Astrology: The Mirror

These are my observances, thoughts and opinions of Astrology. First, what Astrology is not.  It is not the daily horoscope as commonly found in the newspapers.  If you pay a dollar for advice you will get a dollar’s worth of advice(shades of instant karma).  If you read the daily advice column you can usually be certain that it won’t be about your exact concerns and problems. Dear Abby doesn’t apply to everyone all the time. Why don’t these columns and horoscopes work?   Because each and every human being is different and unique.  Every Astrology Birth Chart is different. Even the stock market page advises each person to consult a broker for real financial advice.

In my opinion(which varies with much of the Astrological community) Astrology is not a  psychic instrument and  forecasting the future can be difficult and challenging.   In short I don’t particularly find it to be a great instrument in predicting the future.   However, it can be useful nonetheless.   Just as I might look at the weather forecast or the stock market trends or the political landscape I can possibly draw likely scenarios of the future.  I just can’t do so with certainty.   Three days out and the weather can completely change.  There are too many variables to read to make completely accurate predictions.

It is not a religion but is it part of the spiritual as we all are. It is not science but it is mathematical and exact. Between religion and science, it has become an outcast of the modern world.

In truth, Astrology shares much in common with psychology. The famous psychologist Carl Jung used Astrology. A fair amount of psychologists use Astrology.

The stars do not determine our fate, they mirror our personality and reflect our likely dispositions. Our fate is still determined by us.

What the Astrology Birth Chart does do is to mirror our world.

The actual birth chart is like a snapshot of the most important moment of your life, the moment you were born. Truly the most significant moment of your life.    If we had a big enough camera and snapped a picture of the universe from the exact time and place of your birth the picture and the birth chart would look the same.   It would show exactly where the Sun, the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars were at that exact time/spot where you were born.  This is why it’s a mirror.  It’s a reflection of how you view the world.

So why is Astrology so hard to understand?   One, because all of the planets and houses need to be understood in their own context and in relationship to one another.   This would require homework for the true student to understand the whole picture. Another reason it’s so hard is the planets describe ourselves as energy.   This is a difficult idea to understand. It’s even more difficult to describe.  How do we describe a waterfall or a bonfire?  How can we describe steam or electricity?   How can we describe a hurricane or a sunny summer day.  But in our lives we all know people who are like emotional waterfalls, fiery bonfires, hellfire hurricanes or beautiful sunny days.   Any worthwhile system takes time to get a comprehensive view.

It worth it for each individual to have their own chart calculated and interpreted by a reputable Astrologer.   Only by doing this can others understand.  It’s a soft science in that judgements and interpretations are determined just as a psychologist does in his evaluation with patients. It’s a science in that the Birth Chart has to be calculated from the persons exact time and place of birth to determine that exact placement of the planets at the time of birth.   Several books have to be consulted to calculate the chart(an ephemeris, a table of houses). The cost is minimal compared to the knowledgeable information.


I can’t go over both of the children charts and there is too much in each chart to post on even one site.  I have culled from the interpretation of a book called “The Only Way To Learn Astrology”. This is actually a very common book that can be found in any New Age bookstore or even in Barnes & Noble or

Here is their birth data.   In using the book a person would read up on a planet/house combination and see if it fits the respective individual. The relevent parts that pertain to them I will have in bold and italics print.

Date                     Time             Place


Jan. 5, 1993,   10:31 AM  EST,  Port Huron, Michigan   Placidus House System


Aug. 6, 1993   08:10 AM EDT,  Monroe, Michigan   Placidus House System

For my example I have used the Moon indicating the mother figure(also the sign of Cancer) and the Sun/Saturn representing the Father figure.

First my son:

He has a Moon in Pisces in the 8th house. The 8th house and PISCES sign are both indicative of secrets.   PISCES is also related to the 12th house of things hidden from others.   This 12th house is also the house of secluded or private institutions like prisons, mental institutions, monasteries or hospitals. For our purposes it means an absent mother or secret mother.

My son has the Sun in the 12th house(house of secrets or isolation) which can also mean an absent or secret father.

My daughters information is even more direct and with one exception is quoted exactly from the book with the relevent page and line numbers.

