What Astrology Is.

Astrology is a coherent body of knowledge that has systematically attempted to examine how the position of the planets, their angular relationships and movements co-relate with the human affairs, both on an individual and a collective level. It has developed over thousand of years of painstaking empirical observation and sprang out of the need to understand life in relation to a wider context and to attune human activity with a wider cosmic pattern.

A  Cultural & Universal Urge.
Humans throughout the ages have always looked up at the skies above them for answers to mundane concerns as well as the fundamental questions of existence.  Almost every known civilization on Earth has developed some form of astrological system. The urge, therefore, to seek meaning and understanding in the stars seems to be both cultural and universal and may hide behind it another more profound realization – that “we are all made of stars”, a position which may feel challenging at first but which ultimately is not that far from the findings of modern physicists and astronomers about the origin of life.
The Philosophical Tenets of Astrology.
The philosophical tenets of astrology lie in the Western Hermetic Tradition which suggests that everything is in perfect unity , all life is one,  best  summed up in the dictum “As above so below, as within so without”. Put simply, the microcosm and the macrocosm are not but reflections of the same reality or essence, differing only in measure. It is on this theoretical assumption – backed up with sufficient empirical evidence over the centuries – that astrology operates, and the position of the planets in the zodiac along with their angular relationships tend to reflect, co-relate or simply concur with events on Earth (rather than cause them as it is erroneously assumed, though the influence of the Sun and Moon on Earth has been well documented).
A Moment in Time.
Astrology essentially provides us with a language to understand qualitatively what most of us seem to acknowledge intuitively: firstly,  that every moment has its own distinct qualities, differing from any other moment in time; secondly, for everything there is a season and that specific periods of time seem to favor our engagement with certain aspect of our lives or our setting out on a new project/course of action; thirdly, everything that is born in time takes the characteristics of that moment. It, then, looks at the movement of the planets and their respective qualitative correspondences in order to bring these three realizations down to our level of understanding.
Astrology as a Road Map.
A definition of astrology that I particularly cherish, especially as it relates to forecasting, comes from Bernadette Brady’s book Predictive Astrology in which she compares astrology with a road map: just as the road map allows us to see what the journey is going to be like from one geographical point to another, the difficult twists and turns along the way and where the next shelter and provisions can be found, so astrology provides us with a time map enabling us to assess what our sojourn from here to tomorrow, one year etc. is going to be like.
“Nothing endures but change.” ― Heraclitus
At the heart of astrology is the profound – though oft missed – realization that everything is in constant motion and change and that our lives, just like anything that exists in nature, are not static but we emerge, culminate and decline. Astrology teaches us to keep ourselves open to this process of constant change, attuning to it by keeping our hearts and minds open (and often our bodies will follow); eventually everything will pass, everything will come to pass and what may feel like difficult today may cease to be some so days, months or years later.   This is perhaps where astrology’s greatest contribution to human life lays, a contribution as relevant to us today as ever before.
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