To most of us, Astrology means daily, weekly or monthly horoscope predictions published in newspaper or magazine. Say, you born between March 20th and April 21st, so your Zodiac sign is Aries. Does this mean same predictions apply to you that apply to half a billion people born under this sun sign or vice-a-versa?
The term astrology is derived from the Greek words astron and logos, which literally means "stars" and "study". Legitimate astrology is founded on logical observation and deductive reasoning and is not superstition or magic. It is a body of knowledge or science that charts the positions of planets at the exact time and place of a person's birth and determines the overall effect of celestial electromagnetic forces on a given individual's personality and behaviors throughout the course of his/her lifetime based on thousands of years of cumulative research. It is this study of planetary positioning at the time of a person's birth that allows astrologers to predict the future, for instance, an intensive study of a person's birth chart would allow an astrologer to predict horoscope love match by birth date.
It is a proven fact that celestial bodies that make up our solar system affect life on Earth. The ocean tides are the result of the gravitational pull exerted by the Moon as it revolves round the Earth. In the same way, human beings are electrochemical beings and are subtly and profoundly affected by any changes in the solar system's electromagnetic field. There are studies even by the philosopher Carl G. Jung on this subject.
Astrology is not a young science. In fact, astrology gave birth to the more modern science of astronomy. This is because astrologers were first scientists to document the planet's motions with mathematical accuracy. The oldest written documents of astral observations, discovered in India and China, are over five thousand years old.
So why do modern-day, realistic world leaders, corporate CEO's, physicians, physicists as well ordinary working people consult personal astrologers about critical situations before acting or reacting? What is it that leads highly educated individuals around the world to turn to such an ancient science looking for guidance and to consult a horoscope at critical crossroads in life?
The term horoscope comes from the Greek word "horo" indicating “time” and "scop" meaning “to look at” and it literally means a birth diagram of the specific astronomical pattern in the heavens based on individual's time and place of birth. This diagram is unique for every single person of this world.
This sky model of map of the heavens and planetary positions is recorded from a distinct geographical position and this planet-earth-sky pattern is called a chart. Based on this chart, astrologers market significant following features:
The exact astronomical position of planets in the sky - by listing their location in a constellation or Zodiac Sign
The location on the earth - by using latitude and longitude; these are called houses.
Which sign is on the horizon or that part of sky east of birth location at the time of birth - this point is called rising sign or ascendant.
An astrologer reviews this birth chart to find information about an individual's concern and events; they can make inferences regarding an individual's disposition and character and may foretell events in that person's life. Life patterns seen in the birth chart are matched by astrologer against the patterns seen in historical rules and records of parallel astronomical information. For predictive purposes, a planetary almanac is used to track location of planets, from sign to sign and house to house, to locate how these transits of planets will affect a person's life. We cover each one of these subjects in greater depth in later articles.
While information above is common and basic to astrology, there are also different schools of astrology that interpret this information in various ways. One is Western principle of Astrology; other is Indian or Vedic principles of Astrology. There are also the ancient Chinese, Arabian and Tibetan schools that we shall address in future articles.
Western Astrology emphasizes the relationship of Sun to earth. The position of Sun at the time of birth plays a very important role in this principle, and hence general advice columns or predictions published in newspapers and magazines.
Astrologically, Sun is believed to affect how an individual manifests his or her personal form of self-expression. Coinciding with philosophical and religious tenets of Western cultures, the concept of 'free will' plays a very important role in this school of astrology.
As a result, interpretations of Western astrologers focus on expressions of self and their consequences. It is presumed in this school of thinking that individuals are predisposed by planetary influences to certain patterns of behavior, thoughts and emotions. As a result, Western Astrology predicts and analyzes behavior based on birth dates.
Vedic or Indian Astrology, which is over 6,000 years old, is also an ancient behavioral analysis and forecasting system. However, it is a system that shows how behavior might change over time. Karma or the 'law of cause and effect' plays an important role in this school of prediction.
It is believed that a person is born in a specific time and place according to record of his karma or results of their actions in past lives. In birth chart of a person, there are events waiting in storehouse of his/her destiny, which can be modified to some extent by actions performed in this life. An astrologer determines when a planet will cross a sensitive point in the birth chart, stimulating a specific event. These events are not necessarily predestined or even required to happen. However, they show a tendency to do so over time. Birth chart becomes a record of that person's karma. Astrologer's role is to match the patterns in birth chart with current patterns in the heavens and to analyze, synthesize and draw conclusions at hand based on ancient principles.
The accuracy of the birth chart reading is directly proportional to experience and spiritual advancement of astrologer, as well as to recipient's desire and receptivity to have their birth chart read.
Vedic Astrology is considered to be a very accurate predictive form of astrology. Role of an astrologer is to help a person to understand whether he / she is in a slump or a surge and what astrological signatures indicate for them. It offers a map to guide about one's life and gives them an analytical time profile of their behavior to help them understand what compels them to act. Vedic astrology does not replace a person’s responsibility to decide what is better for them. It is rather a tool to form their own decisions and take their own action.
Concluding here, Kenneth Miller pointed out following post in a Life magazine article in July 1997:
"It turns out astrology is experiencing its biggest boom in four hundred years. According to a recent poll, just 20 percent of Americans are flat-out non-believers; 48 percent say astrology is probably or definitely valid."
Amazingly, even this interest and resurgence of interest in astrology in this new millennium is predicted in the stars. According to Western Astrology, in late 1995 the planet Pluto entered Sagittarius, commencing a 13-year period that will revive interest in spiritual, esoteric and religious subjects. In Chinese and Tibetan astrological tradition, the Year of the Rat in 1996 gave rise to a 12-year cycle that will be dominated by an overwhelming interest in philosophical studies.
CyberAstro expert astrologers would intensively study your birth chart before making any predictions regarding your future. So whether you are interested in predictions of horoscope love match by birth date or would like to know about your career horoscope by birth date, contact us.