However, this ancient science and intuitive art doesn’t explain why bad things happen to good people. It doesn’t act like a magical talisman that wards off insufferable events. Astrology doesn’t prevent earthquakes or volcanoes erupting or planes falling from the sky. Astrologers worth their weight in salt tell us that it takes years of study to fully grasps the basics and then the astrological path leans in the direction of lifelong learning. Astrologers reach a plateau only to face the next steep climb towards esoteric and mathematical knowledge.
Oops! Did I say math? Did I use the “m” word? As a self-proclaimed math phobic (never was that good at it), astrology has helped me embrace numbers and measurements. Today’s astrologers use computer programs to do the math, but we still need to know basic geometry and the software engineers who design astrology software lean on advance math.
Then, for anyone avoiding a headache, stay clear of astrology as a practice because it offers one puzzle after another. Do I just read transits or do I also look at progressed planets? Do I have the right birth time? Why does this chart not match the client sitting in front of me? Which house system do I use and could I go without a house system? Why don’t the numbers add up? Something’s missing here and it drives me crazy!
And then after going through all that trouble, astrology doesn’t explain everything. Humans and all life offers us too many complexities that we must throw every scientific and metaphysical tool we have in our kit at these mysteries and still… Soul contracts, past lives, and the collective consciousness play roles too. Some people would add karma and Universal Laws. I include the Law of Attraction and rely heavily on intuition when I read charts. I listen closely to the words of the client in the form of self-talk that often negates a client’s wishes or mission.
Indeed, astrology is just one tool in a kit and that kit takes years to develop through lifelong learning. I’ve taken workshops on just about everything metaphysical and my natal chart is wired for work as an astrologer (researcher and practice). In fact, anyone with powerful Uranus and Neptune aspects in his or her natal chart would do well in this profession, if he or she is willing to do the work. Out of all the metaphysical tools I have learned thus far, astrology proves the most challenging because it encompasses math, art, and intuition. And after all that work, it doesn’t explain everything. Life on planet earth is after all, the biggest mystery of all.
Use Astrology for the Following:
Testing compatibility in relationships & business partnerships
As maps to the soul (reading natal charts, transits, solar arcs)
Instructional manuals for children (and spouses)
Mundane or world events
Predictions (take with a grain of salt)
Working with archetypes
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