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 generally spiritual framework. I do not entertain an idea of god. I like studying the psyche, and my astrology works well without the concept of god. The concept of god is not a condition for the use of astrology, unless, of course, the inquiry is about god.
Mr. Astrologer: Are you an atheist?
An atheist entertains an idea of god and then disagrees with it. The atheist believes god does not exist while the believer believes it exists. It is all in their minds. They are two sides of the same mental-emotional phenomenon: belief. I do not hold either of those beliefs. Belief is not compulsory, although for many they simply cannot help but being driven by belief.
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.
The concept of god, I have seen, often distorts and biases astrology. For example: some astrologers say: “death means going back to god”, or is “a ritual” 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, let alone on and Understanding of God itself — which is NOT an idea (thus the capital U). 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” and several of his audio materials.