Astrology means, literally,
"the word of the stars". Early men looked to the
stars for their omens. The ancient tales of many peoples
contain stories of how the stars came to be where they are,
and of men who came from the stars.
The Old World view was of a heaven and
earth that was all one. These days, spiritual thinking
of many traditions is increasingly returning to the view
that the entire universe is interconnected. We know that
the world that once seemed so large is really quite small.
Not only does communication flash in an instant from one
side to the other, but the felling of a forest in one
place affects the climate of another.
We know too, that, we are made of the "stuff
of stars." Scientists now tell us that the very presence
of life on earth is the result of the death and rebirth
of stars. Religion has long taught us that heaven and earth
are interconnected. Whether we believe that all things are
one, or that one God made the whole of Creation, or that
there is presence in all things, there is a common belief
that in some way or other, we are part of the universe.
In ancient times a great many people felt
that the stars were important parts of their lives. Prehistoric
monuments like Stonehenge show an awareness of the movement
of the Sun and Moon. The Babylonians saw the movements of
the Planets as Gods writing in the sky. Plato associated
the planets with ideas. The Ancient Greeks discovered mathematical
concepts and truths which lie at the foundation of modern
science, and at the same time studied the movements of the
stars and saw a correlation with events here on earth.
In the Middle Ages it was recognised that
astrology was a true body of knowledge that could provide
answers to most questions. In modern times, many astrologers
view astrology almost as an adjunct to psychology.
Now the climate of thought has almost come
full circle. Different schools of astrology exist, and they
take different approaches. Traditional astrology uses the
time-honoured precepts of the ages, and can answer any question,
find lost objects, tell you whether a legal case is worth
pursuing, and "elect" the best moment to start
a project, begin a business, or get married.
The more psychological schools of astrology
use the influences of the planets as a means of helping
oneself or a client to come to an understanding of themselves.
Some astrologers specialise exclusively in one form of astrology
or another. Many, including the present writer, draw on
many branches of the discipline, taking whichever approach
seems appropriate for the clients situation.
The basis of all astrology is the horoscope.
Literally, it means "marker of the hour." Your
horoscope is like a map of the moment in time when you were
born. The more closely you know the time of your birth,
the more accurate the interpretation of your horoscope can
be. Your horoscope is as unique as your fingerprint. It
tells you not only where the Sun was when you were born,
but where the Moon was, where Mercury, Venus, Mars, and
all the planets were. It shows which degree of which sign
was rising over the horizon at the moment of your birth,
and indeed where every point of the heavens was in relation
to every other point and all in relation to you.
At the moment of your birth
you became a unique human being, unrepeated and unrepeatable
anywhere at any time on earth. At that moment, the heavens
and the whole of creation stood in a unique position to
you, and by studying the position of the Sun, Moon, planets
and other heavenly bodies at the time and place of your
birth not only can an experienced astrologer tell you many
things about your character, potential, strengths and weaknesses,
but taking those facts as a base, the astrologer can also
tell with a very high degree of accuracy very many things
indeed about your life. This includes simply forecasting
the future at a particular time. Not exact events, but probable
developments and outcomes, times when a risk is great or
an opportunity is great. The astrologer can tell you what
potential you have in vocation or career aptitude, and can
help tremendously in questions of relationship, whether
a particular relationship will work well, or, if there are
problems in existing relationships, where the root of them
might be and what is the way forward. All of those areas
and many more can be covered with far more accuracy than
people realise. The more accurate the birth time, the more
accurate forecasting will be, but even without the birth
time many things can still be told with a high rate of success.
Tell an astrologer three facts about yourself,
your date of birth, place of birth and time of birth, and
he or she will be able to give you a very accurate portrait
of you character, and tell you many things about your past
and future, gifts and difficulties. Most people are dumbfounded
by the detailed accuracy.
If you have a new baby, an astrological
report can give you an idea of what latent gifts are there
to be encouraged. If you are a teenager, or at a turning
point in life, astrology will point out areas where you
may have a vocation. If you are at the start of a relationship,
or in one that seems to be having problems, then astrology
is one of the very best tools that there is for understanding
the relationships true potential, its strengths and weaknesses.
If you dont know what time you were
born and you are willing to spend some time answering the
questions an astrologer will need to ask, he or she can
"rectify" your chart, which means working with
you to establish when you were probably born.
From all this I am sure you can see that
brief forecasts provided at the back of magazines will not
be very accurate for most people. It is illogical to expect
one-twelfth of the population to experience the same tendencies
at any one time. The weekly reports I prepare on this site
should be read in the knowledge that it can only be very
partial forecast. However, if you know your Rising Sign
or Ascendant, read the weeks summary for that sign
as well as your Sun sign. If you know more of your own chart,
you can apply that knowledge to the weekly summary. For
instance, if you have your Sun in Sagittarius, your Ascendant
in Virgo, but your Moon in Aquarius, then you might want
to read all those signs as well. Please remember that this
is a rather blunt tool. For a true forecast for yourself,
you need to know your own chart.
From the above you will see that normal
day by day sun sign forecasts in magazines and newspapers
cannot give more than the vaguest outline of probability,
but even then there are certain large trends that will be
true of a group pf people born at the same time. However,
each person's chart contains many elements, and it is only
by considering those that a true understanding can be reached.
Astrology comes into its own when someone
has a problem, perhaps a relationship problem, or a worry
about employment, or any particular thing. A detailed astrological
investigation can so often help find an answer to a question,
or help a person to come to a greater understanding. Out
of all the work I do for my clients, probably it is dealing
with unique and special questions which is my speciality.
I have never yet had a client who has been dissatisfied
with the outcome of their question.
This is why I always suggest that people
find out about their own chart, and read the forecast for
their Rising Sign, or Ascendant, as well as that for their
If you would like me to create a chart and
character analysis for you, or answer a particular problem,
I shall be delighted to do so. Click
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