Most of the people who read this article must have read their zodiac predictions at least once, and according to a study conducted in 1997, the word horoscope and astrology are the most searched on the Internet. Although scientific studies have never found evidence for the claims that astrologers make, some of us agree that astrology is scientific. The idea behind astrology is that the stars and planets influence human affairs, and the horoscope is the prediction that the astrologer makes about a person’s life based on the relative positions of these celestial bodies.
Since times immemorial, observing the sky has inspired humanity. Astrology is the most arcane system of cosmic wisdom that links life, creation, the universe, and man. The ancients observed the sky, the movements of the planets, recorded them, and were able to make accurate predictions about their future appearances. (That’s science in action.) They also observed that certain changes in the positions of the constellations corresponded to variations in the weather or events in their lives.
Definition of Astrology
There is a controversy over the definition of astrology. Many say it is an art of divination, others insist that it is pure science. Astrology is both a science and an art. The word astrology is derived from the Greek words: “astra” meaning a star, and “logos” meaning logic or reason. Indeed, the study of astrology uses logic and reason to understand our relationship to the universe. In ancient times there was no distinction between Astrology and Astronomy. All those who studied those subjects were called astrologers. Astronomy in contemporary times focuses on the purely objective study of the heavens, while astrology uses such objective observations to penetrate deeply into the relationships of all parts of creation.
Astronomers have nothing to do with astrology, however astrologers would be lost without them, therefore astrology and astronomy intertwine.
Many people have misconceptions about astrology and its application. Basically, studying astrology can help you understand your place and your relationships with the world around you. My own study of astrology has spanned a period of fifteen years. For me the astrological model explains all the significant facets of life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Although it is not a religion, it is a mechanism for determining how to use our gifts and talents, to make our lives more productive and spiritually satisfying.
When I tell people that I am an astrologer, I get a variety of reactions, from confusion and even anger at one pole to enthusiasm at the other. Many people wonder what went wrong, how an educated and intelligent person in the 21st century could give credence to something like astrology.
The answer is that astrology is the strongest self-knowledge tool there is, it has the potential to teach you more about yourself than any other field of study. And when you know yourself well, you can make the most of the map of life that is your birth chart. Astrology can be used not only to identify what is holding you back, but also to learn how to change these things so that you can improve every facet of your life. Astrology is based on the premise that the positions of different stars, planets, and other astronomical bodies during a person’s birth determine their personality traits, affect their relationships, and when studied can be used to predict the person’s future. Astrological predictions establish what will be the best options for an individual.
Meaning of Astrology
The next thing to consider is the meaning. Astrology is a system of symbols: it is about meanings, not concrete events. Sometimes, however, we need to have a direct physical experience to understand the meaning of the symbols. Symbols can manifest on all levels, such as thoughts, feelings, ideas, result in a revolution, meet someone or change jobs. That’s where things get tricky for materialists, because for them symbols are just ideas and thoughts.
While astrology that refers to our sun signs is entertaining and often superficially meaningful, it is necessary to think that if we are all our sun sign and nothing else there would only be twelve different types of people in the world. One of the twelve people will look the same, think the same, speak the same, and have identical beliefs, etc. The fact is that no two people are the same and no two birth charts are the same. It is wrong to categorize people into twelve specific types of personalities.
However, the sun sign has a very important function in the astrological chart, just as each planet and sign plays an important role in the development of the personality. The sun sign is just one of the many factors that make up the birth chart as a whole. A sun sign is just that, it is important because it is the essence of you. It is your ego in action, but from an astrological point of view, there is much more that defines you, your character, strengths, talents, and challenges.
The natal chart (all charts are astral) is a real map of our solar system seen from the exact place of birth and the exact time on that date of your birth. Because we were born on Earth and not the Sun, we astrologers must work with geocentric lengths of the planets instead of heliocentric positions and we construct astrological charts mathematically around this concept.
As the ancient Babylonians observe, astrology is the correlation of celestial events with life on earth. They were perplexed by this astrological phenomenon as we are today. In more than four thousand years since astrology was invented, no one has discovered an explanation for why it works. But the results speak. Everything that involves your life on earth is represented in your birth chart. There are eight planets and the Sun and Moon in it, along with other factors that provide much more information about your personality (astrologers refer to the Sun and Moon as planets for the case of terminology). The natal chart is unique to you and therefore reflects you, the individual. The environment helps shape the personality and people are a complex mix of innate talents and abilities, family experience and influences. Your birth chart is a reflection of all these things.
