The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together. Plotinus 204-270 C.E.
Astrology is a very ancient but still vital discipline, which has been practiced and valued by cultures all over the world. The observation and study of the heavens reveals a meaningful and influential correlation between the position and motion of the planets, stars and other celestial phenomena and our lives. Astrology rests upon the major spiritual premise of reincarnation. The belief is that the soul picks the precise time, place and family to be born into, in order to create the opportunity to fulfill its highest potential, as well as to resolve unfinished business from past lives.
A modern in depth examination of a person from an astrological perspective is a much more individualized, complex, layered and sophisticated analysis than the sun sign based Astrology that is typically found in newspapers or magazines. It can provide us with profound psychological and spiritual insight. A study of the position of the heavenly bodies at the moment of our birth, the natal horoscope, provides us with a symbolic map of our psyche, and a blue print for the evolution of our soul. The understanding of this map can be very useful in terms of providing insight into ourselves and others, making use of our strengths and compensating for our vulnerabilities, as well as providing us with essential messages and guidance about our life purpose and direction.
This map represents our potential, and not who we are in a static or fixed way. It is not fated, but rather it illuminates our choices. The study of the way the heavens can influence our lives, can empower us through increasing our conscious awareness of the energies of the moment. It puts us in a better position to harness these energies and flow with them, rather than to waste opportunity or to struggle against them. Through this awareness, personal freedom and choice is enhanced, as well as compassion for the self and others. It enables us to become conscious of our true potential, and the ways in which we needlessly limit ourselves.