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What is Astrology?
Astrology is both an art and a science. It studies the action of celestial bodies and their observed effects upon humanity. Astrology is as old as measured time. It is found among the earliest records of human learning. It has been studied and practiced by all great civilizations throughout history. Many notable figures throughout the ages have turned to Astrology for guidance in their personal and professional lives – Plato, Pythagoras, Sir Isaac Newton, Carl Jung, J.P. Morgan, Ronald Regan, Princess Diana, just to name a few. Astrology’s popularity is currently stronger than ever.
Astrology is the parent of Astronomy. For many years they were one science. Ancient civilizations observed the patterns of the stars to understand the heavens and to understand human life. However, since the 17th century, Astrology and Astronomy have diverged into 2 distinct fields of knowledge. Thus, Astronomy is the study of the science and nature of the cosmos and Astrology is the study of the relationship between life and the cosmos.
For centuries there has been a misunderstanding concerning the nature of astrology to the effect that the heavens somehow “influence” events here on Earth. However, professional astrologers do not hold with theories of celestial influence. Instead, the modern astrologer conceives of the heavens and Earth as united – interpenetrating, and sharing a common space and time. The great cosmic or celestial events happening around and beyond the Earth (eclipses, lineups, and so on) are not seen as causing events to occur on Earth, but as great signatures of events also happening here on Earth. In other words, there is no “cause” in the heavens followed by an “effect” here on Earth. Instead, both planetary and earthly events happen simultaneously and are mutually reflective. Neither is the cause of the other; both are the product of the moment, one acted out in the heavens above, the other here on the Earth below.
While astrologers don’t feel that heavenly events are the cause of events here on Earth, they do feel that specific heavenly events are enacted here on the Earth too – at the same moment. In other words, there is only one grand “play.” The great drama enacted in the sky is also acted out here on Earth in the same instant. Another way to say this is that the Earth is part of the cosmos and shares in that cosmic moment. In summary, Astrology is a study of heavenly cycles and cosmic events as they are reflected in our earthly environment – a vast cosmic clock. The planets are like a mirror to what is happening in our own lives.
Astrology teaches us that there is harmony and symmetry in the universe and that everyone is part of a larger whole. Astrology is best thought of as a philosophy that helps to explain life rather than as a predictive art or science. The purpose of astrology is not to blame the planets for what happens to us, but rather to learn more about ourselves. When we see ourselves more clearly we are able to lead more fulfilled, purposeful and productive lives.
While Astrology provides us with great insight into our inherent character and potentials, our lives are not predetermined. We all have “free will” or freedom of choice. Astrology reveals the “hand” we have been “dealt” in life. It is up to us to decide how to “play” that hand. But by revealing our true character, particular life lessons we have to learn and issues to be dealt with, astrology helps to guide us on life’s journey.