What is Astrology?
Originally, astronomy and astrology formed one science and were collectively depicted as one word. Largely this was due to the fact that all ‘sciences’ at that time were very closely amalgamated with religion. Ancient people considered everything that happens in the physical world as a direct consequence of spirits and their deeds. This view included not only the influence of the planets upon men (astrology), but also their orbits, rotation and trajectories (astronomy), as well as their chemical composition or physical structure (chemistry and physics).
I have to mention here in brackets that it is time for the ‘modern’ scientist today to get away from their rigid materialistic view of the Universe and to start learning more from this ancient wisdom. If they chose to do so, they would become aware of the fact that the reality behind ‘material substance’ is not ‘atoms’, ‘molecules’ or ‘ultimate particles’, as they believe, but is essentially spirit! The frequency of vibration of these particles, their composition and behavior can be explained only, once we comprehend the nature of the spirits, creating and controlling them.
With the advance of materialism, astronomy and astrology formed two separate branches of science. Astronomy specialized in studying the physical movements of the planets and their chemical structure. Quite the contrary, astrology is not interested in the mechanical or chemical buildup of the planets at all, but it studies the invisible energies emanated from the planets that influence people on an emotional and mental plane, which ultimately tends to shape their lives.
In antiquity, people noticed that the majority of stars were stationary in respect to each other. They called these stars ‘fixed’. They observed that there were five visible stars which in contrast to the others, were revolving about the Earth, confined to a narrow line. This line, called the ecliptic, loops around the Earth at a certain angle. In fact, the ecliptic is the same line traversed by the Sun, the Moon and the five visible stars. You can acquire a much better understanding about this notion if you click here to download and have a look at my slides, which I created in order to illustrate this concept.
Gradually astrologers divided the belt of the ecliptic into 12 sections and named each one of them after the fixed stars’ constellations that they observed ‘behind’ them. Most of them are named after animals, where specific characteristics best describe the energy, emanated from each constellation. This is how the Zodiac was born.
Furthermore, men observed that when a planet passes through a certain section of the Zodiac it triggers certain events. Babies born at this time share the same characteristics. In their constant travel along the ecliptic, planets move from one sign of the Zodiac to another. After some period of time they ‘return’ to the same sign where they were previously. Babies born in different years, but during the time, when a particular planet is passing through the same sign of the Zodiac, also show very similar traits, pertaining to the domain ruled by this planet.
For example, Mercury is the planet that rules the mind and communications. In the Greek mythology Mercury is represented by Hermes, who is always depicted as the ‘winged messenger’ of God or in other words he is the intermediate, the one, conducting the communication between Gods and humans. As another example Venus is the planet ruling the harmony, unison and love between people. Greeks called her Aphrodite, the Goddess of love - ideal, familiar and sexual. In the grounds of her temples there were groves where worshippers could make love.
By the position of Venus in the birth chart we can tell how that person relates to his or her partners. Let’s say Venus was in Scorpio, when a particular individual was born. Its presence there will intensify enormously the passion, sexual desires and jealousy of that individual, increasing his desire to ‘possess’ and control his partner. On the other hand, if Venus was not in Scorpio, but say, in Pisces, it will produce a person who is totally swayed by emotions and who is all too easily taken advantage of, because he will love and care too much about his partner. The same principle applies for all other planets. Each one of them is imprinting its mark on a particular domain of our life. In this way we are predisposed from birth in the way in which we think, feel, work, achieve, fail etc.
The main argument that we constantly hear from people, who do not believe in astrology is that people are far too complex creatures and cannot be divided simply into 12 categories. And indeed, I have to admit that the horoscopes appearing in the populist, tabloid newspapers and magazines did a lot of harm to the good name of astrology. This was done primarily through the wide broadcast of the misconception that according to astrology all people are simply divided into 12 groups. However, even a brief acquaintance with the main astrological techniques will convince the reader that the above statement has no grounds at all.
The ten planets of the Solar system (including the Sun and the Moon) can be in each one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac at the time of your birth. At the same time they can also be in each one of the 12 astrological houses, and their precise position will be determined by the daily rotation of the Earth around its own axis. So, we already have 12 times 12, times 10, which is 1440 combinations. But this is just the beginning. Each one of the ten planets can make about a dozen different aspects to each one of the other planets (some of these are positive and some of them are negative). In addition, each one of these aspects will have a different interpretation according to the sign and house position of the planets involved. It becomes clear that there are millions and even billions of possible combinations and that even 5 or 10 minutes difference in the birth time will produce people, who can be quite different from each other. I myself have made thousands of charts for the last 10 years. I never saw two people who have exactly the same birth charts and I never will.
