ASTROLOGY: What is it good for? Read this to better understand what Astrology can (and can't) do for you.

I love astrology and so do you! The problem with horoscopes is that it's only one teeny tiny part of astrology. Most folks only know their Sun signs, and have the limited experience of daily, weekly or monthly astrology columns to base their opinions of astrology on. I’m not here to steer you wrong, so, in the tradition of Paula Abdul's infinite wisdom, I will straight-up now tell you this: Sun sign ‘scopes are by their very nature, schlocky. The Italians don’t run around bragging about their one ingredient tomato sauce, and what kind of astrologer would I be if I didn’t tell you that your generic daily/weekly/monthly horoscope offers only a tiny fraction of what astrology has to offer? Your job, dear reader, is to separate the wheat from the chaff. Enjoy reading your horoscopes but don’t confuse them with the amazingness that an astrological reading by a learned astrologer can give you.

I love writing horoscopes but they're based on general astro-knowledge instead of an individualized reading, so you should for sure consider that when you're reading your forecast. Your Sun sign, or ‘star sign’ as it is commonly called, represents your identity, will and your sense of self, and when you read your horoscope you're reading about that one planet only. To think your Sun sign horoscope is all that astrology has to offer to explain the beauty and mess of who and what you are, is like imagining that hot chopped tomatoes are all you need for a good marinara sauce; it’s a vital ingredient, but isn't all you need by a long shot.

Your birth chart is like your hard drive, the hardware you were born with and are set to work with throughout your life. It’s a complex system that works whether or not you understand it or believe in it. You can upload programs, move stuff around on your desktop, optimize the hell out of it, or let it get all junked up with viruses and never really learn how to use it properly, because you have free will. Our free will allows us to make choices, but those choices exist within the framework of our personality and circumstances, and the role that we allow fear and hope to take. Free will enables you to choose to make the most of yourself or to be the most brilliant jerk around. Astrology doesn’t pre-destine your choices, but it does describe what you're most likely to be choosing between. Your birth chart is like a personalized me-manual that a qualified astrologer can interpret for you, and it's freaking awesome.

Astrology isn’t a belief system. There is no spiritual doctrine that is inherent to the study or use of it, and it’s not in any way a faith-based system. It’s a system of divination, and a way of looking at an individual’s nature, predispositions and likely circumstances. What we do with those things is where free will comes in.

Your birth chart reveals just about everything. I'm talking about your family history, body health, mental health, emotional nature, sexual preferences, money issues, ideals, hygiene habits, what’s going on for you now and what’s coming up tomorrow- the list goes on and on. Your weekly/daily/monthly horoscope won’t tell you that stuff, but your birth chart will, so it's wise to look at your “sign” as the little but intense piece of information that it is. 

There is a whole lot of math in astrology (for reals: it's hella boring), lots of rules and layers of meaning between the planets, signs, and their placements. If you’ve ever seen an astrological chart then you know that there are lots of symbols and numbers on it, and I can tell you that they all have meaning on their own, as well as in relationship to each other. A good astrologer will have spent many years studying and interpreting charts and can give you all kinds of 411 that computer generated readings lack. To effectively read a chart you’ve got to be able to understand the pieces and then synthesize them; we are so much more than the sum of our parts!

You don’t have to believe in astrology for it to be a handy and insightful tool for getting to know yourself on a deeper level. You don't have to believe in aspirin or understand how it works to get it's value; just pop one of those bad boys down your gullet and wait 30-ish minutes and voila! Headache relieved! Now, not all headaches are cured by aspirin pills, and there are lots of reasons for that - some I can guess at, and some as mystical to me as astrology may be to you. The point I’m trying to make is that not only do you not need to believe in something for it to work, but even the most tried and true things in our world don’t work all of the time for all of the people.

It's super validating to learn of a larger context to explain why you are how you are, or why your mother was this way or you’re ex that way. And what could be larger than the Solar System? Astrology, when used responsibly, is an excellent tool for understanding people! When dumbed down it can read like generic quackery, but when you stumble upon the real deal it is life affirming and helpful. A real “You’re OK, I’m OK” kind of thing. What I love about astrology is it can help you understand your limits so that you can work with them and no longer be limited by them, or to see what we are good at and can sustain in a healthy way. It's dope AF.

The stars, planets, and constellations are all out there, whether we think about, see, or consciously feel them or not. Many folks have a hard time buying that a bunch of planets that are ridiculously far away from Earth have any impact on us humans. I get that; it’s a weird concept, especially for us Urbanites who rarely see the stars in the city’s night sky. The Solar System is out there, though, affecting us all the time in ways we do and don’t understand. If I’m listening to the radio and my mobile phone rings, I get static on the radio. These two devices work in ways that I’m clueless about, but I have proof that they work, because when you call me on the phone I can hear you perfectly (once I turn the volume on my radio down). Whatever magic connects our voices on the phone exists whether or not I’m receiving a call; the energies that make phones and devices connectable are always actively present. Weird, right? These devices and their technology are pretty new and still being perfected. The grand old Universe has been around a a whole lot longer and its field of impact is likely to be much more pronounced. That’s how astrologers see it, anyways. 

Astrology works based on the principal that we are connected to this planet, and that this planet and its contents are connected to the Solar System. If you can accept that all celestial bodies hold and give off energy it's not hard to imagine that the effects of that energy impact us hear on our home. Whether you buy that or not, my experience is that astrology works, and you should decide for yourself whether that’s true for you. I’m not inclined to get into technical aspects of how astrology works in my writing, but there are plenty other astrologers out there are doing just that, so do some research if you’re an inquiring mind that has to know. 

All that being said, who doesn’t like to indulge their astro-curiosity? You want to know what this week or month is gonna bring, and I want to tell you all about it! Just remember that there are many astrological factors in your birth chart that can change the meaning and importance of your Sun sign, so use a grain of salt and some common sense when reading your horoscopes, will ya?

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