Astrology is the study of patterns and relationships of planets in motion at the time of our birth. From this information an astrologist can develop a specific birth chart for an individual. With this chart, we can get clues to our unique personality traits and our compatibility with others in friendships, business relationships and love. When create by a professional, meaning can be found to it all.
Astrology can be very useful. It can give you information as to why you like, dislike or are indifferent to someone you just meet. But, because in the work, career, business world, and even in your personal life, you still may need to interact with people who you may find difficult, your chart can show you how the contradictions and friction between you can help you both to grow.
Originally called the "master of all science", Astrology today falls more in the category of metaphysics (the study of that which is beyond the physical). Astrology is based on the premise that the planetary movements influence moments in time. Since everyone is part of the Universe, our moment of birth is recorded and is meaningful.
Astrology is a tool of self-discovery that, although may seem complicated at first in individual pieces, in time begins to make sense. You begin to see that although life may seem like a series of coincidences and meaningless events, things are actually falling into place in your life exactly as planned. There is reason for what happens to you. This revelation can be comforting.
Astrology can help you understand all your relationships. Whether it's with your boss, sibling, parent, child, romantic partner or a friend. When you compare two birth charts, the Astrologer will be alerted to areas where there could be conflict as well as inherent strengths.
Astrology, the Science of the Stars
Astrology is one of the great adventures of human civilization and has contributed greatly to people's lives and to our culture over time. Astrology's purpose is to use the positions of the planets and stars in the sky to gather information on the individual and on humanity. Astrology is a system that enables us to understand the past, present and the future within a universe full of meaning.
— Joseph Crane
Astrology literally means "the Science of the Stars", from the Greek astrologia: astron (constellation; star) and logia (study of; ordering principle; utterance). It contains both the idea of an organised body of knowledge of the cosmos, along with the way the stars "speak" to us, or give meaning to our lives [see Is Astrology Scientific]. A person who practices astrology is called an astrologer. A very ancient, but still vital discipline, astrology seeks the meaning and application of the influences of the planets, stars and other celestial phenomena in our lives. Astrology and astronomy have in modern times become separate studies, though for most of human history they were two sides of the same coin [see How does Astrology differ from Astronomy].
Exploring ourselves, our relationships and our place within the world, astrology has found that the symbolic relationships between the heavenly bodies are significant, and can be seen as a map to human destiny. This is expressed in the hermetic maxim: As Above, So Below.
Astrology can give us insight into all manner of situations, from the personal to the political and from the most intimate to the most mundane. Because astrologers generally take a holistic view of the world, we can see that there is a spiritual connection between all things, even the planets, stars and us.
How does Astrology work?
Consciousness in Action...
In this part of the "What Is Astrology" series, Rob Tillett writes that our bodies react to the world in ways which are still barely understood. He says we constantly interact with our environment on many levels, from the sub-atomic to the metaphysical. These physical, mental, emotional, even spiritual, levels of interaction vary in depth and intensity according to our character and training, but they are truly real. Our world is really much more like a marvellous mind than a mere machine!
The evidence from interested researchers – such as our very own Energy Doctor, Stephen Kane, as well as kinesiologists, chinese medical specialists, feng-shui experts, herbalists, yogis and mystics of all hues – suggests that our bodies are not mere flesh and blood, but are more like sensitive broadcasting and receiving stations. We constantly interact with our environment on many levels, from the sub-atomic to the metaphysical, responding to a broad spectrum of radiant frequencies, not all of which have yet been catalogued by science. Bear in mind it was not so long ago that the very idea of radio, movies, x-rays and televison signals would have been consigned to ridicule at best – or, more ominously, to the stake with the witches.
The traditional view still upheld by many astrologers, especially in India, is that each planet is literally the body and expression of a spiritual being or entity (deva; asura; god; goddess; guide). These spiritual beings are expressions of the life-force, planetary avatars whose job it is to affect and guide the destinies of life-forms on this planet. This process is ultimately designed to bring self-awareness and redirect our karmas to higher planes, despite some bumps along the way that can be alleviated by remedies: gems, herbs, rituals, talismans and the like. Karma is thus not a fixed and inevitable fate, for we exist in a spiritual matrix, which can be focused, restructured and recomposed by the use of skilful means.
Planetary Energies, or Symbolic Links?
