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Hand In Fate

Several years ago it was brought to my attention that I might want to find a copy of the April/May 2003 issue of "The Mountain Astrologer" because it contained Part One of an interesting and curious interview with astrologer Rob Hand.

For those folks that might be clueless as to who Rob Hand is, he has long been considered by the "astrology community at large" (whatever that is) as one of the most distinguished, knowledgeable, and respected astrologers currently living on the planet. I, myself, have long held high regard for the skills and abilities of Rob Hand whom I have admittedly never met in the flesh.

However… Mr. Hand has a tendency that I find more than a wee bit tiresome. It's a tendency of being critical towards those of us that practice Psychological and/or Archetypal astrology.

Sure… Mr. Hand was a superlative astrologer back in the olden days when I barely knew what my Sun Sign was. Granted… Mr. Hand appears to have an IQ that's at least 40 points higher than mine.

On the other hand… it even things out a wee bit to point out that C. G. Jung and other Depth Psychology folks were seriously attempting to study and examine the works of ancient astrologers, alchemists, and philosophers (such as: Maternus Firmicus and Plotinus) – long before Rob Hand was a tinkle in his daddy's eye.

The Interview
So, anyway, I picked up the Rob Hand interview. As expected, Rob managed to get in a few jabs about Jungian and/or archetypal astrology. However… the overall content of the interview was so insightful and interesting that (for the most part) I found myself overlooking the numerous jabs. Before the interview was over… I even found myself saying: "Go, Rob, go! Go, Rob, go! Go, Rob, go!"

By now you’re likely getting a wee bit irked as to what in the heck any of this has to do with "how fated is the future." Unfortunately, I don’t feel comfortable going into any great depth about the content of this "Mountain Astrologer" interview. However, by way of a small taste, I'll share one of the more significant insights brought forth in the interview having to do with predictive astrology.

Keeping An Eye Out For Those Nasty Transits
According to Hand, predictive astrology can be about understanding that:

"the energies of transits… can work themselves out in ways that are quite different from the psychological / behavioral / experiential dimension that most people expect to see… you can reasonably attempt to alter the impact of a transit or indication – by consciously putting the symbolism into your life in a benign way... you give the symbolism all the room it needs - but do it in a way that it is not harmful, difficult, or whatever. In fact, it might be useful and expanding."

After giving a couple of practical examples as to how he'd seen that at work, a little later in the interview Hand went on to remark that predictive astrology need not be about:

"grit your teeth and think pure thoughts, and you’ll come through just fine... it’s an acceptance, a nonresistance to the energy. And I think that the answer to coping with difficult indications lies in that direction. Sometimes you just can’t figure out how to do it. It would if you could just figure it out, but sometimes you can’t."

Odd, but all that (and more in the full interview) sounded as if it could have come straight out of the mouth of a card carrying Jungian astrologer like Liz Greene or Richard Idemon. Don't tell Rob... but C. G. Jung and Jungian and/or Archetypal astrologers have been promoting this novel idea of "honoring the uninvited gods" for quite awhile now.

At the same time... I suppose it never hurts to have the likes of Rob Hand affirming this concept. Oh well… surely he’ll be able to somehow tick me off again in the near future...

Hand quotes taken from "Interview with Rob Hand" "The Mountain Astrologer," Issue #108 April/May 2003 Issue

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