What Is Astrology

By Lauren Kaplan

Astrology is the study of planetary influences and their affect on the world and
everything in it. Astrology is usually limited to human beings--their nature,
and their affairs, although a chart can be drawn up for just about any event.
The horoscope is a blue print or pattern of the solar system cast for a
particular moment of time. It is from this that the astrologer bases the
interpretation or delineation as indicated by the nature of the sun, moon, and

The natal horoscope is a chart drawn at the moment of birth to see and
understand the nature and makeup of the soul of the newborn as it takes
residence in the physical vehicle or body. The human soul is a focal point of
cosmic energy, and the pattern of the heavens, as charted in the horoscope, is
the means the soul comes to know itself and its destiny.

Astrology points the way to soul development and growth. The soul\'s strengths
and weaknesses are noted in the horoscope. Life is an opportunity given to soul
for further enhancement.

Because the heavens are in constant motion, and because this motion is quite
ordered and exact, it is possible to project the positions of the sun, moon, and
planets for any given time. Astrologers use this information to draw-up a
horoscope and forecast the "influences" that will affect the soul at that time.
Astrologers usually do not predict actual events in the future. They can only
say what might happen, or could happen, but not what will happen--much like a
weather forecast; although many psychics do make predictions, and astrology is
the tool they use to focus their abilities.

Another common feature of astrology is the comparison of birth charts to
ascertain the compatibility of two people. This is a straightforward method used
by over-laying one chart upon the other. The aspects or angles formed by the
planets are then analyzed to determine how the energy fields of each person
blend together. Some couples form more harmonious bonds than others, less
harmonious bonds offer a greater challenge for peace and happiness.

Over the years astrologers have developed numerous techniques for expanding
their "art" to include a multitude of services that can only be evaluated upon
the merit and usefulness of that technique. Astrology can only offer so much; it
is imperative that the individual soul strive to attain that which is rightfully
theirs in this short life, and to regard any advice with great care.

Category: Science