Astrology is a symbolic language that describes energy patterns inherent in human nature and in the time cycles of the larger cosmos. There are various types of astrology, but in the United States, the practice of Western humanistic astrology is one of the most popular forms.
The art of astrology is a collective synthesis of wisdom gleaned through thousands of years of observation of human behavior and its interrelationship to the greater whole of existence. Western astrology has its roots in the ancient civilizations of Babylonia and Chaldea, and later, its practice was adopted by the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. In those eras, astronomers were often astrologers who advised leaders on the timing of and outcome of events.
Modern day astrology not only incorporates the advanced knowledge of astronomy, but it also draws upon the knowledge from the field of psychology and various spiritual disciplines. Dane Rudhyar, a pioneer of humanistic astrology, believed that astrology should be a tool for understanding human nature and an aid for helping an individual integrate and transform their personality. From the perspective of humanistic astrology, outer events (including crises) are catalysts for triggering our individual growth. Therefore, the greatest value of astrology does not lie in prediction, but rather in its power to increase a client’s self-knowledge as a means to greater fulfillment.
The core tool utilized by astrologers is the natal chart. This chart represents how you have assimilated cosmic energies to form your unique personality. The birth chart can also be viewed as your operations manual for this lifetime. In order to understand your life in its present context, astrologers prepare other charts that represent current cycles and they analyze how these interface with your natal chart.
Astrology insights can reintroduce you to your authentic self. By tuning into your needs and strengths, you can navigate life with greater purpose.