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What Is Astrology?

The History of Astrology

What is Sun Sign Astrology, And Is It Accurate?

The Zodiac Signs & Their Characteristics

The Planets and Their Meanings

The Astrological Houses and Their Meanings

Your Ascendant or Rising Sign

Elements

What Are Aspects?

What Are Transits?

The Part of Fortune

The North and South Nodes

Retrogrades

Void-of-Course Moons

Links & Other Resources

 

What Is Astrology

According to the Online Oxford University Press Dictionary:.http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/astrology?view=uk astrology is..

astrology 

noun the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies and their supposed influence on human affairs. [italics mine]

While I don’t care for the pretentiousness of this particular dictionary’s definition (naturally, I’m an astrologer! lol ), it is, nonetheless, one view of astrology: what it is and what it (subtly) isn’t.

However, according to the definition given to astrology by some scientists it is, or is close to being, a science!

www.astrology-and-science.com/a2-cfa.htm and  http://www.innerself.com/Astrology/Astrology_As_A_Science.htm.

And, then of course there are even some astrologers who claim that astrology is not only not an exact science, it is not even a science, but a cosmic art, and, therefore, not very practical! http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/skepticism/blfaq_astro_sci_art.htm

My favorite definition comes from the astrologers/writers/instructors at Avalon College who have written and developed several astrology software programs, as well as written numerous articles and books on astrology.

Astrology is the study of correlations of celestial events with behavior on earth, particularly correlations which cannot be explained by gravitation, magnetism, or other forces that are well established in physics or other sciences...

And while this is certainly accurate, it raises another question: is astrology merely a catchall, explanation-wise, for any of the other behaviors, activities and conditions here on earth that cannot be explained by another so-called ‘credible’ and/or accepted scientific method? Is there really any validity to astrology at all?

Well, of course, having studied astrology for more than 25 years, I’d have to say that what I have learned about the various aspects of astrology, as well as what I’ve seen with my own eyes, have proven to me that astrology is an accurate and true science.

However, let’s hear once more from the faculty at Avalon College:

"...Is astrology a science?", the answer that I would give ...is "almost" or "not yet." Sometimes a discovery in science is made in a single "Eureka" moment, but other times the data slowly and gradually supports the theory until at last a clear and definitive discovery is made . . . studies ... are extremely promising, but by strict scientific standards probably cannot be considered yet to be validation of astrology...

"...Many astrologers believe that astrology will one day join the ranks of the other sciences because the work of researchers . . . [is] very impressive and only need to be replicated and expanded upon in rigorous (and therefore usually expensive!) scientific studies. Some astrologers, believe that astrology requires more emphasis on qualitative techniques and more complex forms of analysis rather than simple statistical quantitative analyses. According to this view, astrology can advance as a science but it will require a radically different kind of scientific approach than is traditionally taken in order to make great strides, and also that "soft science" techniques are not necessarily inferior, and in fact can sometimes produce more useful results than "hard science" techniques..."~Introductory explanation from course material from the Avalon College of Astrology

But...are human beings really affected – for good or bad – by the movement of the planets?

Consider, as an example the effect that the moon is believed to have on the tides. While the belief that the moon has any effect at all on the tides has now come into disrepute in some quarters, mariners and others whose livelihoods depend on the ocean, know that the tides ebb and flow based on the phase in which the moon is located at any given time during the course of a month. http://www.almanac.com/tides/index.php.

Certain times of the moon cycle are more favorable for catching fish, for instance, than at other times http://www.almanac.com/question/oneanswer.php?questionnumber=12954

Additionally, farmers base their planting schedules, not just on the seasons of the year, but on the Lunar Almanac, since certain times of the month are more favorable to agricultural growth than others http://www.almanac.com/astrology/index.php

And then there’s the legend of the ‘werewolf’ which says that some humans with a condition known as lycanthropy turn into wolf-like creatures and begin showing signs of violent behavior at the first sign of the full moon? http://www.citybeat.com/2000-06-15/scitech.shtml. The idea that a human could actually morph into such a creature may be far-fetched. However the documented cases of lycanthropic individuals who begin exhibiting these behaviors at the first sign of a full moon have been well recorded down through history. What could cause this behavior?

