Astrological Jargon vs. Talking Like Real People

When talking to other astrology lovers, I think we’ve all done our version of “Saturn is transiting over my Venus and it really stinks” or “I can’t wait until Neptune moves away from my Descendant” or “Pluto is passing over my Moon. You know what that’s like” (to which others nod knowingly and express their sympathy.) This is called talking in jargon (some called it Astrogese).

And if you are really deep into this mode of communication, maybe you think that way when you’re alone, too (e.g. “Rats! I have Saturn conjoining my Moon next month…how long will that last?”)

I see this kind of talk in astrology forums all the time (e.g. “Neptune is on my Sun/Moon midpoint, relationship has been terrible; I can’t take much more of this…” etc.). In a sense, connecting their life condition to current transits and Solar Arcs gives people a feeling that there’s a cause and a meaning behind their suffering, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

But if we stop there, I think we really start to sound irrational, and feel out of control. It sounds as if the planets are in control, they are somehow making us suffer. When we take this view, all intelligent thought processes stop, and we feel and talk like victims. This, in my opinion, is astrology at its worst.

Wouldn’t it help us better if we actually stop and try to describe the situation without using astrological jargon? About 6 years ago I experienced transiting Pluto conjunct my Moon for a couple of years. This coincided with tr Saturn opposition to the Moon, and I felt like I was being killed. But wait, what was actually going on?

For one, I was doing a heavy, heavy emotional work on myself, as a lot of unhealed issues kept coming up to affect my current relationships. I had to face some deep truths about my wounds – how I carried my past fears, hurt, anger, etc., related to the pain I experienced when I was growing up. How I was taking that out on those closest to me. Oh boy, was that a painful – but necessary – realization.

This last paragraph (written without a single astrological jargon) is very different from saying “I had tr Pluto conj Moon – it just about killed me.” We can see that this bit of astrology talk completely fails to convey the meaning of my experience.

But astrologers may talk like this to their client all the time “You’ve got Saturn square Venus for the next 6 months, and it’s going to be tough.” Come again?? If you see such measurements suggesting tension in relationships, shouldn’t you be observing my relationship skills and character issues so that you can help me become better at relating with others for the next 6 months? How about asking the actual condition of my relationship, to see if there is already a seed of the problem (I may not have a problem at all in this area, and the transit may very well have to do with my artistic work.)

Aspects don’t happen in a vacuum – there is always the context of a life being lived by the client.

Jargon gives the illusion of understanding – both in social settings and within our own mind – but it rarely gives clarity (no two people understand a sign or a planet in an exactly the same way); I believe astrological jargon doesn’t help other people to get to know you better, unless they are accompanied by clear explanation of what you mean by (for example) “I have Venus in Sagittarius” (some people may take this to mean you’re a flirt, some may take it to mean you like philosophical discussions, but you really said it to mean you like sports, etc.) So much gets lost in translation.

Thinking solely in terms of symbols without being able to articulate what they mean in plain language doesn’t help you to understand your own situation, either. Viktor Frankl quoted Spinoza once, saying that feelings cease to be suffering the moment we can form a clear and accurate picture of it. Astrology is a helpful tool in understanding our feelings, but it’s not a substitute for feelings themselves – the symbols must be tackled deeply; insights will be gained through articulation and contemplation.

The best astrologers I know and met weren’t the type that always had to be “talking astrology” -rather, they were good communicators who were interested in people. They had great grasp of the symbols, but they knew people’s realities were always more complex than a set of planet-sign-house-aspect combinations.

It takes a lot of life experience to be a good astrologer, and the skill to articulate human experience in plain language is a must.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.

Comments

  1. Judith Tuckwell says:

    Am enjoying your posts, Hiroki. Thanks for your thoughtful approach to this sensitive subject
    of looking deeply into other people’s lives and then passing on what our astrology permits us to see.
    Again, thank you.

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