What is Astrology?
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. A person who practices astrology is called an astrologer. A very ancient, but still vital discipline, astrology seeks the meaning and application of the influences of the planets, stars, in 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.
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.
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 must first draw up a chart, or horoscope filled with arcane symbols, 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.
An individual birth chart, is a personal map, showing 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. Timing means everything.
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 birth chart 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. Experience shows that all the events, people and things on planet Earth can be mapped from beginning to end by the energies symbolised in astrology. A deep understanding of astrology is like opening a doorway into the meaning of life, an initiation into the secrets of the world.