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is the study of the symbolic meaning of the planetary bodies that
make up our solar system, and of the relationships that those
bodies make to one another. In its earliest phase, which according
to some occurred around 5000 bce and some claim much earlier in
an ancient civilization which has since disappeared, astrologers
were astronomers who studied the movement of the planets
against the backdrop of the constellations.
second phase, during the first millenia bce, formalized the division
of the zodiac into twelve 30 degree signs as we now know it. Some
sources say that it was during the Greek civilization, with its
emphasis on the individual, that astrologers began casting horoscopes
and studying the effect of the planets on individuals, which was
the beginning of psychological astrology. Hippocrates, in the
5th century bce, outlined correspondences between the four elements
as found in astrology with four different temperaments, the roots
of 20th century Jungian psychology. In the 4th century bce, Plato
is said to have described the influence of the heavenly bodies
this way: each planet has its own musical chord, contributing
to the heavenly harmony of the music of the spheres. Modern astrology
found its root in the work
of Ptolemy in Alexandria, Egypt during the the 3rd century ad.
the western world the study of astrology fell out of favor first
during the DarkAges, when the early Christian leaders attempted
to squelch any attempt by individuals to access the divine without
Church intercession. Thanks to Arabian scholars, it resurfaced
in the 9th century when Ptolemy's work was translated by scholars
in Baghdad and made its way to Europe along with other scientific
knowledge that had been suppressed by the early Church. In the
12th century Arab astronomical tables offered more sophisticated
calculations for increased accuracy. and then the Age of Reason
(1450-1750). In later times, as astronomical tools became more
sophisticated, a split occurred between the science of astrology
and the metaphysics of astrology, the use of astrology became
more specific and more involved with the study of the planetary
symbols as they relate to the individual.
foundation of an astrological analysis of an individual is the
horoscope or birthchart, the map of the sky at the time and place
of the birth of the individual. The birthchart is similar to the
ancient maps of the solar system, showing the placements of the
planets and luminaries (the sun and moon) from the perspective
of the individual; hence, astrology is considered to be "person-centered."
The birthchart is then divided into twelve divisions, or "houses,"
each of which represents a sphere of existence and personal development.
has traditionally been a method of forecasting the future, and
in fact there are many astrologers still practicing today who
take a fatalistic approach to the birthchart (i.e., Saturn is
square your Sun, you will die young). This approach assumes that
we do not control our own destiny, but it is in fact mapped out
for us and we are just motorists in a vehicle that is programmed
for a certain destination. The more humanistic approach to astrology
originated in the late 1960s and has continued to develop into
a sophisticated psychological tool. This approach recognizes that
although certain aspects of our physical being and personality
are predestined, we are given the free will to make choices which
will affect the outcomes of the crossroads of our life.
symbolism of astrology includes "planets" (including the Sun and
Moon), the "signs" of the Zodiac,
and the houses in which these symbols are placed. The planets
describe a function of the human personality, the sign that the
planet is in describes the way in which that function is likely
to be expressed, and the house placement shows the area of life
that is likely to be impacted by the expression of the planet.
The angles that the planets make to each other describe the way
the various functions interact within our being, and illustrate
where internal conflicts may be present, as well as indicating
where our strengths and talents lie. This knowledge can lead to
increased understanding of our inner motivations and help us to
maximize our potential as unique human beings. I have found that
the birthchart is a very practical map to help navigate the best
path to our destiny.
can also be used in other ways. "Synastry" is the use of astrology
as a tool to better understand the intricacies of relationships.
Two birthcharts can be compared to discover how the energies of
the two individuals combine in relationship to each other, and
to see where potential disharmony may lie and how it could best
be averted. "Transits and progressions" are terms for the study
of the angles made by current planetary placements to the birthchart
("transits") and the evolving birthchart as it changes over time
"progressions" to determine the cycles and growth that the individual
is likely to experience in a given period. In this way periods
of crisis can be managed by determining the influences that are
operating and how best to navigate the rough waters.
the skeptics that have hounded astrologers throughout the ages,
real astrology continues to be as popular as ever. Real astrology
has nothing to do with the Sun Sign "horoscopes" that
appear in your local newspaper. Rarely have I seen a skeptic who
was not convinced after having their birthchart interpreted by
a competent astrologer!! Whether you are looking for the right
career, need help with relationship issues, or going through a
rough time in your life, astrological counseling can provide the
keys to help you to unlock the door to self-knowledge and ultimate