The Nitty Gritty of Astrology

2407854Astrology has many uses today. It can be used in a generalized fashion, or in a more specialized way. The topic can bring up the most intriguing questions relating to what motivates us, what makes us feel and act in certain ways, and how we create a sense a self. Deeper awareness in these areas can lead us to self-knowledge, a better understanding of human nature, improved relationships, and increased effectiveness in the world. In short – astrology can make a real difference to our life.

Some of the earliest psychologists thought that human beings were born a “blank slate” ready to be written on by family and environment. Astrology strongly rejects this idea and believes that we are already born with a set of characteristics, pre-set at birth. However, this doesn’t mean that we are not influenced by our nurturing in the early years and it may have a profound impact on some of our already existing characteristics.

It is difficult to sum-up the nitty gritty of astrology in one article, and there are plenty of fantastic books out there that explore the history of astrology and its modern day use. Astrology has a long and rich history and a challenging one. The nuts and bolts of Astrology when it comes to interpretation, well, it basically involves understanding the twelve signs, four elements, and three modes. The ascendant, planets in signs, planets in houses, and planetary aspects are also analyzed. These are the basic tools needed to interpret any birth chart. Astrology is ‘the word of the stars’ – from the Greek astra (star) and logos (word). Many people find the technical terms difficult to understand in the beginning, and especially the calculations. Though, this has been made much easier since the introduction of the computer.

No one has to ‘believe’ in astrology, and it is something which requires ‘individual’ investigating by the student. Astrology does appear to have fewer followers and more opponents discrediting the field. One could follow the crowd, but wouldn’t it be more open minded to study the subject and come to one’s own individual conclusion much like Jung, Issac Newton, Hippocrates, Plato, Augustus, Goethe, Hadrian and other intelligent minds that have approached the subject, experimented, analysed and come to the conclusion that it really works. Those interested in astrology can obtain a free chart from Astrodienst and begin their studies.

Astrology is basically founded on ‘observations’ over the centuries, and its depth still remains much of a hidden science, and the great truth of such an art is only observed through personal investigation. It is often assumed that the simplistic Sun-sign astrology found throughout newspapers and magazines is all there is to this complex study of the planets. I would never criticize other astrologers that write Sun-Sign predictions and columns for their website and in publications because it is often the bread and butter of an astrologer’s income. How can we really attack Sun-sign astrology predictions in newspapers when they keep astrology in the mainstream?

Astrology has evolved over thousands of years and continues to grow as we gain new insights into understanding human nature; the patterns and laws of the universe, and a greater understanding of the celestial picture. Astrology is the study of the relationship between events on earth and the influence of the planets. We could say it’s part science, in that it incorporates the physically observable movement of the planets and part art, because of its heavy use of symbolism and interpretation. There is also a psychological aspect to astrology, and people consult astrologers to make sense of their lives. Astrology reveals an individual’s personality and we make some attempt to connect our experiences with the wider universe. The famous psychiatrist C.G. Jung developed his theory of synchronicity of an essential pattern at work, and meaningful events occurring when the timing is right, and astrology follows much of this train of thought.

A horoscope or astrological chart is a map showing the positions of the sun, moon and planets along the circular path of the zodiac (in Greek = “the path of the animals”) in relation to a particular time and place on earth. The zodiac is a circular strip of the sky like a hat-band, straddling the apparent path of the Sun (the ecliptic is the white line that defines the middle. Although there are other ways of drawing up such a map, the form most people are familiar with, at least in the West, is that of a circle with geometrical divisions, containing the planets. ASTROLOGY (COMPASS OF MIND)