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Astrology is a powerful Spiritual modality: it is the study of Universal energies and how these energies apply to our selves, our lives, and our world. Since the dawn of human civilisation, people have consulted astrologers for advice regarding practically every aspect of life.
Kings used astrology to decide whether to go to war. Priests consulted the stars to determine when to offer the appropriate sacrifices. Sailors, farmers, and businessmen looked to the skies to navigate their next course of action. Everyday folk like you and me researched almanacs to choose auspicious dates to move house, pray to ancestors, get married, or start a new job.
And of course – who could forget? The three Magi (“wise men”) who discovered Jesus relied on astrology to find this highly evolved soul, when He was still a newborn in a stable.
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking,
“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
– The Gospel of Matthew 2:1
So the next time someone tries to convince you that astrology is evil, let them know that the three wise men identified Jesus by his ascendant, or Rising Sign. Ha!
Yet, astrology sceptics still exist.
“astrology doesn’t work. My zodiac sign doesn’t sound like me.”
You may have heard this criticism of astrology before – or you yourself may have said this. And that’s totally okay.
Remember what I said: astrology is a study of Universal energies as applied on your self, your life, your world.
There are two reasons why some people think astrology “doesn’t work”:
Reason 1: Some people assume that astrology decides your destiny. When it doesn’t, they assume astrology doesn’t work.
It’s a common – and false – assumption that anything can determine the course of your destiny other than freewill choice. I’m afraid there’s no such thing, darlings. There are no shortcuts in life. Astrology can be an extremely useful guide as to how best you can live your life and make awesome decisions for your highest good. But nope – destiny is shaped by your decisions. Not the modality you choose to guide you. So astrology, numerology, the Tarot, feng shui, tea leaves and crystal balls… they don’t have the final answers. Only you do.
Reason 2: Lots of people look only at the sun sign when they should look at the birth chart.
Here’s another common misunderstanding about astrology: most people think it’s only your Sun sign that matters. They don’t even know that other signs exist!
So what’s a birth chart, you may ask? Here’s a simple definition:
A birth chart (or natal chart) marks the positions where all the planets were when you were born. Their positions indicate your personality, strengths and weaknesses, opportunities for learning, and important seasons of Spiritual evolution.
To calculate your birth chart, you’ll need:
- Place of birth
- Date of birth
- Time of birth
Without a time of birth, you won’t be able to find your ascendant, or rising. Nor will you know which houses the planets in your chart fall in. But no worries – you can still benefit from the wealth of knowledge and insight that your location and date of birth can provide.
In this article, I’ll briefly discuss the Big Three of the birth chart: your Sun Sign, Moon Sign, and Rising Sign.