Astrology: What the stars have to tell us

While meeting new people on different occasions, I see many eyebrows being raised when I mention the word ‘astrology’. Some people react interested, some neutral, but what I come across most, is a common association with a show called ‘Astro tv’, where people pay to get their future predicted via a phone call. Let me tell you, this causes most people to roll their eyes. Not the best look. Time to write a decent blog on what the heck astrology actually is, so we can lower the eyebrows and relax our foreheads again.

What is Astrology?

First off, you probably already know more things about astrology than you are aware of. The time calendars we use for example, have everything to do with the cycles of the planets. For example:

  • 1 rotation of the earth equals 1 day
  • A quarter cycle of the moon equals 1 week
  • A whole cycle of the moon equals 1 month
  • A cycle of the earth around the sun equals 1 year

Time and space define our reality here on earth, so it is no surprise the sky has been studied for centuries. Activity of the planets have been noticed to have an influence on the earth. We know for instance that the moon, being the closest to earth, has a profound influence on organic processes with water, as it influences our tides and even menstrual cycles. A lot of people report to have a restless night of sleep during a full moon, the phase of the lunar cycle where the energy emitted is at its highest. Astrology is about the interaction between the sky and us here on earth, illustrated by the commonly used quote: ‘as above, so below’.

Astrology is the study of the connection between celestial activity phenomena and earthly events. The word Astrology comes from the Greek astrologia, which means ‘telling of the stars’.

How can the stars actually ‘tell’ us something I hear you ask?
Well, the placements of planets in the sky and the distances between them, can be interpreted using the symbolic language that has developed over years of astrological study. It can tell us about time and space and even our characters, because we can interpret the different energies corresponding with the celestial bodies and the symbolic meaning of the Zodiac.

Signs of the Zodiac

When talking about astrology, we use a certain vocabulary that include the signs of the Zodiac. A cycle with 12 phases, each represented by a constellation of stars that flank the ecliptic (the path the planets travel across in the sky). They are known as:

Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

An example; I was born the 20th of December and at that time of the month, the sun travels through the constellation corresponding with Sagittarius. This means my ‘sun sign’ is Sagittarius, an energy that plays a role in my development, but doesn’t say everything about me as a character yet, as there are more planets and placements at play that comprise the whole story. Of course, we are moving around the sun, not the other way around. What astrologers mean in this case is that the sun appeared to be in Sagittarius from our point of view on earth.

The Natal Chart (also known as Birth Chart or Horoscope) is a chart with all the placements at the exact moment of our birth. It is a snapshot of the sky, a blueprint. Every birth chart is unique with different combinations of placements, which means there are different energies playing out for every individual.

The past, present and the future

For centuries, big thinkers like Pythagoras, Plato, Galilei and Jung have studied astrology and even though we are now heavily scientifically focused, astrology is still used by some big leaders to this day. I assure you that they do not use Astro tv for advice though.

So why does everybody talk about predicting the future?

We Astrologers look at the energies that play out according to Natal Charts and which energies play out when we look at the transits (present en upcoming placements of planets). Not to literally predict the future, but to get a feel for the energies that emphasize or repel each other so we can learn more about ourselves and ‘estimate’ what is likely to occur or not occur, based on our interpretation of the symbolic and energetic language of the stars. This gives us the insight on how to approach certain times and how to work with the energy that is present for us. These insights can open us up for transformation and growth.

The ancient wisdom of the relation between us humans and the cosmos we live in, is delicate and often misunderstood in modern times. If your forehead is still relaxed after reading this blog, I would love to dive into the stars with you, so I can hopefully shed some helpful light on understanding astrology when it comes to your life and natal chart.

That’s it for today!

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