Like many forms of divination and esoteric thought, Western Astrology owes a great debt to Pythagorean geometry and Platonic cosmology, so to us, a name that acknowledges these concepts makes perfect sense. Hence “Astro”+”Sphere”.
Ancient Greek philosophers believed that the sphere or circle was the most perfect shape. Not only does it have no sides or harsh, uneven angles but it also has no obvious beginning or end. In terms of Platonic sacred geometry, then, it is an ideal form – a worthy symbol of the divine.
It was therefore not much of a leap for Greek astronomers to see the planets, which were round and thought to revolve in perfect spheres, as divine: the sky gods of the cosmos, which in Greek means “order”. Certainly, that is how the Mesopotamians, the ‘inventors’ of astrology, saw the stars and planets – their movements were considered to be celestial signs – heavenly writing – that if read/deciphered correctly, could help to guide earth-bound mortals to remain in tune with the natural rhythms of the universe.
Astrology is therefore best used to identify the patterns of nature as they unfold in time, making it ideal for ascertaining the right time to do things. It is most empowering and effective when used as a sort of symbolic clock, calendar or weather forecast, indicating the themes, qualities and types of events most likely to occur at any given moment.
On a personal or individual level, this means assessing the astrological stages and phases of your life based on the transits and progressions of your natal chart. On a mundane or worldly level, the various planetary cycles and aspects can indicate possible events likely to take place on the world stage – occurrences that stand to affect us all.
Hermetic and Neoplatonic philosophers believed that syncing your life with the cosmos was the key to happiness and success. That is why in the Astro-Sphere, we tend to focus on the cosmic weather – offering a mixture of daily, monthly and six-monthly forecasts to help earthly beings to embody the hermetic maxim ‘As Above, So Below’ – and thereby participating in what Hermetic philosophers called ‘the miracle of the one thing’.