by Parisa Yazdi
If I had to sum up astrology in two words, I would say ‘context’ and ‘synergy.’
All the multitude of occurrences in the cosmos are related to one another and to the previous occurrences which made them possible. It may seem to some that random occurrences without previous causes are possible, but the fact is that nothing occurs in isolation or in a vacuum, even “by chance” or as incidental accidents; the proceeding phenomenon can not randomly pop up without previous contingencies being met.
The beauty of the cosmological language is in its correspondence with the way life is experienced and how that life’s journey is perceived and articulated relative to its growth or evolution. Each house of the sky is a contingency allowing the next house to manifest. Our experiences in one house are dependent on previous events that allow us to experience the next. The Houses are a continuity-narrative of self-becoming and its progression.
Allow me illustrate this for you, using an example of someone who might become the first woman or man to go into space. This example illustrates the spectrum of our human story going through a Twelve-House cycle, which can also be scaled to represent other subjects and time scales beyond our realm of experience.
You went to a flight show with your uncle and saw, for the first time, planes doing what seemed like impossible maneuvers. You stood there, excited, marvelling at what is possible. After the flight demonstrations you met the inspiring pilots, who told you how great it is to fly and that you too could fly one day if you worked towards that dream.
Here was your first tangible experience of something thought impossible promising to became something possible; a tangible dream; a dream seen with your own waking eyes.
For the next year you told everyone about it, and everyone was supportive of your new dream, which made the dream seem that much more possible. You even got tips from your aunts and neighbours on what you needed to do in life to one day become a pilot. The idea became solidified and took roots within you. It became something of great value to you, something you just couldn’t let go of.
You came to want this dream of being a pilot more than anything else. You watched everything related to flying, being a pilot and even going to space. You took math, physics and even PE classes because you thought all of this would be necessary for you to achieve your goal. You were willing to do whatever it took so you could live your dream. No effort was too big.
Even when you were alone by yourself you would visualize flying in the air, as you would ascend so far up that you would be in space looking down at earth from your plane and sometimes even from a spaceship. You found your thoughts and emotions consumed and devoted to the idea. Because of how you felt on the inside, you knew you were already a pilot and maybe even a astronaut in your soul —and now it was just a matter of becoming one.
You attained initial mastery of all the knowledge and technology required of a pilot. You stood at your graduation podium and shouted to the sky in front of everyone, “I am coming to you my love!”
Now the real work begins: busting your behind to somehow make this goal into something real. Wanting, dreaming, planning and preparing is one thing. Putting it all into practice in the real world is another ball game altogether; all the applications for aviation programs, all the competitors and tests you had to pass, all the debts you incurred, all the obstacles you had to over come came your way.
Just when you thought, “I’m in!” you found your self needing others to attain your goal. Here you had to learn the art of cooperation with collogues, governments and even top secret agencies (after all, you’d be flying someone else’s plane). You needed them as much as they needed you.
Some had different ideas about how to do things, so you learned to negotiate and cooperate. But you began to feel that you were disappearing from yourself and losing touch with your original dream.
Here you wrestled with the blur that had become of your goals, and re-evaluated your dream. Here you rediscovered what it all meant to you, and just how deep and how far you were willing to go. Here, you came into touch with the root of all the desires that vitalized and gave life to your dreams and passions.
A Eurika moment! You realize the best purpose of your ambition is the betterment of society and science. You became willing to make the highest sacrifice, to place your own life in danger for progress and growth of humankind. And like an arrow from the bow of Sagittarius, you were shot up to space as the first human explorer of our cosmos. Success! Fulfillment of the dream!
Then came the fame. You became known, renowned and respected for all you’d done. Now you were the inspiration for other kids who would come to see you, just as you had gone to see those pilots when you were just a young child.
Now came the fruits of fame: great profit and pleasure.
An epiphany: even dreams that come true dissolve back to the dream state again. At the end of it all, the goal desired outside of the self becomes one with the self, indistinguishable and inseparable. You no longer had to possess or give it; it became a fact of ‘what is’ and who you are. Space in the sky of your heart was now cleared for the next dream to promise itself a possible reality.
A Personal Note
In my initial years I too had an obsession with flying, but in my reality the houses were configured differently than in the story above, leading me to experience different outcomes from the same houses. And this is precisely where the plot of astrology gets thick and juicy.
The progression of my house-journey was tied to the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq. Planes began flying over the city skies. Night bombing became part of our everyday experience. I began to question the role of a pilot and reevaluated my dream. So, for me, the pilot journey never made it past the Second House.
My Second House instead launched me on an entirely different journey – flying out of Iran with my family, migrating to a distant land. My dream of flying became a flight across our planet, from one side of the globe to the other.