I asked people what they wanted to see on the blog. Julian asked about the relationship between astrology and behavior which is a great topic.
It’s commonly said in astrology circles, “The stars impel, they do not compel”. Various people are credited with saying this but “Marvel Brilliant” clarifies this in her article, “Marvel Brilliant tackles “Do the Stars Impel?”
“…No, to find out about this Impel vs. Compel business we must tum to Sir Francis Bacon, who in 1632 wrote that the “wiser astrologers (believe) that there is no fatal necessity in the stars, but that they rather incline than compel” (p. 351 in The Works of Francis Bacon, Vol. 4, edition of 1857, available on Google books). Note that he said “incline.” Somehow that was turned into “Impel” during the 20th century, no doubt by some rhyming astrologer…”
Personally, I think we have free will but some things are born determined. Astrology is natural and I see it in that way. I was born with dark hair. I can dye my hair but it will always grow out in the natural color.
I was born with Mars conjunct Mercury. I may train myself to keep quiet but I will always express this energy. For example, I might drive slow and talk fast or drive fast and be quiet, but I am not likely to drive slow and not talk…unless my mind is racing.
That conjunction is in the (expanding) 9th house. I may quickly (Mars) write (Mercury) a run-on (9th house) sentence…or I’m might launch an over-the-top (9th) verbal (Mercury) attack (Mars). I have choices, the same way I do with my dark hair which can be worn long, short, curled, natural, up, down, or etc.
The planets don’t make me do anything. However, an impulse to speak up (and out) will always be there and if I do speak, it’s likely to Mars-flavored, masculine and cutting. If I do come up with some flowery, superficial speech, I am probably not going to be able to sustain it for long. Let’s say I am going to call my child’s school and I don’t want to leave an impression. That would be something I was aiming for (Mars) and I am sure I could get the edge out of voice in order to achieve my objective but if you keep on the phone for an hour or something, I am going to probably start swearing, challenging you or rushing you along as my nature shows itself.
How do you see the connection between astrology and behavior?