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What is Real Astrology?

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Updated April 26, 2020
Originally posted June 1, 2011
By Corinne Lane     37 Comments

As above, so below

Astrology is not a secret, psychic, magical, or even spiritual thing. It is down to Earth. It is the science, or observation, of how the sun, moon, and planets interact, and how those interactions affect us here on Earth. Like physical science, astrology analyzes the interaction between matter and energy. Astrology does not necessarily seal your fate. Astrology and astrologers should not be confused with Tarot, psychics, or any type of spiritual medium. Astrology is not a religion or belief system, although many people have tried to turn it into such a superstition. Astrology is neutral information about the world we live in. Such neutral information should not be seen as “good” or “evil.” For example, when you see gray clouds, you can tell it’s about to rain. It’s not by magic or psychic ability that you “predict” rain. Astrology is the same. The arrangement of the planets at the moment of your birth gives insight into all parts of your character and potential. Thousands of years of observation have given us the extensive wealth of information that we call Astrology.

It’s not farfetched to think that the configuration of the planets, sun, and moon “affect” us here on Earth. We know that the moon’s orbit coincides with the ocean’s tides. Humans are about 70% water; naturally the moon would affect us, as well. However, do not be mistaken – the planets, sun, and moon do not cause things to happen to us. Rather, it is all happening in sync. Rather than “cause & effect,” what goes on in the heavens is descriptive of what is going on down here. It’s as if the heavens are a cosmic mirror of what we experience down here in time. Astrology is not concerned with why it’s all so organized and flows like clockwork (that’s a task for the religions and philosophers). We, as astrologers, simply observe and take full advantage of the information revealed, using it to reach our full potential. It’s all happening simultaneously. That is the beauty that has been observed over thousands of years. As above, so below.


The Truth About Horoscopes

Astrologers study planetary positions and their corollaries. They chart the planetary positions on what is called a horoscope. A horoscope is actually a diagram of the planetary positions from a geocentric (Earth-centered) point-of-view. A horoscope is drawn for a single moment in time. The planets continue orbiting so that their configuration today is considerably different than it was on today’s date any other year. The configuration at the moment of your birth is as unique as your fingerprint. An astrology chart drawn for the exact time, day, year and location of your birth is your horoscope. Your horoscope is unique! You do not share it with every other person born with your Sun sign!

In ancient times, horoscopes were drawn up for the times of events, like feasts, wars, crowning of kings, journeys, and business transactions. Usually, only kings were fortunate enough to have a horoscope cast for their birth time. Nowadays, anyone can get their horoscope chart calculated for free on many websites. Today, astrology that focuses on events is called mundane astrology, whereas focusing on people’s birth charts is called natal astrology.

As is the case with most things, “horoscopes” have been exploited and thus robbed of any real significance. The popular daily Sun Sign “horoscopes” found in newspapers and websites are not based on your birth time; thus, they are as useful as taking medicine from a doctor who has not examined you. The word “horoscope” in English comes from “hora scopus” meaning either “hour pointer” or “hour view.” Hence, there is no true horoscope without the time! Those so-called “daily horoscopes” amount to nothing more than a meaningless quote for the day.

As stated above, a horoscope is actually a diagram of the heavens for one moment in time. But since the majority of people confuse the word “horoscope” with fortune-telling, we will use the term “birth chart” or “chart” instead of “horoscope.”

That being said, though, there is value in using the information revealed by astrology in order to plan ahead. But this is done by analyzing current transits of the planets and how the daily transits interact with your own birth chart. These types of reports are often called Forecasts. Predictions based on these transits have nothing in common with those popular “daily sun-sign horoscopes.” A prediction based on transits requires extensive analyzing of your birth chart along with the current transits. Only a competent astrologer or student of astrology can do this effectively.

There is no way to get an accurate Forecast without your day and year of birth. The day of birth is not enough. Your time and place of birth make the forecast even more accurate. Think about this the next time you’re tempted to give credence to a “daily horoscope” based on your sun sign alone.

Natal astrology takes into account your entire birth chart. It is a powerful tool for understanding human behavior, and for discerning our strengths and weaknesses. It reveals personality insights that empower us with more leverage to direct our own fate. There is a psychological tone to everything revealed in an astrological birth chart. In other words, it shows what’s going on in your psyche, not necessarily what must take place physically. This is why we say that astrology does not seal your fate. Instead of showing what will happen, astrology shows what one will experience.

Real astrology takes into account the ebb & flow of energy across the universe, as regulated by each of the planets, sun, and moon (and anything else floating in space that causes a ripple in energy flow). Real astrology, like physical science, studies the interaction between matter and energy. The symbols used in astrology make up a unique language of energy. Real astrology is an empirical science in that the data has been obtained empirically over some thousands of years, and that data has repeatedly yielded similar results.

You are not a stereotype of one of the 12 zodiac signs. You are a blend of all the factors at play at the moment that you took your first breath as a conscious being.

Dr. Carl Jung said it beautifully:

“We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything else.”

Real Astrology merges science with mathematics.  It has been said that astrology is God’s geometry…

geometer god drawing astrology

astrology zodiac constellations in galaxy

By the same common sense that makes you check the weather forecast before planning a beach getaway, begin to use astrology to reach your full potential. Don’t take our word for it…try it for yourself. Check and see how well the planetary configurations in your own birth chart describe your personality. You can give it a try in the Chart Interpretations section. If you’re interested in learning more about this most ancient science, check out the Free Astrology Lessons.

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  1. Damn, I am doomed! I do not know the time of my birth.

  2. Tim Payne on said:

    An excellent description of what astrology really is . After reading some of your interpretations Im truly impressed and will study your free lessons thanks for this truly inspiring ‘web place’..!

