Tropical astrology is based upon the turning of the wheel of the seasons, with Aries at the Spring equinox and the rest of the cardinal signs marking the beginning of the other equinoxes and solstices. But what happens in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are reversed? When the first day of Aries marks the first day of autumn, does astrology still work?
For some reason I have more clients in Australia than in any other country, and often when reading charts for people born “down under” the question of the accuracy of “northern-centric” astrology. Time and time again, the chart proves its accuracy.
One of the flagship astrological software programs, Solar Fire, comes to us from Esoteric Technologies in Australia. Charts in Solar Fire for southern hemisphere births are calculated exactly the same as for those in the northern hemisphere. (I had a short Facebook chat with Jamie Darkstar who confirmed that Australian astrologers use the same charts that we do here up north, but he reminded me that many of the experts in fixed stars, as Jamie is, are Australian.)
Western astrological symbolism comes down to us from the ancient Greeks who saw the sky from the perspective of the northern hemisphere which is a mirror image of the sky from the southern hemisphere. But it’s important always to remember that astrology is a symbolic system – the signs are BASED on the constellations, but they are NOT the constellations.
The famed Dane Rudhyar and some other astrologers have proposed reversing the astrological chart to better fit with the astronomical reality of the southern hemisphere. Others disagree:
For contemporary astrologers, signs are seasons, however they are psychological seasons, not literal ones. While the Sun in a sign pinpointed the […]