What is the real purpose of Astrology?
Astrology is an art and a science that can help us free ourselves from our dependence on external influences and bring us into the true light of our inner being as free souls. Astrology deals with the seasons and cycles of our lives. It also teaches that whatever we send out will come back to us, and when. So just as there are seasons in nature, there are seasons in our mental and emotional lives as well. There is “a time to sow and a time to reap.” Each cycle in our life has its own meaning and its own purpose. An understanding of our birth chart helps us to know what cycles are operating and the right time to launch out into the mainstream of activity or wait until the cosmic tides change. The birth chart is calculated for the time when we take our first breath, for it is here that the soul mergers with body and our life begins. It makes no difference whether the birth was a natural birth, premature birth or a caesarean birth; it is the soul which decides when the timing is right and is compatible with its spiritual purpose.
Where did Astrology come from?
Astrology has undoubtedly been known to all nations throughout the world from time immemorial and its history appears to coincide with that of the earth, since it can be traced through every existing nation and through them again to the great nations of the past. Through Egypt and ancient Chaldea; through Japan and ancient China, and from Tibet to early Hindustan we find that astrology has passed round the globe and been part of the same ancient traditions. As to who invented it? NO ONE KNOWS.
What does an astrologer do?
The astrologer explains the patterns in the person’s birth chart as objectively as possible so that he or she can make use of the strengths and overcome any weaknesses of character; also to explain what life-cycles the person is in and how these cycles can be used to advantage. Clients are mostly interested in issues related to personal growth, relationships, finances, career, and health. Some request specific dates for the most auspicious time to begin an important enterprise, such as a business, long-distance move, change of career, marriage, elective surgery, etc. The responsibility of the astrologer is to show the client how to begin the project when the tide is in and not out. The most successful people tend to plan ahead and do not leave things to chance. There are also such things as “windows of opportunity,” and the astrologer looks for them. Conversely, there are also such things as “hard times,” and the astrologer is there to help the person get through those periods as well. Personally, in my own twenty-year career as an astrologer, I’ve had the pleasure to pick starting dates for successful publications, the construction of new homes, important business trips and so on. The requests are as individual as the people themselves. The astrologer is like a go-between and will refer clients elsewhere depending on what that person’s needs are, such as to a doctor, lawyer, priest, minister, counselor, financial advisor, etc., so the person can get whatever assistance is necessary.
How great is the public’s interest in Astrology?
A Gallop poll taken about twenty years ago said about 50% of the population “believe” in astrology. My guess is that the interest has grown since then as the public has become more discriminating and sophisticated. Astrology has come out into the open and people from all walks of life visit their astrologers. Within the last twenty years, I’ve had the privilege of doing readings for doctors, lawyers, millionaires, actors and other performers, a symphony conductor from Mexico, an opera conductor from L.A., bankers, native Americans, people from Europe, India, the Orient, action-adventure authors, jazz musicians, healers, gays and lesbians, incest survivors, alcoholics, Hollywood screen-writers, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, mystics, farmers, sculptors, painters, inventors, other astrologers, psychiatrists, hypno-therapists, movie producers and directors, an academy-award winning actress, etc. What they have in common is the desire to make sense of their lives and a conviction that life is not simply a random series of events.
Why do some people “believe” in Astrology?
Perhaps because they sense there’s more to God, Life and the Universe than the scientific, philosophical or religious community has been telling them. (I know I did or I never would have become an astrologer in the first place.) These people usually start by reading about their sun-sign and identifying with those characteristics. Or they read about their husband, wife, children or friends and find the insights useful, for it gives them a frame of reference to understand the dynamics of these relationships better. Astrology is the grass-roots psychology that has been handed down to us through the centuries. We can either toss it out the window and say it’s worthless, or we can test this information in the light of our lives and use it as a mirror for self-understanding. From what I’ve observed over the years, the sun-sign characteristics, as well as the numerous other factors in the natal chart, are always expressing on one level or another and can eventually be observed, even if not at first. The real purpose of astrology is to bring out our true individuality and teach us how to live from the spiritual presence within.
Why do some people “disbelieve” in Astrology?
