Monday, May 4, 2009

Astrology - An Overview

By Jennifer Schroeder

The term astrology gets thrown around for a lot of
different things, but what is it really? According to the dictionary,
astrology is the study of planets, sun, moon, and stars with a belief
that they affect the course of a person's life. They list astronomy as
an obsolete definition of astrology. This is very different for those
of us that believed astrology was the study of astronomy.

Now
astrology includes the sun signs which are more commonly know as your
horoscope. In actuality horoscopes are a reading per sun sign that is
based on the location of the planets, sun, moon, or stars for that day,
week, or month. Every person who provides horoscopes has their own
unique twists on writing them. The sun signs therefore are: Aries,
Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius,
Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Your sun sign is then based on the day
that you were born. Sun signs are the most familiar component of
astrology but not all astrologers rely on them.

Some astrologers
look more to birth charts when they are helping someone answer
questions about their future. Birth charts are in fact considered so
important that they have their own branch of study under astrology
called Aspects. In its simplicity, an Aspect is a relationship between
two planets on the day and at the time you were born. Within the Aspect
study, the sun and the moon are also used not just the planets. It
should also be noticed that Pluto is still a planet for people that
were born before Aug 24, 2006. In fact Pluto was an important part of
birth charts so don't be surprised if some astrologers are still using
Pluto as a planet for people born after Aug 24, 2006. No matter what
scientists say, Pluto is still out there doing the same things it was
always doing. Birth charts are commonly used to get a picture of your
whole life, past and present as well as future.

 

Numerology is another study that is often used with astrology.
Astrologers have developed a prediction of some traits of a person
based on the date that they were born and not just what sun sign the
birth date lies within. It uses aspects of numerology to offer meanings
of the specific day within a month. This prediction is more accurate
when it is combined with birth charts and sun signs. By using month and
date numerology combined with the primary star on that date, they can
create a list of compatible and non-compatible dates throughout the
year for each person. It isn't as accurate by itself but it can be used
as a quick guide to different things.

 

Astrology is then the use of sun signs, birth charts, and
numerology to predict someone's life path. Some astrologers predict
world wide events and not just events in the life of a single person. A
full prediction is so much more than a simple horoscope. If you paid
for a complete birth chart than you will get a picture of your life
based on mathematics and the degrees that planets were to each other
when you where born. This is so much more than someone simply telling
you your future. The formulas used in a birth chart have been around
and have been perfected since the Middle Ages. In fact some historians
mention generals and great warriors that wouldn't go into battle
without consulting their astrologer to see if they would win first.
Many believe that Egyptians were the first astrologers that preformed
predictions as early as 3,000 B.C. Astrology and their calculations
have been around far longer than many people know.

The Chinese
zodiac is a part of Chinese astrology is used by many astrologers.
Instead of being based on the month and day like the twelve sun signs,
the Chinese zodiac is based on twelve years. The animals that represent
the twelve years are a dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, roster, dog,
boar, rat, ox, tiger, and hare. Although by using only the Chinese
zodiac, astrologers are missing some of the bigger parts of Chinese
astrology which includes the Yin and Yang.  

Astrology has been
around for many years and it is still very important in some cultures.
Within typical Western cultures, astrology is a fortune telling tool or
used to predict people's journeys through life. Astrology is also often
used to establish if two people are compatible or exactly what kind of
person someone should look for. As all things in life go through
cycles, maybe astrology is on an upswing and will once again become a
more trusted science in the future as it was in the past.  

My
name is Jen. I am currently working on my Master's in Adult Education.
I am also the primary caregiver for my partner who has cancer. Together
we own Jendee Stores, LLC. Online we are located at http://www.jendeestores.com
I'm not new to writing, just new to writing articles online. Let me
know what you think about my articles and if you would like to see an
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