Scientific astrology is not fortune-telling but many so-called astrologers must be classified as fortune-tellers. And these fortune-teller type astrologers and their attempts to precisely predict future events have contributed greatly to the popular perception that astrology is fortune-telling.
It’s a fact that everyone possesses some ESP ability and fortune-teller type astrologers read charts, describe scenes and give detailed accounts of upcoming events using extrasensory perception. They use the birthchart as a divinatory instrument. The chart stimulates a flow of psychic impressions and even the most scientific astrologer will employ ESP at times. But because fortune-teller type astrologers make predictions that seem inevitable there’s a widespread belief that astrology foretells specific events in detail, and that it’s chiefly concerned with forecasting future events. It isn’t.
The irresponsible and unregulated behavior of fortune-teller type astrologers has contributed greatly to astrology’s false and underserved fatalistic reputation. Yet, the truth is, no fatalistically precise system of astrology has ever been found. And if it is it will demonstrate that you have no power to alter your destiny, that you are not morally responsible for your actions and you have no power to alter unalterable predetermined incidents. The fact is that scientific astrology does not support theories of predestination or fatality. You have much more liberty of choice and action than you ever imagined. Up until the moment an event actually occurs you can prevent it, or make it come to pass in a different way. Your conduct is not predetermined, but the probability that your behavior under a certain astrological impetus will be so-and-so may run extremely high.
The fact is that Hermetic astrology does not deal with predetermined specific events. A birthchart constructed for a precise time, date and place does not map specific events. It can be progressed to correlate with certain possible events, but your now-astrology doesn’t map specific events either. The stimulation to specified unconscious drivers caused by a progressed aspect at a specified time can result in one of several alternate events. The fact is that astrological energies by themselves do not mark for specific events. But when conditioning by experience and present environment are factored in the probability of a certain event taking place is greatly increased. Yet this event, if intelligently anticipated, is subject to much personal control. You can employ astrological intelligence to change an event, or to successfully adapt to an event that you can’t.
The fact is that any prediction by an astrologer is merely an estimate of what s/he thinks might happen. It is no more indicative of some inevitable happening than the forecast made by a doctor, economist, futurist or meteorologist. Experienced astrologers know they can never expect to predict with absolute certainty that such-and-such an event will happen. But we don’t believe, just because most astrologers at the present time cannot make successful predictions, that all astrologers, now and in the future, should be prevented from making them. The solution of the difficulties attracted by incompetent astrologers is not the restriction of the competent, but the elimination of the incompetent.
It’s a fact that astrology, by itself, cannot bring about desired results. As the active-agent its influence is comparable to the weather. You cannot change the weather but if you know beforehand what weather or astrological conditions are forecast you can adapt your behavior to take greater advantage of the fine, sunny spell, or take measures to protect yourself against the cold, wind and rain.
It’s a fact that astrology cannot make an unhappy marriage happy. But it can indicate the traits and attributes that conduce to marital misfortune and how they can be changed to promote happiness and success. And astrology can’t turn a pauper into a millionaire. But it can pinpoint the habits and attitudes that promote poverty and how they can be changed to bring prosperity. Astrology indicates why there can be problems with the career and when these problems can be anticipated. And astrology clearly indicates the disease predispositions which can be prevented with diet and other precautionary measures. So, no matter the situation, astrology can provide personal advice and valuable guidance.
It’s a fact that scientific astrology denies fatalism and advocates freewill. Unlike James Watson (co-discoverer of DNA) who claims: ‘We used to think our fate is in our stars. Now we know that in large measure it is in our genes’, astrology makes no such claim. A cursory first glance may give you the impression that you’re a puppet of both your birthchart and unconscious mind – the puppeteers who pull the strings. Yet you can liberate yourself from this state of fatality by deciphering the logic of your birthchart, your unconscious mind, and the laws under which they operate. This is the function of astrology.
The fact is that a precise assessment of your character and life experience requires a precisely timed and constructed birthchart. And that an accurate forecast of future events and conditions requires a precisely timed birthchart progressed to a specified date in the future. The fact is that major progressed aspects turn on not-conscious drivers and the events they attract, at times that can be predetermined, contribute in some way to your self-development. The fact is that transit progressed aspects do not map important events or developments. But by aspecting a planet involved in a major progressed aspect a transit progression maps a tipping point – an accumulation of astrological energy – and the day on which the event mapped by the major progressed aspect can occur.
The fact is that Hermetic astrology does not use the Moon’s nodes, fixed stars, asteroids, Chiron, Vulcan or Transpluto because they don’t have an identifiable function in the birthchart or an identifiable thought-cell equivalent. And Hermetic astrology does not use the Part of fortune, other so-called Arabian points, the East point and midpoints because they don’t have an identifiable function in the character. The fact is that the birthchart must only display astrological markers that have an identifiable function in the birthchart and the unconscious mind or character.
The fact is that your birthchart is a jigsaw puzzle containing 22 pieces and the Sun-sign represents one single piece of the puzzle.