The relationships between beliefs, judgments and actions matter. The fact of the matter is, beliefs are linked to judgments. Judgments shape actions toward all subjects, including different forms of astrology. Within any culture there are ideas and beliefs about creation, the existence of good and evil, expectations and responsibilities. What these ideas entail is vitally important and need to be reflected on from time to time.
The belief that truth can be expressed only one way is limiting. The rejection, without consideration, of alternative expressions can lead to oppressive actions. The history of the last 5000 years shows the decimation of multiple cultures and the rejection of inclusive and honoring belief systems. For example, it wasn’t that the ‘Pagans’ denied what the conquers thought, the problem was they thought more than one explanation existed and could be accommodated.
Before judging any subject or form of astrology our belief system and the judgements naturally flowing from these beliefs, must be examined. Part of the examination must include two factors: why do I believe something and what evidence supports what I believe? For example, many languages place emphasis on the superiority of the male gender which is reflected in an attitude of decreased value toward females. Not all cultures, or belief systems, assume a male energy was responsible for all creation. Those who do not assume male dominance tend to provide areas of dominance to each gender.
An example of this is shown in the writings of Al-Biruni, an Iranian scholar (973 – 1050 CE) who lived during the Iranian Golden era. In the 900’s he visited India. Among many other things he wrote of his dismay of two factors: the engineering of the remarkably exquisite baths, admitting there was nothing so fine in his own country and that men would ask their wife’s permission to do something. It seems in the Indian culture at that time men had dominance in the outside world, but women had dominance in the home including over the actions of the people within the home.
Yes, times changed from the ideal of mutual respect between genders the world over, including India. One explanation for the change starts with the effects of a natural cycle of time called the age of Kali: the age of darkness and ignorance. It’s hard to accept the recent history of human’s actions toward other humans, and the environment at large, as being anything short of ignorance.
This idea of time having a natural cycle raises another point to ponder: linear progression vs cyclical action. In material societies there seems to be a linear attitude of continual growth and acquisition as opposed to societies that acknowledge both a cycle of increase followed by a cycle of decrease leading once again to increase. The question then becomes one of knowing when the top or bottom has been achieved.
All factors associated with our languages, beliefs and values will impact our general behaviour. The trick is for us to become conscious of what we do believe and what supports the beliefs. Looking for relationships between our beliefs and our actions does matter in life and can teach us a great deal about ourselves.