In my dictionary, the most understandable definition of philosophy is: "Any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation".
The image to the left is of Aristotle and Plato, eminent philosophers. One problem, though, with the common tendency to portray philosophy as a male profession is that the very word "philosophy" comes from roots that mean the love (philos) of wisdom (sophia).
Sophia was the Goddess of Wisdom, sometimes portrayed as an expression of the feminine aspect of God.
I'll let you ponder all that at your leisure and launch into just a bit of my thinking about astrology and philosophy.
First, astrology at its root is a system for portraying the cycles of the planets as they relate to the earth. These "bare" cycles have been filled with meaning from many philosophical schools of thought and, often, the particular philosophy applied to the cycles has given people no end of problems trying to use that form of astrology to guide their lives.
All that aside though, I want to propose an interesting theory: the best philosophy to use to guide your life is the one you derive from your birth chart...
One challenge may have occurred to you: most of the meanings available to interpret a chart are from other people's philosophies applied to astrology...
We're now hot on the trail of one of the prime reasons I spent over 20 years devising the B.I.D.E. Interpretive System: to give people an affirmative system of meanings that they can use to construct Symbolic Sentences that can be used to help them find Their Own Meanings for Their Own Philosophy of life—represented by the whole birth chart—Their Own "personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation".
I'll leave you with four questions from the previous post, Why Is The B.I.D.E. Interpretive System Valuable?:
Can you see how the B.I.D.E. System gives a person the opportunity to interpret a chart from an affirmative, positive perspective?
Can you see the limitations of a system that "pre-defines" what the behavior of the person will be?
Can you see the value of using an interpretive system that puts the final choice of what's possible in the mind of the person using the system?
Does the system you use to interpret charts give you the freedom to decide what you'll do and how you'll do it?
For guides on how to use the B.I.D.E. Interpretive System see the Information Site, red link near the top of the right panel...