That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.
~ Hermes Trismegistus, Law of Correspondence
After recognizing that the quality of time can be described by astrology, a deeper questions arise: What is astrology and how is astrological insight useful?
Astrology is an ancient symbolic language that recognizes the universe as an indivisible whole and a method of exploring who we are, our relationships, and our role within the world, i.e. our career. The word is derived from the Greek words astron, meaning “star,” and logos, meaning “word.” Literally, it means the “language of the stars.”
Just as Egyptian hieroglyphics refer to concepts far more complex than a single word could convey, planetary symbols and movements are rich with layered meanings.
Astrology works by looking at the relationships of the heavenly bodies at the exact time and place of birth, and deriving symbolic meaning from the archetypal energies represented by the position of the planets at that moment.
Astrology can provide insight into any situation—from the personal to the political, and from the most intimate to the most mundane. In addition, understanding the archetypal energies in the future can help you better exercise your free will by making decisions in harmony with the energies of the time.
If you read your magazine or newspaper horoscope and think that is all there is to astrology, you are deceived. What you find can be shallow and too general for anything more than entertainment. It is, however, an entry point to a deeper study of astrology.
Real astrology is not entertainment. When done well, astrology is a serious tool that can provide important insights for your life’s journey. It describes the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual challenges and opportunities you will encounter as you go through your life.
Professional astrologers have studied many years; some, like me, may have obtained certification from one of several professional astrological organizations. They may be specialized in a particular technique or type of astrology such as Western, Vedic, Hellenistic, or Medieval, or have a particular focus such as relationship, career, financial, or health.
The Greeks believed the stars do not define us, they incline us. The planet’s influences can be viewed as “energies” to which we may respond in a variety of ways. If doing so unconsciously, we may struggle; if consciously, we may still struggle, but grow wiser – a much better choice. Don’t you agree?