What is Astrology?
Astrology is a form of art and a science of possibilities. Astrology is a system that accurately explains the potential outcome of a person’s life based on the interaction between planets (including the sun and moon) at a specific time and place of birth.
Therefore, a person’s horoscope, also known as the birth chart (or natal chart) is a personal road map that provides a compelling and crystal-clear explanations for the challenges a person can face in this lifetime.
The configurations of the signs and symbols in a birth chart can help to time and understand the events in your life giving you clear insights into your family, love relationships, career, and most importantly, your strengths and limitations.
Astrology deals with psychological and physical maturation concurrently while holding the key to helping you improve your attitudes that influence your life. Therefore, as you study astrology, you will gain a sense of self-awareness and validation that ultimately equips you with the solution to ensure harmony and balance into your life.
In time, knowing astrology enhances your objectivity about life and how you interact with others and fond closer bonds to the ones you love. When used wisely, astrology is an excellent tool that can assist you in achieving your desired goals and outcomes.
The Origin of Astrology
The origin of astrology is largely unknown because the study of the cosmos is likely have started as early as the time when humans first walked the earth. Man’s need to relate to the cosmos was common across all ancient civilizations. We know this from the clues we get from the bits and pieces of artefacts that predate recorded history, which were used in ancient rituals to worship the heavenly bodies. Humans have always been searching for answers to his existence and purpose in life within the context of this vast universe. And in so doing, we humans want to make sense of the world. In short, early humans were simply observers of the cosmos who were aware of their vulnerabilities.
Every ancient civilization and culture requires a high priest or priestess who are literate and devoted to the study and practice of this special knowledge called astrology. The role that these high priests or priestesses play in the old days were very important and crucial to the survival of a civilization. And as we progressed into the Medieval Age, astrologers became highly sought after by kings and chieftains to ensure that war was fought on an auspicious day, for example. Fast forward to the modern era, astrologers are also sought after for determining the outcome of a presidential election and even a profitable trade on the stock market.
Different cultures have different forms of astrology. The Mayans have their own Mayan calendar which consists of 20-day signs and 13 galactic numbers, forming a total of 260 days in a year. The Chinese have the I-Ching which is based on lunar cycles. The Jewish mystics have the Kabbalah. The Egyptians believed that solar movements could predict natural phenomenon such as floods and famine. The Romans, Greeks and people in the Islamic world also have their own system of astrology.
Astrology is a mystical science that represent the human psyche. Many, even now, fear astrology because of the vast amount of ignorance relating to the political or religious developments throughout Europe during and after the Medieval Age. It was during that period of history that sent astrology underground and the practice of astrology became a taboo. Even the famous clairvoyant and astrologer Nostradamus had to write his prophecies in metaphoric quatrains, using a combination of Latin and old French to avoid being accused of heresy by the church. This was how astrology was demonized.
Regardless of its origin or how it is being perceived, astrology remains a powerful diagnostic tool that we can all use to enhance our life, no matter what your faith is. For example, the Torah does not deny the Kabbalah; it confirms it. The I-Ching does not contradict the Tao; it enhances it. Astrology has always been coexisting with religions, enhancing a person’s way of life and perception of this universe.
The introduction of psychology in the modern era seems to have made astrology lose its significance for a period of time. And it might have appeared that astrology was becoming outdated. However, if you were to study psychology and human nature closely, you will realise that there is a close relation between the two sciences – astrology and psychology. Both disciplines seek to explain human nature in their own way yet not deferring away from the value they add to our lives by giving it meaning and purpose, as well as opening our eyes to the sheer amount of phenomenon in our environment that we do not yet know.
Carl Jung, the renowned Swiss psychologist, took astrology seriously and pursued it independently from psychology. He believed in the notion that certain personal or global events on Earth coincide in time with similar planetary relations in astronomy.
As we take a look at where we are right now in the 21st century, many astrologers or astrologers-to-be are emerging in their own field to promote astrological tools as an effective way to examine a person’s authentic personality. Not only that, but astrology is also a powerful coaching tool that can help bring about self-awareness and validation, while speeding up the healing process of an individual, guiding the individual towards becoming a better version of him or herself.
If you’d like to find out more about what astrology is and what it can do for you, or if you’re wondering what’s in your birth chart and how you can better improve your life, feel free to drop me an email or a WhatsApp message and we can start the conversation going!