The tangible link: Astrology as a unique approach
Whatever the truth about its still largely unexplained mechanisms, both the way astrology approaches the nature of consciousness and its puzzling relationship with the universe appear unique. Why is it so? The foundation of astrology remains concrete and observable, even though it deals with the meaning of existence, psyche, and destiny. Astrology is based on a tangible and remarkable link that is essentially composed of meaning, and which connects us to the universe. This link that builds a bridge between the visible and the invisible is the subject of its study.
Its approach to the mysteries of life does not rely on myths, traditions, or revelations, but primarily rests on a real, perceptive and insightful observation of celestial geometry. Through observing the location of the planets as they orbit the Sun, their motion, speed, rise and fall, their encounters with the Moon, their mutual interactions and so many other facts, we finally discovered that this celestial ballet concerns us. Even more profoundly we could decipher and understand it and it could be read like a book written about us. One might assert that this is just another belief system, except that it can be noticed and researched through observation. This is how astrologers are made. They don’t start to practice astrology because they believe in it, but rather because they try it and in most cases are amazed that it works! What we could call celestial geometrical synchronicities are there for everyone to perceive, and astrologers can provide examples of these by the thousands.
The tangibility of this link enables astrology to be particularly qualified to impact the collective consciousness. Science has profoundly changed us, and like Thomas the Apostle we want to touch the mystery in the flesh. This is exactly what astrology proposes. Constituted through meaningful synchronicities happening between the celestial mechanics and our lives, the link can be touched, felt and explored.
By its very existence this link conveys the essential idea that this universe, which has become terrifyingly vast, acknowledges our presence, thereby offering us an identity. This concept goes hand in hand with recognition: through the birth chart the universe provides us with an identity more fundamental than our gender, blood, name, social status, nationality, faith or lack of faith. Perhaps it gives us back a part of what we ostensibly lost when Copernicus drove the Earth out of the center of the solar system or when Darwin told us that we were just like any other animals. While it was obviously important for us to comprehend these truths, values that were thousands of years old were destroyed in the process. As a species we felt, and in many cases still feel, lost, insignificant, disconnected, and devoid of meaning. These feelings amplified materialistic tendencies like never before.
In response, astrology offers a cosmic identity that recognises each of us as an individual—“what is indivisible”. An individual is an organized unity, someone unique and in one piece. To realize this provokes a Uranian behavior which involves taking oneself out of the undifferentiated flock of followers, of whatever is being followed. The Uranian age asks us to face life and death as individuals, while standing and thinking alone (wholly one). Paradoxically, this loneliness, which is not isolation, brings us closer to others than we have ever been. One individual does not stand above or below the others, but at their side, as a perfect equal. This certainly leads us to understand the harmfulness of comparison, itself a cause of aggressive competition. Building one’s destiny around a unique astral chart makes one incomparable, in the etymological sense of the term.
Similarly, this acknowledgment rejuvenates our relationship with the environment, healing the wound which arises from the sensation of being separated from nature, that is, from our mother, This in turns addresses one of the reasons why we destroy nature, as we only destroy what we do not like, or what has become indifferent to us, Things feel entirely different when one realizes that in some mysterious ways, which again are not belief-based, the universe gives us its attention. Microorganisms we might be, but we are also endowed with a significant life.
The solar hero and the quest
Yet this recognition, this identity, has a price: our birth chart implies a destiny to be fulfilled. Related to the word destination, the concept of destiny evokes both a function and a place to which one goes. And so, here we are back to the need for the meaning of life, in the absence of which it all turns out badly. It is probably here, as we talk about a function and a quest to be pursued, that astrology shows the greatest capacity to influence the consciousness. The quest orders the mind by providing a concrete expression to the meaning of life. The confusion that comes from the lack of a direction disappears. In this particular framework, anyone famous or anonymous, educated or illiterate, needy or wealthy becomes a solar hero fighting darkness and fear in the pursuit of the truth of his or her nature; an action that is not born from fear or a desire for reward. To be a solar hero is to follow the inner sun that shines in the sanctuary of one’s own heart.
Both philosophically and spiritually, the quest is the movement of universal intelligence. It is the inevitable consequence of everything we have already observed. It is born from the recognition of the universe and the identity it offers us, from the necessity to have meaning in one’s life. It visibly emanates from our birth chart, without which the latter cannot fully thrive. A destiny that is not touched by the quest misses its purpose, while its unfolding generates a know-thyself based spirituality. One becomes a light unto oneself by exploring wisely one’s own nature. And as one gets rid of fears along the way, dispelling darkness and advancing more and more freely on the path outlined by the chart’s geometry, one does fulfil one’s destiny, eventually finding the inner place that awaits us.
The path to the flowering of destiny
We now understand that the quest, which leads to truth, realization, or whatever you call it, is the most vital element of the flowering of destiny. Although the goal is the same, the journey follows a different path in each chart because of its uniqueness. Unless one decides to study its language, one needs to consult an astrologer, whose main function is to reveal the geography of the inner territory in order to decipher the celestial scripture. The crowning aim of the interpretation is to expose the path that crosses the chart and leads to its heart. But even the best astrologer in the world won’t take you there. The journey through the ninth house (long travels, spirituality), or through the twelfth (exploration of the inner depths), must be undertaken alone. While not being a crutch, the birth chart, and everything it represents, illuminates the journey. This chart helps to overcome fears and obstacles by making sure one treads the right path. One can get lost, wander, hesitate, lose confidence, but the personal star we follow always comes back shining in front of us until we get back on our way.
To travel alone does not mean in isolation. It does not hinder exchanges of information, thoughts and ideas, as long as we do not become second-hand people. True, the uniqueness of the chart does not marry well with organized faiths or ideologies: astrology strives for individual freedom of thought, teaching as we have seen to be a light unto oneself, which in turn fits the new paradigm.
Back to the collective consciousness
Astrology offers precious guidelines for the years to come: it tells us we are seeds of meaning planted by the cosmos and that our vocation is to blossom. This has little to do with becoming rich, powerful or famous, or whatever society would have us believe. If one succeeds, it is likely that no one will ever know about it. But thriving as a free individual will dramatically impact the collective consciousness, which remains our main objective if we want the world to change.
The main purpose of astrology is not to describe a psychological landscape—which it truly does with an amazing precision—or to predict good or bad weather attending our future, but to lead us on the path to the inner revolution. We are talking about a Uranian revolution, which is not a slow modification taking generations to show its effects. We have no time for that. Saturn, the planet of time, implies slow transformation through patience, determination and perseverance. And we obviously need Saturn to think deeply, build, structure, and consolidate. But at this time we desperately need a Uranian blaze of intelligence, an almost instantaneous understanding, which astrology does provide in many ways.
Considering our vital needs in these troubled times, astrology appears as a coherent philosophical system that incites us to independence of thought, the pursuit of self-development and the flowering of destiny. Finally, astrology is inseparable from an inner quest rather than from a religion, and could well prove to be one of the keys to the emerging spirituality of the third millennium.
 According to the Philosopher Karl Jaspers, the Axial Age was characterized, by the emergence of new ways of thinking in religion and philosophy in China, Persia, India, and the GrecoRoman world.
 In L’astrologie et la mécanique de la pensée, Bernard Duchatelle, Amazon, 2015, examples showing clear correlations between synchronicities and the positioning of the stars are provided and analyzed.
 David Bohm Wholeness and the Implicate Order, Routlege, Great Britain, 1980.