If you are reading Skywatch for the first time, here are some
basic concepts to help you get the most out of this monthly
A brief astrological history: Astrology
is the study of how the movement of the planets affects humans. In ancient times, astrology was used by kings
and nations to predict the outcome of wars and other future
events. It was assumed that one's fate was set in stone,
and astrologers used the horoscope, now usually called the birthchart,
in order to divine the future. More recently, astrology has
been used as a psychological tool to explain behavior patterns
and identify strengths and weaknesses.
With the growing interest in and awareness of transformational
consciousness, we are learning how astrology can reveal the
tools to maximize our own evolution from the limits of our personality
into a more fully integrated and conscious being.
How does astrology work? There are many theories about why astrology
works, but none of them are scientifically provable. However, the proof as they say is in the pudding, and the system
is incredibly accurate. Astrology
looks at our solar system from the viewpoint of the ancients,
with the earth being in the center and the sun, moon and other
planets orbiting around us. It is a "geocentric" or "earth centered" system.
For this reason it is not astronomically correct.
Each planet (including the Sun and Moon) represents a
different energy or function, and the sign that the planet falls
in tells us the way that function operates in the individual
birthchart, or on a more global level. For more details, visit the
angles that the planets make to each other (called "aspects")
describe the way those energies or functions work together.
The "hard angle aspects" include the squares (90 degrees)
and oppositions (180 degrees), and are the challenging aspects. These planets are in conflict or tension with
each other and can create difficult situations. However, this tension and conflict is what generates the energy
for change and transformation and so they should not be considered
"bad." Harmonious aspects are the sextiles (60 degrees)
and trines (120 degrees). These
aspects facilitate change and are much more comfortable; however,
they can also lead to missed opportunities due to the complacency
that can result, so they should not necessarily be considered
"good." When two or more planets are next to each other (0 degree angle)
they are said to be "conjunct."
Whether they work well together or not depends on the
nature of the planets and the sign that the planet falls in.
What does Skywatch report? Skywatch reports the current position of the
planets and their interaction with each other at the current
time. The dances of the planets creates different energy climates that
affect us in various ways. Identifying these climates helps
to identify trends on a global level as well as a personal level. These
are called "transits,"
and you can read more about them here.
The extent to which these dynamics will affect us
personally will depend on our individual birthchart and the
position of our own planets.