It’s quite practical to use planets as forces.
The normal mode of magickal work is to take a symbol and, through invocations, discover the nature of the magickal energy associated with it. The “Archer” technique reverses this: one starts with the perceived effects of magickal “energies" (the astrological powers of the planets) and works backwards to perceive the energies directly, and to associate them with the appropriate symbols.
The premises behind the technique are standard astrological assumptions:
First, that each human being is a microcosmic reflection of the state of the universe at the moment of his/her birth, and that the major cosmic influences at that moment (i.e., the planets, signs, and houses of the natal chart) are reflected in the person’s character and perceptions.
Second, that as the planets’ continued real-time movements bring them into certain angular relationships to the natal chart (called “transits”) they produce consistent, detectable effects on the person’s perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and behavior.
Given these premises, it should be possible for a person with basic astrological knowledge (and a moderate talent for introspection) to learn to sort out the astrological energies that are affecting him at any given moment. The actual development of the technique wasn’t so straightforward.
I had really started with the fact that at certain times, my thoughts and feelings were stimulated in ways that didn’t have any connection with the situations I was in, or with any obvious environmental factors. I had started classifying these moments according to their content and general “feel” of cosmic identity.