  3. Madhusudan Panwalkar on said:

    “What is real astrology ” is a very concise and clear explaination of about astrology and what is its real utility.

  4. Very well written sir.

  5. I don’t know my time of birth and its not written in my birth certificate neither my parents remember, are there any possiblity that one can find their time of birth by an method?

  6. I need advice… astrology is very important to me because it helps me define who I am. Before I got into astrology I would change personalities and wardrobes to match yearly. I didn’t know who I was. Astrology gave me insight and meaning to what I was feeling, since putting my feelings in words is particularly difficult for me. That being said, my best friend thinks astrology is stupid and she acts like an ignorant, short-tempered(ignorant meaning not knowing enough about the subject to argue) atheist presented with the idea of God. She says, “My sign is Leo, but that’s nothing like me, so astrology is BS.” I tried explaining to her that there is SO MUCH More to astrology than your sun sign, but she absolutely WILL NOT listen! This is hurting me inside; I want to know her natal chart but she wont tell me her time or place of birth. I want to relieve her of her ignorance so she can see how important astrology is to me and we can talk about it… Help… What would work to get her to listen to me?

    • Jessica Ramirez on said:

      Kayla, as much as we want our friends to understand, believe in and enjoy what we do, sometimes it’s not that simple. I think the only way to get through to your friend is to lead by example. Instead of trying to get her “into it”, show her how much it has enhanced your sense of self and given you peace of mind. If she doesn’t see it or appreciate it, that may say a lot about your friend’s personality in a broader sense. And remember this is not your responsibility or purpose. Your responsibility and purpose are YOU. Stay focused on yourself. It seems that you’ve been more than generous. This is just my opinion.

    • Yang Kong on said:

      I could say that she is acting like her sun sign very much at this point

  7. Great the lessons I read and it took many days to understand. Very informative a nd accurate. Thanks


  8. Khalid Bey on said:

    Very marvelous article and website! Being familiar with Astrology, and most especially the pains of de-spookifying it for the layman, I can say – well done! I’ll be sending friends to this article as a standard moving forward. I like also how you made clear how SCIENTIFIC Astrology is. Though it has its mystical aspects ( get it? ) it is above all a Science. Mathematics, Geometry. Nothing spooky here. All psychology is based upon the Astrological Archetypes. And there failure of modern mental science is their lack of understanding these Archetypes, when they begin to innovate ( in typical Western fashion ) upon something that the Ancients had already fully mapped – the human mind. Astrology is the best method for Man to know himself, and thus improve upon himself. Each of us was given a task when we came into this world. Though Astrology we can figure out what that is. Peace, friends, great article again.

  9. Great article! It has reassured my practical faith & belief in this ancient science.
    Thank you!

  10. Vrushali Master on said:

    The content below is so simply explained. Thank you for sharing it in the simplest way.

  11. ShaggyStar85 on said:

    Really enjoyed your description of what astrology is, opening my eyes to it even more. Im looking forward to using your website to learn more on the topic!

  12. Carol Patton on said:

    Bravo!!! From a former PMAFA (Professional member, American Federation of Astrologers … retired now).

  13. Erika on said:

    Excellent explanation. Thank you for your succinct way of describing Real Astrology. I will be referring some certain non-believers to your essay. Thank you!

  14. Masha mashmum on said:

    Thanks may your days be full of blessed… Actually i know little of it and i’ve known who i am and that gives me rest of mind… Just wanna know more about it. Thanks

  15. shannon peterson-king on said:

    I was raised by a mother who at one point was very much educated and knowledgeable about astrology. She was doing charts and building her knowledge base. Unfortunately I was very young when she was doing this and didn’t fully understand the tool that she had discovered. Now I am older and have found that my desire to have answers and tools as much stronger. I have various different obstacles in my life that I would love to understand how to positively go through them. Would you recommend your class for someone who is trying to deal with bipolar issues without medication?

  16. Mindy Lawrence on said:

    I was adopted and my birth certificate was changed to reflect that information. It does not give a time or place of birth (not an exact one) but does give the day month, and year. How can I come by the actual information on my original birth

  17. Robin Shields on said:

    Hello! I really appreciate your thoughts, knowledge and insights with practical application. Here is my question, I do not have a birth time. It was not recorded according to the vital statistics here in Jacksonville Fla. I was born in 1962 and they didn’t record during a 10 or so year time span. Do you recommend Rectification? I am trying to determine if this is something worth pursuing.
    I appreciate your time and attention.

  18. You are awesome. Thank you for everything you do with your time. I’m grateful!

  19. This was a wonderful read.
    I felt this way about astrology, and I really wanted to get into learning about it but everything I have came across felt so inauthentic. Thank you for this post and expressing the true nature of what astrology is and what it means to us as beings on this earth.

  20. I love your article.

    As an astrology student, I’m saying people that I’m not gonna be a fortuneteller; it is totaly math :)

  21. Thanks so much for the free classes. I am just beginning to learn astrology and was looking for beginner’s info to see if I want to dive deeper into paid mentorship.

  22. Fascinating, everything I once believed about astrology has just been turned on it’s head but in that same breath it actually makes so much more sense to me. Since I was a little girl I have wanted to become a professional astrologer, this has called to me for a long time now and I am thrilled to begin my education. Especially because now I have self assurance and know without a doubt I will be able to grasp the subject Matter (inside joke for astrologers, wink wink lol). I got this in spades and believe I found something I will finally be truly great at and that is going to be a first for me. Feels good, damn good!

  23. Valerie on said:

    If your birth time is not on your birth certificate, go to the town/city clerks office where you were born and they have the information. They will probably charge you the same price as wanting a copy of your birth certificate though.

  24. Talmadge Gibbons on said:

    Using website for a school project. Very informative!

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