Astrology and the Stars – What is it really about?
Many people are fascinated by Astrology, even if they don’t believe in it.
Perhaps the most difficult thing to understand is how it can possibly work.
So what is there about the subject that has held its attraction over thousands of years?
If it is all rubbish, why doesn’t it die? And if it isn’t why hasn’t it been truly accepted by everyone long ago?
There are no easy answers to this question, but it is true that the subject is more, much more than a “‘hit or miss’ affair, yet it is not a complicated process of science either.
In simple terms, Astrology is just part of a language. A language of Change, Time, and Size.
Like any language, it cannot be explained in just a few words, for its worth lies in the complexity of nature – the enormity of the universe – and can only be understood by opening our minds and taking time to observe things from a different viewpoint.
Astrology has been called a ‘tool’ that can be used within life. It has been said that it is as important to learning how to handle ourselves and our future, as maths is to sorting out our bills, and reading is to the appreciation of a good book.
Possibly the greatest accolade that can be given to the subject is that it teaches us, in simple and straight forward terms, the art of really getting to know who we are, and what we need out of this enormous world we live in.
It may be in the study of such things that we can begin to see a much wider dimension that can bring a wealth of hitherto unseen information into our lives.
Why study the stars?
People have always been fascinated by the stars.
They have been examined, studied and plotted throughout the ages. ‘Primitive’ humans sought to identify their physical bodies with the universe around them, and we, as ‘civilised’ humans are still doing the same today. In the early days, ancient Astronomers were also Astrologers who laid the foundations for those of the present time.
The study and investigation of the stars and planets is intrinsically involved with the progress of humanity. It always has been, and always will be. Poems have been written about them. Music has been played for them. Navigators find directions from them. Space-lights probe them, and Satellites investigate them.
And so, we have a universal interest that runs from East to West – The Universe – recognised and studied by all nations, large or small, civilised or not, intellectual or uneducated. Within this study lies the playground for Mathematics, Science, Religion, History, Philosophy, Astronomy and much much more.
Astrology is just one part of this universal interest, and has evolved alongside the others since history began.
When people of ancient times started to examine the heavens, they had no idea of its’ construction. To them, the stars were all the same distance away.
By using their imagination, they made patterns out of the stars in the sky and, very early on, these patterns were divided into what we now call constellations. The constellations of the Zodiac are probably the oldest. These were traced by the Babylonians, and divided into twelve sections, which finally led to our present divisions of the twelve months of the year.
The Chinese, Egyptians, Greek and many others drew maps of the sky, and it is probably the Greek system that has survived as now known in the Western World.
Most of the patterns of the stars were likened in their shape to animals, and so we get the sign of the Goat, the Lion etc. It has been claimed that the sky is a complete picture book, in which many legends are seen and preserved in illustration.
Astrologers are not the only people who look to the stars to find direction and inspiration.
Indeed, it has been stated that ‘the measure of all things can be seen in the universe’.