What is Spirituality? I’m sure that I should know…

A client asked for astrological insight on her spirituality. But what she meant by that, she wasn’t too sure. I told her she wasn’t alone in her confusion and suggested that we explore this together. She wasn’t too keen on that, however. For her, spiritualty was too personal.

OK – so I decided to come up with something by myself. It couldn’t be that hard, could it? After all, I do have an MA in the Study of Mystical and Religious Experience (University of Kent, at Canterbury). Revisiting my work from that course, I realised that it’s harder than I’d anticipated – at least hard in the sense of pinning down anything specific about the definition of spirituality.


For the record, here’s my shortlist:

  • Finding purpose or meaning,
  • Tuning in to soul or psyche,
  • Giving over to a ‘higher self’,
  • Connecting with deity or the divine.

Granted, I may not know exactly for what I’m looking, but at least, as an astrologer, ought I not know where to look? Astrologically, traces of spirituality (however defined) are bound to show up in one’s natal chart. But where exactly should I start?

Jupiter is the most likely culprit, you say? Sure, why not. As long as you realise that Jupiter looks for meaning in your life – not mine – he is, after all a personal planet.

How about Neptune then? There’s a distinct possibility. Astrological Neptune most certainly has been ascribed spiritual qualities. But if you’re looking for some ‘truth’, then Neptune will be problematic, as I’m sure you can imagine. If it’s one thing about viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses that you can definitely say, it’s that what you see is not what you’ll get.

How about Saturn, then? At least he doesn’t lie. Not only that, but he’s hugely practical and possibly good for my bank account. However, upon further reflection I’m forced to admit that Saturn’s brand of spirituality probably won’t be as uplifting as I’d like. Not only is he dark and dreary, but also associated with death and misfortune. Even if I were willing to overlook that, Saturn is much too keen to point out my weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

If I’m really serious about my spirituality, then maybe I should go for organised religion. After all, they have been established by minds greater than mine. But after consideration, I’ve decided that I’m not that much into the suffering and sacrifice of Christianity and even if I were, I don’t see the worth of a paternalistic god. If He is only going to help those who help themselves, then of what worth is He? Besides I know that ‘believing’ can be dangerous and suspect that it isn’t very spiritual either. I mean, look at the Crusades – they were all about belief – and how ‘enlightened’ were they?

How about Buddhism? That sounds like my cup of tea. Not only have I pretty much given up consumerism but I’m also into yoga and meditation. Yet all that stuff about non-attachment and ego-surrender doesn’t really work that well in the western world, at least not unless I no longer have a mortgage, which unfortunately, I still do.Unknown.jpeg

It’s been awhile since I’ve done much with the ancient mystery religions. Definitely time to revisit those! Whilst I’m at it, modern mystery ‘religions’ like the Golden Dawn have always fascinated me and then – there’s alchemy and the kabbalah!

3 responses to “What is Spirituality? I’m sure that I should know…”

  1. Fascinating question, for me there’s a follow on which is what does being spiritual do for me or others? Does it make me happier, more content, more accepting of myself and others, more aware, more empathetic, more responsible? Does it make me feel more connected? Does it change my attitude to myself, other people and the planet as a whole? Does it change the way I behave towards myself and others? Is there a point to spirituality or does asking that question miss the point altogether? For me an astrological understanding is a form of spirituality but I’m coming to understand that this isn’t necessarily true for others.

    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking time to comment @ I agree with you that a carry on question is what spirituality actually does for us and does it make us different persons – with and without – if you will. I’m not certain that it does foe some – they say their faith (in whatever) helps them to be better but often enough they remain small minded and critical and then of ourse there are religious wars – I understand that spirituality can be different for everyone but I fail to understand how spiritual someone can be if they’ve never taken the time to articulate what is spirituality.

    2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to post comment. I agree with you that a follow-on question is how does spirituality make us different people if it does but I fail to understand how people can be so sure they are spiritual and they’ve never taken the time to articulate what that really means for them. My purpose with this blog post was to encourage people to think about this – I hope that I was successful .

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