The word archetype comes from Greek and it denotes the first-moulded, original pattern. I see it as a divine mould, which gives birth to universally recognized symbols, images, myths and stories. We are attracted to them because we sense deep inside that they are not of this world, that they come from the divine source, from the primordial waters that were at the beginning of all creation. The fact is that the creation of all matter was possible only thanks to the existence of archetypes. Therefore archetypes shine through all matter, and even the most mundane everyday objects can be treated as sacred. Naturally, archetypes speak to us the most distinctly and the most powerfully when they are encountered through myths and symbols.
I have always loved etymology. I believe that if we can get to the roots of the word we will find out their true, archetypal meaning. The word myth means story or word in Greek. If we pair this word with logos (a principle of order and knowledge in the universe, sometimes translated as Word) we get mythology. Mythology is the most basic source for anyone who wants to learn about and experience archetypes. It is an exhaustive collection of all archetypes. At the beginning there were archetypes out of which all that is manifest was created. I believe that a symbol is the only way that an invisible archetype can communicate meaning. Symbols emanate power, the source of which are archetypes. Symbols are outward manifestations of archetypes and as such they exude otherworldly, divine power. As archetypal images they are full of mystery and seem unfathomable. Our minds are rooted in the universal sea of the collective unconscious. The collective unconscious is the realm of archetypes and it is the archetypes that create, nourish and sustain our individual minds.
How does astrology fit into all this? I believe that the signs of the Zodiac, the planets and the astrological houses are expression of the archetypal cosmic mind. They are symbols, which communicate the cosmic plan for our individual souls. If we learn to interpret that divine code and express it in our lives, we will gain access to a sustaining and nourishing Source of divine power.