The zodiac is a circle of space that contains the orbits of the planets. It can be imagined as a belt of space in the sky approximately 15 degrees wide in which the stars travel. It is also the apparent path of the Sun called the ecliptic. The zodiacal circle is divided into twelve parts, each part contains 30 degrees of space, making a total of 360 degrees in a circle. The twelve divisions are known as the signs of the zodiac.
The twelve signs in the zodiac, beginning with Aries and ending with Pisces, are associated with certain characteristics that describe personality traits. People born under the same sun sign share these traits to a greater or lesser degree depending on other influences. Each zodiac sign has its own specific influence. The very basic nature of each sign is easily described through its element and quality.
The Zodiac Sign Elements
The signs are divided into four groupings called the elements. These are fire, earth, air, and water. Certain characteristics are common to each of these elements:
These signs have an explosive and energetic nature, and an intuitive decision-making process. They are enthusiastic and adventurous, but their energy can be furious, and after the outburst of fury, their energy fades away. They are impractical and easily frustrated if things don’t happen fast enough. The three fire signs are: Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius.
These signs have a stable and sensual nature, and a perceptual decision-making process. They are reliable and efficient, but they may lack imagination. They are practical and laborious. The three earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.
These signs have a reflective and communicative nature. They also have an intellectual decision-making process. They have clarity and are good strategists. In general, they don’t like compromise. The three air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius.
These signs have a compassionate and sensitive nature, and their decision-making process is emotional. They have a wonderful imagination and are of a more spiritual bent. They can be possessive of loved ones. The three water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.
There are three qualities and they relate to the way the astrology signs use their energy in the environment:
These signs emit energy and like to affirm their influence on the environment. They promote change, sometimes for their own benefit. They are assertive leaders. This quality is seen in Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.
These signs keep their energy contained and do not change the circumstances. They are conservative in their energy use, they are strong and consistent. This quality is dominant in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.
These signs emit and maintain energy, making them unstable and more open to flow in the environment. They are able to live with their environment and feel that they need to control it. This can work well, but sometimes the two wishes can become manifest at the same time. This quality dominates Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
Like everything else in astrology, predictive art is simple in some ways and complex in some other ways. Some natal charts are very straightforward, with the likely outcome clearly apparent even to the beginner. Others are incredible complexes, so much so that they can tempt the most experienced astrologer to jump to an erroneous conclusion. Each birth chart is a kind of puzzle that requires the astrologer to follow a trail of clues, unraveling them to find a solution. Keys are, in essence, a set of rules that, when observed, can help you identify anything from a job offer, to an inheritance, and even a romantic opportunity.
By listening to the messages in your birth chart, you can live your life to the fullest. You will know when your hopes and wishes can come true. When a soulmate will enter your life, when will you achieve career goals, when saving is better than spending, when to easily avoid an accident, when your children need extra attention, when will you start or complete educational goals, when can you plan a trip, when ... The list is endless.
There is nothing mysterious or magical about predictive astrology. In essence, planet A contacts planet B and results in C, the action or event. Interpreting A + B = C implies the symbolic meanings of the zodiacal signs, planets, and astrological houses. However, as in all areas of life, some decisions are not so easy or simple. This is where we humans are faced with options. Like life, astrology is not fateful, but our choices certainly can be, with one action triggering the next and the next, and so on.
Making the right decisions is a life chore that benefits from having as much quality information as possible. When you can see the future, you make better decisions for yourself and your life. I am often asked if astrology can be helpful in winning millions in the lottery. Possibly. The reason is that the odds of winning are as astronomical as the number of natal charts with the potential to win.
Most common is a birth chart that indicates the possibility of winning $100. Therefore, potential is the keyword here. If your natal chart has the potential for any of the thousands of possible events, situations, relationships, and opportunities in life, sooner or later you are likely to experience them to a greater or lesser degree. And knowing your natal chart, You can use predictive astrology techniques to know when to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives. Astrologers use a variety of techniques when working on predictive forecasting.
Although astrology is not a religion, it offers comfort, faith, and a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Some believe in astrology because others did before and curiosity is a basic human nature.
Last but not the least, people are drawn to astrology because it is about us. Our birth chart is the model of our life that was created precisely at the moment we were born. That means your birth chart is almost as unique as your fingerprints.