What is astrology?

Astrology – astro + logy (logy is the Greek word for science) – means the science of the influence of the stars. It’s the oldest of the occult sciences – the origin of science itself. It’s used in the same sense as geology, biology and psychology. More recently there’s neuroscience – and now astroscience. It’s classified as occult simply because it deals with hidden or unseen energies that orthodox science has yet to investigate.

Misconceptions about astrology abound, but astrology can be defined as the systematic study of the influence of the planets and zodiac signs on the character and life experience. From a personal perspective you can view it as a way of finding out about yourself – your character and life experience – and what you can do to avoid mishap and proactively participate in your self-development. Astronomy studies the stars and planets to understand the physical structure of the universe, how it evolved and the natural laws that govern it. Astrology takes a giant leap and explains the influence of these heavenly bodies upon human life.  To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied to the affairs of men.’

Astrology is a science of energies. It’s the study of the zodiac signs and planets – the energies they transmit – and their influence on life and behavior. And it’s because these energies are non-physical and have not been detected by the most advanced technological equipment that inference is needed. So how can you clarify if these hidden, unseen energies influence your life? You only have one option and that’s to assess your own astrology code.

Astrology involves the investigation and understanding of nature’s laws. Astrological laws are nature’s laws and they influence the natural world, including you and the global developments on the planet where you live. Astrology seeks knowledge that can be applied to individual birthcharts. It seeks to provide you with powerful self-information and you’re the only one who can judge its authenticity and level of accuracy.

Natal, or personal, astrology is the actual measurement of the thoughts and feelings within your unconscious soul-mind. These express as your character and an accurately timed birthchart maps their relations as thought-complexes. Their stimulation by astrological events during your life attracts new events and conditions and astrology allows you to plot when particular character factors will be stimulated into activity. But most astrologers employ extra-sensory perception – not scientific analysis – when reading a birthchart and in most instances they don’t even know they’re doing it.

So astrology is a way of finding out about yourself, the events you can experience and what you can do to enhance your self-development. Its focus is your soul or unconscious mind. This subconscious part of your consciousness has a sympathetic connection to the stars and planets so astrology provides you with a cosmic identity. It provides you with a sense of being intimately connected to the universe, but there’s far more to the science that studies the soul and stars than you ever imagined.

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