Something that seems pertinent is an emphasis on the theology and mythology of the planets, signs, and astrology in general. Do you have any guidance on where I could begin reading about those topics? This knowledge seems essential to truly understanding charts and consistently making sound judgments.
Personally, I am not interested in the theology of astrology, as viewed through any religious or spiritual framework. Theology depends on one’s accepted idea of god (not necessarily on the “perception” of the *existence* of god). I watch from a distance those who believe in a god above us and those who believe in its absence, as they delight in their mind games and their twisted thrill of feeling separate from one another. I am happy with the fact that we are alive and can have a good kind heart.
Yet, astrology can have the effect of producing awe; of the kind that makes us question what we think we know. Astrology is capable of demonstrating that there are laws governing our psyche which are beyond what materialistic logic can fathom, and thus can bring a sense of “godliness” to life, or a sense of “there is something bigger than me”. That is very nice, yet it is not a prerequisite for performing astrology.
I like studying the psyche, and my astrology works very well without bringing the concept of god into it. A concept which I have seen, unfortunately, distort and bias astrology in a number of ways. For example: some astrologers say: “death means going back to god”, thus a funeral has some relation to house 9, which is thinking based on belief, not based on the understanding of the “essence” of a house. I digress… (You can read an article on this: What is a Funeral?)
As far as the myths are concerned, they are very useful and help us tap into the deeper realms of the psyche and symbology in general. In the study of the psyche the myths will reveal the essential character of the experience being investigated. And if a concept of god, or the search for god, or the experience of truly “Understanding” god, is part of what is being investigated then there will be a myth or symbol to depict that experience or state of mind, and propel the astrologer to interpret how that experience or state applies to the querent’s or native’s life challenges, fears, desires, beliefs and hopes; and his/her possible/likely future.
For the myths, I recommend any material John Frawley has published on the “Fixed Stars”.