Philosophers have always stressed the importance of self-knowledge. It’s the result of self-examination and Socrates claimed: ‘The unexamined life is not worth living.’ But you can’t learn about yourself from philosophy, science or theology because they don’t know who you are. There’s no school to teach you about yourself. The close examination of your mental life and character is the only way you will achieve self-understanding, but it’s a rather haphazard and undisciplined exercise. What you need is a personal resource that allows you to learn about your true self in a logical and systematic way.
To know means to have knowledge and when you were born you didn’t know you possessed self-consciousness. It allows you – the thinker – to know yourself, but even with this astounding personal resource your self-knowledge tends to remain vague and superficial and it won’t allow you to know yourself at a soul-deep level. Self-knowledge is the crucial information you seek and your birthchart is a self-knowledge provider that educates you about yourself.
For example, due to your pre-human evolution there are groups of thought-cells in your unconscious soul-mind that express the fundamental desires and behaviors that are commonly identified as human nature. Each of these thought-cell groups has deep evolutionary roots and well defined properties – desires and intents. Thought elements are the fundamental carriers of your psychological inheritance. As thought-cells they form the structure of your astral body. The character you were born with is the result of your astrological ancestry and previous experience and your birthchart captures the whole story in a single two-dimensional snapshot.
The information provided by your birthchart allows you to develop a deep understanding of your character and the experiences needed to sustain its development. It educates you about you. But it’s your consciousness development at this moment in time – not when you were born – that determines what’s happening in your life right now. It pays to seek worthwhile developmental experiences and every experience, whether forced upon you or carefully selected, can be made a rewarding personal experience. But striving for a higher quality life experience does require a pro-active decision to do and be better. It’s a character thing. And spiritual progress – whatever you conceive it to be – is a key personal issue and your birthchart allows you to make an informed decision regarding your spiritual development. So the chart educates you about what is best for you.
Your birthchart presents an opportunity for personal discovery. You should use it to identify your key competencies – the attributes, qualities, skills and abilities that are your astrological heritage. It provides a psychological profile, an aptitude profile and a health profile. The chart allows you to identify your unique and special talent. It’s your God-given gift and reason for being. You can use your chart to identify the developmental work needed to improve your current self. And it regularly presents new opportunities for self-learning. It educates you about yourself.