayurveda. The four elements of astrology are the same within all of the systems. The seven planets are a more complex expression of the pattern of existence: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter. Whereas the four elements provide the energetics of a particular season, the planets provide a more refined picture of the pattern at play in nature. The twelve archetypes or signs, give further specificity. Each level or dimension is a different lens of perception, and gives different layers of information.