A broad range of astrological knowledge has been discovered from throughout the world and from a myriad of cultures. History has well documented that almost all ancients, including the Mayan, Babylonian, Native American, India, Greek and Sumerian examined the heavens for divinatory purposes and all used some form of Astrology. These people noted that most of the stars that they saw in the heavens were stationary in correlation to each other. They also looked for omens that might affect their lives and possibly their kingdom. They observed and maintained lists of phenomena that eventually showed recurring cycles of the planets and forecasted, reasonably accurately, based on these movements. They referred to these stars as fixed and observed that there were five visible stars which, in contrast to others, revolved around the Earth along a narrow line. This was called the ecliptic which loops around the Earth at a particular angle and is the same line which is traveled by the Sun, Moon and the five visible stars. Over time, this belt was divided into 12 sections. Most of them are named after animals where specific characteristics best describe the energy that emanated from each. Although this is an imaginary division and planets are not actually located in theses illusionary compartments, this is still referred to as the Zodiac. Our ancestors when observing the Zodiac noticed that when a planet passed through a particular area, it triggered certain events. They also noted a correlation between similar characteristics of babies born on the same day compared to those born when the Sun returned to the same place each year. Contemporary scientists make observations and note same outcomes by physical laws. This is how Newton's Law of Gravity and other scientific laws were formulated. Although Astrology has been touted by some to be unproven and unscientific, it does use scientific methods to determine action and reaction. The exact time of the event or birth is noted, observations are made of the aspects between planets, and the ensuing results of these connections are noted.
An Astrologer's role is to interpret the chart using the combined skill of astrology, experience, and intuition in order to offer guidance, always cognizant that there are no absolutes. The horoscopes today provide general snippets of information derived from looking at the Sun's position. In contrast, an Astrology reading takes into account all known planetary influences within a chart, not just the location of the Sun. Some of the horoscopic information written today is for entertainment and many times not even gleaned from competent sources. Therefore, check this prior to following any advice.
Astrology continues to be a valuable tool in choosing favorable times for conducting business, forecasting events, and answering questions pertaining to health, relationships, career and other aspects of life. Accuracy in delineating a chart requires the date, exact time and place of birth.
A natal chart is a blueprint that reminds you of your strengths and weaknesses and the character you chose to play in this incarnation. The knowledge, experience and intuitive ability of an Astrologer who can accurately interpret the many layered aspects and influences of a chart plays a key role in a reading.
An Astrology reading offers valuable insight and awareness in making conscious and informed choices. Through the chart, one may find resources that can lead to a much broader perspective of life. It can also point the way to aligning with and working through the shifting paradigm and the much larger framework of existence beyond what is seen.
Ultimately, the answers to our most perplexing questions may be found when we look deeply within ourselves. Now, more than ever, we need tools for maneuvering our way through the maze; one that will help us to learn and grow as individuals and ultimately a collective group of souls evolving on a journey together.