What Is Astrology?
The stars and planets have always sparked in humans a remarkable sense of amazement. Human beings have looked skyward to see the face of God, or too figure out what the future holds for us. The movement of the stars and planets represents a grand cosmic dance–but this movement is also personalized, occuring in the bright eyes of anyone who decides to look up at a starry night.
The simplest wasy to define astrology is to call it the study of patterns and relationships. As planets and stars move, our birth chart, the relation of the stars and planets to one another at the moment of our birth, affects how we get along with others, the make-up of our personality, and many other personal features. Astrology means using knowledge of the stars as a tool to find some deeper meaning in the cosmos.
Is Astrology a Science?
No matter how much people believer in astrology, it will never be considered a science. To call astrology a science is to not do it justice. Truly, astrology is in the field of metaphysics. Metaphysics is the study of things which are beyond the physical realm. Astrology is thus more similar to feng shui, acupuncture, numerology, and yoga.
When people study astrology for their entire life and gain a deeper understanding of the movement of the cosmos, it is considered a study in the “intuitive arts”. But since astrology outdates any human religion, and as it was the first attempt for humans to understand our existence in the universe, it is sometimes called the “mother of all sciences.”
The Universe as Giant Clock
Astrology’s basic premise is that the movement of planets and other celestial bodies influences our behavior and the behavior of the natural world. Since human beings are a big part of the story of the universe, our moment of birth as it is recorded on the universe’s clock is meaningful to use. As the planets and stars continue to move, they bounce off of and affect the energies first formed when we were born.
Students of astrology have an entire history of myth, symbols, and the wisdom and experience of past astrologers to draw on and form their own personal astrology. Different celestial bodies hold different answers–for instance, if you want to take a look at long-term, generational trends, you take a look at the long life cycles of the outer planets. If you want a more up-close and personal look at your moment in time, the shorter movements are your best bet. The sun’s annual journey through the celestial realm is good for taking smaller measurements of astrological value.
Astrology Signs and Charts and Self-Discovery
Astrology at its most basic is a simple tool people use to learn more about themselves. When we first look at astrology signs and charts, they may seem like tiny puzzle pieces that we have no idea how to arrange. There is a point in the study of astrology where the small pieces of our personality just sort of “click” together.
This is because our lives themselves appear to be nothing more than a long and random series of small events. In a world of random events, astrology is used as a comforting sign that we are living our lives the way they’re meant to be lived. Astrology is used to shine a bright light on our inner conflicts and reveal the easiest way forward.
Understanding Your Birth Chart
A birth chart is a simple representation of the position of celestial bodies at the moment of our birth.
There are three parts to any birth chart– planet, sign and house.
The most basic assumptions of astrology are based on the understanding of those three celestial units.
After learning about the planets, signs and houses in your birth chart, you can continue your astrological journey toward self-discovery by looking at what are called “aspects.” These are the relationships between the various pieces of your birth chart.
Where Do I Start with Astrology?
Because Astrology is such a wide and varied field, it may be hard to know where to begin.
A person’s “birth sign” may be little more than a broad stereotype of who they are–but we know that most stereotypes are based in some version of the truth. This is how basic astrology works, too–the various aspects of each person’s astrological energy has a specific reputation. Virgo is a moral purist, Gemini is chatty and gossipy. Scorpio is sultry, intense, and so on. Pay attention to these stereotypes but also understand how your own life creates an exception to the rule.
Astrology gives us large clues as to why we are attracted to or repelled by different people, events, or situations. Astrology helps you take clashes you have with different people as less crucial–if you don’t get along with someone, it has more to do with the conflict between your birth charts than any shortcoming of yours.
Astrology tries to give us a deeper understanding of our entire selves–how we related to the outside world and how it relates to us. Astrology is a pure metaphysical science where things like numbers and star charts show us the way forward, and the way things have worked in the past.