Psychological astrology, or astropsychology, is the result of the cross-fertilization of the fields of astrology with depth psychology, humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychology. The horoscope is analyzed through the archetypes within astrology to gain psychological insight into an individual’s psyche. Astrologer and psychotherapist Glenn Perry characterizes psychological astrology as “both a personality theory and a diagnostic tool.”
Several astrologers as well as psychologists pursued Jung’s theories in their writings, teachings and practice. One of the first astrologers to combine Jungian psychology with astrology was Dane Rudhyar and his protégé, Alexander Ruperti. Rudhyar termed it “humanistic astrology,” the subject of his monumental volume, The Astrology of Personality, published in 1936. Psychological astrology, however became firmly established in the late 20th century with the books and lectures of Liz Greene and Stephen Arroyo who were both strongly influenced by the Jungian model. In 1983, Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas, a psycho synthesis sychotherapist, founded the Centre for Psychological Astrology in London.
Meanwhile, in Switzerland, Bruno Huber & Louise Huber also developed their own method of astrological psychology, referred to as the Huber Method which was influenced by Roberto Assagioli’s work with psycho synthesis. In 1962, the Hubers founded the Huber School of Astrology and their work is now taught at the Astrological Psychology Association.
Possibly the most widespread application of Jung’s theories is through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment developed during the Second World War. CPP Inc., the publisher of the MBTI instrument, calls it “the world’s most widely used personality assessment.” With as many as two million assessments administered annually.
This psychometric questionnaire is designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. These preferences were extrapolated from the typological theories proposed by Jung and first published in his 1921 book Psychological Types. So the authors, Briggs and Myers, adapted Jung’s four psychological types, which were based on the four elements of classical cosmology on which the zodiac, with its corresponding human character traits, was structured. Nicholas Campion comments that this is “a fascinating example of ‘disguised astrology’, masquerading as science in order to claim respectability.”
While psychological astrology brings a transpersonal dimension and spiritual notions to psychology by linking the psyche to the Cosmos, psychological astrology is “decidedly not deterministic”. Nor is an individual’s everyday life ruled by malefic or benefic planets as the horoscope is considered a mere tool to help identify an individual’s nature and potential for psycho-spiritual growth.
Excerpted from Wikipedia