What is Astrology
Astrology, the Science of the Stars
Astrology literally means “the Science of the Stars”, from the Greek astrologia: astron (constellation; star) and logia (study of; ordering principle; utterance). It contains both the idea of an organised body of knowledge of the cosmos, along with the way the stars “speak” to us, or give meaning to our lives [see Is Astrology Scientific]. A person who practices astrology is called an astrologer. A very ancient, but still vital discipline, from the most earlier civilisations we see that ppl believed that the planets, stars and other celestial phenomena like Eclipses and comets have an influence on our lives.
Astrology and astronomy have in modern times become separate studies, though for most of human history they were two sides of the same coin. We see that great astronomers like Tycho Brahae, Johanes Kepler and Geleleo also used Astrology for predicting influential ppl lives and also for weather predictions. For details you can read my articles on all three of them. Beside them we see a long line of Muslim scholars who were both Astrologer and Astronomer. I be writing about them in details in future.
Exploring ourselves, our relationships and our place within the world, astrology has found that the symbolic relationships between the heavenly bodies are significant, and can be seen as a map to human destiny. This is also expressed in the hermetic maxim: As Above, So Below.
Astrology can give us insight into all manner of situations, from the personal to the political and from the most intimate to the most mundane. Because astrologers generally take a holistic view of the world, we can see that there is a spiritual connection between all things, even the planets, stars and us.
To find the actual cosmic influences on events, character, and relationships, an astrologer first draw up a chart, or horoscope based on your Time of Birth, Date of birth and Place of birth.
He uses this horoscope filled with symbols of signs and planets position on the earth, this symbolic map of the heavens is like a snapshot of the cosmic influences at work on that specific place at that particular moment in time. These influences will be expressed in whatever person or event is being born right there and then. The astrologer’s job is to interpret the meaning of the symbols in the chart and to place these influences in an appropriate context, with relation to its subject based on the observations of thousands of years by many generations of astrologers all over the world.
Astrology is not a simple meaning like what you read in the horoscope section of the newspaper. A true astrological report takes into account not only the Sun sign (what you get in the paper), but the placements of all the planets of our solar system like Moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto signs and also their House positions in the horoscope with regard to Earth signs, sometimes other celestial bodies like some Asteroids are also considered as well in relation to your birth time. When all these meanings are compiled, it becomes a very complex and detailed description of a person’s profile.
An individual horoscope, or birth chart, is a personal map; it tracks, in the case of your own natal chart, the planetary influences affecting your exact birthplace, at the very moment you took your first breath. Drawn in a map as unique as your fingerprints, these influences find expression in the course you take throughout the whole of your life.
The symbols in your horoscope express deep meanings in a sort of cosmic shorthand. Astrologers use these symbols as a key to the understanding of your character, personality and relationships—and future. A horoscope can be drawn up for the moment of birth of not just a person, but also a project, an event, a business, even a country.
This is just a brief introduction for Astrology without going into technical deatails. I will be expanding on this knowledge in the comming articles so if you dont understand it right now dont worry every new subject is tough in the begining but once you understand its language it becomes easy.