Astrology has been with us for almost 2500 years, dating back to Babylonia. It has been used as a divinatory tool, by educated and powerful men and women, for centuries, including Theodore Roosevelt, Einstein and Carl Jung. To this day Astrology has maintained its fascination and is considered a viable pseudoscience by many outstanding and high profile contemporaries, from politicians to some of your favorite movie stars.
Many people believe Astrology to be the sun sign astrological forecasts in their local newspaper or those crafty blog posts they find on their google feed about which signs will have the worst year and who will get rich and who will find the love of their life. It’s all bogus. There is no one size fits all.
Many might not willingly admit to reading their astrological forecasts, in their feed or local paper. Personally I would not admit to taking advice from a small column astrologist hired by my local newspaper.
Many fail to understand the utility of Astrology as a tool for personal evolution. It goes far beyond some form of witchery that predicts your success or demise in love, money and life. When each of us comes into this world, the exact time and location of our birth determines our individual birth chart. Our birth charts are as unique as our thumb prints.
The Birth Chart
Your Birth Chart is a snap shot of your potential as a sentient and intelligent being. It can be translated into a diagram which depicts the positions of the Sun, Moon, Ascendant and all planets. It shows how they were positioned at your time of birth and as seen from your place of birth. This includes astrological aspects and sensitive angles, which tell us about the relationship between planets in a chart at the time of a person’s birth. The word horoscope has its roots in the Greek language and stands for ōra and scopos meaning “time” and “observer”.
As time flows and the planets keep moving, they create a new picture, as the moving planets make aspects to the planets in your birth chart. These are called transits and progressions and are used to determine the nature and quality of time in your life now or at any given time.
Your Birth Chart is a toolkit you have been given to work with, in this lifetime. Whether you choose to use this toolkit and how you use it, will determine future events in your life. In other words, you are the master of your life. Astrology is not destiny, it is not a message carved in rock.
There are those born into a life of luxury with all the means provided for them. They need never worry about where their next meal, job, or lovers come from. It would appear their lives are superior to yours, until the day shocking headlines reveal this person to have taken their own life. Many successful people take their own lives. Why is that? Is it possible that the toolkit they were given was never opened, because the conditions in their lives, made it difficult or because they assumed they had everything they needed already?
There are those who set their toolkit aside and polish every piece like a valuable collector would, alas never putting these tools to any use.
Astrology can pave the way to self-awareness and taking responsibility for our own destiny when properly used. Beware of those that promise you the world. The world is yours only if you are willing to pick up that toolkit and get to work on yourself.
Where To Start With Astrology
Astrology is a language that can be interpreted into layman’s terms. A good Astrologer will know how to properly translate your chart, transits, or progressions. A good Astrologer will familiarize you with your toolkit and how to use it, in order for you to overcome challenges and help you become the best version of yourself.
If you only want to hear great things about yourself, then don’t get an astrological reading. If you think that a reading is going to give you a quick effortless out of the box solution, then you’re in for a disappointment. The only way to grow past your less-performing self and leave behind unpleasant character flaws and dispositions is to face these. Only when you are prepared to take a good and honest look at yourself, can you finally shed that old skin and begin making positive constructive changes in your life.
If you are curious and want to know more about your Birth Chart and how Astrology can be a tool for your betterment, there are a few very valid and reputable websites you can consult. My absolute favorite is Astro Dienst, and as far as I am concerned they are the real deal. They have been operating for more than three decades. They boast some of the heavyweights of Astrology on their eight-member team, such as Liz Green and Robert Hand.
These guys are serious and you can get some free stuff, by entering your birth data, however, I recommend you consider their professional readings. At a reasonable cost, you can get some valuable professional readings, which you can either download in PDF format or have printed, bound, and mailed to you as a book.
I don’t know about you, but I personally prefer to deal with professionals that have a good record of performance, whether I need a plumber or an astrologer.
Astrology is not magic. In the hands of the right person, Astrology can be revelatory, inspirational, and motivational, helping you pave the path to your better, higher self.