1. ABILITY TO ASSOCIATE (because ASTROLOGY USES LANGUAGE)
The interpretation of the symbols in the drawing that we make of earth and heaven of that moment of birth (or the event) is an art. So is communicating about it. You have to consider so many factors that using words with multiple possible specific meaning (like for example amorphous or esthetic or expanding) is required for mass communication. In a personal meeting and interacting there can be a more personal approach and the symbols can be related to the individual's situation (using words like dreams, love of art or successes). This, however, requires a thorough study of the chart and a keen knowledge of astrology's vocabulary. And the ability to associate (to link one thing to another like meanings to symbols)
2. AN OPEN MIND
You can't study astrology without an open mind. You need to have that 'helicopter view' and you need to be able to associate words and symbols.
It takes more than knowing 'what sign' you are to call yourself a student in astrology. There are numerous ways to study astrology and numerous ways to interpret charts. But there are common grounds in astrology.
3. COMMON GROUNDS
In Western tropical astrology the chart represents earth, surrounded by the heavens, with a special spot in the middle. That is where you stand or where the event happened. From that point of view the chosen symbols in the chart, interpreted with an eye for gender, genes, status, situation, age and other factors of influence, mirror a reality (note: it is not vice versa). Astrologers all over the world see the Sun as the symbol of vitality, life and heart. They agreed that Saturn is related to time, age, parenthood and ambition. They all consider Venus to be the planet of beauty, design and love. The symbols of astrology are flexible and have a different meaning in different times, social areas and cultures. Astrologers all over the world can see the different effect of a transit Saturn square Sun in times of war, for a poor person and for managers. They translate the symbols, taking that in mind.
Also, astrologers use to disagree over a lot of things, too. Astrologers are almost human:).
Astrology, that ancient tool to understand men, history and events will never die completely. That is because astrology is natural and related to nature itself. Astrology is the bridge between us and the world out there, the seasons, the tides and history. Astrology helps us get a spiritual view on what happens.
By studying astrology we open a window to better understand others, combining the chart's symbols with reality. In a way, astrology shows how important it is to take care of ourselves and others. The fact that circumstances and situations dominate when it comes to explaining the symbols (or translating them), shows us that it is worthwhile to keep trying to make the world a better place. The symbols of astrology are flexible and have a different meaning in different times, social areas and cultures. Astrologers all over the world can see the different effect of a transit Saturn square Sun in times of war, for a poor person and for managers. They translate the symbols, taking that in mind.
5. A FREE WORLD
Astrology needs peace and freedom. We couldn't be astrologers if there was no peace, if there were no books and no choices to make. Astrology is a study for a free and healthy society. The fact that astrology exists in a society is the proof of the pudding. Where astrology is forbidden, the authority is strict. Where astrology rules, there is no certainty at all. It is better for astrology to be in the middle, where freedom of speech and freedom of mind allows astrology to be.
It works both ways. Astrology in itself doesn't attack the free world, nor is it a threat. It takes a free mind to study astrology. There is co-existence, for ages. The fact is, that I can see where my visitors come from and most of them come from the free world.
Even though some elements in society don't approve of astrology and would love to ban this study, the fact is that astrology survived thousands of years, without pressure, killing, war or prosecution. Astrology is vivid, because astrology is about us, you, the world you live in and the changing times. Astrology is flexible enough to live long ever after, though maybe not always happy. But that is human and natural, too.
What I mean is, that in a free world astrology may be taken seriously or not, but whatever happens: serious astrology will remain a spiritual and nature based study of mankind, from a different kind of view.
I value and appreciate astrology for decades. Wrong ideas about astrology won't be able to erase my findings. Astrology may not be a religion, but I believe in the value of the study of astrology. That doesn't mean that I accept every idea without testing it. Here on Astropost.blogspot.com I present my findings, using those concepts that I have watched, studied and tested, using real life facts and data. There is still a lot to be studied. I could go on for years and ages. And I hope that I can...
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