The natal chart of a person is like a life road map. It describes the main strengths and weaknesses of the individual; it depicts the ego, the attitude towards money and possessions, the main sources of income and the way in which the mind operates and processes information. The attitude towards the parents can also be derived from it; if one of the parents had a particular bearing on the individual during his formidable years this will be clearly shown in the chart. Other factors that will show up are the attitude towards relatives, brothers and sisters, the conditions in the home where the individual grew up and the conditions in the home which he or she established later. The natal chart shows also the attitude of the individual towards sex, pleasurable romance and transient or permanent relationships. The chart will show impartially if the individual really possesses any psychic or healing abilities. A lot can be said also about the possibilities of distant travel, career direction and opportunities, group or social involvement and so on and so on. If the chart is studied in depth, it can shed light on previous incarnations of the individual and stresses the main tasks which have to be completed in this life. In few words, the personal natal report can give us answers about every aspect of our lives!
It is important to know though, that planets do not determine entirely all events of your future. You possess a free will! The influence of the planets can be compared with the tides of the ocean. If the man decides to swim with the tides, he will be completely under the influence of the stars and in this case his life can be easily predictable. If, however, he decides consciously to swim in another direction, then he is exercising his free will and only then he becomes a true master of his own fate. This may not be always easy, but it is quite achievable to everyone, who is patient, faithful and persevere in the chosen direction. This is exactly what it is required from us in the new Age of Aquarius, in which we live today.
Astrology can help us enormously in this respect. Initially, it may seem that resisting the compelling force of the stars is a very difficult task. However, if a person is aware that he possesses certain negative traits (for example by studying carefully and objectively his own astrology chart) and is constantly trying to overcome his shortcomings, then after some time this task becomes quite habitual. In fact, not long after the individual decides to exercise his free will continuously, he or she notices with surprise that their behaviour improves dramatically and they wonder how they could have acted otherwise before. All that is needed is some perseverance and faith. In my practice as a professional astrologer I met many people, who after reading their natal report decided consciously to work on improving some of their flaws and indeed after some time they became completely different persons (To order your personal natal report, please click here).
Ancient people knew as a matter of fact about the distinct correlation between the stars and certain areas of human lives. Today, we live in one of the most materialistic epochs in the history of the World. But even nowadays, unprejudiced people around the World recognize astrology as one of the most rewarding spiritual sciences, available to man. Its correlation with some other official sciences such as physics, mathematics and psychology is undeniable. The trajectory of the planets can be calculated with an extraordinary precision by modern computers and astrology charts can be drawn in a matter of seconds. In this respect I cannot stress enough that the approach that astrology uses today is purely scientific!
It is not an easy subject, but everyone with a clear heart, open mind and who is willing to learn can be thought how to interpret astrological charts. It is similar to learning how to write. Not everybody can become a Shakespeare, but everybody can learn the alphabet. You can learn it too, if you enroll in one of my astrology courses, for example. More about my astrology courses you can learn if you click here.
The real strength of astrology, besides everything else, lies in its ability to change people’s lives by changing them from within. This can be achieved, provided that the following three conditions are satisfied:
‘ Knowledge is Power ‘
Millions of people around the world are totally unaware of the hidden planetary influences that shape and control their lives. These people live in a blissful ignorance about the fierce battle of the bright and dark forces, which both try to gain supremacy over their souls. Such people live through all their lives in the naive belief that they are the true masters of their own destiny. Once they became more spiritually aware, they embark on the road to self-discovery. And according to the main hermetic law ‘As above so below’ they come to an understanding that their own microcosm is very similar to the vast macrocosm. Astrology can be of enormous help in this respect, since this is the only scientific and proven method, which lead us to a great self-knowledge and understanding. If you wish to know how I can assist you in this regard, please click here.
Once you obtain and familiarize yourself with your natal report, you may wish to correct certain traits which were described there and which you did not entirely like. It is important to understand that the birth chart is like a road map. The map itself cannot get you to your destination, but can show you the various paths that you can take. It can point you the fastest way to become what only you can become, according to the strengths, outlined in your chart. On the other hand, it will point out to you where you will end up at the end of your journey if you choose to do nothing. The decision to act or not to act, glancing at the map is entirely yours. And here the words in the Japanese proverb come to mind:
‘ To know and not to act, is not to know at all ‘