MARS IN CANCER Page 171, line 9 of the paragraph

“Mars in Cancer can lead to an early separation from the mother”

SATURN IN THE 12TH HOUSE Page 216, Line 9 of the paragraph

“With harsh aspects, your father may have faded out of your life early”

Her Moon is in Gemini which could be interpreted to mean two mothers.

These sentences and interpretations fit nicely into their real lives because:

The children have never known their respective birth parents because my wife and I adopted them as infants.

It’s also possible to have one’s chart done online and to buy the books and read up the interpretations on one’s own.   It is absolutely important that the DATE, EXACT TIME TO THE MINUTE, AND THE PLACE BE EXACT. Even so I would still highly advise that a person consult a reputable Astrologer for the best interpretation.  When we look at ourselves sometimes we fudge the truth and this is another reason to consult an Astrologer personally.

nosce te ipsum     (Know Yourself) 

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
                                           – Aristotle


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14 Responses to “Astrology: The Mirror”

  1. Carol Leigh Rice, M.A. Says:

    What a marvellous example you have provided of the house and sign meanings here with your son and daughter. It would be very interesting to check your chart and your wife’s chart to look at the relationships to children? …

    I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment of astrology and would add only that I think we have only begun to understand its role in our lives…it is like a huge jewel lying there, glowing, and we are all sitting around it in a circle, speculating, knowing that it seems to respond to almost anything we care to offer, but still being mystified by how and why it “works”! (Rather like the I Ching that way…)

  2. informationforager Says:

    Thank you Carol. I will send my birth info through your email. I think too that there was a college in Washington that now teaches Astrology. As you know it used to be taught in many Universities ages ago. I’ve learned a lot from Science and I’ve learned a lot from Religion but now it’s our turn to show stuff too. Thanks again.

  3. Sabina Brave Says:

    In the past astrology was my passion 🙂

    • informationforager Says:

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, I believe it’s real, but again, it’s hard to truly see the future with it because we’re interpreting energy. I do pay attention still to the moon and what planets are in retrograde. Thanks again.

  4. judithatwood Says:

    Hello, informationforager. Thanks so much for your thoughtful and thorough post on Astrology. I had my chart done a few years ago, and It seemed highly accurate. Still, I’m tempted to have it done again. My life has changed so much recently that I’m curious. Anyway, thanks again —

    • informationforager Says:

      You’re welcome. Again if you have the inclination the book cited in the post or Alan Oken’s “Complete Astrology” book would be good for a person to look at also. It’s a slow start but opens up much of how others and our own selves work. The trick to really understand is to find a person you know with each sign and find the comparisions in the book. It’s a real eye-opener. The only drawback to that knowledge is that now that you understand those relatives, friends, co-workers you have to take care not to exploit them. Knowledge brings responsiblity. Thanks for your comments. Have a good day.

  5. iamforchange Says:

    I had an interest all my life yet just for fun. As I get older and learn more I must say that yes it makes a difference and as I had been wondering for years what the he$%^ is up with me well my birth chart and the stars said it all as I was born…I found comfort in the fact I was to bloom late yet didn’t know until just recently while researching indigo children and their birth charts.Science or not it is eery how accurate they can be… Thank you and I will have to say you write a nice post! I shall visit often and I am signing up for your posts thank you for sharing and stopping by my humble page!

  6. songbirdsandsunshine Says:

    Thank you for your kind comment.
    I loved your Aristotle quote to tie it all together – I’m a big fan of his.

  7. Lady Marilyn Kay Dennis Says:

    Each of us individually affects the Universe, so it is fairly obvious that the Universe affects us individually. It’s all a question of perspective. Sometimes we are too close to the ground. We need to climb a mountain to see more clearly what is around us. The higher we climb, the more we see. All things that rise, converge.

    • informationforager Says:

      Very well said. Clearly communicated and able to be understood by all. Yes, let’s lift ourselves up and stand erect and upright. Onward to the mountaintop. Thank you very much. I’m looking at your site next.

  8. The Other Side of Ugly Says:

    “The stars do not determine our fate, they mirror our personality and reflect our likely dispositions. Our fate is still determined by us.” A VERY IMPORTANT TRUTH FOR ALL TO REMEMBER!

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