 Still, while some can prove the validity of these documented cases...                      http://www.drweil.com/app/cda/drw_cda.html-command=TodayQA-questionId=3765  some claim that they can disprove them http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/moon.html.

Unusual behavior in the workplace during a full moon has also been documented, as well: http://albany.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/1997/06/23/smallb5.html, along with avalanches, which are believed to be caused by the moon’s pull http://www.science-frontiers.com/sf046/sf046p15.htm.

Still, you might say, the moon isn’t actually a planet (even though astrology has always considered both the Sun and the Moon planets). But the fact is, it is a body, just as the other planets are bodies. And, according to the prevailing scientific minds of the age, masses do affect, not only each other (i.e., gravitational pull), but they affect even smaller bodies..

 

"Gravitational Interaction  An attractive force between any two objects or particles. The "charge" that determines the strength of the gravitational interaction is energy. For a static object it is mass-energy but in fact all forms of energy both cause and feel gravitational effects." http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/vvc/theory/gravity.html

We also know from astronomy that when one planet invades the orbital path of another planet or lesser body, that body – regardless of what it is – is not only physically pushed out of its orbit, but major changes are effected upon the bodies’ surface and interior.     And while all this means is that there is a physical pull or attraction between bodies, isn’t it possible that there could also be an emotional reaction to this interaction as well? That is, that sentient beings who are being affected by this phenomenon would also – for want of a better word – feel the results of this physical manifestation?

Is it really far fetched to believe that, since the above is the case...that humans, too, could be affected by this same gravitational interaction?

 

What is Psychological Astrology?

Although there are many types of astrology, one of my personal favorites is psychological astrology. Psychological Astrology is just what it sounds like: the combination of psychology and astrology. This form of astrology helps us to better understand who we are, where we’ve been, and where we will possibly go. It can help us to improve our weaknesses, enhance our strong points, talents and abilities and, hopefully, do away with negative or harmful tendencies.

Carl Jung http://www.thezodiac.com/astrojung2.htm the famed Austrian psychologist who studied under Sigmund Freud at the turn of the 20th Century, believed in the validity of astrology, as well as its applicability to psychology. Jung also stated that synchronicity http://www.crystalinks.com/synchronicity.html  was the result of cosmic events occurring in the Universe which affect both our physical and our collective and individual psyches. In other words, just as with the ripple affect http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=68145&dict=CALD referred to in the earth sciences, when a body is set in motion, any other bodies in close proximity are affected by the initial movement of the first body. Or, in still other words, when a rock is thrown into the ocean in Africa, the ripples will ultimately be felt on the shore in South America. But how can anything be synchronized with any other given body unless they are connected in some manner?

Albert Einstein’s Unified Field Theory, though still not proven, and the Superstring Theory, seems to support the belief that everything is connected and is, therefore, affected by the actions of one body against another.

According to the authors of the article What Is the Structure of the Universe located at the Superstring Theory website http://www.superstringtheory.com/cosmo/cosmo2.html "The Einstein equation says that the curvature in spacetime in a given direction is directly related to the energy and momentum of everything in the spacetime that isn't spacetime itself. In other words, the Einstein equations are what tie gravity to non-gravity, geometry to non-geometry. The curvature is the gravity, and all of the "other stuff" -- the electrons and quarks that make up the atoms that make up matter, the electromagnetic radiation, every particle that mediates every force that isn't gravity -- lives in the curved spacetime and at the same time determines its curvature through the Einstein equation."     Thus, based on theories that science itself is striving to prove, everything in the Universe is connected and affected by the actions and interactions of everything else.    And so it is with the movement of the planets in relation to human beings and the effects of astrology.

 

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