Some astrologers believe that planetary energies themselves generate events in our lives – and given recent advances in quantum mechanics, they may be right. In physics the idea of disconnected particles set into an empty space and affected by quanta of energy no longer adequately explains the universe and what happens in it. Dark energy and dark matter, antimatter and other more arcane features in nature, such as string theory, Zero Point Energy and the Spherical Standing Wave Structure of Matter challenge the accepted view that there are only four basic forces (strong nuclear; weak nuclear; electromagnetic; gravity) and that there can be no action at a distance.
Others believe, following Carl Jung, the great psychologist, that planetary positions are synchronistically connected with our lives – meaning that environmental influences generating reactions in human beings may be tracked in the positions of the planets, although the two may not be causally related. Jung of course did not invent the idea of signs rather than causes; this viewpoint dates back at least to Plato. It points to a numinal world that is reflected in our material one, a higher plane if you like that materialises or emanates our shadowy reality onto the walls of the cave. It is reminiscent of the mystical idea that symbols are real energy-generating patterns which may mark, or even stimulate activity in the human organism, as well as revealing the inner workings of the soul. So the power that moves the planets also moves us and does so in a logical, comprehensible way. But is it a two-way street? Can we also influence it?
Organically Connected with the Cosmos
This writer believes we are organically connected with the cosmos, just as seemingly unconnected islands in the sea are connected by the invisible sea-floor. Whatever happens to any part of the world affects us to some extent as individuals, even in ways which may be quite invisible to the casual observer. This in more materialistic terms presents as a multidimensional reality, which we at the human level perceive in three dimensions – and are beginning to comprehend a fourth dimension (time) as an integral component of the others.
But reality is composed of many higher level dimensions, all integral, though only able to be directly perceived with a spiritual (or mathematical!) eye. The multidimensional reality contains everything and every possibility that ever has or ever will exist, in terms of our four dimensional consciousness. The reality of consciousness is a reality of being, an environment that we experience with our senses as objects, events and moments in time, but actually it's more like a branching stream, or a current of potential. Astrology can provide us with a higher-dimensional reference, which reveals to us the main flows of the cosmic current.
Is the world an interactive being with patterns of life within its field serving as consciousness-generators which help bring it (and us) to full consciousness? History shows us that we react en masse much more noticeably to environmental factors, which may be more or less insignificant at the individual level. This is the cosmic current left untouched by intent, but as human beings and spiritual entities, it is important to understand our place in the world. At the deepest level, all major events in our lives are governed by our karma, the product of what we have been in the (sometimes distant) past. Karmas are given to us in order to create the conditions necessary for us to awaken from the "sleep of ages" and to achieve self-realisation. Since the universe reflects the energies of the cosmic mind, so too do our lives. Astrology is a timed map to the expression of these energies.
Freewill and Destiny
Astrology is not generally a way of foretelling inevitable fate (though it can be under some circumstances). Paracelsus, one of the world's greatest astrologers, remarked, quoting the ancients: "The stars incline; they do not compel" (Astra inclinant non necessistant). He meant that while planetary influences create the groundwork and basis for action in any set of circumstances, there is still the element of free will in us all. We become masters of our own destinies to the degree to which we are no longer entirely subject to the mechanical influences of the conditioned world. We can use the techniques and insights of astrology to make sense of our connection with each other, with the universe at large, and with our own inner selves – to select a higher frequency channel, if you like. This is called living with intent.
Astrologers, like all good scientists, must use their knowledge in combination with a developed intuition. The horoscope does not so much reveal a clear fate as a set of probabilities, often operating on many levels simultaneously. These can be reviewed via progressions and transits to the natal chart, along with other more arcane methods such as alfridaria, profection, dasha/bhukti periods and so on. There is much discussion among astrologers as to just how much free will we really do have, but that is a moot point. The astrologer must clarify these probabilities, karmic strands, or kleshas, and place them in perspective. The cosmic current is not random, and is not driven by chance. It is driven by intent. In order to turn fate into destiny, we need to understand the perspectives and possibilities inherent in our life-path, or indeed in the cosmic current of anything that has a beginning!
My view is that the stars have a deep influence on us, but since the world is more like a being than a thing, we too can influence them. This comes through living with intent – which, as Stephen Kane says, is the bedrock of cultivating a stable, whole body, higher awareness. This builds a totally different relationship with life. Life is goal-directed, not random, and astrology is a science of consciousness in action. It marks fate pushing from behind and destiny pulling from ahead. The astrologer's art is to extract the meaning from the pieces of the planetary puzzle, just as it is the doctor's art to find the meaning in the pattern of often seemingly unrelated symptoms. In astrology, as in medicine, the science is intimately bound up with the art.
