positive astrology - even more science
psychology developed, like 10 years ago, a new branch of studies called positive psychology. as the name implies, the main focus in this fresh field is happiness. research within this area brings up the importance of positive thinking and its efforts show us that subtle differences in interpretations of things do make a huge difference in one's overall life.
since the construction of all astrological knowledge has always been influenced directly or indirectly by subjectivity (which is always brought up within the frames of collectiveness - culture and history) and also approaches to the same subjects dealt in psychology (coping and well-being) why there is no such thing as a 'positive astrology'?
i've noticed that there are too many different interpretations and discussions on the same range of subjects - meanings of houses, right calculations and rulers of planets -, and no discussion i've seen so far go further old-fashioned dichotomies that may distort the whole thing and inhibit the hability evoluting astrology as a science.
in the book les mots et les choses (the words and the things, in a loose translation), foucault points the characteristics of what in the xvi century was considered science - the most prominent one is the need to create limits to the world. books from antiquity started circulating again and people were basically summarizing and attaching new to previously built knowledge (or making great biased encyclopedias). in the xvii century, literature built a new relation between people and the wor(l)d. in the xix century, empirism killed itself giving space to science as we know it.
i believe there's no excuse for astrology not to give up interpretations of the 'bad' houses and positions. there may be a way to read a chart without pointing out saturn as difficult, for example. the novelty is in embracing astrology as something to strengten yourself and others who surround you, just like psychology has lately found out to be worth. not self-help, but alternative perspectives. why not let it have its own positive branch?
Last edited by lfa; 10-22-2011 at 08:34 AM.