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Does Astrology Really Work? How?

This post was written by Anna
on September 29, 2010 | Comments (5)

Many people, myself included, are first introduced to astrology through their daily horoscopes in newspapers. While the accuracy of these daily predictions can sometimes be questionable, there is something to be said for using the alignment of the planets and stars for personal reflection and prediction. But astrology, while an incredibly accurate and long-standing art form, is not science. Does astrology really work, or is it simply a question of a self-fulfilling prophecy? If astrology works, then how does it work?

As Kris Riske notes in her introduction to Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Astrology, the question of how astrology works

“…has perplexed astrologers for four thousand years. Astrology works, but no one really knows how. People sometimes ask me if I really believe in ‘that stuff.’ And they always seem to be shocked when I reply in the affirmative, adding that I’ve used it to my own advantage on many occasions and have done the same for hundreds of clients. Now, really, what would they expect an astrologer to say? I sometimes follow up by asking for the person’s month and date of birth and then offer a few insights into what has recently occurred or is currently going on in his or her life. The person is always amazed, and I figure I’ve done a little something to enlighten another individual about the power of astrology.”

Astrology is an ancient practice. According to Wikipedia.org, “[m]any believe that the origins of much of the astrological doctrine and method that would later develop in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are found among the ancient Babylonians and their system of celestial omens that began to be compiled around the middle of the 2nd millennium BC.” These systems of divination and interpretation spread throughout countries and cultures, and continued up until the present day.

Many astrologers believe that each planet is the embodiment of a god, goddess, or other spiritual being; it is the job of these beings to affect the lives of those on this planet (giving each of us karmic lessons to learn in this life, so that we can achieve self-actuality and reincarnate into higher planes of being). Some believe, in the same vein as many Jungian beliefs, that the planets are representations of archetypes, and are related to those events on Earth that affect us (though the two might not be linked by causation).  Still other astrologers believe that astrology can be explained by different theories in quantum mechanics (the idea being that all things are made up of particles that vibrate at particular frequencies and different things can affect these vibratory rates).

Within the systems of astrology (Western, Vedic, etc.), people believe that the time, date, and location of their birth dictates their characteristics, talents, challenges, and even appearance (indicated by their Ascendant). The idea is that this information can be then used to help them plan and make other choices, or for self-examination and self-awareness. This is not to say that astrology negates the idea of free will; rather, it simply provides more details for our information tool kits. It is then up to us to decide how and if to use the additional information.

For some, the idea of astrology is implausible, but the cosmos has proven time and time again, with accuracy, that no matter how they affect us, they certainly do.

Reader Comments

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#1 
Written By Donald Michael Kraig
on September 30th, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

It is very true that “Within the systems of astrology…people believe that the time, date, and location of birth dictates their characteristics, talents, challenges, and even appearance…” However, I think the number of astrologers and people who are dedicated students of astrology believe this less and less. As the saying goes, “The planets impel, they don’t compel.” A common current belief is that the astrological data reflects what is going on in a person’s life, not that it determines it. This is great news! It means, as you write, that astrology “provides more details for our information tool kits” allowing us to overcome challenges and encourage positives indicated in horoscopes. Even a higher percentage of people who are followers of “Vedic” astrology believe in its determinism, an unfortunate concept exacerbated by some ruthless astrologers trying to sell remedies to overcome challenging star positions. More enlightened astrologers using that system acknowledge that the horoscope indicates a person’s karma, not his or her fate. Unwanted karma can be overcome through certain types of actions, remedies, and most importantly, knowledge, so star charts actually can indicate directions for change, not the limitations of fate.

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Written By Peggy Rogers
on September 30th, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

Our perspectives and expectations about Astrology evolve with experience. Before they were enlightened, some experienced astrologers were drawn to astrology learn about their own futures. The same with non-astrologers, those just beginning to learn about astrology. Everyone comes for one reason, but they stay for another. People start reading their horoscope expecting it to tell them what is going to happen. The experience, however, teaches them to read their horoscope to make things happen.

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#3 
Written By Alternatives
on October 1st, 2010 @ 4:51 am

Explanations about the origins of astrology can differ depending on who you ask.

Each form of astrology Western, Vedic, Chinese etc follow different systems and are believed to have originated in different ways.

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#4 
Written By shrikant jinral
on April 4th, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

really astrology works.planets acts according to star depositor.once you are born on particular time,place &date,your life cycle starts each & every event in your
life is designed according to transit of planets.there is no free will at all you are compelled by the planet
to do all activities in your life.if planets has shown any remedy according to your past karma then only it works or otherwise remedy doesnot work.if you can change
your course of action according to your freewill then astrology will not find any place.astrology will be meaningless if free will works.

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