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera. ~ Aldous Huxley
Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners. ~ William Shakespear
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. ~ Jim Rohn
Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. ~ Mark Twain
A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul. ~ Phillip Moffitt
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. ~ Winston Churchill
Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong. ~ Thomas Jefferson
The human body is a machine which winds its own springs. ~ Julien Offroy de la Mettrie
We are all cells in the same body of humanity. ~ Peace Pilgrim
Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body. ~Irene Claremont de Castillejo
The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
When you lose, don't lose the lesson. ~ Author Unknown
There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire. ~ John C. Collins
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. ~ His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. ~ Frank Tyger
Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~ Chinese Proverb
Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. ~ Swedish Proverb
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. ~ Thomas Edison
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
Aspire to a lower level of harm. ~ Anonymous
The essential question is not, "How busy are you?" but "What are you busy at?" ~ Oprah Winfrey
Don't get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny. ~ Kathryn Carpenter
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven. ~ G.C. Lichtenberg
We must have passed through life unobservantly, if we have never perceived that a man is very much himself what he thinks of others. ~ Frederick W. Faber
All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness ... the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. ~ His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
Watch the little things; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Don't despise empiric truth. Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof. ~ Martin H. Fischer
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. ~ His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
The best way to predict your future is to create it. ~ Peter Drucker
You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. ~ Irish Proverb
Beware of a man of one book. ~ English Proverb
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. ~ His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You'll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey. ~ Tad Williams
It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards. ~ Baltasar Gracian
I try not to kid myself. You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous. ~ Bill Veeck
Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on our own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon. ~ Denis Waitley
Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind. ~ Montaigne
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. ~ C.S. Lewis
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~ Buddha
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies. ~ Friedrich Nietzche
A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain. ~ Llewelyn Powers
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. ~ Aldous Huxley
The body never lies. ~ Martha Graham
The soul is born old but grows young. That is the comedy of life. And the body is born young and grows old. That is life's tragedy. ~ Oscar Wilde
Astrology is an ancient science that predates both astronomy and psychology.
Studied and used throughout the world for thousands of years, astrology is the study of the interactions among the stars and the planets, based on mathematical cycles.
The earliest known astrological records date back to Babylon, 1645 BC, and the earliest horoscope dates back to 410 BC.
During the Renaissance, when literacy became more widespread, almanacs began publishing astrological information for public consumption. Several notable figures of the era, including Galileo and Copernicus, were both practicing astrologers and founders of the modern scientific movement.
Despite the seemingly easy relationship between Astrology and science, astrology and various other arts fell by the wayside, as the Scientific Revolution surged. Many individuals still practiced the art, however, and Astrology enjoyed small revivals in England in the 1700s and 1800s.
Astrology became popular once again with the birth of Princess Margaret in 1930. The London Sunday Express ran an astrological profile of the princess to celebrate her birth and so began the modern newspaper horoscope column.
There is always more to learn when it comes to Astrology. The best place to start is grasping the key concepts behind astrology.
There are 10 planets in Astrology, beginning with the Sun and the Moon, which are also known as luminaries. The remaining planets are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The Planets are important in Astrology as they influence how we react in our everyday lives.
There are twelve houses of the Zodiac. Each different part deals with a different aspect of your life. The placement of the Planets and Signs in the various Houses further describes your astrological profile.
The birth chart is divided into four hemispheres, northern, southern, eastern and western; and four quadrants, the first, second, third and fourth. Each quadrant is then bound by two of the four angles of the horoscope.
The Aspects address the angular relationship between the plants and the points in the Zodiac. The Aspects are measured in degrees. The Zodiac is broken into twelve equal pieces, which are the Sun Signs. Orbs are used to calculate exact angular differences between planets. An orb is a set number of degrees within which a specific aspect is effective.
The Elements are also known as Triplicates and speak to the nature and temperament of a Sign. The four Elements and their Signs are Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) and Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces).
The Qualities address the manner of expression of a Sign. There are three Qualities, Cardinal Signs, Fixed Signs and Mutable Signs. Each quality has four Signs that each reflects the common modes of the Signs. Cardinal Signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn - they are the initiators of the Zodiac. The Fixed Signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius - they dedicate themselves to seeing projects through to the end. The Mutable Signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces - they are the flexible members of the Zodiac.