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How to Decolonize Your Mind Using Astrology

Astrology is more than just an easy way to talk about yourself at cocktail parties: it’s a tool for transformation and authentic agency. Using the chart, you can move away from the ways of thinking that are influenced by capitalism and colonialism. By recognizing your connection to the Universe, this planet, and every being on it, you can realize your responsibility to do better by yourself, and in so doing, do better by the world around you.

1. Recognize that believing in Astrology means believing in your connection to the Universe around you

What does your sign mean? It means that Sun was in the 30 degree portion of the sky assigned to your specific zodiac sign at the time you were born. Your entire Astrological chart is a 2d representation of the sky the moment you were born. If you look at the same moment in a planetarium app, you’ll see the planets aligned in a similar way. That’s because you’re looking at the same picture, just represented in different ways.

This means that at the core of Astrology is the belief that you are the living embodiment of the moment you were born in the Cosmos. The relationships between the planets, how they were moving, and what portion of the sky they were in the moment you were born: all this energy now lives inside you.

2. Take responsibility for caring for the slice of the Universe you have been given to nurture and explore.

Taking into account that you are the living embodiment of a single moment in the cosmos, it is your responsibility to care for and nurture it appropriately. Every single energetic relationship you hold is something to be explored creatively. The gifts that you manifest in this lifetime come from your ability to give your energetic connections the proper space to bloom and grow into full authenticity.

You have one single lifetime to explore as much of the universal moment you hold within as possible. As we have begun to learn from our telescopes and radar, the Universe is an infinitely enormous place with an infinite of stars that co-relate and co-create this reality. That profundity of experience and complexity lives inside of you, waiting to be explored. Treat that moment with care and curiosity, like a child whose development you are supporting.

3. Remember your unique connection to source energy through the myths and legends of your ancestors.

The Zodiac signs are assigned to 30 degree portions of the sky with 12 major constellations. Every single culture on this planet has stories, myths, and spiritual traditions associated with these same stars. In every part of the world, our ancestors looked up at the sky in awe and cultivated stories about what they up there.

We know these now as myths– and we use these myths to interpret the meaning of each zodiac sign.

Currently, we focus only on Greek and Roman myths for our interpretations of the stars, and this is for a very specific and well-known reason: colonization. The colonizers from western lands invaded many continents around the globe, and destroyed the myths, legends, and stories of all the peoples they deemed “barbaric” and “pagan.”

While it is absolutely invaluable to connect to the mythos of the stars in any way you find accessible, endeavor to learn the stories of your ancestors. You are much more aligned with the myths of your own culture than you are of those who colonized your people.

4. Cultivate an appreciation for the complexity of being, both in yourself and others.

In recognition of the fact that you are a multidimensional and complex being connected to the stars, you must also recognize that every being around you is also vibrating with that inner connection. Every single person is important, just as every moment in the Universe is worth exploring and gaining insight from.

Sitting with that recognition, you can cultivate empathy for every persons’ particular journey towards self discovery and actualization. Realize that the only way through this struggle is together: with the information and wisdom that arises from every single consciousness, we can adequately provide solutions to the problems that we all face together.

5. Use the Birth Chart as a tool for personal transformation.

The Astrology Chart is a tool, not a sentence. You are not bound by the stars you see in your chart. Instead, you are set free by the dynamic energy set forth in the integration of these energies. Through the birth chart, you are able to see a graphical representation of your own personality, and can gain agency to make shifts where necessary.

How to address romantic issues, resource scarcity, relationships to family and home, vocational inclinations, and social connections all lie within the chart. All you need to know lies within the patterns of the planets in your chart, and the connections they form. Learn more about your own chart, not as a sentence about who you are and what you’re supposed to be, but instead as a dynamic map of your baseline self.

Every energy in your chart must be expressed, but problems arise when energy is blocked, limited, or given an improper channel for expression. Recognize that this is a tool for agency– make the changes where you see necessary in order to gain better results for yourself and your life.

Celia Sagastume

Celia Sagastume, “AstroSagas,” is a first generation latinx astrologer living in the in Bay Area, California. With a master’s degree in social cognition, and an astrology practice that’s been active for 7 years, Sagas combines scientific inquiry, astrological intuition, and a dedication to de-colonizing the mind.

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