“As Above, so Below” and Manifestations of Planets in Astrology
Astrology (and many other divination arts) works on a very
old, very basic principle: as above, so below. This is an ancient phrase often
heard in earth worshiping religions, but it brings up a question; why are
things above are they so below? Aren’t “above” and “below” in different places
for a reason? The answer to this is both yes and no.
“As above so below” is an image, two different planes that
are parallel to each other have the same events at the same time. Things that
happen up top also happen down below. Now, in astrology, this is quite literal
with the motions of the planets above mirroring the events on Earth, but the
applications go further. “As above, so below” could easily be “As within, so
without”, changing the vertical plane of the sky and earth to a horizontal
plane, the individual and their surroundings. The Universe is both complete
chaos and perfect structure, but how we see it depends on how we’re trying to
observe it. To people who do not believe in astrology (or tarot or palm reading
or runes or any other fortune telling art) there isn’t a link between the
motions of the planets and the emotions and realities we experience, but if you
learn how to read the signs, anything from the leaves in a tea cup to cards on
a table can reflect our futures and lives. The extent to which only depends on
In astrology in particular, I’ve noticed that as a result of
this, there are almost always two manifestations of a planet: one that is
internal and one that is external. For example, the Moon manifests both as what
we need emotionally to feel secure (internal) AND how we perceive our mother
(external). In any kind of reading, it is important to recognize both “as
above, so below” as why our divination tools work, but also to read with “as
within, so without” to accurately read the whole picture of why an individual
is experiencing a certain situation.
Here is a quick-reference for internal vs external
manifestations of planets. This is not a complete list but should offer a
clearer look into how we experience them. The sign tells us HOW we experience
these things and the house tells us WHERE we experience these things. *Note:
aspects and Rx planetary motions also affect how we experience these planets.
The Sun External: The Father, our ideology, what we get
attention for and want to show people.
The Sun Internal: What makes us feel happy to be alive, ego,
The Moon External: The mother, fast reactions, being
The Moon Internal: Feeling nurtured or not nurtured, security,
Mercury External: Information sharing, communication,
Mercury Internal: How we observe something, how we
intellectually perceive something.
Mars External: Competition, conflict, rivals.
Mars Internal: Drive, excitedness, passion, anger.
Venus External: Objects, our bodies, food, money.
Venus Internal: Ownership, value as perceived by us.
Ceres External: Routines, what is real, how we receive/give physical
Ceres Internal: Existential security, a sense of order.
Juno External: Relationships, partners, what we do to
Juno Internal: Sense of belonging to a partnership,
dependence, caring for a partner.
Jupiter External: Travel, education, new things, morals,
Jupiter Internal: The “aha” moments, things making sense,
Pluto External: Death, major life-altering changes, endings.
Pluto Internal: Completion, loss, “the end”.
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