have a telephone book listing under Astrology and a
lot of people ring and ask me if I do tarot or clairvoyant
readings. This has been going on for quite a while
now and you can imagine some of the confusing conversations
I have had with people trying to explain to them what
astrology is. Indeed the world in general seems to
have the wrong impression of astrology too. Today it
is often seen as light entertainment in daily newspapers
and yet, in its pure form, it has so much more to offer.
Astrology is simply the observation of planetary positions
at particular moments in time. For instance, at the
moment of your birth there was a particular sign of
the zodiac on the eastern horizon. We call this sign
the Ascendant. This sets the house positions of your
nativity or natal chart. A competent Astrologer can
determine many things from a natal chart. Things such
as talents, weaknesses, habits, preferences, character,
potential for success or failure, relationships, wealth
and of course we can predict certain things will happen
during your life by checking how current planetary positions
influence the chart which marked the first moment of
To cast a chart astrologers use mathematics and then
the solar system provides us with a permanent and constant
guide to the pathways of our lives. When people talk
of the zodiac they know it refers to "their stars"
but they do not realise that these stars and zodiacal
constellations are above them and we pass them in our
daily, earthly orbit once every 24 hours.
As above, so below, the planets journey through the
skies and cast their influence upon us. We know this
is true because the Moon influences the tides. Fisherman
and gardeners modify their activities depending upon
the position of the Moon. Police and hospitals often
dread the full Moon because they observe a marked increase
in patronage which stretches their resources to the
limit. The term "lunatic" was derived because
people over-reacted during the full Moon (lunar).
And so, other planets influence us too and a competent
astrologer can interpret this influence.
In fact, you should take care in giving out your birth
details because a competent astrologer can tell many
things about you. It is essential that you choose your
astrologer wisely, as wisely as you would choose a doctor
or therapist. Ensure that your astrologer has a code
of ethics not to divulge your personal information and
that your astrologer is also competent. A genuine astrologer
should have no objections in giving a small sample of
your chart as proof of their ability. Do not push this
too far though, people often pester astrologers for
free readings and this can be a sensitive issue with
them. Let them know you are a genuine client and that
you just want to find out if you will get value for
Sun sign columns are a bit of fun and most people read
theirs whether they admit to it or not. Unfortunately
many people are only aware of this rudimentary form
of astrology which does not do real astrology justice
at all. Astrology, in the hands of an expert, is a very
powerful and useful tool indeed. It is not sorcery,
it is not witchcraft, it is simply observation and mathematics
coupled with an ability to interpret what the signs
and planets tell us and to relate to others how these
things act through them.
Modern western astrology evolved from Egyptian Astrology
which is believed to have been practiced as far back
as 700 BC. The Romans took astrology to Europe and refined
it, losing some of the techniques and adding some of
their own. After the fall of the Roman empire astrology
emerged in Arabic countries. The Greek scholars became
interested in astrology as a science and since it had
traveled from Egypt to Rome and then to the middle east,
it was quite corrupt from its original form. The Greeks
added to the confusion since they attempted to remove
any content that might have been attributed to the Moslem
The upsurge of the industrial era and the worshipping
of money through industry rather than through education
changed the face of astrological practice too. Once
a science practiced by educated theologians and philosophers,
astrology now came to the attention of the ordinary
working class people and pop astrology was born.
a precise art to ascertain the life and death of rulers
and the victories of kingdoms astrology was now modified
to deal with mundane life in the suburbs. The existentialists
also influenced the delivery of prediction since they
believed people created their own reality it would then
be difficult to predict the future. Modern psychology
also tends to favour this trend too although many psychologists
do seek out astrological readings to help them with
their self development.
Fortunately for astrology four
American Astrologers, Robert Zoller, Robert Hand, Robert
Schmidt and Lee Lehman devoted many hours to re interpreting
the original tracts of astrology and now there is a
rebirth in traditional methods. The work is still
ongoing and it brings a glimmer of hope for astrology
becoming a widespread, precise, predictive tool once more and the following
of ancient tradition is growing each day.
In recorded history it is known that astrologers were
held in high esteem. They were often the spiritual advisers,
apothecaries, physicians, counselors, astronomers and
of course, the seers of the future. Astrology was their
diagnostic tool. In these days of "new age"
diversification we have priests, chemists, doctors,
psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and astronomers
fulfilling the multi-skilled role of the ancient astrologer.
It is a misnomer to refer to astrology as "new
age" for it is ancient wisdom that has survived
a great deal of oppression and suppression. Indeed,
it is the local doctor, chemist, psychologist etc who
practice the real new age sciences.
There were times in history where the poor astrologer
suffered. Anyone with the ability to see the future
and to "know" things about people that others
did not were considered to be very powerful indeed.
A king would seek the wisdom of the astrologer and if
the astrologers' message displeased him then the astrologer
was often put to death. If an astrologer predicted the
death of a king or nobleman and it came to pass the
astrologer was often accused of conspiracy. Astrologers
began to speak in riddles so others could not decipher
their predictions. This way they could continue to
practice their art without the fear of losing their
The most famous of these are the quatrains of
Michel de Nostredame, we know him as Nostradamus. It
was Nostradamus who was attributed with discovering
that disease was being transferred from the sick to
the healthy by the medical people (himself included).
He discovered that washing hands in between patients
prevented this from happening.
Astrology was often practiced in religious circles and
it was misused in order to gain advantage over rivals.
Bishops and Cardinals vying for prestigious positions
would use it to see who had the best advantage. Of course
everyone was doing this so perhaps it was their own
paranoia about the power of astrology which might have
led churches to condemn it. Similarly, kings and courtiers
used astrology for their own purposes and the intent
behind it diminished towards underhanded practices.
There was an attack against astrology by Augustine (AD
354 to 430). Augustine once practiced astrology but
ended up condemning it as evil magic. Perhaps it was
not astrology that was evil but those who practiced
it and Augustine and his ilk who misused it. Indeed,
it is easy to misuse the art of astrology but the same
could be said for religion and science too. Astrology
had come under fire before, but the weight of Augustine's
influence caused astrology to be condemned by the church
and astrologers were forced to practice it in secret.
Another factor which caused the demise of astrology
in medieval times was the lack of education since astrologers
needed to be learned and literate in order to calculate
and decipher the complex charts.
Religions generally work on the principle that we have
free will. Astrology implies that we are fated since
no one can predict anything if the event is not predestined.
Oddly enough, religions also use the term "God's
Will" and so one would then assume that at some
point in time God had made a decision that something
was to happen. This implies fate or destiny. It can
be argued that God placed the stars and planets in the
universe and he made the people who have ability to use
astrology. If these people can see a life pattern in
God's work than how can it be evil ?
Astrology is a very powerful tool, it can give you self-knowledge
and self-knowledge is power. Astrology is not against
God or religions and good astrology should not make
your decisions for you or take away your power. It should
simply put you in touch with what is influencing your
The full history of astrology throughout the ages and
different cultures is quite diverse and interesting.
Despite its travels and its use and misuse it has survived
all this time to become something popular and useful
in our own times. It is not all gloom and doom unless
we choose to view it that way. It is a useful tool which
can help us to improve our lot in life by giving us
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