With this article I explore the context of astrology and the nature of astrology. In a way I would like to link it to the universal laws. I will begin with one of the seven hermetic principles: the principle of correspondence. Often used as the axiom “as above so below’. This is an exploration only, I did not find the one answer, just got more clarity on both astrology and the principle of correspondence.
Concepts, Books and Technique
On my quest to understand the workings of astrology I did research. Lots of books, by the kilo sometimes. To broaden my horizon. To find out about astronomy, about the ancient astronomers that were also astrologers.
To learn the technique of astrology. To learn other concepts of life and to find meaningful or meaningless answers. So when researching Hermes Trismegistus I found out about the book ‘Kybalion, A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece’. Download for free is possible at Gutenbergs website. Sometimes the title Kybalion doesn’t react. You can also search on the e-text number 14209. It is about seven hermetic principles and some call it the gist of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus.
In the Kybalion I found one of the seven Hermetic Principles; the Principle of Correspondence, with the axiom ‘As above so below’ as part of the explanation. That above and below correspond with each other just as meaningful and meaningless are tied together. In the end the truth/enlightenment/the answer cannot be found within this concept that originates in looking at the world from duality. The axiom ‘As above, so below’ is used by astrologers and many others to prove that astrology is correct.
By the way whomever voiced that axiom a long time ago kept us in duality rather than unity, since the axiom in itself (above and below) is dual! Why this axiom applies to the world, what it means and where it comes from is a mystery. I have read stories about it, from general stories to complex theories.  Very nice. But not what I was looking for.
This Principle of correspondence embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life.
Author Unknown -
The Kybalion, Chapter 2
Got it? No? I will tell you again, using understandable Jack and Jill language…
Principle of Correspondence
A universal truth is something that is ALWAYS true and applies to ALL of us. The universal laws apply on different levels. For instance in the material world on a physical level. Science can measure things in length, width, height, thickness or circumference. But at the same time everything vibrates, whether you can see it or not. This entails that everything changes in every moment. I am not the same woman now, as I was five minutes ago. There may not be notable changes, but still. The only thing that is for sure is that there is change. Things move away, things get together, all to do with vibration.
A universal truth exists on all levels, also on the levels that we do not know or don’t experience with our 5 to 6 senses. There is harmony and agreement between all that exists on earth. Everything comes from the same source, no matter how you name that source. Everybody and everything is subject to the same rules. Everything is under the principle of correspondence.
The description of astrology as a divination [...] This possibility is approached here through closely examined horoscope cases, in order to describe the phenomena that actually occur when astrology comes to life, in contrast to what traditional theory tells us ought to occur.
Author Unknown -
Backcover of The moment in Astrology
I find this very interesting and will post more when I finish.
Astrology as a way to look upon ourselves or myself is a method that people will use as long as we think that we are living in duality. But then again, anything can be divination by itself. It is not just planets that can give meaning to our lives. Something gets meaning because I give meaning to it.
Astrology and I Ching and tarot perhaps belong together after all. The only difference perhaps being that the axiom ‘as above so below’, is too appropriate to astrology. It seems to fit so nicely, the planets and stars are out there, above us and we are below, hence the combination is made and symbols to interpret are born.
Everything in the universe connects, always and for all of us.
Next step is that planets and stars belong to the universe.
Harmony, agreement and correspondence exist for all us.
It applies to everything.
Everything in the universe vibrates and changes.
It is looking for harmony and agreement.
How can it not do so?
Planets and stars are connected to everything.
I am connected to the stars.
That is still a question, it might be through universal laws.
Maybe the law of correspondence, maybe through divination.
 Several websites mention ‘As above, so below’ to explain what astrology is and why it works. Here are several examples. The order is by chance.
- Alan Oken wrote a book called ‘As above so below’ in 1973.
- Liz Greene in her article “The Language of the unconscious’ refers to the axiom and that ‘Jung hints in the same direction’. This article is on the website http://www.mindfire.ca.
- Bernadette Brady talked at the annual AA conference in 2005 about astrology and complexity theory. She proposed that astrology has a nature rather like fractals, those beautiful ephemeral patterns of infinite complexity, putting the Hermetic axiom of “as above, so below” into the modern scientific framework of chaos theory.