If you’re a millennial like me, you are probably in one of two categories. An astro-curious / astro-lover, or an astro-skeptic. In the latter category, people view astrology as a non-scientific Barnum Effect on steroids. But, if you have taken the time to deconstruct your preconceived and biased ideas regarding astrology, there’s endless power you can harness from this knowledge. As a matter of fact, today we are going to look at astrology as a tool for self-development and how to improve your life using astrology.
Astrology is a metaphysical knowledge, so it blends not only astronomical facts, but also psychological components, archetypes, spirituality and much more. Here are some of the ways this language of the cosmos can help you improve your life.
Astrology can help you understand yourself, others and the world around us
From character building to choosing a career or suitable partner, astrology offers a plethora of guidance and tips. By reading your birth chart, the map of your Soul, you can have exact information about your sense of purpose. Why you do certain things, the fuel you need to move forward, what triggers you, the types of connections that feed your Soul, etc.
You can also better understand your strengths, your weaknesses and the road you still have to take to unlock your true raw power.
Astrology gives you practical applications
If you’re not into the “whimsical”, astrology can literally help you pick the ideal time of the day to go run your errands. Or the best time of the month to launch a new business project.
With horoscopes, planetary transits, solar return charts and relocation charts as an example, you can also have a feel of the areas in your life that will be activated. With this awareness that astrology grants, you can prepare for some events or challenges that may pop up.
When you dive into the cyclic nature of the world through the lens of astrology, you are given secret weapons to use. These weapons include lunar timing, annual profections, transits, planetary days and hours, etc. These are not something to live by in paranoia and fear, but rather tools to keep in your arsenal and utilize whenever you are planning for major life events.
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Astrology can help you understand the importance of free will
When we are born, we are given certain gifts and challenges, but it is up to us to walk the walk and use this blueprint wisely. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing deterministic about astrology.
As an astrologer, I sometimes wish people knew that our birth charts are indeed the highest expression of ourselves. But not everyone rises up to the occasion. Sometimes, due to our poor choices, our actions -or lack of action, we miss out on many inherent qualities and gifts.
Think of someone born with an amazing voice. If this person procrastinates and never pursues a singing career, his very gift will go to waste. At the same time, someone who doesn’t have that same talent but who works hard could reap more benefits from it.
Long story short: use astrology as a guide, but remember that you are the protagonist of the story. Only through action can you improve your life and fulfill the hero’s journey.
Astrology can help you build your intuition
When you begin understanding the different modalities, elements and zodiac signs, you naturally begin recognizing patterns in the universe, in people around you and in yourself.
This process of viewing the world as a series of combinations and archetypes is incredibly helpful as it sharpens your intuition. You are now able to pinpoint the necessary combinations you need to thrive. And the ones you need to avoid to save yourself the headache.
Astrology can help you heal your past wounds and traumas
When using our birth chart as well as the current planetary transits, we are offered doors to access some of our darkest timelines.
In a birth chart as an example, Chiron, an asteroid known as the wounded healer, can help us locate where our deepest wounds reside. Similarly, we can look at certain houses and planets for information about our childhood and unconscious tendencies.
The transits, too, can deliver that type of information. As an example, when celestial bodies enter certain signs, it can be a collective invitation to do some shadow work, or look at our karmic bonds and wounds.
I actually read an incredible article by astrologer Steven Forrest lately. This article explains Astrology and Psychotherapy, and how astrologers are unconventional psychotherapists. The reason for that is that both these fields are concerned with Soul healing. They just have different ways of going about it.
So, if you are ready to heal from the past in order to enter the future with more confidence, astrology might be just the thing for you.
Astrology can help us surrender to the process and connect with the divine
As surprising as it may sound, some astrologers are non-believers. Having faith is definitely not a pre-requirement for doing or learning astrology.
But, and this is something you will realize yourself as well if you dive into this field: the more you know, the more amazed you are by the ingenuity of the universe. And that type of hand-on experience and universal patterns instills faith in you like no other practice.
In fact, astrology can become one of the greatest spiritual crafts. A form of devotion to the cosmos and trust in the divine order. In my own spiritual journey, astrology helps me stay in alignment with the tides of time and space. I try to view astrology as a sacred torch that I view with dignity and honor.
When you first start learning astrology, you will use your mind and brain a lot. Reading, learning, attending seminars, discussing… Along the line, there will be a tipping point where your work is going to come out of the mental. This shift will turn what you know into visceral, intuitive and heart-based knowledge. Birth charts will begin talking to you differently. The dialogue you will have with the stars is going to become priceless, holy and wholesome.
Yours in magic and in authenticity,
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