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.
A QUICK ASTROLOGY INTERPRETATION OF MY CHILDREN(please read to the end)
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 Amazon.com
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.