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Transpersonal accounts of the role of astrology

Elbasani, Marvina (2011) Transpersonal accounts of the role of astrology. Cardif Metropolital University.

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Abstract

Transpersonal Psychology is a branch of Psychology which aims to study the transpersonal, self-transcendent and spiritual aspects of an individual’s experience. These experiences in which the individual sees beyond the conditioned ego are identified as illuminating a deeper and a more enduring sense of self. This paper is concerned with transpersonal accounts of members of some Astrological Societies in the UK. The study examined participants’ perceptions on astrology and their accounts on how astrology has shaped their lives. Six participants took part in semi-structured interviews. Data collected was subject to an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The participants demonstrated that Astrology had played an important role in their spiritual development as well as their well-being, particularly focusing on the importance of a deeper sense of self. Moreover, the findings suggested that the participants do not accept Astrology as a belief system as such but rather as a phenomenological account.

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