“The purpose of astrology really should be to give you an understanding of your place in the universe and the kinds of energies that are flowing through you and through the physical universe.”
The Risks of Psychological Interpretation
When reading a birth chart, we must be careful not to use psychological interpretation with too much certainty and too narrow a scope. Otherwise we may end up believing that we know more about the other person than they themselves do. Would we walk down the same road as Freud did in his analysis of Dora, for example, claiming that his patient was lying and/or was in denial rather than reconsider his interpretation?
When we start studying astrology, we usually begin with identifying and defining elements of the horoscope. And there comes a phase when we need to switch from creating a "patchwork" of information to actually being able to make sense of it all. There are many authors who discuss how to combine a list of keywords into a synthetic whole (in all the senses of the word). But this kind of interpretation will always be our own construction, and we have to keep that in mind. Otherwise chances are that we won't notice when planets, signs and houses do not "behave" as we expect them to.
Planets are to astrology as metals are to alchemy. Both traditions work with deep and diverse imagery. Each symbol on its own has been the subject of several books and extended research. And yet, when it comes to discussing astrology, we often stick to a vocabulary that is surprisingly static – considering that we are talking about human beings and dynamic physical, psychological and interpersonal networks.