When we talk about astrology, we are mostly talking about the personality. The personality has certain attributes such as talented, wounded, creative, tormented, successful. The soul is the deepest part of us; having no personality, it shines unabated from the heart and guides us on a path that is meant only for this individual incarnation. We seldom stop to listen to the subtle voice within that calls to us, urging us to reconnect in this quiet and deep fashion.
For this reason I love the work of Thomas Moore and hope you will enjoy it too.
Care of the soul, looking back with special regard to ancient psychologies for insight and guidance, goes beyond the secular mythology of the self and recovers a sense of the sacredness of each individual life. This sacred quality is not just value—all lives are important. It is the unfathomable mystery that is the very seed and heart of each individual. Shallow therapeutic manipulations [and pharmaceuticals] aimed at restoring normality or tuning a life according to standards reduces that profound mystery to the pale dimensions of a social common denominator referred to as the adjusted personality. Care of the soul sees another reality altogether. It appreciates the mystery of human suffering and does not offer the illusion of a problem-free life. It sees every fall into ignorance and confusion as an opportunity to discover that the beast residing at the center of the labyrinth is also an angel. …
Obviously, care of the soul requires a different language. Like alchemy, it is an art and therefore can only be expressed in poetic images. .. It takes a broad vision to know that a piece of the sky and a chunk of the earth lie lodged in the heart of every human being, and if we are going to care for that heart we will have to know the sky and earth as well as human behavior.