“A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”
Astrology, the study of the elements, cycles of time, and the positions of celestial bodies, holds a degree of importance in Traditional Medicine akin to the machines and computers relied upon in contemporary biomedicine. The sophistication of ancient astrology has been largely forgotten in the modern age. Most mainstream exposure to astrology exists via newspaper horoscopes or the zodiac placemats at Chinese restaurants, so a real grounded understanding and appreciation for the field is difficult to cultivate in mainstream scientific culture. But for more than 5,000 years, many (if not most) cultures across the globe have placed a rather extreme level of importance on the positions of astral bodies and the seasonal transformations of the planet's elements. These observation were instrumental in bringing the ancient divine archetypes into everyday life, infusing one's existence with an overlay of big-picture mythos and universal psychological themes. Most importantly, it sought to measure the primordial elements in one's given environment or time - an endeavor that many have deemed largely successful.
The fundamental principle underlying all forms of Astrology is an interconnectedness between the outer world and the inner world. As the Hermetic tradition states, “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below….” This macro/microcosm worldview is shared in both theistic and non-theistic traditions, and is in fact directly observable in the most fundamental scientific observations of our biology in relation to the cosmos, or in the universality of certain divine proportions (i.e. Phi, the Golden Ratio). A monotheistic approach to Astrology usually features a creator God that designs the universe in his/her image, with echoes of divinity from the smallest atoms to the most colossal galaxies. It was in this spirit that much of the British Royalty employed court Astrologers (like John Dee – mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I). There are also plenty of non-theistic approaches and interpretations of astrology, which identify natural patterns that spontaneously emerge in experiential phenomena, an observable effect arising from a previous cause. Buddhist astrological traditions favors the latter explanation, understanding that astrology is essentially a method of evaluating overarching environmental dynamics and energies, and the way that they interact with one’s existing karmic trajectory.