Text by Carina Parke
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It was a difficult time for astrology the last years but it seems that a new era is just in front of us. In the interview with GASH, astrologist Alexander von Schlieffen gives a prognosis and explains how the progress is connected with a new cycle.
When the word astrology comes up, some people tend to get a bit skeptical. It’s not necessarily a surprise since the whole topic has suffered from serious image damage in the last few decades. We all have seen those random horoscopes in some lifestyle and celebrity magazines that could kind of fit to anybody from any zodiac sign; just to name one simple example. But there is more behind astrology than that – and there is certainly a deeper connection between earth and space that doesn’t only matter for us as an individual but also for us as a society. So it is most definitely worth getting to the bottom of it.
But before we do, we should clarify the term itself. It is not to be mixed up with astronomy, the science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. Astrology however is basically “the study of the movements and positions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars in the belief that they affect the character and lives of people”, the Cambridge Dictionary explains. So for a long time, it has kind of given the feeling that people would be pigeonholed and that everyone from the same zodiac sign should have the same personality. But of course, that’s just a superficial look on the whole topic.
One of the powers of astrology is much more that people can get to know themselves on a deeper level, see their inner richness differentiated and develop their inner self in a constructive as well as fulfilling way. Sounds promising, right? So maybe it’s not a big surprise that change is happening especially now, in the age of uncertainty that leads to astrology experiencing a new hype again. People are seemingly talking more openly about it again and starting to deal with it digitally. The famous app Co-Star, for example, merges NASA data and the insight of astrologers to create a personalized, social experience and bring astrology into the 21st century.
But does that automatically mean that the time of modern astrology has arrived? Not exactly because we actually passed it already. GASH talked about that with German astrologist Alexander von Schlieffen, who gives an insight into the new boom of astrology, explains exactly why people open up more these days and what a new cycle has to do with all of that.
Alexander, do we really live in the age of modern astrology?
I think we live in a post-post-modern world and since modern times were driven by the idea of linear development, there is no such thing as modern astrology. Astrology is a cyclical language. It’s about cycles and the return of themes and events. The idea of a linear development does not fit into the astrological paradigm. The past 200 years were a very difficult time for astrology, it was a very materialistic era. But the next 200 years will probably bring a return of the consciousness of the importance of cycles for life.
Sounds interesting. So you are working as an astrologist since 1996. Have you noticed some changes in the way how people view and talk about astrology over the years?
There was a big change in the 70s of the last century, an astrology boom when started during the so-called hippie generation. It was trendy among the acid heads. There was a market for spirituality and astrology. In the past 30 years, mainly older people were interested in astrology. It was connected to a kind of “esoteric“ culture and lifestyle. Since there is a shift in consciousness for a very few years, people became more open-minded for alternative perspectives on their life such as astrology or other forms of spirituality.
My personal observation is that recently more and more people from different walks of life are getting interested in astrology. That means that the audience is changing radically. I see that a lot of young people being interested in it now. The average age of my recent clients is around 30 years which is pretty young for astrology. In the past, the average client was between 45 and 55.
What about the work as an astrologist itself – has it changed somehow?
First of all, I have to say that I can never stop experimenting and expanding the dimensions within my work. It would not be possible for me to get to a certain point in my relationship with astrology, take it, save it and start to circulate my insights. This is my personal approach. So far, the change that I can see in the world applies to the way I work – since the people that come for a reading are more open-minded nowadays than in the past. It’s much more beautiful for me to be a practicing consultant than ever before.
“Whenever there is a change, people are more open because they have to prepare for the unexpected.”
Why is that exactly?
This is because in 2020 we are in kind of a void between four major astrological cycles. Four major astrological cycles come to an end and therefore four highly significant cycles begin. This happens every few hundred years. We can expect major changes concerning the value systems, politics, of course, economy and for sure, also in culture. Whenever there is a change, people are more open because they have to prepare for the unexpected.
The past 200 years were an age of materialism. It brought up exact sciences and therefore everything had to be proven by numbers to be significant. It was a very dark time for astrology. Since we move into an era of cooperation and networking now, people have to be more open-minded. And that helps to understand astrology.
What would you say went wrong with astrology before?
Unfortunately quite a lot… First of all, we came out of a 200-year earth cycle. There is nothing wrong with that. But the way the so-called „reality“ had to approve itself was, as I said, based on numbers. This approach could not get to the core of what astrology is really about. It is an art of interpreting the cosmic cycles. In the past 200 years, it was more important to prove materialistic realities rather than spiritual truth.
Astrology is a heavenly discipline. In earth times, heaven is not in fashion. As a result, there could not be a “right“ astrology in “wrong“ times for that language.
What’s your prognosis for the whole astrology industry when it comes to the next years?
It’s an air cycle that we are moving into and the air is about networking, cooperating and intuition. Astrology is the language of the network of the cycles. It’s cyclical science. That means that in order to find out what would be necessary to do to build up a new society, astrology could be incredibly helpful.
Already now, astrology has a boom. But I think some aspects of this boom are still coming out of the old materialistic orientation. So I don’t know how long this aspect will last. Nevertheless, when people are interested in astrology, it’s a sign of tolerance and openness. And that’s a good sign.
“The disrespectfulness of the cyclical part of nature is the weakness of male thinking.”
What is something connected to astrology that affects every one of us and people might not even be conscious about it?
The origin of time is based on the cycles of the planets. The day is a circulation of the earth around itself. A month is a circulation of the moon around itself and around the earth. Our night and day life is deeply connected to the movements of the planets. The connection between the planets and our life on earth is so incredibly obvious.
So we have to rethink our understanding of linear time?
The idea of linear time and development is a very single-minded result of an era of patriarchy. It is based on male thinking because the female body is living within a cycle but men don’t live in a cycle. That disrespectfulness of the cyclical part of nature is the weakness of male thinking. Every development in nature is cyclical. Therefore everything in life is cyclical. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that things will always be the same.
The male thinking is linear and that means that everything has to be available at any time of the day, e.g. you have to be able to shop 24/7. This is ridiculous and does not make any sense. People followed that concept but this won’t go on forever.
Thank you for the interview!
To our German-speaking readers: If you are interested to know more about the topic, you can check out Alexander von Schlieffen’s podcast “Astropod” here.