The Connection between Astrology and Psychology
The founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, was the first to bring astrology into psychoanalysis, as the Swiss psychiatrist believed astrology contained “all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.”
“Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.”
― Carl Jung
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) is the founder of analytical psychology, and along with Sigmund Freud, pretty much shares the title of the most famous psychologist of all time.
Jung did pioneering work in many areas: creating some of the most well-known psychological concepts such as the collective unconscious, synchronicity, extroversion and introversion, the psychological complex, and the so-called “Jungian Archetypes” of the human psyche, to only name a few of his groundbreaking accomplishments.
But lesser-known and equally significant is Jung’s acknowledgment of the importance of astrology as part of psychology.
“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more.”
The collective unconscious refers to shared mental concepts within the unconscious mind of all human beings. Some take the idea further, believing the collective unconscious is a repository of all knowledge, perhaps even liking the mind of God, if you will.
Jung believed that psychologists could derive more insight into what is held within the collective unconscious by studying and understanding astrology.
In “The Structure of the Psyche” (1927/1931), Jung wrote: “We can see this most clearly if we look at the heavenly constellations, whose originally chaotic forms were organized through the projection of images. This explains the influence of the stars, as asserted by astrologers. These influences are nothing but unconscious, introspective perceptions of the activity of the collective unconscious. Just as the constellations were projected into the heavens, similar figures were projected into legends and fairytales or upon historical persons.”
Synchronicity describes circumstances that appear to have a meaningful connection or relationship but lack a connection with causality. That is to say, an event that is partly the cause that creates an effect.
According to Wikipedia: “Astral configurations in astrology represent for Jung an example of synchronicity, that is, of a parallel, the non-causal relationship between the development of celestial phenomena and those marked by terrestrial time.”
Jung defined archetypes as universal, primal symbols and images that are derived from the collective unconscious. Although you will often hear the phrase the “12 Jungian archetypes,” he continued to develop the concepts throughout his career and it was not limited to only a dozen types, figures, events or motifs.
These archetypes, the figures, events or motifs are found within astrology and tarot cards.
Jung acknowledged that archetypes guide the individuation process towards self-realization, something that astrology does as well.
Under Jung’s definition, archetypes are innate universal pre-conscious psychic dispositions, which is also something that astrology identifies and advises on.