They object to it usually through hear-say or on supposedly scientific grounds or from a religious bias. As astrologer Grant Lewi once said — “Astrology maintains a unique and lonely position in human thought. It is ‘believed in’ by many people who know practically nothing about it, and it is ‘disbelieved in’ by even more who know absolutely nothing about it. Of no other art or science can this be said.”
We usually hear about astrology when we’re young, and we’re taught to ignore or fear it. We are told to discount it as a “medieval superstition” because people were supposedly ignorant or primitive back then and humanity is much smarter now. Furthermore, most of the science community tells us astrology has no basis in fact because they cannot prove it using a statistical method or measure these energies by instrument — yet. I maintain that the time will come when these planetary forces can be detected through legitimate scientific means. In the meantime, because I am an astrologer and know what to look for, I am able to see evidence of these energies working out continually in my own life and the lives of others. Truth leaves clues.
In the religious community, we’re taught to run from the subject because astrology is thought to be the work of the devil (that it’s anti-religious and anti-God) and we’re to look to God only for answers and that God’s Will is never revealed through His creations. Astrology never limits God or the channels through which He works. The difficulty is that it takes a strong person growing up in this type of environment to say, “Bug off, all of you — I’m going to explore the subject on my own and find out what’s real through study and personal experience.”
In my own life I sensed there was a deep truth to astrology when I picked up my first book. I knew it was true: that God is good and would not send us into life without giving us a road-map by which to live it. Since 1967 I’ve continued my own studies and can say from personal research that the study of astrology holds great truths. Those who would sincerely like to explore the scientific basis of astrology — and there’s volumes of evidence to pour over — I recommend that they read “The Case for Astrology” by John Anthony West — a superb researcher with excellent scholastic credentials. Elsewhere, a Dr. Andrews, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon from Tallahassee, established that in a thousand cases of excessive post-operative hemorrhaging, 82 percent occurred between the first quarter of the moon and the day before the third quarter — i.e., as the moon grew full. Also, bleeding ulcers seem to erupt most frequently at the full moon, and a crop of other physical crises have been shown to correspond to the moon’s path. Why this is so, we don’t exactly know. But it does seem to suggest that human beings do not have to be shot into space to be subjected to cosmic effects. They do not even have to leave home. So astrologers collect this kind of information and make practical use of it with clients. If I were due to undergo elective surgery, or had ulcers, I’d find this information extremely useful and would take it into account. Astrology saves lives. I would use it to heal better: quicker; safer; faster. One of the most important and satisfying things an astrologer can do is to help people plan their elective surgeries so they can put the odds in their favor and have more peace of mind going into the hospital.
With regard to the religious arguments against astrology, I’d say that most objections are the result of certain Bible passages being taken out of context — and because of mistranslations. In some versions of the Bible the word for “wise men” has finally been retranslated back to “astrologer” — which is exactly what these men were. Coming to the New Testament, the story of the Magi, those of the Birth of Christ, and of the events accompanying the Crucifixion, show that the people of that time had a star lore which perfectly harmonized with their theology, and therefore could not fail to look for astrological accompaniments to such great events as the Birth, Life, and Death of the Messiah. Who but an astrologer would have looked for signs in the heavens to announce the birth of the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament?
Elsewhere, Genesis 4: 14 -18 has the biblical verses which support a spiritually-based astrology:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth … And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years … And God made two great lights; the great light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.” [Italics mine.]
Aside from the doubters, there are millions using astrology every day as a tool to smooth out their lives. They are able to anticipate the daily astrological climate like a weather report. They can plan ahead and set a schedule which will bring their subjective lives into harmony with their objective (worldly) lives. The essence of astrology is fundamentally simple, direct, and effective; but it must be taught correctly. It was never intended to be a twenty-year study until one could reap the rewards.
How can Astrology be best used?
Astrology is meant to be used as a tool, not as a crutch. Using it to decide if you should get out of bed in the morning turns it into something ludicrous. Use it to rationalize your shortcomings and you’ll only keep yourself stuck. Drive your family and friends crazy with it and you will alienate them from you, perhaps forever. Make careless, dire and unwise prognostications about other people’s lives and your words will come back to haunt you. Focus too much on predicting events and you won’t develop your own character. Perhaps the most profound and positive message astrology has to bring is this:
Character is Destiny. Change your consciousnes (your attitudes) and you change what happens to you. Every moment of time is sacred and good for something.