You are already familiar with how vital and powerful planetary energy can be. It’s
nearly sunrise. You know soon the Sun will cast light upon the world. It’s summer.
As the Sun climbs in the sky the light will brighten , the heat will be intense.
Although the world around you is cast in dark shadows and the temperature is chilly,
you don’t question what’s coming. As the sun rises over the ocean it illuminates
waves lapping at the shore. You know the ebb and flow of the sea are brought about
by the Moon. You don’t question it. These are things you can see with your own eyes,
visible effects of planetary influences. This is an example of the most indisputable
astrological phenomena. Indisputable because it is visible, and tangible. The Sun
and Moon, as well as other planets have other effects on our lives, less visible
and tangible, but no less real. Astrology is the study and interpretation of these
powerful planetary energies, and what they mean to you.
What forces were at work when you were born? The position of the planets at the moment
you became an independent being, existing outside your mother’s womb, are your Natal
Planets. You carry this energy force with you throughout your life. Just as genetics,
how you were raised and your life experiences mesh with other factors to determine
who you are , how you think, and feel, so does the energy of your Natal Planets.
Life experiences may be pleasant, traumatic, enlightening, etc. as they support,
challenge or expand what you learned and what opinions you formed in childhood. Likewise,
as planets move into aspect with your natal planets they can have disruptive or harmonious
effects, bring challenges changes or opportunities, depending on the nature of the
aspect. You feel it internally from minor mood swings to major psychological issues.
You see it externally in events occurring in your life, changes in other people's
actions or reactions toward you, and the changing twists and turns as you navigate
the path of life.
You have always experienced the effects of astrological influence, although you may
not have known what it was or where it was coming from. Astrologers study and interpret
these aspects, helping you understand your own natural psychology - why you think,
feel and react the way you do as well as the changing effects of transits (where
planets are now) to help you understand what challenges and opportunities may be
coming your way.
There are other uses for the study of planetary energies. The timing of an event
effects it’s outcome the same as the moment you were born affects you. Electional
astrology helps you choose the best time for the best results in a planned event,
i.e. marriage, starting a business or buying a house. The timing of a question can
give the answer. Horary astrology answers questions based on the energies present
at the time it was asked. The energies of any given moment have different affects
on everyone depending on their birth chart, but also some similar affects on everyone
no matter what their birth chart is. Mundane astrology is the study of general affects
(like full Moon) that everyone feels individually, as well as influences that set
trends in business, politics, etc.
WHAT ASTROLOGY ISN’T
Astrology isn’t ‘fortune telling’, and it isn’t a guarantee. It can predict the
type of influences coming, and the area of life likely to be affected, but not every
specific detail. It can help prepare you for how you may be inclined to react, but
only you know how you will react, and what you will do. If you have an opportunity
will you take it or pass? If you face a challenge will you back down or face it and
Astrologers can’t make your decisions for you, they can give you advice. Only your
heart and soul knows what is right for you and your life They can’t promise what
is going to happen they can tell you what is likely. Planetary influence is one factor
in your life, and the events you experience, but there are other factors.
Things such as national events, other people's issues etc. may or may not be reflected
in your chart, yet they affect your life. Your own free will is always the most important
variable in any situation. The choices you make, goals you pursue define your path
of life. Astrology is simply a tool to help you better understand yourself, and the
unexpected turns coming your way. Astrologers provide guidance to help you make your
own choices and improve your chances of success but NEVER to make guarantees or make
your choices for you .