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. 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.
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.
Your Horoscope: Cosmic Fingerprints
To find the actual cosmic influences on events, character, and relationships, an astrologer must first draw up a chart, or horoscope. Filled with arcane symbols, this symbolic map of the heavens is like a snapshot of the cosmic influences at work on that specific place at that particular moment in time. These influences will be expressed in whatever person or event is being born right there and then. The astrologer's job is to interpret the meaning of the symbols in the chart and to place these influences in an appropriate context, with relation to its subject.
An individual horoscope, or birth chart, is a personal map; it tracks, in the case of your own natal chart the planetary influences affecting your exact birthplace, at the very moment you took your first breath. Drawn in a map as unique as your fingerprints, these influences find expression in the course you take throughout the whole of your life.
The first people to tabulate the movements of the Sun, Moon and planets against the backdrop of the Heavens were astrologers. From this parent science grew the child we know as astronomy. Whether they like it or not, modern astronomers owe the origins of their craft to astrologers. The Sumerian people of five thousand years ago were the first practitioners of astrology known to accredited history, though it is clear many of the ancient peoples were keen and skilled heavenly observers – even if nowadays we don't understand how they made their observations, or how they used them.
The intent and function of the ancient practice of astrology has always been to divine a relationship between humankind and the natural world. The ancient peoples first used the science of astrology to make forecasts – predictions about the future – but soon developed the sacred art into a tool that could be used to understand the individual nature with its tendencies and abilities, weaknesses and strengths. They did this by making a map of the human psyche based on the map of the Heavens. They also used astrology for decision-making and guidance, working with the understanding that there are natural cycles and patterns to the operations of the universe that can be read by reading the relationships between its various moving and living bodies.
Just as there are beneficial times to plant, to sow, to harvest, to clear land, so there are beneficial times to plan, to review, to begin a new project and to marry. This does not mean that these events cannot take place without these auspices. Quite the contrary! We can do as we like, but there will be a cost. The farmer who plants out of season will harvest a poor crop. Astrology does not control our lives, but the heavenly movements symbolized in astrology help to shape us as they shape our circumstances. They do this in accord with the pattern of unfolding movements in the cosmos of which we are a part. Now, more than ever, we bear witness to the cost of trying to bend the seasons and the Earth herself to our will. How high must those costs become before we begin to seriously analyze our relationship with the time it takes to do something and the expectations created by the technology of the modern era?
Astrology is a tool through which we can learn to live and work in harmony with both the environment and with time itself. It is a tool by which cycles of time can be perceived in a way essentially different from knowing the date because we read the newspaper, or because it's only two hundred and three more shopping days till Christmas. Astrology is both an intuitive art and a sacred science that can illuminate something of our nature and purpose as beings.
A basic acquaintance with astrology can prove to any open-minded person that it works, even if we don't quite understand why. A deeper acquaintance will teach us that we are entering a paradigm of faith, not in astrology as such, but in a connection with the Source of all-embracing consciousness from which we come and to which we all must inevitably return. On this journey, sometimes there will be suffering and sometimes joy. To believe that the unabated happiness of having what we want is the right of all is a childish notion. However, to know the joys of embracing each turning of the wheel, regardless of what it brings, is the way to the enlightenment of the mind and the illumination of the spirit.
Astrology will not make decisions for us. We are the ones who must think and act. But astrology can inform our choices and guide our hands by showing us what is possible and when it is possible. The essential point to remember is that astrology is a sacred art. Thus it can give us a sense of taking right action in a situation, moving in accordance with the patterns of a greater power or presence.
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