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How and Why Astrology Works - An Esoteric/Spiritual Perspective

{written by : Dr Guido Grzinic}

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Article active date : 2009-04-04 -- Article views : 2517


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Many people believe that Astrology implies that the geometric pattern of the planets at the time of birth somehow 'cause' the personality traits and life experiences implied by the chart. However, from an esoteric/spiritual perspective there is another explanation which we will consider in this article.





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For those of us that have looked into Astrology carefully there is no question that Astrology has a lot of truth in it.
The question that naturally arises then is how does Astrology work? How can the positions of the planets at the time of birth possibly determine the character of a person?
I believe that the answer to that has two components.
Firstly, there is a certain amount of direct influence from the nearest planets and in particular the moon.
It is well known that people behave differently around full moon. In mental health wards often one will find more staff being put on around the full moon period to cater for changes in behavior.
The moon affects the tides of the earth so why not humans at the physical level.

However, by far the main reason that Astrology works is, according to esoteric teachings, because of prior arrangement. That is, the soul apart from choosing the parents, chooses the date and in most cases the time of birth so that the chart "works".
In other words the natal chart represents a "blueprint" of the energies and tendencies that are being brought in by the incarnating soul.
It is not the case therefore, as most people believe, that the geometric pattern of the planets at the time of birth somehow "cause" the personality traits and experiences that are associated with the chart. It is the soul, with the help of one"s guides, that plans the birth chart for the life about to be lived.
Before each incarnation the characteristics of a soul in terms of habits, traits and tendencies are already known from examining the attitudes and actions of past lives.
Also the basic pattern and blueprint of the life about to be lived is also determined in a general sense.
Based on this information a date of birth is chosen that best fits the characteristics the soul wishes to project into that particular lifetime.
The time of birth is manipulated and adjusted so that it falls as close as possible to the time that will give the best match between the chart and the intended life pattern.
This allows any competent astrologer to learn the main characteristics, goals and lessons of the person for whom there are doing the reading.

This approach also makes sense in regard to the predictive aspects of astrology usually denoted by transits and progressions.
It would be difficult to explain these on the basis of direct vibrational or other influence from the planets. Even if we assume that this energetic influence could cause changes in a person"s psychology corresponding to a particular transit, it is difficult to see how it could at the same time influence all the external factors that would need to go right for the prediction to work.
The esoteric/spiritual explanation makes a lot more sense, which is that significant events are arranged from above by mutual agreement at the soul level before birth. In other words, the planets do not cause the events but rather the events are timed to coincide with meaningful planetary aspects that occur in transits or progressions.
This also helps to explain the observation that not all transits will lead to the events suggested by the planetary aspects appearing in it. Sometimes nothing happens.
If a significant event is meant to happen it will usually coincide with an appropriate transit but there will not always be an important event accompanying a strong transit or progression. This is consistent with the notion that the chart is a tool for self awareness and not a determinant of destiny.

Author Bio :
Guido Grzinic graduated as a scientist (PhD in Physics) but has always been interested in the new age and eastern mysticism.
See www.esotericscience.com for more on Esoteric/Spiritual Astrology. There is a free spiritual chart interpretation available there.

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