The word "astrology" is one of the most familiar in the English lexicon, and also the least understood. Even astrologers differ among themselves about basic principles and fundamental concepts. To avoid misunderstanding about what astrology means in the context of this paper, what follows should answer the question of how the application of astrology is to be understood.
Astrology is the study of planetary influences and their effect on the world and everything in it. Astrology is usually limited to human beings--their nature, and their affairs; although charts can be cast for just about anything. The horoscope is a blue print or pattern of the solar system drawn for a particular instant of time. It is from this "chart" that astrologers base their interpretations.
The natal horoscope is a chart cast for the moment of birth to describe and understand the nature and makeup of the soul of the newborn as it takes residence in a physical vehicle or body. The human soul is a focal point of cosmic energy derived from the sun-planet system, and the horoscope is the means a soul comes to know itself and its destiny in each life.
Astrology points the way to soul development and growth. The horoscope denotes the soul's strengths and weaknesses. Life is an opportunity given to soul for its further enhancement. Death frees the soul, and the horoscope becomes a record of its past life.
Because the heavens are in constant motion, and because this motion is quite ordered and exact, it is possible to project the positions of the sun, moon, and planets for any moment of time. Astrologers use this information to derive the "influences" that will affect the soul at that time. Astrologers usually do not predict actual events in the future. They can only say what might happen, or could happen, but not what will happen--much like a weather forecast. Many psychics do make predictions, and astrology is the tool they use to focus their abilities.
Another common feature of astrology is the comparison of birth charts to ascertain the compatibility of two people. This is a straightforward method used by over-laying one chart upon the other. The aspects or angles of the sun, moon, and planets are then analyzed to learn how the energy fields of each person blend together. Some couples form more harmonious bonds than others; fewer harmonious bonds offer a greater challenge for peace and happiness, and may be Karmic in nature.
Over the years astrologers have developed many techniques for expanding their "art" to include a multitude of services that can only be evaluated upon the merit and usefulness of that technique. Astrology offers only so much; thus it is imperative that the individual soul strives to attain that which is considered spiritual progress and growth in this short life, and to regard any advice with great care.
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