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  • Writer's pictureYolanda McAdam

Why Astrology?

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

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What do you feel when you find yourself making eye contact with the Moon in her golden fullness? Does your heart expand with reverence when you gaze upon the Milky Way or do you scream with delight when you spot a shooting star?

The night sky has always intrigued us and filled us up with feelings like bliss and wonder. In the early days before pollution and the extinction of entire species, astrology and astronomy were studied as one and respected as science and revered as high art.

So what is astrology?

Astrology studies the relationship between the cycles of the celestial bodies and the affairs of people on earth. The purpose of learning astrology is to better know ourselves and our place in the cosmos. Astrology also teaches that we are born with gifts that can be given to the world by no other and that we are here to transform ourselves.

In the West, astrology was practiced in Babylon and Egypt before Alexander the Great’s conquest of Egypt and the near East unified the practice. *Hellenistic astrology spread throughout the Greco-Roman world and mixed easily with numerous philosophies and types of magic. For centuries astrology was a respected science but then for many reasons, it declined near the end of the 17th century.

It was then revived in the 20th century by people like Alan Leo, Dane Rudhyar, and others. Astrology can be divided into two schools: Traditional and Modern. The primary difference between them is that Modern astrology has a psychological focus (inner world)and Traditional astrology focuses on fate (outer world).

I practice and teach a blend of both.

Why should you learn astrology even if it’s only the fundamentals?

Let me start by saying that if you're addicted to horoscopes you're not deepening your understanding of astrology or developing a stronger relationship with yourself. Horoscopes are generalized readings and unless you know your Rising sign (Ascendant) and Moon sign, it’s doubtful that you’re getting anything helpful from the horoscope reading.

You get a lot more out of astrology when you make an effort to study it. When you know some astrology you're able to come up with better questions and the insights gleaned from studying your own chart or working with a professional astrologer will not only increase your self-knowledge but help you prepare for what's coming next.

Astrology, especially the practice of astrology has to be approached with earnest curiosity and deep reverence if you intend to unlock the keys to your psyche and soul. Astrology is not something astrologers “do”, it’s a symbolic language that we actively engage with on a frequent if not daily basis.

We can all benefit from the study of the signs, the planets, the houses and much more.

What you need...

Natal reading

Everyone needs their birth/natal chart read by a professional or competent astrologer. Your natal chart is a blueprint of the sky at the moment you were born and will reveal your character as well as the themes of your life. This reading will help you align with your calling or vocation and orient you toward success.

Solar Return or birthday reading

This reading is best done in the month before or the month of your birthday and will help you plan and reveal the major themes for the year ahead.

Now over to you…

Are you learning astrology? Are you curious about astrology? What questions do you still have about astrology?



Further reading

*Dykes, Benjamin, Traditional Astrology For Today, The Cazimi Press

Forrest, Steven, The Night Speaks, Seven Paws Press


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