What Is Astrology?
Astrology is a form of divination. It is based on the belief that the movement of celestial bodies affects human potential and other events on earth just as the moon directly influences the rise and fall of the ocean tides. Over the years, elaborate systems have been developed to correlate predictions of future events through the movement of these heavenly bodies. More than one system of astrology has developed. For instance, Chinese astrology is based on the phases of the moon.
One of astrology's central concepts is that because the soul is reborn at a specific time in relationship to the positions of the planets, its destiny as it journeys through its life plane is in direct relationship to the movements of celestial bodies. If you are aware of your position on earth in relationship to the stars, you have a better opportunity to be aware of your potential karmic gains and losses as you progress through your life map.
Astrology is a complex science and can require time and study to master, and there are many resources you can rely on if you choose. The objective of this chapter is to relate how astrology may be used as a part of your psychic development. You will be given a brief explanation of some of the symbolism that is a part of astrology.
Twelve Houses of Destiny
The most popular type of astrology today relies on the position of the sun at the time of birth to predict events in each person's future as well.
Through the course of the year, the sun travels through twelve houses of the zodiac:
Each of the twelve signs has its own personality traits. Since you were born under a specific sign, you are expected to exhibit the personality traits of that sign. As you delve into the science of astrology, you will read about personality profiles and compatibility of the different birth signs. If you have a strong relationship with someone who has an incompatible birth sign, remember that you can help make the relationship better. Don't just abandon it.
Each of the astrological signs contains one of four elements. These elements are fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), water (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces), and earth (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn).